www is depreciated here

I am trying to clean up my duplicate WordPress content here at ecrosstexas.com.

Today I updated my .htacess file to redirect www.ecrosstexas.com to ecrosstexas.com as WWW is deprectiated. I have been using just ecrosstexas.com for some time now as my preferred URL. Of course, I could have used this plugin instead of hacking my .htacess file. A word of caution Cool URIs don’t change.

In order to answer this question, we must first recall the definition of WWW:

World Wide Web:
n. Abbr. WWW
1) The complete set of documents residing on all Internet servers that use the HTTP protocol, accessible to users via a simple point-and-click system.
2) n : a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol.

Last week I updated my template’s header.php robots meta tag. Now <meta name="robots" content="index,follow" /> is only in the <head> of my main blog page, individual entries, and pages. My archives (monthly, categories, etc) all get <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />. Details can be found in How to Make a WordPress Blog Duplicate Content Safe.

Google Dance Syndrome

Danny Sullivan on Coping With GDS, The Google Dance Syndrome:

On a roughly monthly basis, Google updates its index of web pages. This means that pages which no longer exist may be dropped, while new pages that have been found may be added. The index update is also a time when Google may introduce new tweaks and changes to how its ranking algorithm works.

Search Engine Features for Webmasters

Danny Sullivan put this gem online back in December, but I ran across it today at xBlog.

The search engine features chart below is designed primarily for webmasters who care about how crawler-based search engines index their sites. It provides a summary of important factors and features that can affect how sites are indexed and ranked. Full explanations of items can be found immediately below the comparison chart.