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WWW or no WWW for domains long and short?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by TheDudeAbides, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. TheDudeAbides

    TheDudeAbides Newbie

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    I have quite a few sites that nearly ready to go with link building, and many more lined up, but before I do I wanted to get grab some last minute opinions on WWW vs no WWW

    I know that you want to stick with one and not switch as they count as two separate sites.

    There doesn't appear to be a positive SEO effect either way, so the real issue to me is aesthetics in the SERPS and any implied trust or other factor that could potentially increase or decrease CTR.

    Right now I only have WWW on short two keyword sites, and have removed it from the longer 3/4 keyword domains. My thinking is that for shorter domains, having www connotates more of an authority site, but for long 3/4 word domains it's just unnecessary clutter.

    And although its small, removing the www means your bolded keyphrase is that much closer to the margin and amidst a sea of WWWs. Significant? Probably not as much as the combined clumped bolding in title, meta, and url.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Chrono

    Chrono Newbie

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    I've been building back links without the www, feed back from others would be appreciated.
     
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    roberteb Regular Member

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    I use the non www version and I've not noticed any difference. Just make sure you only use one for link building and that the canonicalisation (sorry about the spelling) is correct ie all www redirected to non www or the other way depending on your choice in .htaccess
     
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    djnels Newbie

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    Yes, doesn't matter either way so long as you're consistent. There has been a recent trend of stripping www, just for aesthetics.
     
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    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    I've seen some "gurus" argue that when the domain gets above a certain number of characters (around 30-35) it can affect your SEO results. If that is true I figure it is "safer" to just get rid of the "www." I have no idea whether it has made any difference though.
     
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  6. MagicMike

    MagicMike Power Member

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    If your sites are already indexed... just take a look at the way Google indexed them and use that version. I have both and it makes no difference (as far as I can see) as long as you consistently build your links to the right version.
     
  7. TheDudeAbides

    TheDudeAbides Newbie

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    I used webmaster tools to specify the version I wanted.

    Anyway think I will stay with my method of using www for short word-word2 domains and ditching it for the longer ones.
     
  8. BryanMartin

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    Use both. This makes for a more diverse and seemingly natural link profile.

    You need to be using the canonical tag to redirect one to the other and then use both forms in your backlinking.
     
  9. Bross

    Bross Senior Member

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    How exactly is having 2 domains having to do anything with diversity and natural link building?

    Catch me up on this because I don't get it.


     
  10. ivictus

    ivictus Regular Member

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    No WWW! Those extra 3 characters can be a longtail in your deep page URLs.
     
  11. ace33

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    I was in my Google analytics today and noticed on of my URL's sitemap url was not indexing, because when I set up the account it was without the (www) and the sitemap url is listed with - www and the domain name.
    Google would not allow it to be different

    That's something to be on the lookout for. I could not edit the url. I had to redo. My server is set to recognize both formats.
    And I have used both formats when linking. I will discontinue that practice.
     
  12. JerrickYeoh

    JerrickYeoh Junior Member

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    www or no www is doesnt matter because google to analyze it as the same which google do always do not have www for searching as well. But domain long or short would be a problem. Keyword is important but do not enter more than 2 or 3 keyword in a domain would be better which you will lose your target .