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#1 doughayman

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:16 PM

Hi all,

I am asking the following question from a Google perspective:

- I have a domain that is almost 13 years old;

- All my internal references to pages are always in the
form of "www.example.com", not "example.com";

- All pages that are indexed in Google from this domain,
are all prefixed with "www.example.com";

- I have stipulated in Google (via WMT), that all references
to the example.com domain be displayed
as "www.example.com";

- I noticed that my ISP, whom I have been with for several
years has www.example.com and example.com map to 2
different IP addresses; specifically, the example.com
IP points to an old hosting server, and that maps to some
default page on that server, not the home page of my
www.example.com;

- I am using an old webserver (long story here) that does
not enable me to perform a 301 redirect from requests
that could potentially come in from example.com (to
www.exmaple.com). Similarly, there are no API rewrite
facilities with this webserver to accomplish this;

- My current ISP will permit me to change the example.com
IP address to be the same as my www.example.com IP
address, from a DNS perspective;

Given the above, would you recommend that I make the DNS
change to equate these 2 domains to being the same IP address,
or am I looking for trouble here ?

Thanks in advance.


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Posted 19 February 2009 - 06:43 PM

I'd fix the DNS if it were me.

I don't see any downside at all to be concerned about. And considerable upside for those who might type in addresses without the www.

#3 doughayman

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 07:04 PM

QUOTE(Randy @ Feb 19 2009, 06:43 PM) View Post
I'd fix the DNS if it were me.

I don't see any downside at all to be concerned about. And considerable upside for those who might type in addresses without the www.


Thanks Randy, your opinion is well-respected in my book. I tend to agree with you - I guess I'm just afraid of introducing potential duplicate content penalties - e.g., will Google treat www.domain.com/index.htm and domain.com/index.htm as 2 different pages, with identical content ??


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Posted 19 February 2009 - 08:24 PM

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e.g., will Google treat www.domain.com/index.htm and domain.com/index.htm as 2 different pages, with identical content ??


Newp, they shouldn't. You've already set that in Webmaster Tools. And besides, if they were going to do that they'd have already been doing it, where the content of the "two" pages was actually different!

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I guess I'm just afraid of introducing potential duplicate content penalties


There's no such thing under normal circumstances, so no worries on that count.

#5 doughayman

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:02 PM

OK, Randy, thanks again for the affirmation. Much appreciated on this end !!

#6 Jill

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 04:57 PM

Not to mention that there's no such thing as a duplicate content penalty.




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