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Without the "www" my SERPS are dramatically worse.
Is there anyway to prevent the spiders/search engines from dropping the "www"? or
should I be redirecting the non-www url to the address that includes it?
Is this advantageous?
I have a site that has a listing in the Yahoo directory, which up until a few days ago was being displayed in the search results for all applicable keywords as my Yahoo directory listing.
The text link url listed in the search results was www.mydomain.com
Just recently, my site results is a spidered version, which seemed okay at first glance, except that the text link url in the results is mydomain.com - "www" omitted.
I definitely get worse search results as the url without the "www" included doesn't have any links pointing to it, only the complete url with the "www" included in the address.
How does the spider crawl my site and display without the "www" in the address in the search results?
How do I change this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I changed the setting, but how do I create the 301 redirect. Somebody mentioned a rewrite change in the server config file, is this the same thing?
Am I going to have an issue with Yahoo, et al with 2 identical sites?
I clicked on the "more from this site" and it seems that all the pages indexed have the "www" included.
Please let me know what I should do next.
Before I attempt to modify the Apache config files, it is absolutely necessary to make this change and if so, what other potential pitfalls should I be aware of?
word1-word2.com, I do also own word1word2.com.
Every link on the site is, and has always been, hardcoded word1-word2.com/extention.html
Now the reason I tell you this is because both Yahoo! and Google have also spidered and indexed www.word1-word2.com amd www.word1word2.com even though they only point at word1-word2.com. There is no content on the other three.
None of the 4 derivatives have had any kind of penalty imposed on them and, depending which way the wind is blowing, they serve up the results as they seem to think fit.
The most results are served up under word1-word2.com however at least 40% of my traffic for this site comes through the other urls...
What does this tell me?
That Yahoo! and Google do not seem to impose a penalty for identical sites under the same or hyphenated URL served under www. and without and all 1,000+ keywords are ranked #~1-3.
I even use my Google Adsense Channels to see which one is performing the best.
I have absolutely no doubt that others have experienced exactly the opposite...could the age of this site have anything to do with it?
In my case as the saying goes "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
We just recently changed the virtual host name to "www.mydomain.com". When Yahoo/google/etc. spiders crawl our site, will they now return the url with the "www"?
Would it make sense to wait until AFTER the site gets re-spidered and then change the htaccess to include the rewrite, OR do it now?
If the spider recaptures the correct url w/ the "www" in the next crawl, it would partially resolve the duplicate site issue - and then I can include the rewrite to prevent it from happening again.
This is what's perplexing. Am I thinking about it right?
Thanks again soapystar