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Is It Still Necessary To 301 Redirect The Non-Www Version Of A Website

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#1 ttw


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 01:21 PM

I have a client that wants to redirect all their non-www traffic as follows:

http://mysite.com redirects to: http://www.mysite.com

They have already identified the www version in GWMTs as their primary domain.

When I asked why they were doing this they said that websites generally link to the non-www version.

Do we really need to do this anymore? Will this mess up anything if they also have pages at say http://info.mysite.com

Isn't Google already doing a good job of passing link popularity for these two versions?



#2 Jill


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:38 PM

You don't. But it's still best practice.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:10 PM

You don't. But it's still best practice

Thanks Jill, now I'm confused, that wasn't difficult was it. Please can you explain what the Plus side is of doing it and the Downside of not doing it.

#4 Jill


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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:14 PM

Typically I don't bother with it, but there's another thread here somewhere where Ron Carnell made some good points about not relying on search engines to "get it right" that sort of thing.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

The simple answer is if you have a preference; redirect.

If you don't; let the SEs decide which to show.

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