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Should I add www infront of domain name?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by GBlogger, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. GBlogger

    GBlogger Junior Member

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    This question is driving me crazy... I read somewhere that search engines will take both ( with and without www) as same...

    But I checked today in yahoo : My site is having 40 backlinks with www and 1 backlinks with out www

    So, here is my question again... Should I include www infront of my doamin? or it doesnt matter for seo?

    Thanks in advance...

    BTW this forum rocks...
     
  2. SEO.9

    SEO.9 Regular Member

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    did you canonicalized you URLs?
     
  3. extremephp

    extremephp BANNED BANNED

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    301 Non WWW to WWW! :)

    That would drive you better :) And you wont loose any Link Juice as well!

    ~ExP~
     
  4. xbox360gurl70s

    xbox360gurl70s Elite Member

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    www looks formal so its better to do a 301 redirect to it.

    You can do offline marketing with a www on your card, it makes people think "ahhh so this is a website and not an email"

    Yes some folks are that dumb
     
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  5. biffordm

    biffordm Newbie

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    Yep, you gotta do a 301 redirect from the root to the www subdomain, otherwise you're "splitting" the overall authority of the site.

    You can accomplish this in a few ways, the easiest being the new canonical tag, though a domain level change is best.
     
  6. gleddy13

    gleddy13 Newbie

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    You will split link juice between the www and non www versions of your site if you don't do a 301 redirect as mentioned above.

    Something I didn't see mentioned is the potential problem of having two different versions of every page cached in the index.

    Gleddy
     
  7. Lawrencess

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    It absolutely astounds, boggles, baffles and amazes me how many companies do not 301 www to non www or the other way around.

    So often I go to a site and type in company.c0m and get an error, and realize I have to type www.company.c0m to get to the site.

    Personally, I redirect www. to nonwww. Different people have different theories on which way to do it.
     
  8. GBlogger

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    Thanks guys... Guess I have to do the 301 redirect then... Not sure how to do it though.. I have a joomla site... But I think I will figure that out...
     
  9. neutralhatter

    neutralhatter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Always have both...
    people coming from a web 1.0 world will always type in the www....
    If I and a lot of other people I know surf to a webpage, often type the domain without the WWW.
     
  10. Daniel0cean

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  11. wpbacklinks

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    you can include www infront of your domain! most people also type www.yourdomain to go to your site.