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Posted 20 February 2007 - 12:41 PM
Posted 20 February 2007 - 01:45 PM
I can't help but I wonder if the same thing applies to subdomains? With a subdomain you could entirely control the on-page factors with no banners etc. but would there be a chance of adversely affecting the main domain?
Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:31 AM
Just my 2p
Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:57 AM
Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:03 AM
Free hosting is always iffy in my experience.
You can get dedicated servers for £35 a month now, which is what I use. Then you are not limited at all... but you need a bit of Linux know how.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:57 AM
Hi LiLo, would you mind PMing me with the url of the people you use? I'm not actively looking at the moment, but am considering "upgrading" from shared hosting in the near future. Thanks.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 08:43 PM
One thing you have to ask is how serious is the testing you want to do? The problem with SEO testing on a small scale is that there are so many variables that can affect the results. These include:
domain name and age of registration
use of images
site structure and things like HTML errors and page load time
links within the site
To be scientific, you would like to have everything be the same and then change one thing and record the results. The problem is that you can't have duplicate sites, so you can't have any real "controls". You may change something on the site and notice something happen. But you won't know if it was what you did, or something with the search engines. If you change more than one thing, then you could see results from one of them happen at some point when you change something else.
If not saying you can't do it and you can't get some information, I'm just saying that it's a bit tricky.
If you decided to go ahead, I would get a reseller account where you can have unlimited sites for about $25. You are limited by disk and bandwidth, but you can put a large number of sites under one account. You can also do the same thing with some accounts that let you "add-on" domains. Functionally that should be the same, even though all the files are in one place. That can make it a little easier to move files from site to site with a single FTP access.
If you want a larger test bed, I would be willing to let you "use" some domains that I have, where I can point them to your server and you can put a site on it for testing. Or you can just buy domains with .infos going for about $2. Domains don't cost much, but the domains I have were purchased at different times and have some "age".
Posted 22 February 2007 - 07:18 AM
Sometimes their domain is listed in yahoo or DMOZ and especially if your site in a directory (example freehost.com/yoursite) you will definitely receive a boost to rankings.
Posted 26 February 2007 - 09:53 AM
Posted 26 February 2007 - 10:05 AM
This of course assumes that the SEs are some how flagging which sites are using free hosting services, but certainly not impossible.
Posted 26 February 2007 - 06:43 PM
Nope not true. How would the subdomain that has no links to your site help your site?
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