Google Will Send Notifications To WWW & Non-WWW Webmaster Tools Accounts

Apr 25, 2013 • 8:54 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsGoogle's Matt Cutts said in the ongoing Mozilla penalty discussion at Google Webmaster Help that Google will generally send the webmaster tools notification to both the non-WWW and WWW verified Google Webmaster Tools account.

Matt Cutts said the reason is because even though "that and are different hostnames and technically could be different sites, but in practice they're almost always the same." Since that is the case, Matt said they send it to both verified accounts in most cases. Matt wrote:

We wanted to avoid the case where a site owner verifies and then misses out on a message about So when we send a message about, we typically send it to the verified owners for both and, just so a site owner doesn't miss out on getting a message.

Not only that, Matt said Google will "continue to look at ways to make the messages more concrete and actionable though." As they have been, but sometimes more details but not full details can be less confusing than fewer details.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Emma North

04/25/2013 02:49 pm

This is good to know, although I don't believe they have always done this. I saw a message late last year on one WMT account (either the www. or non-www.) and had nothing on the other. I think it's right that they do this as it is very uncommon for a www. and non-www. domain to be different sites.

Faisal Kaleem

04/26/2013 12:43 am

I was quite confused on www and non www practices but now i have cleared. Thx for sharing this

vijay mishra seo

04/26/2013 05:39 am

It is really about to confusing that and are different hostnames and technically could be different sites, but in practice they're almost always the same.

Jon Hogg

04/26/2013 09:20 am

Agree. Seen this too.


04/26/2013 01:59 pm

I really don't see how www and non-www can be different sites. If you register, that's it. You have the domain. I've never seen GoDaddy ask if I wanted the www or non-www version. The whole topic is ridiculous.

Steve Smith

04/27/2013 08:51 am

It is really difficult to understand how a website with www and without www is different but i am still searching for the best example to get my query solved... huh !!

chaudhary amir

04/28/2013 06:51 pm

I really dont know about this if you want domain there is nothing to asked you that what you want www or non-www.Thanks for sharing this kind of information


04/29/2013 11:14 am

Good to know this, but I think Google should come up with a more concrete answer as to why they see the www and non-www as 2 different sites.

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