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3:21 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is what happens: When I type my website URL into the browser as "www.foofoo.com" it connects to the site and the the URL in the browser changes to "foofoo.com"

My question is: why does this happen, and what effect does this behavior have with SEO and G

3:26 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Why does this happen?

Apparently your host has set up a 301 permanent redirect from www to non-www. This is not the norm as most are doing it the other way around. That is not to say yours is incorrect. Someone, somewhere, decided that non-www was the way to go for you.

And what effect does this behavior have with SEO and G

Non-www presents some challenges out of the box. We've discussed them here in great detail over the years. I even made the decision to strip my WWW a while back and after a lengthy topic on the Pros and Cons, I changed my mind again. :)

No More WWW
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In your case, depending on how long it has been that way and what percentage of your inbound links are linking without the www will determine how you move forward with the promotion of your domain.

How do other pages within your site respond? Like this...

example.com/folder/

Or like this...

folder.example.com/

6:52 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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To not have the redirect in place would potentially cause you lots of problems.

The redirect is A Good Thing, but I would have had it redirect in the other direction.