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Make an .htaccess file to prevent index page duplicate content issues

When you access your website at         <  I choose this version

the server will serve the same pages, this is duplicate content. To direct all traffic to the www version you need to put this in a notepad file and save it as  .htaccess then put it in your root folder. Replace my url with yours.


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^website-checklist\.net$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^.*/index.html
RewriteRule ^(.*)index.html$$1 [R=301,L]


This should fix duplicate content issues for your home page, if this doesn't work or isnt practical, you can find a temporary fix using the next step. Canonical element

Once you have sorted your redirects to you can now make sure all your links go to that page and not or

You should go to Google Webmaster Tools and verify both domains  and  then you can set your preferred domain to the www version. (

 This is why we have done the 301 redirects, explained in the video.

Do links to non-canonical URLs pass any value to the canonical version?

Now that you have finished, please try all the variations of domain addresses that I have done above, (inserting your domain of course) check in this tool. Every page, but the one that you have selected to link to, should have a 301 redirect, the page that you have chosen to be your canonical url will give a 200 status.

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