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  1. Non www to www redirect

    That brilliant Woorank.com site showed that there is a problem with my site:

    "Be careful! Your website without www doesn't redirect to www (or the opposite). It's duplicate content!"

    Would it have no negative effect if I redirected now on a well established site the non www to www? Also, how is it possible to do this?

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    I don't think it (redirecting non-WWW to WWW) will give any negative effects to your website since basically it's the same website after all.

    Regarding on how to do it, there's a thread dedicated to discuss how to redirect non-www to www here. Have a look.

    Cheers,

    Quote Originally Posted by tetrapak View Post
    That brilliant Woorank.com site showed that there is a problem with my site:

    "Be careful! Your website without www doesn't redirect to www (or the opposite). It's duplicate content!"

    Would it have no negative effect if I redirected now on a well established site the non www to www? Also, how is it possible to do this?

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by tetrapak View Post
    Would it have no negative effect if I redirected now on a well established site the non www to www? Also, how is it possible to do this?
    No. It will have positive effect

    You can do it via .htaccess file:
    Code:
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.yoursitename\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://yoursitename.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    Last edited by Leftfield; 28 May, 2010 at 23:26 PM. Reason: Have added htaccess rules for removing www from URL

  4. If you have access to Cpanel it would be easiest way to do this from the control panel.

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    Google usually resolves canonical issues without the requirement of a 301 redirect to either the www or non-www version of your domain. Though it's good SEO practice to resolve the issue; because, a canonical issue could wreck havoc on your website's ranking especially in Yahoo.

    Matt Cutts wrote a good post explaining url canonicalization here:
    SEO advice: url canonicalization

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Leftfield View Post
    No. It will have positive effect
    Do you mean websites using www perform better than websites without www?
    |Nico Lawsons

  7. #7
    No, there is no better or worse. You must have consistent url, with or without www and that's all.

  8. You can set www and non www in google webmaster tool in few seconds.
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    What about other engines?

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