how do I do the optimazation of my website on yola?

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Hi Zane

We have 4 great tutorials to help you optimize your Yola site. See:
http://www.yola.com/tutorials/intro-t...
http://www.yola.com/tutorials/plannin...
http://www.yola.com/tutorials/buildin...
http://www.yola.com/promoting-your-we...

I hope this helps. Please take a look and get back to us if you have any questions.
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KanThaiDecor

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Hi Monique...I have a question on SEO also....In my reciprocal linking process it is hard to get some webmasters to conform to my request to link my site as http and no www in the link..I don’t want my rank split because I look like two different sites.....The following is from Google on setting a domain preference... “The preferred domain is the one that you would like used to index your site's pages. If you specify your preferred domain as http://www.example.com and we find a link to your site that is formatted as http://example.com , we'll treat that link as if it was http://www.example.com . In addition, we'll take your preference into account when displaying URLs in our search results. It may take some time for changes to be reflected in our index.”...If I choose the third option in the image is it safe to assume that will make my site seen as http:// only ?
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Hi John,

If you set the preferred domain to be kanthaidecor.com than that is what the search engine will display to the user in the browser window and also what they will "try" to display in the search engine results page. Basically, they will treat www.kanthaidecor.com as if it were kanthaidecor.com.

If you have purchased your domain name from Yola we have basically done this for you. We set a 301 redirect for the non www version of a website to automatically redirect to the www version of a website. You can still set the preferred domain though if you would like.

If you have purchased your domain name from another entity, you should choose the domain that you used when publishing your site as your preferred domain.

Hope this helps,
Emmy
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KanThaiDecor

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Thank you....I just didn't want to assume...I was wondering if you have had any increase in visits from ask.com users ? Nothing much for me yet...maybe too soon.
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Emmy

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Hey John, have had a few visitors from Ask, but not too many! Wishing for more!
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KanThaiDecor

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You know on ask you can make an account... go to settings...then to mystuff and add web pages with links and make them public.
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According to Googles quote then.

If you specify your preferred domain as http://www.example.com and we find a link to your site that is formatted as http://example.com , we'll treat that link as if it was http://www.example.com.

Does this not mean it's better then to go "old school" and use the www.

I've purposely left the www on for my Helderberg site because I've found
most travel mag ad's always print the URL as www.example.com.
Most business cards are printed like that and most people still search that way.

Thats my summation anyway. Why bother with the http://example.com and
have to do a 301 redirect for the www.

Am I missing something. Emmy ????
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Hey Boomer,
It works either way, you could have the www version or the non www version as your preferred domain.

Search engines consider www.mysite.com and mysite.com to be different websites. So if you have been linked to from other websites using both urls you are splitting your link popularity between the two. So, by implementing a 301 permanent redirect you are effectively consolidating the link juice of both urls. A 301 redirect also gets rid of possible duplicate content issues.

If you can access your site from both the www and non www version (one doesn't redirect to the other) than I would suggest a 301 redirect, and you could have the non non www redirect to the www if you prefer it that way. This is something that needs to be done by whoever manages a domain.

Either way, doing this avoids some possible problems and creates consistency.

Does that answer your question?

Emmy
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So it does not matter which one you decide on then,
as long as one links to the other ??
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Emmy

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Right, you can use either one!
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KanThaiDecor

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Hey Boomer...Both work as far as getting to my site...My problem is being seen as two sites and others linking to me then not truly getting the full value towards my PR....Not having to insist to webmasters they drop the www when linking to me I think is the smarter move on my part .
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Hey Em.

I've been ignoring this for far to long and
need to get my head around it once and for all.

Seeing as you are the SEO expert and I've got your
attention I'm going to ask away. Hope you don't mind ;-)

Here's one of my problems:
I have one site that has 4 ways of arriving at it.
http://example.co.za
http://www.example.co.za
http://example/synthasite.com
http://www.example/synthasite.com

I asked my domain registrar to redirect the http://example.co.za
to the SynthaSite one, and this is what they did:
They redirected it to http://www.example/synthasite.com

Now if someone types http://example/synthasite.com (without the www)
does this mean I'm still losing hits.

Can Yola redirect the "www" to the "non www" synthasite subdomain
and I'll end up with only the http://example/synthasite.com.

Hope you can understand all that ??
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Hi Boomer,
Any .synthasite.com subdomains all ready have a redirect in place so that no matter if the www or the non www is used the person will get to the right place. You can test where a domain name ultimately ends up by putting it into the web browser. So to see this in action try this link which utilizes the www form of a subdomain: http://www.iloveyola.synthasite.com/ and you will see that when you get to the site you are at the version of the domain name without the www. This is because the www version automatically goes to the non www version. So if your domain name registrar redirected your domain to the www version that is ok because no matter what version someone uses, they will get to the right place. Does that answer your question?
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I see how it works on your example Emmy :-)
It's slowly sinking in . Now if it's just a case of ending up at
the same place then why the concern about using the www or not
as in John's case (and mine)

Lets leave out the "example.com" for now and look at a real example.
Check this one out : It was my first attempt at sitebuilding so don't laugh ;-)

http://rflogic.co.za
and this option:
http://www.rflogic.synthasite.com/

The first one redirects to the www.synthasite (which is correct)
Try the synthasite one with and without the "www" and see what happens.
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I see you guys have made some redirecting changes.
I have not worked on the RF Logic site for such a long time, it obviously had
some older "code" which needed "refreshing" with a republish.
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You have come a long way in your site building!
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;-))

Now don't run away Emmy. I'm not done yet!
How do I redirect the www.helderberg.cc site to helderberg.cc
I bought the domain name from godaddy.
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Can I use Ruth's tutorial here:
http://getsatisfaction.com/yola/topic...
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Emmy

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Hey Boomer, sorry, got tied up with something. The information Ruth gave is for making sure that your domain works with and without the www, not redirecting one to the other. I believe this would be done in the domain forwarding section of your domain manager. Take a look there; I will look around a bit too and see what I can find.
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No problem Emmy. Really appreciate the help with this.

Does this look correct ??

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Emmy

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Boomer, this actually can't be done there. I am going to have to do some more investigative work to find out how to do this when your domain is not with us. Can you email me at support@yola.com and I can continue with you from there. Please put Attn: Emmy. Thanks!