So I had a Google Analytics guy come in and help try to explain why in our analytic under referral traffic we see a bunch of traffic from ourselves.
He explained ot us about Canonincal Issues where www.oldscollege.ca and oldscollege.ca are like 2 different versions of our site running at the same time in the browser world, even though both those addresses resolve to the same location.
I’m still trying to understand this myself. He used this https://moz.com/ tool to create the attach report. You can see that to Google a different number of files are indexed under each address. Not sure why this is and if it has something to do with cm1’s publishing???
To resolve these Canonincal issues he was suggesting that we put in 301 redirects, that redirect one address to the other so we don’t show as giving ourselves a bunch of referral traffic. He is used to Apache and was suggesting htaccess redircts.
I am running Windows and IIS so just wondering if anyone else knows about this issue and how I could add in these redirects at the right level to get my analytics reading better?
I have a rewrite map in IIS that I do all my other redirects with, but I don’t think its the right level for this? Its a static rewrite map, that I think gets added to the web.config doc at some point by IIS. Everything I currently do on it is below the oldsclooege.ca level though.
Any ideas, experiences with this?