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    More Cheesier Than Ever Cheesehead's Avatar
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    SEO Hosting?
    I use hostgator and redirect all my pages to www. When I added a WordPress blog to one of my addon domains, the blog had it's own redirect to non-www and so the redirects looped from one to another. So tech support disabled my redirect and then told me that if I REALLY wanted SEO, I should use their seohosting (seohosting.com). Seems like a bit of smoke to me - I think I would still face the duplicate www and non-www issue even with their hosting. I simply would get separate IP addresses. If pages are not linked together, separate IP addresses would not be an issue. And in this case, both my site and blog are on the same domain so the IP address is not even relevant.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    I am thinking of perhaps simply using a free Google Blogspot blog or perhaps trying a different blog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesehead
    I think I would still face the duplicate www and non-www issue even with their hosting.
    No search engine would penalize you for "duplicate content" by having the same content on yourdomain.com as well as www.yourdomain.com . Why bother with messy redirects?

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    I know little or nothing about redirects.

    But I do know that if you go into the "Options" on a WordPress blog, you can change the default yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com.

    Just make the change, save that, and I think it will ask you to log into the WordPress dashboard again, because it now sends you to www.yourdomain.com instead of yourdomain.com.

    As for hostgator and redirects, I know nothing.
    Generate more fake news.

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    The best reason to redirect from one to the other is to force people to bookmark and link to one or the other type of link.

    This will make more of your links to one type than the other. This helps your SEO believe it or not. To split your links you are diffusing your strength in linkpop.

    You can have a blog one way or the other like Superguy stated. Keep working on it. You will get it.

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    You can also tell Google to redirect itself in Webmaster tools.
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    There are several WP plug-ins designed to address this well-documented issue. I've used at least one & had no problems.
    Last edited by simcat; June 16th, 2008 at 02:08 PM.

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    More Cheesier Than Ever Cheesehead's Avatar
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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I was able to change the address to www to match my domain. Then, I will work within the Google Webmaster's Tools. Then, look for the plug-in.
    This World is Not My Home
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