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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Useris, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Useris

    Useris Junior Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to set up my preferred domain for my website in webmaster tools. I need to verify ownership of both the www and non-www versions of my domain to set up the preferred domain. So i added two website versions in webmaster tools with ant without www. Is that okay? Do google will not start index the both versions? Do i need setup sitemaps, etc in both properties now?
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  2. LikoHat1

    LikoHat1 Newbie

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    You can setup your one domain with or without www because if you don't resolve this issue Google will think these are two domain and you hardly getting the search engine ranking. Good Luck.
     
  3. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Yeah, that's fine. I've been doing it for years without any issues. Google even tells you to do it in their help guide.
    https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/44231?hl=en
    Your second question regarding whether or not Google will index both now has been answered in the quoted text above. As for the 3rd question, I only ever submit a sitemap for the preferred domain.

    Fun fact: www sites are actually subdomains, which is why Google will treat your root domain and the www version as separate websites if you don't specify a preferred domain. Think of this like the yoursite.blogspot.com sites. Blogspot.com is a completely different site than Joansshoddyflowerpictures.blogspot.com.
     
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  4. Useris

    Useris Junior Member

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    Thanks in advice.
     
  5. SEO FOX

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    Both is good, but i prefer without WWW.
     
  6. Devil Rider

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    thank you for the tips man