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can anyone tell me how important it is to set this up, so google knows its just one site?

my site is already page 1, but i want to boost it higher.

will setiing up a 301 help?? or is it old-hat?

Thanks
Gerry
#nonwww #www
  • Profile picture of the author alinpion
    For google it does not matter if you have www or not in your url. What is important is to decide if you want your site with www or not before you start building your backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author NEseO
    Agree it is all about backlinks. So if you link to 3w's then this is where you should have your site. The problem is if you link using both non-3w's. and 3w's as they are in effect for different sites.

    The best practice is to 301 3w' to non-3w's or vise versa to be sure you don't waste any links.
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    • Originally Posted by NEseO View Post

      Agree it is all about backlinks. So if you link to 3w's then this is where you should have your site. The problem is if you link using both non-3w's. and 3w's as they are in effect for different sites.

      The best practice is to 301 3w' to non-3w's or vise versa to be sure you don't waste any links.
      Very good suggestion for not wasting your links. Just to add that this is called canocalization of websites and with and without www is recognized as two different sites, thus google getting an impression of duplicate site, so decide and get rid of it soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author factoringUK
    Ok, thanks guys, i've been looking further into the 301 redirect.

    What about index.html and / can these be effectively considered as another 2 versions? Some websites are saying this is the case.
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  • Profile picture of the author xylement
    redirect www to non www or the other way round is a must, otherwise if your site is with www and backlinks generated was to non www then it will be a waste of effort =)
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  • Profile picture of the author akasheg
    Let it be how it is, it doesn't matter whether its www or not. Just save yourself of all other kinds of pain and hardwork.
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  • Profile picture of the author Annysmith001
    Its important to let know Google that with and without www your site is same. So you need to do 301 redirection to rediect non www to www version.
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  • Profile picture of the author C Rebecca
    Well, Google doesn't bother whether you have www with your website or not. But if you have both websites, that will impact negatively on your website... Your backlinks will split between both the versions and your main version won't get enough boost.

    Its better to promote one version either with www or non-www...

    You can do this by
    - Setting up 301 redirect from one version to main version
    - By setting your preferred version in Google webmaster tools
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  • Profile picture of the author magic99
    It's depend on you which URL do you want but its essential to decide to show.
    if your website opening with both w or without w then google feel that is different URL I read in Mattcutts Blog
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