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SEO/Google Indexing

King

New member
#1
Hiya,

I hope this is the right place to post. Basically, my site comes up as "Index of" when I do site:example.com without www. but with www. it comes up with site:

sitename


www.example.com/index.php
Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? Forgot your password? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Stay logged in ...
I've added both non and www version to webmaster tools, I've also added meta tags etc. I'm not sure why it wont updated, it's been a few days, and a lot of google crawl bots have been lerking my site. It just seems as though it wont change the index. I also have this as my .htaccess file to use www redirect.
#Mod_security can interfere with uploading of content such as attachments. If you
#cannot attach files, remove the "#" from the lines below.
#<IfModule mod_security.c>
#SecFilterEngine Off
#SecFilterScanPOST Off
#</IfModule>

ErrorDocument 401 default
ErrorDocument 403 default
ErrorDocument 404 default
ErrorDocument 500 default

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On

#If you are having problems with the rewrite rules, remove the "#" from the
#line that begins "RewriteBase" below. You will also have to change the path
#of the rewrite to reflect the path to your XenForo installation.
#RewriteBase /xenforo

# Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/$1 [R=301,L]

#This line may be needed to enable WebDAV editing with PHP as a CGI.
#RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^.*$ - [NC,L]
RewriteRule ^(data/|js/|styles/|install/|favicon\.ico|crossdomain\.xml|robots\.txt) - [NC,L]
RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L]
</IfModule>

Yes, my site is a .us domain. Would appreciate it if someone could help me out.
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
I can only guess without accessing the site.

Assuming both subdomains are parked on the same site, the .htaccess file might be responsible. Try temporarily removing the .htaccess file to see if that affects the error.

Code:
# Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/$1 [R=301,L]
This rule will only fire when the URL doesn't use "www" which is when the problem occurs so it might be related. Note that if your forum (and .htaccess file) is installed in a subdirectory then you need to include that in the rule:

Code:
# Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/dir/$1 [R=301,L]
 

King

New member
#3
I can only guess without accessing the site.

Assuming both subdomains are parked on the same site, the .htaccess file might be responsible. Try temporarily removing the .htaccess file to see if that affects the error.

Code:
# Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/$1 [R=301,L]
This rule will only fire when the URL doesn't use "www" which is when the problem occurs so it might be related. Note that if your forum (and .htaccess file) is installed in a subdirectory then you need to include that in the rule:

Code:
# Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/dir/$1 [R=301,L]
The files are on the root directory. If I remove the .htaccess file from the root, for a while, how long do you think it would take for a possible change to occur to the searches etc? I'm happy to give you access to the site, if you would be willing to help me out, I'd appreciate it. TeamViewer or something.
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
Oh you are talking about Google search results? Those can potentially take weeks to update. If the page is showing correctly for you then you can expect Google to update their records eventually.
 

King

New member
#5
Oh you are talking about Google search results? Those can potentially take weeks to update. If the page is showing correctly for you then you can expect Google to update their records eventually.
Ahh, I guess it's just my patience and lack of knowledge about how it all works. So it will eventually change the "Index of" on the non-www search to what it says with www? I added both non-www and www to webmaster tools? Is there anything else I can edit with XenForo to enhance search results? Templates etc?