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been using nonwww url for a while now but want to change to a www url. yes or no?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Corydoras007, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    I've been wondering about this and would like to know what you all think.

    For one of my sites, I've been using a non www url for almost four years now. The SEO on it is sort of mediocre but wonder if I should change it to www.mydomain.com . Yes or no?


    Google has indexed all the sites pages as nonwww.

    Why I want to change it? Simply for aesthetic reasons. Yeah I know sounds dumb but I see a lot of major sites out there advertising with the www.

    The other side of me is saying don't touch jack and it won't matter because even if users type down www.mydomain.com they will see the page and that's all that matters.
     
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  2. lmxftw

    lmxftw BANNED BANNED

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    www. is a subdomain on your main one just like blablabla.blogspot.com. From an aesthetic stand point I think raw domain names look a lot better in the SERP's and deliver a better message to the people who see your website. When I see a www. website I immediately have the impression the site is old and bad.

    domain.com just looks a lot better in the address bar (for me) but redirecting your domain to the www subdomain will not affect your rankings and in the SERP's you will still show up as domain.com for a while :)
     
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  3. saber210

    saber210 Supreme Member

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    for me the shorter the url the better.

    You will just add 4 more characters on url..

    You can advertise www site and it will redirect to your non www website.

    simple as that.
     
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  4. Aty

    Aty Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Don't switch to www, Fiverr is non-www and is doing just fine.
     
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  5. WebMeUp

    WebMeUp Regular Member

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    I second all the previous commentators.

    Well, the general rationale behind this is that if you enter something in your browser, it's already implicit that you will access that on the World Wide Web. That's why using the extra 'www' is just useless.

    In my opinion, the reasons for using the different http://www., ftp., etc. subdomains are most like a tradition. But these types of subdomains are no longer relevant nowadays, since traffic is simply directed to the correct server/service. That's the reason why the redundant prefixes have just stuck because of their popularity.

    As for your case, I would switch to www version. Anyway, if you decide to do that, remember about 301 redirects.
     
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    kazhkaz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Don't switch. You will risk on loosing some traffic just because it looks better for you but not necessarily for your visitors.
    It's not worth it
     
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    lucardk Registered Member

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    If it is for aesthetic reasons just add the www to your banners/ads it won't matter to the visitor he'll be redirected to the nonwww anyways.