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Posted on 2016-07-21
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Hi experts, I'm new to using Google Search Console... looks like great tools for self-management of one's own website though. I have a website - www.thedatasurgeon.net - that I have a "redirect" set up with my webhost so that thedatasurgeon.net redirects to www.thedatasurgeon.net. In Search Console, I created two 'properties' - one for www.thedatasurgeon.net and one for thedatasurgeon.net. Was this necessary? Maybe all I need is the property for www.thedatasurgeon.net? Anyway, while in the 'thedatasurgeon.net' property, I did some fetches and "Submit to index" actions on all the pages on my site (only 6). Those all went through fine... I notice though when I'm signed in to my 'www.thedatasurgeon.net' property, that it doesn't show that these pages are submitted. So I'm just a little bit confused here... maybe I messed myself up with creating the two properties, I don't know. Could anyone offer any help please?

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   Shawn
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by:William Nettmann
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You shouldn't have two "properties" - you are redirecting the naked domain to the "www" site, so Google needs only index that, and will never need to know about the other, without "www".
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Thank you William, so I only need the property "www.thedatasurgeon.net", and I can simply delete altogether the property "thedatasurgeon.net"  ?

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   Shawn
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William Nettmann earned 2000 total points
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Hi Shawn,

Yes - you have in fact only one website which needs to be indexed, which is http://www.thedatasurgeon.net/.

Traffic, including Google and other search bots, to http://thedatasurgeon.net/ is redirected.

You also don't want to share your SEO juice between two addresses.
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by:shawn857
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Done! Thank you very much Sir!

Cheers
   Shawn
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