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www or naked or both

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www or naked or both Jon Morgan 5/3/12 5:29 AM
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: yes

My site's URL (web address) is: fastinsuranceservice.com

Have a question regarding submitting/listing a site with google via site map. When I do a search for my site - site:fastinsuranceservice.com, the results are displaying both the naked domain and the www in front of the domain. For best practices should i be getting only 1 of the 2 results?? I'm trying to figure out if the so called seo expert programmer I'm using, knows whats hes doing?? 

I'm still learning here, so thanks for any and all advice here.

Jon
Re: www or naked or both SS9999 5/5/12 4:07 AM
Yes, you should use either the www version or the non-www version.

www.example.com
www.example.com/index.htm
example.com
example.com/index

All the above mentioned urls are treated as different urls by Google. Therefore consistency is a must.

Regards
Re: www or naked or both JohnMu 5/6/12 2:47 PM
Hi Jon

Either www or non-www is fine for Google. While we recommend picking one and redirecting the other (eg http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139066 ) and see that as a "best-practice," it's not a requirement & many websites don't redirect and do fine in search. 

Cheers
John