indyank - 11:17 am on Nov 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
I noticed this morning that Google was displaying the home page of one of my sites as www, when I've had the www 301'd to non-www since it launched in April
Oh, atlast I found this thread again.So, netmeg it is you who raised it and it is you who was the first to verify both the www and non-www versions in webmaster tools and even suggested that it is normal. But then why does google wanting us to do this after several years? Some sites are in existence for more than 5 years and google was fine with us verifying only one version (subdomain).
Does anyone has an idea on why google is asking us to do this now? I don't see any reason (atleast me) why there should be two different owners for www and non-www versions.When there cannot be two different owners (technically it is possible in GWT), why is google asking us to verify ownership for versions that we 301 redirect to the other. Infact, we even tell google about out preferred version in GWT.
These messages have been triggered recently and there seems to be something wrong or google is using this information for a purpose, good or bad.
WMT reports don't match reality, for sure. As for the SERPs for "site:" searches, all is not well there either.
I even notice GWT showing some crawl errors (end of october and start of november) while clicking through them shows the detected dates falling as early as in 2009!