Difference between www and no www?

Difference between www and no www?


Most people consider that there is no difference between www and no www sites, in other way they think that http://affiliatebesttips.com is the same address of http://www.affiliatebesttip.com, is this true?difference between www and no www

Well, in fact for the web server it is not important point as most times it
will be configured, but for the search engines it is another story.

Search engines consider a big difference between www and no www sites, they are totally two addresses and for you it means that when you increase your SEO for www.yoursite.com so you don´t gain traffic for yoursite.com !

Till example: your back links will be divided into two addresses than one address, and according to that your Page rank will be also divided into two websites, so instead of having 5 PR you will get 3 PR for www.yoursite.com and 2 PR for yoursite.com, and search engine will show only one of those sites in the search listings.



So how can you fix this?

it is just 3 steps you should follow to overcome this problem and make your website with no difference between www and no www :


1. Choose your preferred domain and stick to it:

If your website is new then you don´t have problem, just use what you see it looks better with your domain name as some domains looks better with www and others with no www.

If you already done lot of SEO to your domain name so you should look at each of them, the one which has better Page Rank is the winner and it is recommended that you choose to save your time.

Page Rank is the most real indicator of the high quality backlinks number.

I can suggest you to use a good tool called Traffic Travis which give you detailed report of your backlinks(quality and quantity) so you can check the both addresses you have and compare which one you will keep.

After doing that stick to your preferred domain and use it all the time.


2. Specify your preferred domain in GWT(Google´s Webmaster Tools):

Follow these easy steps:

a. Go to Webmaster Tools Home Page, log in your account and choose the website you want to make changes to(if you have more than website).

b. Click the icon difference between www and no www  and choose Site Settings.

c. In Preferred Domain choose your preferred domain.


3. Use a 301 redirect:

In this final step you will redirect the traffic of your non preferred domain to the preferred one, so when search engines or visitors choose your www or no www domain they will see only your preferred domain.

To Use a 301 redirect:

Go to your .htaccess file.

a. If your preferred domain has www so paste this code in any place of the above file:

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{http_host} ^yourdomain.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/ [R=301,NC]


b. if your preferred domain has no www so paste this snippet instead:

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{http_host} ^www\.yourdomain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://yourdomain.com/ [R=301,NC] 


That´s it!


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