SEO difference of www.domain.com and domain.com

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  1. pr0xy

    pr0xy Regular Member

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    I recently changed my blog's address from domain.com to www.domain.com is there an SEO difference to this? I ask because in Google it links to domain.com not www.domain.com. I'm very tech savvy, but this perplexes me.
     
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    There is no seo difference. For whatever reason google has decided to use the non www. Version.

    If I was you I would set a redirect from your www. Version to you non www. Version.
     
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    davids355 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    ^yes it doesn't matter at all, but whichever you chose, you should setup a redirect.
     
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    nYXem Power Member

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    Yeah there's no difference as far as SEO is concerned.
    But probably to avoid duplicate indexing, a .htaccess redirect is very necessary.
     
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    pr0xy Regular Member

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    Well the domain.com automatically goes to www.domain.com now because I setup a CDN that requires you to use www.
     
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    That is also fine, google will adjust to the www. Version in time.
     
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    Thanks for the reassurance!
     
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    You should redirect one to another. With or without www makes a difference as they are two different urls.

    Just to make myself clear, they do not make a difference as one is better than the other etc but they are different urls.

    Links you build for www do not count for the url without www or for www.domain.com/index.php etc

    If you rank or if you have links pointing to one version do a simple 301 redirect to the other version.

    I know that he is not that famous on BHW but check this post
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    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-advice-url-canonicalization/
     
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    muaythaiguy Registered Member

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    I just noticed this today (which brought me to this thread).

    All of my sites are in the domain.com format.
    When I type in www.domain.com though, it automatically redirects to domain.com

    I don't ever recall going through the process of setting up a 301 redirect but if it's doing it already, is it necessary?

    And to clarify, when I'm building links, I've been doing so in the http://domain.com format.

    Is there anything that I'd need to change?