Verifying both www. and non-www domain versions with Google - worth it?

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Is this really worth doing to assist with Google Webcrawling/Indexing my site?
Google recommends this (see below), but do many people do it?

A: Crawling and indexing are processes which can take some time and which rely on many factors. In general, we cannot make predictions or guarantees about when or if your URLs will be crawled or indexed. When looking at a site's indexing in Webmaster Tools, make sure that you have both the "www" and the "non-www" versions (like "www.example.com" and "example.com") verified and have a set a preferred domain. Keep in mind that while a Sitemap file can help us learn about your site, it does not guarantee indexing or increase your site's ranking.

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Paul
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Paul Caspall

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Hi Paul

I would like to give you relevant information, but unfortunately SEO is not my expertise. I am referring you question to our SEO team for review as I am sure they will be able to assist.

Please allow 24 hours for someone from the team to respond. Maybe some other community members have insights that they can share on this thread too!

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Nazlie
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Hello Paul,
In general I don't think you have to go through the verification process for both the www and the non www version, but setting a preferred domain is a good thing. I did find this page in Google Webmaster Central which should be helpful: Preferred domain.

I hope that is helpful!

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Emmy
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Paul Caspall

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Thanks Emmy

Actually when I try to set a preferred domain in Google Webmaster, it asks me to verify ownership of the non-preferred domain - so it looks like I have to do it all again for the non-www version. Does that then generate a whole separate domain listing section in Google Webmaster (like a different site) or just get appended to the current version's section?

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Paul
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Hi Paul,
I am passing this along to Emmy who will continue to assist you. Please allow 24 hours for a response. We appreciate your patience.
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Brianna