WMT prefered domain. New site got indexed to fast.

by Patrick010 4 replies
Hi,

I launched a new website few days ago.
It was not indexed by google .
After adding site map to WMT and setting my preferered domain to www. i checked my google index a few hours later.
Al pages were indexed but as non WWW. (i verfied in WMT and saw no mistakes)

What are the risks when google indexes the www version i will get flagged for duplicate content ?
#search engine optimization #domain #fast #indexed #prefered #site #wmt
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by Patrick010 View Post

    Hi,

    I launched a new website few days ago.
    It was not indexed by google .
    After adding site map to WMT and setting my preferered domain to www. i checked my google index a few hours later.
    Al pages were indexed but as non WWW. (i verfied in WMT and saw no mistakes)

    What are the risks when google indexes the www version i will get flagged for duplicate content ?

    Redirect with the .htaccess file.
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      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      This was done right before i told google what my prefered domain was.
      I dont think this adresses the problem of duplicate content thay may arise as google already index the non www instead of the requested www. ?
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
        Originally Posted by Patrick010 View Post

        This was done right before i told google what my prefered domain was.
        I dont think this adresses the problem of duplicate content thay may arise as google already index the non www instead of the requested www. ?

        Did you test the URL? Either it redirects or it doesn't.
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          Found the problem. It's an opencart installation and i added the redirect at the top of the file. Little did i know opencart default installation sets the prefered domain to non www. I dident notice it because the .htaccess is very large and im pretty new to all this.

          I have now set the non www version in WMT as this was already indexed as such.

          This leads me to my next question. Should my sitemap look like http://example or does it not matter if i submit it as http://www.example?

          Second related question. My top domain is indexed as Example Domain But all other pages as non www. Is there any specific reason for this ?
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