backlink to www.mysite.com or mysite.com??

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Hi warriors,

I can open my site in both www and non www format,so what should I link to:www or non www:confused:


Josh
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  • Profile picture of the author orvn
    Originally Posted by joshgreen View Post

    Hi warriors,

    I can open my site in both www and non www format,so what should I link to:www or non www:confused:


    Josh
    You're not getting credit for all of your links if the non-www and www subs of your site are being read independently.

    Pick one.

    Then you MUST redirect one to the other, using a 301 redirect, which is typically done through .htaccess (if you're using a linux server).
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    • Profile picture of the author theentry
      Originally Posted by orvn View Post

      Pick one.

      Then you MUST redirect one to the other, using a 301 redirect, which is typically done through .htaccess (if you're using a linux server).
      Totally agree.. btw I prefer it with www. in front, but thats a personal thing
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gregory
    orvn is 100% correct, first redirect one to the other so you only have one version that shows up and then whatever version you choose send your links to that version. If you get some backlinks for the other (which will sometimes happen if you get some naturally and not built) then it won't be that big of deal as most of the link juice will pass in the 301 redirect.
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  • Profile picture of the author sadsprite
    how to do a 301 redirect properly?
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    • Profile picture of the author orvn
      Originally Posted by sadsprite View Post

      how to do a 301 redirect properly?
      Edit your .htaccess file (make sure your FTP client or SSH or whatever can see hidden files) with the following:

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      RewriteEngine on 
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^warriorforum.com [NC] 
      RewriteRule (.*) http://www.warriorforum.com/$1 [L,R=301]
      Obviously, replace WarriorForum with your own domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    with www is good
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  • Profile picture of the author mad.hat
    Originally Posted by joshgreen View Post

    Hi warriors,

    I can open my site in both www and non www format,so what should I link to:www or non www:confused:


    Josh
    I've found that without www is best for me. During consultations some clients say they'd rather have the www because it looks more "professional" than without the www. That is BS.

    No one cares whether your site has the www or not and if you do the 301 redirect they can type in www and still get to your site without any problems. Just keep building backlinks to your site without www and you'll be fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I build all my sites without www.
      Besides, anytime I'm looking for a site I never search with www, since it still gets directed to either version without me wasting 0.0015 seconds of my life for the extra www in the serach string.
      If you want to enter 10,000 websites daily, you save 15 seconds when you use domains without www and its great
      About the OP, if you are using Cpanel in your server, you can do it easily. Go to "manage redirects" and then define it without need even 1 line coding.
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  • Profile picture of the author sortshots
    hi..site with www sounds good..so use that and also put a permanent redirect between these two so that search doesn't considers them as a separate site..
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  • Profile picture of the author mithil
    Search engines especially Google considers both www and non www are different domains. Therefore its always better to set a domain first and then start doing link building for that particular domain.
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