Redundant Hostname : don't quite get it....
On our main site, we are getting a warning about redundant hostnames ie
leading to a split in the pageviews depending on which version of the domain was used.
I understand this, but wanted to test it further, so on my own test site (nothing to do with my company) I tried accessing
I don't get that error, and if I create a custom report showing pageviews by page, I don't see the same page appearing in two rows, even if I access the pages with 'www' and in another browser without 'www'.
(Admittedly, I ran this test earlier, and looked at the report just now, but it is picking up the new pageviews as the totals have gone up, so I am happy I am picking up the new data)
What am I missing? Does redundnant hostnames only affect links from other sites or Google itself (rather than me just typing the url in the browser)?
Or is it something else?
Re: Redundant Hostname : don't quite get it....
Google sees the www and the non www version as two different sites. If you check the hostname in the reports you'll see that you're receiving traffic to both versions. You need to set your preferred version for Google so it will index the version you want. You also need to 301 redirect the other version to your preferred version for other search engines. Please check the document below:
Hope it helps.