For a while I have been going to write a plugin that redirected visitors to your blog using the “wrong” type of url, with the “www” or without, whichever you preferred but before I had chance to write it I have been PM’ed by Gilad who has written a plugin for WordPress!
You can download it here. Dave, I think it would be a great addition to your next version of the metrics plugin?
Why would you want to redirect people using http://myblog.com when it still works? Well for a start right now Performancing Metrics does not see the two as the same blog so some of your visits are not recorded if visitors can use both versions. While we are going to address this in the future you can get a complete picture now by using redirects. Another reason to do it is if you care about search engine traffic. Check out this post from a while back for more information.
Search Engine Friendly Redirects | Performancing.com
There are two problems with Google that have frustrated webmasters for a little while.
The first is the issue where Google sees links to www.domain.com and domain.com and thinks they are two sites with duplicated content. And Google doesn’t like duplicate content, oh no it doesn’t. D’oh!
If someone wants to create problems for your blog or website they can just link to the version of your URL that you do not commonly use. This can get you indexed and cause you problems. No guarantees but do you want to take the risk?
Another way a competitor can cause you problems is to use a temporary redirect to link to your content. In many cases these are put in place perfectly innocently, they are easier on many platforms than permanent redirects and are often done just to count clicks. Problem is Google can see the redirecting site as owning the content (and therefore the rankings) rather than the target site. D’oh again.
So there you have it, using redirects or a plugin like this will help you with search engines and metrics, got to be worth a download!
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