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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by goonieguhu, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. goonieguhu

    goonieguhu Junior Member

    Apr 8, 2008
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    Any thoughts on using or not using www in your domain name? I unintentionally left off the www for some blogs I created in my hostgator reseller account using fantistico (hostgator likes to delete the www from the domain name when you create an account and I didn't think to change the default).

    I was getting really frustrated with the indexing rate for one of my blogs. It had already gotten PR 3 but only one page indexed under Google Webmaster Tools. Finally it dawned on me to check using the domain name without "www" and voila- 700+ pages were indexed. I changed my domain preference in Google Webmaster Tools to no www since that was the wayit was seeing me anyway and supposedly it won't matter for purposes of backlinks, according to Google help.

    So, long story short, any reason to keep the "www" for my next block of websites?
  2. foxler

    foxler Regular Member

    Mar 7, 2008
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    Pick one of the 2 but don't leave both available as google tends to treat them as separate sites. I don't think it makes a difference if its www or not.

    I have found this .htaccess code to be the best for redirecting because you don't have to manually add the domain for each of your sites you want to take away the www and redirect to the non-www.
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.(.*)$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]
  3. todaydvd

    todaydvd Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Jan 12, 2008
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    I normally define "www" in Google Webmaster tool, but it seems no big different.

    The pages of "no www" domain are still get indexed by Big G...