I had a really hard time deciding what section of the forum to post this in. Mods feel free to move this to a more appropriate subforum.
also, i know this issue has probably been rehashed a lot as I found many links to other threads, but the trouble is there is just so much info on it i am flooded.
I used a tool to analyze one of my sites, and it give me the following suggestion:
Permanent Redirect Not Found
Search engines may think example.com and www.example.com are two different sites.You should set up a permanent redirect (technically called a "301 redirect") between these sites. Once you do that, you will get full search engine credit for your work on these sites.
Now, I found this other thread on webmasterworld:
and after reading it i'm scared poopless about even messing with it at all. However i dont want to leave anything on the table when it comes to SEO.
looking for advice on how best to handle this.
some other details that may be helpful to know:
- I have a webmaster central account, but for this domain i havnt yet selected the 'preferred domain' whether www or non-www.
- I have been dropping all of my links (e.g. in blog comments) as www.example.com
- However i have been branding my site as Example.com
I appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks!