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To www or not to www ? That is the question...

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by eye-2i.com, Aug 25, 2004.

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    eye-2i.com, Aug 25, 2004 IP
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  2. Smyrl

    Smyrl Tomato Republic Staff

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    I read some statistics somewhere that majority of users use the www when linking. For this reason think it a good idea to use the www. If you get links to both Google will view single site as two sites and hence split potential page rank between the two.

    Shannon
     
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    I think the best thing is to pick one and stick with it. I have decided to pick the www flavor.

    Shawn, what htaccess statement do you use for the 301 redirect?
     
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    I do it in the httpd.conf file directly...

    Info on it over here.
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 25, 2004 IP
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    a little off topic here...
    @eye-2i:
    I visited your link http://eye-2i.com/webhosting.html and is this 1GB of bandwidth DAILY? So that would be 30GB a month? + 1GB of space ?
     
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    Greetings jfontestad
    Yes, I am offering 1 GB daily = 30 GB month bandwidth.

    Are you needing hosting?

    Hope this helps,
    Have a great day?
     
    eye-2i.com, Aug 26, 2004 IP
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    I'd say use the www one. I always use www when I link.
     
    caroline, Sep 3, 2004 IP
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    It doesn't at all matter which form you prefer, but you absolutely, positively need to pick one or the other and establish it as your canonical form.

    Some feel that the public has been brainwashed to believe that all web URLs begin with www. Others feel that without the www, a URL looks cleaner and simpler, and possibly easier to remember. I prefer the second approach, but doubt mightily that it matters much at all.

    But whichever you pick as your canonical form, you need to have directives in your .htaccess file (God help those not hosted on Apache server software) to 301-redirect calls to the wrong form over to the canonical form, else the search engines will see two utterly separate sets of pages--in effect, two distinct sites. And they will "credit" links to one or the other, depending on which form the linking page used (over which you have no control), not both. In the worst case, you could lose half your potential backlink strength.

    There is more in this SEO Tip "That pesky www", including suitable .htaccess directives.
     
    Owlcroft, Sep 5, 2004 IP