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    How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    I have my domain set to www but I checked my domain without the www. and it shows many more links without it.

    How much does this matter, does this matter anymore ? what should I do .

    can someone do a ahref and give an opinion for my site Mighty Clean Home House Cleaning Service Roswell Atlanta and if I should do with our without the www. as default. Kinda lost

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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    It really doesn't matter which you choose. The thing you need to be careful with is making sure you're consistent as google views www/non-www versions as different websites.

    It's not a HUGE problem, but you should make sure you're forwarding one to the other (which ever one you decide you're going to roll with) and just make sure any links you create are pointing at the version you decided on, otherwise you'll be losing some PR by pushing traffic through the redirect.

    It matters in that you're not getting as much juice from your links as you could be.

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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    I have a lot more links pointing to not www than to www.
    but my site is set up to www. I should change this right ?

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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    Quote Originally Posted by JimFranco View Post
    I have a lot more links pointing to not www than to www.
    but my site is set up to www. I should change this right ?
    No, my advice would be to make sure you list both with Google Analytics, then use your Dashboard to tell Google to use the www version, and then, as suggested above, make sure you redirect all calls for domain.com to www.domain.com using your .htaccess file by preference.

    See How to 301 Redirect Non-WWW to WWW URLs | | StepForth Web Marketing Inc. for how to do this. Depending on your server type:



    Note: do not use the method from those links if you are using subdomains (i.e., blog.domain.com).

    The code for Apache (.htaccess) is:

    Code:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    Substitute your domain for example.com.

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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    Thanks David! Was hoping you'd weigh in because you are more on the tech side than I am.

    I would keep the www from a user and marketing perspective.

    WHY? A lot of people automatically add www to everything. So with social mentions and word of mouth, often people will link to the www version out of habit. But if you don't use the www version, even though you have redirects set up so the customer will get to you, the initial click goes to the wrong version.
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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    301 redirects decrease link equity, so if literally everything else is equal you should use the non-www and 301 redirect all www versions to non-www versions. Just my 2 cents.
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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    Thank you very much !

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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    Quote Originally Posted by DanLeibson View Post
    301 redirects decrease link equity, so if literally everything else is equal you should use the non-www and 301 redirect all www versions to non-www versions. Just my 2 cents.
    The effect on link juice is minimal and theoretical. And what you gain from redirecting all to one version of the URL more than makes up for it.

    You probably lose more from internal site links.

    But you are correct in that whether you choose the www or non-www version comes down to a matter of preference.

    If you prefer the non-www version use this instead of what is posted in the links in my earlier post:

    Code:
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^mydomain.com [NC]
    RewriteRule ^/?(.*)$ http://mydomain.com/$1 [L,R=301]
    Substitute your own domain for the lines where you see mydomain.com.

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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    Having tested at scale I am convinced it's more then minimal and definitely not theoretical but of course YMMV. Agree with internal links, but again my comment was "everything else being equal"
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    Re: How much does it matter if domain has www. or not

    Just to add here regarding users that have subdomains, you can still do the 301 redirect for the www/non-www and then exclude the subdomains from the rule. Here's how the code would look in your .htaccess file:

    Code:
    RewriteEngine On 
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(.*)\.yourdomain\.com$ [NC] 
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    Save those changes, and you should now see redirects from non-www to www without looping and without losing your url structure.

    If you wanted to redirect the domain EXCEPT for a certain folder, you can use the following;

    Code:
    RewriteEngine On 
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(.*)\.yourdomain\.com$ [NC] 
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}!/blog$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    In the above example, the folder that we are NOT wanting to redirect is the "/blog" folder.

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