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301 Redirect

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by TeamRoyster, May 21, 2011.

  1. TeamRoyster

    TeamRoyster Regular Member

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    Permanent Redirect Not Found
    Search engines may think www.domainname.net and domainname.net are two different sites.You should set up a permanent redirect (technically called a "301 redirect") between these sites. Once you do that, you will get full search engine credit for your work on these sites.



    I ran my website through website grader and it came up with this error.
    I'm going to implement a 301 redirect in the next few hours but how much does it matter?


    I've done all my marketing and link building to www.domainname.net when I guess I should have been doing it for domainname.net. I just checked in Traffic Travis and for my domainname.net the backlinks are coming up as 3, while the backlinks for the whole site are appearing as 3255.


    Have I made a stupid mistake? :(
     
  2. schwagoo

    schwagoo Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I don't think that matters. G is smart enough to know that www.domain.com is the same as domain.com and the the way the a record is pointed is the only difference.
     
  3. ``Yousef

    ``Yousef Power Member

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    I really don't think it matters, as long as you maintain consistency in which variation you link to.

    Also, there's an option in Google Webmaster Tools (or central, can't remember what it's called), to select the variation which Google indexes.
     
  4. 5VM5UN6

    5VM5UN6 Registered Member

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    ofcourse it does matter. It's a matter of a duplicate content, so make those 301's and add canonical tags.
     
  5. SEO Controller

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    Yeah you'll definitely need to set up a 301 permanent redirect on either one of them or else search engines count them as two websites.
     
  6. neo

    neo Power Member

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    You can either setup a 301 redirect or specify Canonical url.

    Like ``Yousef mentioned you can also set this in google webmaster tool, if you are using it.

    It is better do any one of the above to ensure maximum link juice flowing to your prefered url.
     
  7. TeamRoyster

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    Just about to make the changes. Thanks for all your comments.

    I've been wondering why my site hasn't been ranking as well as it should. Every backlink that I've added to my site has been http://www.domainname.net and not http://domainname.net. It'll be interesting to see the results when I do this.

    Cheers.