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Google indexing: https, ww., w., www.

     
3:06 pm on May 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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We recently launched a new site and find it weird that Google is indexing: https., www., w., ww., http., and all other variations.

I used the site:domain.com to see this.

Could it be the site is being spidered the first time, or there are canonical issues?

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3:31 pm on May 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If you hadn't intentionally set up w. and ww. then that's an issue. Check your domains DNS records and web server setup so that requests aren't served for those.
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Is your DNS configured to resolve *.example.com to your web server's IP address? Is your web server configured to responded to all queries, regardless of the domain name?
4:29 pm on May 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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No matter what the underlying issue is, you should be able to make it go away by adding a domain-name-canonicalization redirect: if the request isn't for http://www.example.com it isn't allowed in the door. Exact wording will depend on which type of server you've got.
 

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