|Zeal and the "www." prefix|
If the site doesn't need or want it, they add it anyway
I was able to get "example.com" added to Zeal. But, they list it as "www.example.com", which I've set up to redirect to "example.com". The latter is, of course, the preferred version.
Should I now try to get the www removed, or in the case of Zeal does it really matter?
Note that the Zeal guidelines say to include the www unless the site doesn't work without it, and because of that I specifically included a note saying the www wasn't necessary. The note didn't work. Also note that I'm not grousing about this, just wondering whether it's really necessary to try to change it.
I think the www really do matters.
If your sysadmin has a clue and a bucket to carry it in (as it sounds like), and has set up the www.example.com to redirect to example.com with a 301 permanent redirect (as it sounds like), then it doesn't make a difference.
Any functioning web client (including both real browsers and industrial-strength spiders like googlebot) HAVE to be able to handle that situation.
|Any functioning web client (including both real browsers and industrial-strength spiders like googlebot) HAVE to be able to handle that situation. |
I'm the sysadmin, and the redirect does do a 301, so everything's fine there.
And, looking at my logs I have no doubt that googlebot follows 301s.
However, I seem to recall reading on one of the Bourbon threads that google might be devaluing 301 redirected links. That is, a link to www.example.com which then 301s to example.com might be worth less than a direct link to example.com.
I seem to recall reading that google doesn't spider Zeal's pages, and in any case they all have PR0 as far as I can tell.
Do you get any visitors (i.e., human beings) from Zeal?
|Do you get any visitors (i.e., human beings) from Zeal? |
It hasn't been listed that long, but no.
Zeal powers Looksmart network so it used to be a good place. Who does Looksmart power now days?
>Do you get any visitors (i.e., human beings) from >Zeal?
Yes but not every day :) I'm positive you get a few brownie points from Google for a link from Zeal, though.