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Is http://mysite.com redirect. to www.mysite.com cloaking or duplicate



10:50 am on Jan 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have a page that is [mysite.com...] and also a [mysite.com...] (without www). Both pages have same content. The one without the www has a higher PR and more links to it (previous owner) had it organized that way.

Would this be against any SE rules or regarded as cloaking or duplicate pages?

Any advise how to redirect it all to the www page?


5:59 pm on Jan 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's not against any rules. It isn't considered duplicate content. One day the search engines will figure out this mess of "canonical" URLs and get it all straight. Until then you can use Mod_Rewrite in a .htaccess file to redirect non-www prefixed URLs to a www prefix if you want (or eliminate the www -- your choice). Or you could just leave it "as is".


6:17 pm on Jan 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am just afraid that they consider it as duplicate content and penalized me for that. Where would I go then to make a report?

Also if I use the Mod_Rewrite rewrite,
1) can i use it if my site is on .asp.
2) will the Mod_Rewrite also be able to transfer the PR and links pointing to it?



6:47 pm on Jan 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mod_Rewrite only works on Apache webservers. If you are using .asp, then I doubt it's an Apache server.

As far as transferring pagerank, I don't know.


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