Do You Need Two Reconsideration Requests To Be Submitted?

Apr 8, 2013 • 8:13 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsA WebmasterWorld thread has one webmaster asking if he needs to submit two reconsideration requests to Google.

He asks because Google often requests you verify both the www and non-www version of your site to Google Webmaster Tools. Google also goes on record has treating the www and non-www version of your site differently.

Well, technically they can treat them differently, Google is smart enough to not treat them differently as well.

I doubt you need to submit dual reconsideration requests to Google. I doubt the majority of reconsideration requests that are submitted are done for both the www and non-www.

Do you think it is necessary to submit dual reconsideration requests?

Update: John Mueller of Google said on Google+ in response to this post, that there is no need to submit it for both the www and non-www versions.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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04/08/2013 12:30 pm

I have been wondering the same thing, so it would be nice to get some form of confirmation. You also have to consider that you could even have 4 entries, if you include HTTPS with and without www. as well.


04/08/2013 03:36 pm

Interesting though but no.

Chase Anderson

04/08/2013 03:45 pm

Except that both https and http are under the same domain from GWT standpoint.


04/08/2013 03:48 pm

The problem is that you can have completely different sites under HTTP and HTTPS, as many hosts allow you to change the files separately (secure htdocs and regular htdocs). So in this instance the two could be completely different which leads me to believe they could be treated individually. I personally have no proof to show either way but the speculation is still there.


04/08/2013 06:21 pm

I have recently written an article about lifting a penalty after sending 3 reconsideration request: I believe that even after the second RR you shouldn't give up, but continue trying to fix things up. It worked for me.

Soni Sharma

04/09/2013 04:42 am

It is better to run website on single version either without www or with www and use 301 for the other version.


04/09/2013 06:58 am

I think some webmasters do this to save time since they don't know if Google will request for the other version or how long Google will respond - worst if their responds is to send also the non-www version :)

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