help! www and non www version mixup?

by ktrainer 8 replies
great- i just discovered, after trying and trying to get more pages crawled and indexed by google- that my www version of the site has 8 pages indexed and hundreds of backlinks, but my non www version has hundreds of indexed pages and NO BACKLINKS. is this affecting my serp position?


what does google see? if i started getting backlinks for non www version, would it push up?

should i set a preferred domain in webmaster tools?

really really would appreciate some help

thanks,
Kelly
#website design #mixup #version #www
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  • Profile picture of the author ChopSuey
    Try using .htaccess redirect from non www to www
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  • Profile picture of the author xInd
    More links will always push it up. I wouldn't worry too much about www or non www... I don't worry about it too much myself, but there are some points to consider...
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  • Profile picture of the author Amsterdam
    Yep, use htaccess. Something like this:-

    Code:
     
    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
     
    # Make http://yoururl.com go to http://www.yoururl.com
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yoururl.com [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yoururl.com/$1 [L,R=301]
    Hope this helps,

    T
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay_v
    This is called canonicalization url issue. I would use .htaccess for redirect to your preferred URL.

    Search for canonical url to read more about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    Also, setup your site with Google's Webmaster Tools and you can tell Google to either look for the www or non-www.

    But you need to pick one and stick with it. It is important according to Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by ktrainer View Post

    what does google see?
    2 websites!

    Originally Posted by ktrainer View Post

    should i set a preferred domain in webmaster tools
    absolutely, do it asap
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    • Profile picture of the author Freeman A
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      • Profile picture of the author ktrainer
        Thanks for all of the help! I'm working on it.. just a quick question

        I have 2 dynamic "components" to my site- a forum and a user-powered classified ads system

        will the redirect work for those pages, too, or do i need a different one for dynamic pages?

        Thanks again in advance!

        Kelly
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