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    My index page http://www vs www vs.


    My index page has been http://www for many years. But I have heard that Google see this different than just www or even htttp:// site HELP THEN! ok I should unify them to one. Necessary? And then.... what about the 500 back links I have? Those are probably varied. I had no idea. All go to my website. Thanks.
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    Yes, you need to pick one version and then re-direct the others.
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    Thanks which version? Well the index for 15 years is the http://
    and then I could simply do a find and replace on current pages to that?
    But backlinks.
    HOW Google does not know, must know these are all same website?
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    It's up to you. All of the websites I have/maintain I use 'www.website.com' instead of 'website.com'. No need to find/replace. I just set up a redirect in my '.htaccess' file.
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    Sorry that over my head, but as I said I have a full mix of the www.website.com; http://website.com; and http://www.website.com
    And probably banklinks with all three out there. What to do? Anyone? I read Google does not know these are all the same exact site? See incredible.
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    I just told you. If you want you website to use the www version then you need to add a redirect in your '.htaccess'. Just replace 'website' to your site...

    Code:
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.website\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.website.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    If you don't know what a .htaccess file is, Google is your friend...or hire somebody.
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    Hi Mike. Very Interesting. Just another question on the same topic. Is it necessary to list all my versions of my website(http and https) in Google console if I do redirection via Htaccess. Google also has a place where it asks for preferred version.
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    I set up my preferred version years ago as 'http://www'. I recently switched to 'https' and changed it in my .htaccess file with no issues.

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    So you think it will be fine to set up only one version in Google console as apposed to 4
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    Originally Posted by GeorgePenn
    So you think it will be fine to set up only one version in Google console as apposed to 4
    Personally, I set all 4 up as it's useful to see where Google is sending traffic to different versions to see if there's anything wrong.

    You should atleast have the main http and https version of what you're using, so for example:
    https://domain.com
    http://domain.com



    As for the original question it's been covered fairly well. However i'll just be a bit more specific.

    Google sees the following as different versions:
    http://domain.com
    http://www.domain.com
    https://domain.com
    https://www.domain.com

    So what you need to do is choose which version you're wanting to use, I will say that it really needs to be https now as it's less than a month before chrome marks the http:// version as not secure.

    So use either https://domain.com or https://www.domain.com, you then redirect all the other versions (like Hikin Mike said) through htaccess using a 301 redirect. This redirect tells Google that any links going to these other versions should be passed along.
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    if you are index http://www for many years and generating revenue from the site, then leave it and set the preferred domain from Google console if you want, but don't play with current structure.

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    Good advice Thomas. Just another question here. Why does Google keep a 301 redirect indexed. I have a site mysite.com that redirects to mysite.info that I am working on for a client. The .com is still indexed in Google with precisely the same title and description as the main site. I put in site:sitename.com in Google and saw that only the main page of the site is still indexed. Is that normal with parked domains that are redirected. I also have aproblem because the developer redirected the .com domain to a brand new domain. Old domain was 6 years old
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    Good advice Thomas. Just another question here. Why does Google keep a 301 redirect indexed. I have a site mysite.com that redirects to mysite.info that I am working on for a client. The .com is still indexed in Google with precisely the same title and description as the main site. I put in site:sitename.com in Google and saw that only the main page of the site is still indexed. Is that normal with parked domains that are redirected. I also have aproblem because the developer redirected the .com domain to a brand new domain. Old domain was 6 years old
    Would you mind posting the domain (like domain.com) so I could have a quick look? The original page shouldn't be indexed if it's been redirected. (probably best to post this as a new thread instead because it's getting slightly off topic on here. )
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    Great post Thomas.

    1- Can I do this (as Prof suggest) simply through the console, or maybe even Godaddy can do it? I don't think I have a Htaccess file in this old html site. Never seen a reason to make one. And it look a bit stomach turning to learn that! He also has a point not to change file names no?

    2-What about backlinks? Maybe over the years some people are sending to various versions. It would be just nuts to try to contact all those folks..

    3- Does Google really see these as different sites? Can fathom that Google would not know this is all the same website and give the SEO juice/ Brownie points accordingly.

    4- and Yes I'm changing to SSL in the next month or two, but I have not done that yet. Maybe wait till that is done first and then do all this?

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