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Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Mat, Oct 26, 2005.

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    Mat, Oct 26, 2005 IP
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  2. dct

    dct Finder of cool gadgets

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    You should only use one and re-direct the other to the one you choose, this way you won't be penalised for duplicate content. I normally prefer to use the www version, however in your situation I'd be be tempted to stick with the non www version as that seems to be better indexed.
     
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    Whatever you do pick one and stick to it.
     
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  4. Mat

    Mat Peon

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    Do you think google is not bothering to index a lot of pages under www.dvd-subtitles.com, because there's duplicate content under dvd-subtitles.com?
     
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    Personally yes.
     
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  6. Mat

    Mat Peon

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    Last night, I set up a 301 from the www URL to the non-www URL. In my .htaccess:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.dvd-subtitles\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://dvd-subtitles.com/$1 [R=301,L]

    This morning I tried "site:dvd-subtitles.com" in google, and I only get 895 results. :( :(

    Yesterday I was getting 10,800 results for "site:dvd-subtitles.com".

    What's happened?

    Mat :(
     
    Mat, Oct 27, 2005 IP
  7. Alx

    Alx Member

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    i think site:dvd-subtitles.com shows results also from www.dvd-subtitles.com

    thats why you had more results with site:dvd-subtitles.com

    i think it was better to redirect to www.
     
    Alx, Oct 27, 2005 IP
  8. lappy512

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    yeah, if you just do dvd-subtitles.com, it will do for all sites, including subdomains, under that domain.
     
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  9. Mat

    Mat Peon

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    #9
    that doesn't quite follow...

    yesterday:
    "site:dvd-subtitles.com" returned 10,800 results,
    "site:www.dvd-subtitles.com" returned 790 results.

    today:
    "site:dvd-subtitles.com" returns 895 reuslts,
    "site:www.dvd-subtitles.com" returns 744 results.

    surely as I now redirect all to dvd-subtitles.com, I should be getting the 10,800 results plus the 790 results for www.dvd-subtitles.com?

    Why should all my dvd-subtitles.com pages suddenly disappear off the index?

    Mat
     
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  10. fryman

    fryman Kiss my rep

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    You can't put up a redirect and expect Google to update its index by the next day.

    Give it some time, pick either the www or the no-www version, and stick to it. Give it some time, I did the same and it took almost 2 months for Google to start catching up.
     
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    Mat Peon

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    I wasn't expecting Google to update its index the next day - yet it seemed as though google DID update its index the next day - by dropping almost all my pages :eek:

    I do find your words reassuring though - thanks. Looks like I'll have to sweat and pray for a month or two :rolleyes:

    Thanks,
    Mat
     
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    yes this also wiht me my sites shows more pr with www
     
    sachin, Oct 27, 2005 IP
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    Redirecting should be standard procedure in the setup of any domain. Not good to be slapped for duplicate content because of your own domain / subdomain.

    DP
     
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    these ar two different domains in google's eyes.
     
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