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9:48 pm on Jun 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hello Folks,

I am new to this forum, and this is my first question. I am confused, and need help.

If a site has a url http://example.com/ is this alright? Or, should this be redirected to
http://www.example.com/

If I do this would it hamper the SEO that has been built for the site so far.

[edited by: phranque at 9:45 pm (utc) on Jun 25, 2014]
[edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]

10:52 pm on June 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It is recommended that you choose either http://example.com OR http://www.example.com otherwise each of your pages will be able to be accessed under two different URLs, creating duplicate content.

It does not matter which domain format you prefer, either is good.

Once you decide which domain format you prefer, then make sure you redirect all URLs from the "wrong" version to the same page on the preferred version.
10:59 pm on June 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Either one is fine, so long as you are consistent. So far, no search engine-- including Google-- has categorically decided that it likes "with www" better than "without www", or vice versa.

You do need to redirect one to the other. Otherwise you've got Duplicate Content all over the place.

Edit:
Oops, overlapped.
11:26 pm on June 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thank you very much for the replies. Appreciate the help.

Actually, I did a test run on GTMetrix to assess my blogs performance. There I saw it mentioning that the blog that I manage has a 301 redirect.

http://www.example.com/ redirects to http://example.com/

And, it asked me to remove the redirect. As it is hampering the site load time etc.

I have 1 more questions:

a.) If I move http://example.com/ to http://www.example.com/ would that impact the SEO?

[edited by: phranque at 9:46 pm (utc) on Jun 25, 2014]
[edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]

11:37 pm on June 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Pardon our manners: Welcome to Webmasterworld!

Yes. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) means letting the SE know which optimal way you'd like to be found as a domain name. That way it won't be confused. :)

Will it hurt anything you've done so far? No. A redirect means just that, the other form will not be seen, thus can do no harm.
 

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