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Does "www" matter when you do site: search?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by wwallace1, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. wwallace1

    wwallace1 Regular Member

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    I am tempted to buy links off someone but was surprised when I did site: www.<domain> and it showed 0 links. Not very happy about being sold links from a deindexed blog..

    He replied that if I search for site:<domain> with no "www" I would see the indexed pages. To my disbelief, I checked and he was right.

    Is this fishy or is this normal? because I have domains with and with "www" and when I do the site: search I see the indexed pages...
     
  2. kkvsam

    kkvsam Senior Member

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    There's no fishy or scam thing. he redirect all www to domain.com. but you www.domain.com. So there's nothing.
     
  3. ComputerEngineer

    ComputerEngineer Senior Member

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    Yes it definitely does matter
    for example www would not show sub domains
     
  4. milian

    milian Power Member

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    The site search operator is always supposed to be used without the www and will show all pages in the index even if some pages on a site are indexed both with and without the www prefix.

    site:examplewebsite.com


    If you want to find urls with or without www prefix you have to add those as another operator:

    To display on;y urls which are indexed with www prefix use:
    allinurl:"www" site:examplewebsite.com

    To display only urls which are indexed without www prefix use:
    allinurl:-www site:examplewebsite.com


    So he is correct.
     
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  5. wwallace1

    wwallace1 Regular Member

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    but if I buy a link from him and it's www.domain.com/post but google only indexes the site when there is no 'www' doesn't that mean I won't get any linkjuice? i've never seen anything like this before and I've already been scammed twice on the DP forums...those F&king scammers:(
     
  6. milian

    milian Power Member

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    I presume the www doesn't have a redirect to the 'non-www' version?

    Does it have a canonical tag in source code of the page?

    Which page has the highest PR, www or non-www, or are they the same?
     
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