Google Does Not Reconize URL Links without the "WWW" ?

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Recently, I did some link building for SEO purposes and some of the major sites I exchanged links with put up the link to my website url WITHOUT the "WWW" in front of the domain name.

After a week I checked for links from any external pages in Google's Webmaster Central and found out that all external links linking to my site WITHOUT the "WWW" was not indexed, where as, the ones with the WWW shows.

I hope some SEO experts here can clarify that this is true and hope that others do not repeat my mistake.

Anybody had the same experience?
#google #links #reconize #url #www
  • Profile picture of the author anuj291
    Yes even i need this answer.. even i have different number of backlinks for my site with and without .. www
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  • Profile picture of the author intelinside
    Google does take both www and non-www as backlinks.

    A URL with 'www' and without 'www' is considered as two separate domains by Google !

    However, you can use either of them but you need to be consistent in whatever method you adopt.

    It is a mistake to use both approaches as they not only split the PR but also affects your SERPs.

    You can set your preferred domain in Google Webmasters Tools.
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  • Profile picture of the author xga
    Do a 301 redirect to redirect all the non-www traffic to the www version. In this way, you don't have to worry if people link to you without the www in the domain
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  • Profile picture of the author thomasr
    Right a without a 301 redirect the 2 pages are considered seperate......use Yahoo site explorer to see all your backlinks that are indexed....and set-up the 301 for goodness sakes!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Because someone will now ask how to set up the 301 redirect...

    1. Create a file in your public_html folder called .htaccess (if it doesn't already exist there).

    2. Put the following lines in the .htaccess file:

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.yourdomain.com$
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301]

    3. Replace yourdomain.com with your domain name. Change nothing else.

    4. Save the .htaccess file.

    5. Check by opening your browser and trying to access your site without the www. in front. It should pull up the www. version automatically. If not, you did something wrong.

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    • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
      Hey thanks!
      That's just what I need. CODINGGGG!!!

      Just done some simple 301 redirect for my main sites.

      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Because someone will now ask how to set up the 301 redirect...

      1. Create a file in your public_html folder called .htaccess (if it doesn't already exist there).

      2. Put the following lines in the .htaccess file:

      RewriteEngine on
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.yourdomain.com$
      RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301]

      3. Replace yourdomain.com with your domain name. Change nothing else.

      4. Save the .htaccess file.

      5. Check by opening your browser and trying to access your site without the www. in front. It should pull up the www. version automatically. If not, you did something wrong.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Liquidgraph
    Google does see the two domains as separate, however it's also smart enough to link the two together. You can help Google out by adding a "canonical" tag in the head section of both pages, indicating which domain you prefer Google to use.

    As for getting links from non-www domains and them not counting towards your PR and SEPPS, that's totally bogus. Most blogs are http:// without www. Links without www are just as valid as those that aren't, everything else being equal.
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  • Profile picture of the author dataprovier
    I dont think there is such case with Google..it index every type of URL whether it is without w3 or with w3...so it might be the case that there is some problem in your pages which are not indexed.
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