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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    Canonical domains for SEO
    Today while looking at the SERPs for one of my merchants I noticed we were using the non "www" domain for affiliate links. This was at the request of their developer. Comparing merchant.com (19k) to the Payment Gateway to Accept Online Payments (2.7M) I see that we are using the less listed version.

    There is a technique to join the two domains so that all possible benefits are combined for the two different domains. I thought it was called "concatenating the domains" but am not able to find anything on the subject. Does anyone know the proper term as I would like to document it back to the developer for maximum organic rankings.

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    are you thinking of "canonical"?

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    That's it!

    you say tomato, I say tomahto
    you say canonical, I say concatenate
    Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

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    Most webmasters do this in their .htaccess file before they so much as even put an index page up on a site. You should skip the "developer" who doesn't know what they're doing and hire any amateur SEO to do it for you for five bucks via paypal.
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    I like to have a "presence" for both versions - because a lot of folks who create (unsolicited) links to my content seem to use both. However, for those choosing to do so, there is an .htaccess entry that manipulates the URL so one version will always show.
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    Code:
    # adds www to Browser URL
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [L,R=301]
    That's for your .htacess file. No matter how incoming links are formated, it will always go to www.______________.

    Then in the Google Webmaster tools, if you use that, you can set the domain to be displayed as www.______________.

    Why omit the www - don't see a reason to...
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    ...and a Pirate's heart. Convergence's Avatar
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    Remember "www" is considered a separate domain.

    So incoming links going to www and incoming links going to your site without the www dilute your SEO efforts. By always redirecting your site to either www or no-www, all the link juice goes to ONE domain/url, not split up...
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    We fired the previous developer who didn't get a number of things right. The new one is on it and I wanted to send the description so it can be added to the work flow.

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