newbie here... question about www. vs. root

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  1. qdpdotcom

    qdpdotcom Newbie

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    While looking at the inbound links to my site and I have noticed that the number of linking root domains to my site is different in the root domain that it is in the w w w sub domain? I hope my terminology is correct. My question is: for best SEO results which one should I focus my backlinks on... the one with or the one without the w w w out in front? Is there a way to make them both share the "SEO links"? Right now I have the w w w site doing a 302 redirect to the non w w w one ...but I am not sure if this is the best...and defiantly don't want to start on the wrong foot. A little help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
     
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    xpleet Regular Member

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    You have to make a 301 redirection from root to www or from www to root. It's the same in my opinion but the redirection is very important for SEO.
     
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    I have a 302 redirect right now between the two... I will change it to a 301 but just want to double check which one should get the "priority" and going forward when i tell people to backlink to my site what do I tell them to use the www one or the one without the www in front. thanks!
     
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    With or without doesn't make a difference in terms of SEO. You should however try to keep your back links consistent on the one you decide to use.
     
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    what is the common practice the www 301ing to the nonwww or is it the nonwww 301ing to the www? thanks
     
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    ct34495 Newbie

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    you can use with www or without www its not a much of difference
     
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    klaotupi Registered Member

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    Good question.. If you use WordPress you will notice that the default is a non www.. The best practice for link building is to build links to the redirected one, i.e, if www is being redirected to a non www one -- then build link without using the www.. build links the other way if it is the other way around.
     
  8. futurestic06

    futurestic06 Supreme Member

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    For back linking I use non WWW link. I don't know why but i have never got any kind of problem. But I think all of them are just same. you can use both version to create links.