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recently 301 directed my http:// to www.

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by seomonopolist, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. seomonopolist

    seomonopolist Registered Member

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    Dropped in ranking like crazy, I think it is because all of my links were pointing to the http://. Should I start having my anchor text links point to the www. instead?
     
  2. awtprod

    awtprod Junior Member

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    I think google is now accepting either version and doesn't differentiate between the two versions. Why did you change it? Why don't you change it back?
     
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  3. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    Ride it out for a couple of days!

    I changed .domain to www.domain.com for a BIG website and noticed that the .domain.com got completely de-indexed for about 2 days but the pages were being converted to www.domain.com

    What you don't want to do it change it back then go through the whole thing again!!
     
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  4. seomonopolist

    seomonopolist Registered Member

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    It's been over a week. I wanted to build some links that read link <a href="www....> instead of <a href="http://www.....> but when I asked an seo friend he replied

    You can't just use the www without the http:// because it will not be a valid link and will not show up on the pages.

    What are your thoughts on his opinion?

    Do you think I should change it back or do you think that would just bring more havoc changing and re-changing and duplicate content and all that bs, or should I just build more links and ride it out. I went from #2 to #11.
     
  5. charmol

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    Yes, he is right, you need to have the http:// Your choices are between using "http://yoursite.com" or "http://www.yoursite.com" . You should definitely change it to one of these two ASAP

    ~|ChaRoN|~
     
  6. seomonopolist

    seomonopolist Registered Member

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    charmol Junior Member

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    You MUST have the http in your URL, it just wont work if you dont....if you start building links to just www.yoursite.com or site.com they will be dead links.

    I'm not an expert on how the 301 redirect works, but I suspect you have just redirected your site to a an invalid domain, and so when google trys to follow the redirect it will hit a brick wall, and thats why you're losing rankings. (maybe someone with more knowledge can correct me, but I'm sure thats right)

    You should change it back asap.

    ~|ChaRoN|~
     
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  8. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    As above, you MUST have http in your html code or your link won't work.

    Try it, go to one of your pages where in your a href code you have not put http... Your link won't work, and if it doesn't work, Google can't read it.

    For the purpose of coding you really do need http://

    ChaRoN.StYx pointed out your linking choices, use one of them.
     
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  9. seomonopolist

    seomonopolist Registered Member

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    I am starting to believe this was a product of that damned Panda update. I have no idea on what to do to bounce back from this one.

    I think I will become a panda poacher.
     
  10. guyabr

    guyabr Newbie

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    Hi guys, I asked question about this issue a couple of days ago and I want to ask you guys here... please help..

    I am searching for a while info about this issue, but can`t find some decent answer at any place. Maybe here one of the SEO experts could answer for that.

    Please guys, if you have experience with this issue please please advice, this will be very helpful for my SEO work.

    1. Is where way to know who redirect to my site? I mean if where is some tool what can find all redirect domains that redirects to my website. Is where some free tool for that or payed one? I mean, not to dig each backlink to my website and to check if it redirects or not. Some tool what can tell all redirects to my website or to my competitor.

    2. Is to promote website without www is better for SEO? I mean is it better to redirect without www ?
    I suppose it is better to do so because when you redirect, google can't see any duplicate content, i don't know exactly the reason.