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To www or not to www

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by DFunny, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. DFunny

    DFunny Regular Member

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    I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on whether to use h**p://domain.com or h**p://www.domain.com. When I first started got into this over a year ago I made the mistake of building links to both versions of the domain name.

    This ended being a real b*tch because sometimes my site would jump around in the SERPS, sometimes with a www and sometimes without. I finally ended up switching to www in Webmaster Tools but sincce then I've always wondered about whether to use www or not too.

    So what do you think?
     
  2. flymethod

    flymethod Regular Member

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    I use www because I like how it looks, and most people associate the www with a website.

    Although most of the time when I'm typing in my site I just type site.com. It really doesn't matter as long as you have a 301 redirect from one to the other.

    It's all personal preference really.
     
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  3. nambooooo

    nambooooo Regular Member

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    ^^^ Yes, it's just your preference. Put it the way you want, just make sure you 301 the other version. And build backlinks to only the version you have by default.
     
  4. enochstek

    enochstek Newbie

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    Yeah, I perfer "www"
     
  5. noph34r

    noph34r Regular Member

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    I prefer without www because people is getting used to read domains without 3w.
    Simply redirect with ModRewrite.
    Never do that again, building links to www and wihout www versions, G see this like duplicate content.
     
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  6. artizhay

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    I started a web/print design company back in 2008, and back then I was against WWW for whatever reason. It still ranks in the SERPs, but every page around it has WWW and it doesn't, so it looks kind of stange. I'll probably be changing it to WWW soon just so it looks nicer; I also think it looks more professional as well.

    As for actual SERP placement, I don't think it really matters. I have another non-WWW site ranking high for several keywords, and I also have a WWW site ranking high for other keywords.
     
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  7. frenchboy

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    I use no www, it just looks cleaner.
     
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  8. ManicMystery

    ManicMystery Newbie

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    I always use it because the last thing I want is for users to get confused and think they've ended up on the wrong page and leave. We know the difference but your average user doesn't understand, all they know is that websites start with WWW
     
  9. noiddemo

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    I think one should use WWW only if there domain name is short.... and the pages/subpages names are also short.... but if one have a long/middle domain name and short/middle/long pages name ...i think it`s a must to use without WWW

    why?

    well... because of the way you see in in the SERPS... sometimes it is necessary that people can see your page name (e.g yoursite dot com / this-is-what-your-looking-for.html ). ...if you`ll use www... they`ll probably see just the first 3 or 4 words and not the hole page title...

    so www - for short domain name .... with-out www - for long domain name :)
     
  10. fnd80

    fnd80 Regular Member

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    i always use www the average internet user is dumb, and the last thing i'd want to do is confuse them when 95% of domains start with www and they come across one that doesn't. sends up a potential red flag that can be easily avoided with a simple modrewrite
     
  11. NapsteR

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    I prefer www too. But don't forget the 301 redirect. I feel like my that make my website professional.