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The "www" is missing in Google's listing for my new site
captainron19




msg:4107856
 9:26 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

I finished a new site - when i search for the name in google it comes up as number 2 on the ranking but where the domain name is listed under the short description it does not have the www.

so the page address just looks like "example.com"
while others look like http://www.example.com

What would cause this to list differently for the site I have as compared to the others?

[edited by: tedster at 9:59 pm (utc) on Mar 31, 2010]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]

 

Acrill




msg:4107901
 11:31 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

Try accessing Webmaster Tools. You can change how Google displays your address from there.

g1smd




msg:4108127
 8:56 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Firstly, set up a site-wide 301 redirect from non-www to www. There's plenty of example code in WebmasterWorld Apache forum here.

The danger comes in allowing both www and non-www URLs to both return '200 OK', rather than one of them correctly sending a 301 redirect OR once the redirect is in place, having any internal navigation links that when clicked send you through a redirect instead of directly to the correct content page.

In Google WebmasterTools, make sure your register and verify both www.example.com and example.com and that you look at the 'internal links' and 'links to your site' reports for both. It can be very revealing if you have a look a few weeks after making changes.

g1smd




msg:4109093
 8:10 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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