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Sh*t!! I added www to my domain and got the feeling it's bad!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by zivmaymon, May 3, 2011.

  1. zivmaymon

    zivmaymon Regular Member

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    As you start a website on wordpress it doesn't include "www" before the domain,right? - that what I got.
    Started SEO 3 weeks ago,and yesterday something made me want to change to url to http://www.mydomain.com and when I want something I do it, yes I know it's bad.
    I have a feeling I did something wrong because the backlinks I have built are pointing to http://mydomain.com ,went to webmasters tool and resubmit the sitemap -and then I got a red nasty "X" in the status bar..damm.
    Please say something that will calm me down.
     
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    Create a 301 redirect in your cpanel or with a .htaccess file pointing the http://mydomain to http://www.mydomain or just change it back like it was before.

    Im using a 301 redirect from http://www. to http:// .
    I think it makes the site in the serps more unqiue, but have not done any testing on what url a visitor tends to click more.
     
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    cash202 Elite Member Premium Member

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    Go to webmaster tools and tell it how you want them to treat
    your domain, with www or without. There is an option there.
    Wordpress does the necessary redirection from non www to
    www for you automatically.

    Once you've done it and started building a lot of links, don't mess
    with it. At the end of the day, who cares if you have www in front
    or not?
     
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  5. zivmaymon

    zivmaymon Regular Member

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    Guys u r awsome!


    xpleet & peetu69-I shall do that via my cpanel-thanks

    cash202-look - I did the www because I put watermarks with www on videos I promoted,and second reason is because one of the gurus said it's better since people search with www. [guru overwhelming you say?]
     
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    oh guys almost forgot- the problem is that the "new" website's urls are not indexed as the old's were!
     
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    cash202 Elite Member Premium Member

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    Mate, if you use Wordpress, it does the non-www to www redirection for
    you as 301 using HTTP headers. Don't mess it up even more with cPanel
    .htaccess or whatever.
     
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    zivmaymon Regular Member

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    wow ben, http://www.yoursite.com/ isn't the same like http://www.yoursite.com?
    confused.
     
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    websemgem Newbie

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    Click the sitemap file link next to the red X

    You are then told the exact error. And do note that the red x can also simply be a warning which is not as bad as an error :)
     
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    syns0r Junior Member

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    Don't worry about your links linking to the non-www, it's a sign of natural backlinks. Not all people would link to your site with or without the www, so it's all good.
    Google will sort out the indexing too.
     
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    bullzeye Newbie

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    I had this exact same question with a WP site. Thanks for the thread! Whew.
     
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  13. zivmaymon

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    Ok guys so this is what I did: Simply DELETED the old sitemap.xml then generete a new sitemap.xml and startet a new site on webmaster tools with the new www domain and IT'S ALL GOOD NOW all the url's in positions submitted and indexed.:google2: is ok for now.
     
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    Don't listen to anyone who claims to be a guru
     
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    thanks I guess I'm learning it,pretty much as all newbies,in the hard way