Redundant Hostnames

Discussion in 'Forum SEO' started by C5rider, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. C5rider

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    Google Analytics is reporting that my site is getting redundant hostnames (bench-racer.com and www.bench-racer.com). I see that this is a common problem and the solution is a 301 redirect.

    That's all fine and well, but being a newb, what IS (or better yet, how do you DO) a 301 redirect. I've pulled some info, which probably make perfect sense for most folks here, but I'm on a steep learning curve. Even so, I enjoy learning, so I'm trying to figure out how, or what to do for a 301 redirect.

    Here's what I THINK I know:

    To fix the problem, simply add the following to a .htaccess file at the root of your site:

    RewriteEngine On # This line may already exist # Rewrite all requests to the 'www' version
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mydomain\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^.*$ http://www.mydomain.com%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

    Now. first off, am I to assume that mydomain\.com should be bench-racer\.com and www.mydomain.com should be www.bench-racer.com ? Leave all the additional code symbols intact?

    Secondly, where do I find my .htaccess file at the root of my site?

    I apologize if this is so elementary. But it's so new. I'm learning more every day, but some days, the waters are pretty deep. Any help is appreciated.

    Thoughts?
     
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