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8:38 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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About a week ago I noticed that in Google sitemaps I can connect domain.com to www.domain.com.

Basically saying that those 2 are pointing to same site. I did it.

Now I noticed changes.

1. Site domain.com was automaticly added to mysites in google maps.
2. Crawl stats and Page analysis show "Data is not available at this time"
3. It looks like I lost ranking on some phrases in Google. Traffic fell considerably.

Question: That thing I used to connect domain.com to www.domain.com is not there anymore? Where can I disconnect?

Warning: If you already enjoying Google's traffic do not touch it.

8:58 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I added it to the site the same day Matt published his video about it on his blog. It also added site.com

2 days later the entire site went into supplimental and traffic dropped.

I too went back to remove it and the tool is gone as is the site.com

Site is 5+ years old, went from about 600 indexed pages to showing about 20, all in sup.

9:11 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have done this too. What is one supposed to do when the non-www site.com appears? Leave it alone? Or go in there and change something?

So far no problems on the site though - anyway traffic down since last data refresh, and I may get to see how bad it can get.

9:25 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"I have done this too. What is one supposed to do when the non-www site.com appears? Leave it alone? Or go in there and change something?"

You just leave it alone.

9:59 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Make sure that you have a site-wide 301 redirect from non-www to www, one that preserves the full URL path in the redirect - and then leave well alone.

The non-www stuff will go supplemental and hang around for a year. That is normal and can be ignored. If the 301 redirect is in place, then it is not treated as being duplicate content any longer.

10:29 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The sitemaps "preferred domain" tool has been removed !

An, I don't believe the statistics page works either, those statistics are frozen week after week, even after I've made really major structural changes, far more than 3 weeks ago

12:26 am on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yep, it has been removed. Guess google jumped the gun like usual and did not fully test things out.
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@trinorthlighting

Do your statistics work? you know, the bit where they tell you what the most popular phrases for finding your site are

12:32 am on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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They also seem to have dropped the

Googlebot last successfully accessed your home page on [date]

on Sitemaps's...er...make that Google webmaster tools's Diagnostic>>>Summary page.

2:00 am on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"The sitemaps "preferred domain" tool has been removed"
It will be back after maintenance is complete.

[googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...]

 

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