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    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.

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    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?

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    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:
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    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.yoursitename\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://yoursitename.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    Last edited by Leftfield; 29 May, 2010 at 00:26 AM. Reason: Have added htaccess rules for removing www from URL

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    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

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    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

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

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    You can set www and non www in google webmaster tool in few seconds.
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