SEO tips! Using "www" in website links, or not?

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Looking for a quick SEO tip on how to improve your search engine ranking?


I have a very important tip on search engine optimization. It applies to any kind of website you have! It helps to improve your overall blog's ranking, increase views to your Etsy shop in search engine results, etc.

Let's begin!


There are 2 versions of the official address to your website.
Compared together, they each will look similar to this:
http://www.example.com
http://example.com

The difference is the "www" part. One link has it and the other omits it.

Search engines actually treat these 2 links as 2 different websites!
The more people who visit a website, the higher it ranks (in search engines). So, if there are 2 addresses for your website---which there are for every site---then you should dedicate to using only 1 link. This way, that one link to your website will rank higher than trying to battle between the ranking of 2 websites---which is how the search engines perceive it. Thus, it will improve your overall ranking in search engines.

Which version of the address should you use?
It is recommended to use the "www" version of your site address. Try to use that version when submitting a link anywhere, when posting on a blog, in directories---even in emails!!---etc.

Please note that I am not referring to the easier-to-type version of a link which simply starts with the "www", like this:
www.example.com
(This is great on printable items, but you should never link to a website online in this format, as it causes problems in most browsers.)

The quick SEO tip is: When posting a link online, always start out the address with http://www
Please keep in mind that this is the way that will help improve your website ranking in search engines.
DO NOT start the link out with only "www".
Use this method for your website address: http://www.example.com

You can read more about the "www" conundrum online. I hope this quick SEO tip will help you---the results may not be seen right away as you start dedicating to use only 1 version of your website address, but as time goes by, it may prove to be beneficial.

If you found this helpful, you may be interested in reading my other tutorials about how to grow your online business.

7 comments:

  1. I have noticed that when I add a link in a post in blogger, it does not always add the www, so I try to double check it often. And thanks for the tip.
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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    1. Debbi, thanks for your comment! However, I thought I should point out that on your website address which you linked to, I tried clicking on it and found that it did not go to your blog. You started it out with "www" instead of the full address "http://www" -- If you try clicking on it yourself, you'll see that the computer still think the link is on my blog and tries to find the page, and results in my blog showing an error message. This would occur in the same way on other blogs if you type in the address exactly like that. You should always try to use "http://www.yankeeburrowcreations.com" as your website link. I do hope this helps you gain more visitors!!

      I appreciate your comment on this subject! Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Pixel Berry Pie Designs

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  2. wow, thank you! I never even noticed that when I updated that link from our old name that I forgot the full address. duh me! and now I'll use your blog as a test, if you don't mind. :P
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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    1. It works great now, Debbi. I'm glad to be of any help!

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  3. Wow, I never thought of this! This helps a lot though. There are two ways to write out the url of an etsy shop too: www.shopname.etsy.com and www.etsy.com/shopname. Now that I'm thinking about it maybe I should just pick one of them and only use that (plus the tip you described above) for SEO optimization. What do you think?

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    1. You have brought out a valuable point with the Etsy shop address!! Yes, you're on the right track with figuring out that only one of the Etsy url's should be used---and *not* to go back and forth between the two.

      Now, you may notice that when you type in www.shopname.etsy.com, the url in the address bar will actually revert to the other address: www.etsy.com/shopname. This means that the 2nd address is mainly used by Etsy itself, and is where most of your traffic is. Thus, you should use the url pattern of www.etsy.com/shopname since it is more popularly used.

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  4. Super tips and suggestions and I'm definitely taking notice! Thanks so much.

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