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Making the www For Your Site Appear in SERP



11:07 pm on Apr 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In MSN, I have sites that don't show the www before the domain name.

I was wondering if anyone could please tell me if this might be affecting my traffic rankings?

Also, I do not have access to the root host file. I do have the option in the website building program to redirect from example.com to www.example.com and I have done that but in MSN the www does not show.

Is there anything else I can do?

I started a thread on this before but did not write back about the question jdMorgan asked on redirecting, and it is too old now to post in it.

I have wrote about that in this thread so I am hoping this might help to answer the question. I would appreciate if someone can please tell me what I can do.

Below is the old thread



7:14 pm on Apr 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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So you now have the redirect in place? If you check the headers using something like the LiveHttpHeaders add-on for Firefox you can make sure you have a 301 (permanent) redirect from the non-www to the www version of your domain.


9:56 pm on Apr 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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That is a great suggestion. Thanks.

I checked and this is what I see. For the homepage and some inner pages, in the SERP it says example.com (home page) or example.com/widget.html (inner page), it says 301 redirect for these. For the other inner pages, in the SERP it says www.example.com/widget.html and for these there is no 301 redirect.

So some pages have a redirect and some have the www version and for those there is no redirect.

With things being this way, can you please tell me if things seem ok? Are traffic rankings being affected because of how things are?


6:22 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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As long as the page remains indexed (and it should), traffic rankings should not be affected while the switch from non-www to www occurs.


10:02 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for responding.

It has been about six months since the redirect was made. I only see some of the inner pages in the SERP showing the www version.

Do you know about how long it could take for all the pages to show the www version in the SERP?


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