No more WWW woes? Google adds Preferred Domain Tool
Ian Lurie Aug 23 2006
Google has added a ‘preferred domain’ tool to Google Webmaster Central. It lets you tell Google whether you’d like all links to your site to include ‘www’ or not.
This may seem subtle, but it’s a long-standing problem in search engine optimization. Search engines historically see www.mysite.com and mysite.com as two distinct pages, even though they’re probably not. So if folks link to you using mysite.com when you usually use www.mysite.com, they likely don’t help.
Of course, when I clicked the ‘submit’ button I got ‘service unavailable’. Hopefully it’ll be back soon. More bulletins as events warrant…
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More