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Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:00 AM
Who can tell me about subdomains and SEO? For instance... I'm creating a new ebook. I'll want to promote it both on my main site and separately from my main site.
My host offers subdomains so I am naturally thinking of using this for the money savings. However, my question is, can subdomains be ranked? If not, I'll just go down the usual road of getting a domain name and hosting for it.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:29 AM
If I am not mistaken though, I am pretty sure that a search engine will see a sub domain as a separate domain, although with the same IP address. I'm not dead positive on that one though as we have never tried to promote a sub domain so somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:37 AM
I'm not sure what a subdomain is. Can anybody define, point me to a thread or an article that will put me in the picture?
Copywriter mentioned the magic words 'money savings'.
So I thought I best get familiar with this thread:)
Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:38 AM
You need to ask yourself why a subdomain, rather than
a) a subdirectory on your main domain, or
B) a new domain
In principle, though, there's definitely no reason why it would not be ranked.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:53 AM
Primary domain: www.marketingwords.com
My host offers free subdomains, so that's why I was thinking of doing one of those instead of paying a whopping $10 a year for a new domain That and the fact that I wouldn't have to pay for extra hosting if I used a subdomain.
Alan... those are the reasons for a subdomain. Now what are you asking about:
a subdirectory on your main domain
Posted 16 September 2003 - 11:14 AM
Ahhh:) I see now. I've seen these about for a while but didn't know that they where so simple to get up running. Networking and such isn't my area but its always good to know as much as possible.
Do you know, I've always been under the impression that websites with this kind of URL where a bit more professional than a website with a normal URL, don't know why I thought that, it's just an air-dog thing
Posted 16 September 2003 - 11:47 AM
New domain: www.marketingwords-ebook.com
Each has pros and cons, but in online marketing terms, you can link to any one as easy as any other.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 11:55 AM
Which is what Alan said.
I was going to make this forum be a subdomain of my site, but had a problem setting it up that way and didn't feel like trying to figure it out. That's why I opted for the subdirectory instead. But it's all the same.
Even the major directories such as Yahoo and DMOZ have added it. So you don't need to go the subdomain route if you don't feel like it. It's really just more of a set up issue than a search engine issue.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:02 PM
Can you submit a subdomain to SEs even if your main domain has been registered already?
Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:11 PM
Are you talking about Submitting to Directories? Or search engines? I don't think it hurts to submit to search engines (but I don't think it helps either).
You can submit a subdomain to a directory if it has different content but an editor is likely to take a very close look before adding it, if at all.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:51 PM
As we mentioned, a subdomain is just like any other part of your site. All of your site has the potential to be picked up by the SEs if you optimize it and make sure that it's crawler-friendly.
There does have to be a reason for people to link to it though. If it's just a copy of your main domain, don't waste your time.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 06:13 PM
My problem with subdomains (ebook.marketingwords.com) is that they are counter-intuitive for users whereas subdirectories (www.marketingwords.com/ebook) are not.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 06:47 PM
We're all used to the website address format used in subdirectories, but the subdomain website address format is different - it goes against what people are used to seeing.
People sometimes try to remember website addresses. You have more chance of the subdirectory address style being remembered than the subdomain one. Even if it's only the home page they remember (www.marketingwords.com), they'll still be able to find the ebook section from your sitemap or pagelinks.
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