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  • I recently created a new website

    As you can see, there is no www. This is the first website I’ve ever created. I thought I should mention that as I realize this could be a fairly newbie question.

    When I search Google for my site, it is indexed for the non-www url.
    When I try and search site:, google does not have it indexed.

    I was confused so I decided to try it out with other more popular niche sites. For them, it seems to be opposite. Both URLs seem to be indexed but, but when I search google for non-www, it shows the www indexed sites.
    (For me, searching on Google shows non-www indexed sites. When I search, there are no pages indexed.)

    Could somebody explain this a little bit for me? How did they index their site on google so that both searches show up for their site?

    Would changing my URL to www instead of just solve the problem?
    Would doing so help improve SEO?

    I’m very lost and would really appreciate some help.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Advisor and Activist

    The difference is length and preference. There’s no SEO benefit either way.

    Thread Starter lovboa


    Wow thank you for such a quick reply.

    How bout in Google search?
    When I search for it does not show any pages.

    When I search it shows my pages.

    Other people’s niche sites seem to show up for both searches.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Advisor and Activist

    That’s because redirects to and no one links to the www version 🙂

    I get the same thing for my sites, and it’s as expected.

    Thread Starter lovboa


    Ah I see.

    I guess my question now is…how can I make it so that google indexes both those versions- with www and without?

    It seems to be what the top niche sites have.

    Also, it is bad that it actually redirects to
    —with the / at the end?

    I dont even know why it does this…it’s just been that way since the beginning

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Advisor and Activist

    The trailing slash doesn’t matter.

    I wouldn’t worry about the indexing, especially if you make a Google Webmaster account and tell it to index both www and non-www but that you give preference to non. It all sorts out.

    Remember, people aren’t searching for or even all the time. They’ll search for ‘how to become a pilot in canada’ 🙂 So long as it all redirects, you’re fine.

    Common practice to 301 redirect to www to non www or vise versa… In fact, it’s recommended as google actually treats them as two separate domains.

    You should have one or the other , not both. Other wise known as the canonical domain it helps google understand what your preferred choice is, allowing both www and non www indexed can result in indexing problems and possibly even Duplicate content issues , as stated above it can be seen as two separate domains.

    So as long as you choose one of them you will be perfectly fine.

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