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Avoiding The Sandbox Problem
Posted 22 November 2006 - 06:26 PM
I am more or less of an SEO newbie. We are putting together a holiday home site in a non- USA country and are planning to use a domain name (.com) that we have owned for about 4 years. It page ranks at about a 2, and is indexed by google and yahoo.
It is not the best url in the world as it contains the words "vacation rental" which is not as commonly used as "holiday home" in this market but it has been out there for a while. We have done little with it, but some crude optimization. However, our thought is that it is better to use this established site and optimize each page for the new relevant keywords versus starting with new urls. Then it is onto the links program for the site.
We are also creating some other related but different sites, and registering the relevant .tld for the region for these. We will optimize them, start the link campaign and leave them in the sand box. They will have different content and text from the .com site. Our clients are from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Any thoughts on this decision? Any problems you can forsee? Thanks in advance...
Posted 22 November 2006 - 07:39 PM
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When you pick a domain name, you'll be stuck with it for a long time. Since SEO isn't your first priority, consider choosing the best domain name for branding purposes. Even if it's new, the SEO disadvantage will go away soon enough. My
Posted 22 November 2006 - 07:56 PM
If you can buy a site before it expires, it would probably be helpful but my guess is that once it goes into the expired domain bin, it's no different than a new one. Just my experience so far..
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