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What is going on with this site of mine?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Gormagor, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Gormagor

    Gormagor Junior Member Premium Member

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    Hi all,

    About a month after a site of mine was built, I changed the address from non-www to www and informed Google Webmaster Tools of this preference. Since that time - over 2 months later - all www versions of the site are indexed, and all non-www versions are deindexed.

    The problem is that Google Webmaster Tools, Facebook, Google+ (and probably a lot more) don't seem to read the www address properly. On the GWT main page, there is no thumbnail of the www version available (the non-www version still contains the old thumbnail). Meanwhile, if I try and post a link to an article/post on the site using Facebook or Google+, the description and thumbnail of the article don't appear, as is usually the case, only the site name and the URL.

    I've also noticed that this site still remains on PR0, even though it contains over 60 unique articles, a lot of backlinking, and quite a bit of traffic. To put things in perspective, another site of mine, which was created later than the problematic one, contains 5 articles, very few links, and ZERO traffic, jumped from PR0 to PR2 overnight. 5 other new sites of mine also upgraded to PR1. I don't care about PR, I know that it isn't that important, but I can't help but feel that this inconsistency is related to the aforementioned issue. It's like the site isn't being read properly, even though everything is indexed, the sitemap is in place, and nothing is wrong with it on the surface.

    I don't even know if the canonical change is responsible for the problem, I'm just assuming it is because that's the ONLY big change I made that wasn't also made to my other sites (which feature the same hosting, theme, design, etc.).

    Anyone know what's up? :confused:
     
  2. Gormagor

    Gormagor Junior Member Premium Member

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    Anyone? :(
     
  3. implayer

    implayer Registered Member

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    This is interesting id like to see if anyone has the answer to this
     
  4. swtor005

    swtor005 Registered Member

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    Looks like you have left something unresolved to that effect. You need to make sure all pages redirect to www version when you check them in browser.

    If not then add this to top of your .htaccess file and upload to server. Make sure to download the file to make changes in the latest version.

    Code:
    RewriteEngine On
     RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com
     RewriteRule (.*) http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    
    Replace example.com with your domain name. All PR value will be passed accordingly to relevant pages if they have backlinks.

    Dust will settle in about 48 hours max and pages ill start to get indexed thereafter.
     
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  5. Gormagor

    Gormagor Junior Member Premium Member

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    Thanks for the response. I'm not sure if a canonical redirect is necessary though, since this is a WordPress site and once I changed the site to www, the non-www address automatically redirects you to www. Also, there is no problem with the indexing. The www site is completely indexed, the non-www completely deindexed, as desired.