I’ve been pretty careful to ensure all of my websites land on a www.domainnameDOTcom or without the www. with just domainnameDOTcom. Not too long ago there were plenty of warnings explaining the importance of having your domain direct to just ONE version, not both.
For some reason I decided to do some random checking on my domains and lo and behold – I found *four* domains with problems. Two were recently moved to a different host, maybe something got lost in the transfer? One domain I have no explaination for – there was no .htaccess code specifying the version to use. Anytime I build a site – the .htaccess codes are one of the first things I take care of before the site goes live and is at the top of the ‘New Sites To Do List’ and then checked off with a double look to ensure everything is good to go.
The fourth domain was interesting. It was my directory site fabaroo.com. The directory itself was fine, only allowing for the non-www version, but the article blog was sticking for both versions. So I checked another domain with a blog subfolder – sure e’nuff, both www and non-www were sticking. I had to go into the blog folder’s .htaccess file and paste the code for the non-www version.
Why not take 15 minutes today to run through each of your websites. Check for www and non-www on all subfolders too (like blogs). Make sure everything is only directing to one version.
I did some checking in Yahoo for my affiliate sites that had the bloopers, and yup – a few scraper sites have pointed links to the opposite version than what I was using. For example if all the inbound links I worked on were pointing to the non-www version of my domain, the scraper site pointed to the www version.
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