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Crossposting your content to Development Hackers

Crossposting content from your website to Development Hackers helps increase your reach and improve the SEO of your own website.

The members and visitors of our community come from all around the world and are interested in various ways of leveraging technology for social or environmental impact. They are from the tech industry, the non-profit space, international NGOs or just curious about the subject matter.

We even select the best articles to share them in the community newsletter and to our Twitter followers.

We encourage crossposting your content to Development Hackers if you believe it can contribute to our community. Development Hackers is not about one specific understanding of what constitutes social or environmental impact, we welcome all discussions :)

To help make crossposting easy and useful for you, we have the following two features:

  • we support Canonical URLs on your crossposts to increase the search engine scores of your own website.
  • we have an RSS import tool to automate the import and formatting of the articles on your blog as drafts on your Development Hackers profile, which you can then publish in one click. With the canonical URLs of course ;)

Here's how to set up both !

Canonical URLs

Canonical URLs are a way of telling search engines that your crosspost is a copy of your original article on your blog. This way, your original article URL gets a higher ranking from people reading your crossposts. If you don't do this, search engines can get confused and split traffic between your original article and the crosspost. If you want to learn more about the technical details of canonical URLs read this explanation from the Mozilla Foundation.
On Development Hackers you can set the canonical URL of your crosspost by pasting the link to your original article in the post options. To see the post options, you need to enter the post editor and click on the hexagonal button at the bottom of your window.

RSS import tool

If you want to save time crossposting your articles to Development Hackers, we have a tool to automate 99% of the process. You just need to link your blog to your profile with our RSS import tool.

  • All your previous articles will be imported with all the formatting done right (even the canonical url, tags, links and videos).
  • All your future articles will be imported automatically as you publish them on your blog.

All these articles will be imported as drafts in your dashboard on Development Hackers. This is so that you can always double-check if everything is alright, or perhaps choose to only crosspost part of your articles to our community. To publish your drafts, simply go to your dashboard and click publish next to each article you want to share.

Crossposting to Development Hackers now only takes one minute of your time per article!

Getting your RSS feed link

If you already have your RSS feed link you can skip this section.
Now the only thing you need to set this up is to get the RSS feed link of your blog. It's a bit different from your blog URL.
Here's a shortcut if your blog is on one of the popular tools:

  • Medium: add /feed/ in the link before your publication's name
    So if your Medium blog is at then the RSS feed link is

  • WordPress: add /feedto the end of your website URL

  • Webflow: you need to follow this 2min tutorial to enable RSS on your Webflow CMS

  • Ghost: add /rss to the end of your URL

  • Tumblr: add /rss to the end of the URL

  • Blogger: add /feeds/posts/default to the end of your URL

  • Youtube: it's the URL of your channel

If you still cannot find the RSS link you need, you can try to find it in your web page's source code. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, we will do it for you for free if you contact us at ;)

Now if you want to get the RSS link yourself from your web page's source code, just right click an empty spot on your website where you want the feed to be imported from (typically your blog page), then click View Page Source or whatever looks similar.

Image showing where to click

You're seeing the code everybody downloads to create your web page in their browser. Neat. Now press Ctrl+F if you're on Windows or Linux, or command+F if you're on Mac. That's opening up a search bar in the code. Search for rss, that should take you someplace where you'll find the RSS link you need.
If that doesn't work, try searching for atom.

Image showing where the RSS link is

Setting up the automated import

Go to your personal profile in the extensions section. Paste your RSS Feed URL in and check the box Mark the RSS source as canonical URL by default.