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Built backlinks using http://www but site is http://mysite does it matter?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by simpleonline1234, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. simpleonline1234

    simpleonline1234 Junior Member

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    My current website can be found using either the http://www or the http://mysite way.

    My website is using the http://mysite method but the backlinks built were using the http://www method.

    Do the backlinks work for either method or does building backlinks to one or the other change how your site is getting the backlinks?

    Should I go back and rebuild?

    Thanks
     
  2. ijof9

    ijof9 Power Member

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    Just put up a 301 in place. But nowadays it really doesn't matter at all. It's just URL aesthetics.

    .htaccess:
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    RewriteEngine on
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.site\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://site.com/$1 [L,R=301]
     
  3. TheWiTchDocter

    TheWiTchDocter Junior Member

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    yes the backlinks will work. usually sites with http://domain have subdomains. but most top sites use www so i think its best to try keep to one
     
  4. scottlies

    scottlies Regular Member

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    You will be fine as long as there is a canonical tag in place. If none, then google webmaster tool might help (you can choose how your site will be crawled and displayed: either with www or non www.)
     
  5. VIC SEO

    VIC SEO Elite Member

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    Make sure that your site opens in one version only and build backlinks for that version only. Google sees sites with "www" and "without www' as separate and can punish you for having duplicate content (even though you own both the sites). This is also bad as this will see the splitting of your link juice into two and will take eternity for you to increase your PR.
     
  6. panicore

    panicore Registered Member

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    If you use wordpress it automaticly redirects to www if you put that as a preference in the settings menu.
     
  7. greyholme

    greyholme Newbie

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    You will want to set up a 301 redirect just in case anyone links to your site using the other version
    Google should understand they are same version but you always want to send clear signals to Google
    Set a webmaster account and set your preferred version to www to clear up any doubt their crawlers may have.
     
  8. Autumn

    Autumn Elite Member

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    Total bollocks once again. Please stop spreading outdated SEO info on the board!

    What you are describing was the case several years ago but not any more, and you can clearly see this by the way that www and non-www versions will now return the same PR (therefore PR and link juice are not being "split"), whereas this didn't happen a few years ago.

    Generally G will choose either the www or non-www version to display in the serps depending on the backlinks going to one or the other and/or your use of the canonical tag. If you want to be sure then do an htaccess 301 redirect as described and possibly set your preference for www or non-www in GWT if you are a GWT user. OP you have nothing to worry about, but in future make sure you link building efforts go to the non-www version just to avoid potential headaches.
     
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  9. milian

    milian Power Member

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    Not Correct. If you dont have a canonical tag, or dont use a 301 redirect, and have not set main domain google Webmaster tool then google will most likely see your site as two separate sites. Dont implement these at your peril
     
  10. fieldinspector

    fieldinspector Newbie

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    Generally if I have a site with a both versions of a page then I get the message when I do a "site:" search that there are similar results omitted. So whether or not they know both versions are the same and whether or not they penalise it for duplicate content - you better be safe than sorry and use the rel canonical tag and if you have GWT, set your preference in there.
     
  11. N1CHOLAS

    N1CHOLAS Regular Member

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    The problem is if you have links going to the non and the www you are losing link juice. If you don't have links going to both versions only one then you wouldn't have to bother with a redirect but it make more sense to redirect....

    You don't have to tell google using GWT you can just do it. If you have WP site you can just do it in your admin panel.