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Which Is Best To Use For Seo, Main Domain Or Sub-domain?

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#1 sathishkumar


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:54 AM


We are planning for a new marketing business website. The main sites will have contents, products and information. But we also need to populate in 8 different languages in their respective geographies . So kindly suggest , whether it will be effective to use

main domain or sub domain for different countries.


main domain : yourdomain.hk, yourdomain.uk, yourdomain.jp, yourdomain.sa, yourdomain.Pl
Sub domain: hk.yourdomain.com, uk.yourdomain.com, jp.yourdomain.com, sa.yourdomain.com, pl.yourdomain.com

Which one will be effective for SEO, main domain or sub domain ?

One more point, we will be the register for all the 8 different domain. When we interlink with each other, will it be red flagged as private link farm by google and other major search engines??

Please advice for above clarifications

Thanks in advance
Sathish Kumar. B

Edited by sathishkumar, 12 August 2010 - 07:36 AM.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:24 AM

Normally it wouldn't matter, but since you're targeting specific geographical areas, your best bet is to use the TLD of each country for each website.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:56 AM

Personally I feel that in an ideal world you'd be able to have one page that shows many languages depending on what the visitor's language accept headers say however Google isn't ready to hold multiple versions of the same page in their index and don't always seem to get it right when doing reletively simple things like having a desktop and mobile version of your site....

I agree with what Jill says, get the relevant country extensions.

Have you considered hosting the country sites in the country they target?

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 04:16 AM

I would use language specific TLD's because they are more user friendly and more valued by people searching from the targeting language zone.
They are also easely targeted to the specific languages.
But you will have a lot of websites to handle.

Sub domains is the second best option but you have to be aware that sub domains inherid the geo targeting from the TLD.

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