I have a domain name example.com which I 301 redirected to www.example.com.

Problem is when I search for the website on Google, it shows the .com rather than the www. So the .com meta description shows, and since there is nothing on it, it has GoDaddy stuff written all over it.

I've re-crawled both sites using Google Webmaster Tools but still no luck.

Anyone have any idea on how this can be updated? Or will I just have to be patient?

  • When did you apply the 301 redirect? – Zistoloen Dec 6 '13 at 21:24
  • Why don't you CNAME redirect instead? – Steve Dec 7 '13 at 1:08

If you recently apply the 301 redirect, you need to be patient with Google; it takes time to update your meta description in the SERPs.

Pay attention of having a relevant meta description for the www version of your site and you would see it updated in the SERPs after the next crawling phases of your page by Googlebot.

P.S.: no matter your web host.

  • Okay, thanks. Would you think it would take 1 week or longer? – Neil Dec 6 '13 at 23:44
  • It can take a day, it can take a week, it can take a month to do such updates. Each site is different, for example news sites get updated faster than sites about memorials, CNN gets updated faster than a local news company etc... So many factors. – Simon Hayter Dec 6 '13 at 23:55
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    Okay, thanks for all your help Zistoloen and Bybe. – Neil Dec 7 '13 at 1:02

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