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Meanwhile, Yahoo and everyone else I know of that links to me uses the www.
ODP is the only one without it. Is the ODP link so strong that it would outweigh every other link? Or is Google combining the two urls (hopefully) and just listing the url without www.?
It's best if you can to have all incoming links with the same URL but the effect of a single aberrant link may be insignificant, depending on what other links you have.
It looks like I'll have to ask DMOZ to change my url to include the www.
Then again, if I ask DMOZ, will all of the other directories and sites that have used DMOZ data, update their sites as well to have my proper url?
Hmmmm. Probably not. Therefore, I might actually be better off getting my other link partners to change my url to take out the www. Uhg. Oh boy. This is a dilemma.
Too bad I just can't say to Google that I would like my url to be counted as the same whether someone has linked to it with the www. or without the www.
After all, I am the webmaster, and I should have control over something like that... If I want my site to be the same for a url with & without the www. that should be my choice, no?
Maybe someone who knows a lot more about coding than me, can implement this idea and come up with a piece of code that would make it so Google and other engines would see a url as one in the same regardless of whether or not the www. was included in the link to a site or not (assuming the webmaster wanted it that way)... Is it possible?
Do a server side redirect of root to the www subdomain.
Just tell dmoz the proper format is to use "www" with your URL. of course, it might take awhile to get that change made, so be patient. Or, hope that Google changes something so that it sees them as the same page - it could happen.
in these types of cases i've discovered, google is very tied to EXACTLY what dmoz has. but it fluctuates a bit too, so it's hard to know exactly what to do about it.
for example, i've had google spidering & listing things like domain.com/index.html but without the corresponding DMOZ listing because that only has domain.com/ - even though they're the same thing. but then the next month it'll change again.
In theory it should. The redirect is telling Google "there is no content at this URL, it is over here...". Google shouldn't be indexing URLs that just redirect.
My only concern would be if by doing the redirect Google would devalue the links since I am basically saying there is no content at this form of the url (even though sites/DMOZ are linking to it).
Do you think this could happen?
This shouldn't be a problem if it is a *permanent* redirect. What that means is "yes, there is content, but now it is no longer at this URL, and instead at this URL...".