You should display your site as either www or non-www. If you are looking for a way to get your website to the top of Google, you need to decide.
Should your site show as www.yoursite.com or yoursite.com? I’ll admit that, I haven’t thought much about if I should be using www vs non-www for SEO. I didn’t think it mattered. But, it does. It doesn’t matter which one you use, but you need to use either www or non-www.
The reason you need to decide
If you don’t decide, and you end up using both, Google will split the value of your homepage. It will give a score to both www and non-www, and both scores will be fairly low. This will hurt your website.
That’s the reason why you need to use either www or non-www.
www vs non-www – how to do it
In WordPress, in general settings, under settings – general, the version you decide is shown:
The next thing you need to do is to set it correctly in Google Webmaster Tools. Set your preferred domain. Here’s where you decide www vs non-www, here’s where you tell Google about your decision. You can find this under site settings – preferred domain:
Click on Site Settings, and set your preferred domain:
Like I said, I didn’t do this at first myself. I thought that Google would just decide for me and that everything would be just fine, and that it didn’t matter if I didn’t decide on www or non-www for SEO. You’ll end up doing the changes in less than 5 minutes.
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