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Removing www from domain name

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by slim_dusty, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. slim_dusty

    slim_dusty BANNED BANNED

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    I've got a website that's a few years old, got all backlinks to http://www.mydomain.com.

    I want to change the current site to a wordpress self hosted site. Wordpress automatically removes the www and redirects to http://mydomain.com

    What impact will removing the www have on my rankings. Will the backlinks for http://www.mydomain count towards the http://mydomain. Should I continue to build backlinks to http://www.mydomain or change over to http://mydomain.

    Has anyone had any experiences with ranking or indexing issues after dropping the www?

    Thanks and would really appreciate anyone's help
     
  2. LakeForest

    LakeForest Supreme Member

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    Just do a redirect, the backlink value will carry over.

    If you're dropping the www, make absolute sure that a site doesn't show www in url when you type in www. yoursite .com

    When building backlinks, it's a good idea anyway to modify your link structure between having www and not (among other variations) because that looks more 'natural'
     
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  3. yogi31286

    yogi31286 Elite Member

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    if your website was having www then don't remove that redirection now.

    and wordpress don't remove www actually! you can just go to General settings and change the URL to full one. e.g.
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    http://abc.com/ to http://www.abc.com/
    in WordPress Address (URL) box.
     
  4. JonnyBorneo

    JonnyBorneo Regular Member

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    This is false. You will lose some link juice when you do this.
     
  5. LakeForest

    LakeForest Supreme Member

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    Not if you redirect.
     
  6. KraftyKyle

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    You need to do a 301 permanent redirect with your .htaccess file. Search it on google.
     
  7. souldetective

    souldetective Regular Member

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    you can do it from webmasters account. first do it from webmasters account. Set priority URL to without www And then redirect URL from www to without www URL.

    Its how it is done..
     
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    this is the correct solution
     
  9. JonnyBorneo

    JonnyBorneo Regular Member

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    Trust me OP, 301 will cost you some ranking. Permanent redirect doesn't move all the link juice to the new address.