One factor we’ve seen that can hurt your rankings … and that almost no web site owner is aware of … is known by the tongue twister “canonicalization“. Relating to the problem of inadvertently having content on your site that’s seen by search engines as duplicate content, it can be fixed by three lines of code. We explain all that on our web site and in optimization recommendations we provide for our clients.
The disappointing news
Unfortunately, Yahoo Site Builder can’t let you implement those simple three lines of code. We ran into this on behalf of a client of ours this month. When I wrote Yahoo for assistance, this is the response I got.
We’re sorry, but the feature you are mentioning is not currently available through Yahoo! Web Hosting, and we do not have an estimated date as to when or if it will be available. However, we’ll pass your comments on to our Development team for further consideration. Since Yahoo! is a share hosting service, we currently do not offer access to .htacess files.
When I pressed them for more details, they were no more helpful.
Bill, as mentioned in the earlier, if you would like to redirect http://hullcogarage.com to http://www.hullcogarage.com this has to be done using .htaccess or using 301 redirect and currently Yahoo! do not support both the options, hence we’re sorry to inform you that there is no other option to redirect hullcogarage.com to www.hullcogarage.com, we apologize for any inconvenience.
[Update: If you created your site in Yahoo Site Builder, that platform has closed.]
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