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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by shocinvibes, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. shocinvibes

    shocinvibes Junior Member

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    can someone tell me if its best to keep the www on a site or take it off..and how do you go about taking it off..i have heard that both sites will be indexed and you need to make a choice. So basically im asking which is the best choice, and how do i make the choice?
     
  2. Black-Cracka

    Black-Cracka Newbie

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    You mean which way is better for linking?

    The server should definitely handle both types of requests.
     
  3. seosutra

    seosutra Regular Member

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    I am not able to give the excat link as Webmasterworld has become paid now.

    Bud put the same query string like >> www and no www site:webmasterworld.com and you'd get the thread I am talking about.
     
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  4. shocinvibes

    shocinvibes Junior Member

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  5. seosutra

    seosutra Regular Member

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    yes - there is where we have the cannonical url now taking over.

    Most most servers nowadays have inbuilt redirect wherein domain.cXm is directed to wwww.domain.cXm
     
  6. danny1

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    It doesn't matter which version you use, so long as you're consistent in i.e. when backlinking, always use the same version.
     
  7. Black-Cracka

    Black-Cracka Newbie

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    Agreed. :)
     
  8. angelas111

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    i don't use the www and found out later that all your backlinks should be the same as how you have it.
     
  9. Yukinari84

    Yukinari84 Elite Member

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    Yes, you do need to pick one, and then re-direct the other version to your chosen version. Most of this is done automatically nowadays with things like WP, etc.

    But if you have sites that aren't setup to do this, you should go in and change it since Google will see them as duplicate content.
     
  10. CyHead

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    use htaccess 302/1 to the non www. The non www is better because more likely links will forget to include that.
     
  11. shocinvibes

    shocinvibes Junior Member

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    thanks everyone for the replies really cleared up somethings for me.