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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by dafoss, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. dafoss

    dafoss Registered Member

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    Hey I would like to ask this community, which is better (from G point of view), to have blog/forum on directory (domain.com/forum) or to have it on subdomain (forum.domain.com)? thanks alot for your answers
     
  2. innofidelity

    innofidelity Junior Member

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    This way is my choice and it worked for me too "domain.com/forum":D
     
  3. frolic

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    its much easier to index the /forum but at the end of the day both of them will be index and get the same traffic , depends how you proceed with your content that will make more of the difference!
     
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    I like domain.com/forum

    You may also want to think about how you want your users to remember the address. domain.com/forums or forums.domain.com
     
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    matt_burns Newbie

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    Hi dafoss

    Subdomains are treated as individual domains in their own right. That means that any links gained to the blog/forum on the subdomain wouldn't directly help to power up the main site and vice versa.

    I always opt for the directory setup over the subdomain one.
     
  7. dinkish

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    I disagree, since sub domains are simply different addresses for sub-directories. Google may (which I don't believe) "power up" a root directory's index file more so than a sub-directory's, however cascading power\juice comes from back-links and intelligently orchestrated inner-linking.

    I prefer sub-directories for memorizing url's personally, as I won't necessarily need to remember that last structure of it and can focus on the domain name itself, but if handled correctly, sub-directories can look professional and be easier to remember for sure.

    I highly doubt Google would give more credence to a sub-domain over a higher directory, unless it indexed the two urls as duplicate content and happened to find the link to the sub-domain first.

    The only time I've seen a debate about sub-directories providing more power, is with regards crafted 301's, and quite frankly I haven't seen a single case study that have some sort of equivocal base point.
     
  8. lmxftw

    lmxftw BANNED BANNED

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    then why the hell are you people building web 2.0's on sub domains ?
     
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  9. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    keyword: "domain"

    Sub-domain\domain, it doesn't matter. If you're wanting to use a Moz metric instead of a PR perspective, there's still DA no matter how you cut it. Sub-domains are taken from a esthetic standpoint only from what I've done and seen, and until anyone provides a side by side controlled comparison, I'm going to stick to my guns. The time of easy EMD's, sub-domain, directory and filename matches for spamming are well over.

    Who can remember a sub-domain from anything outside of the Internet Association?
     
  10. moon612

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    directory because it will be better attached to you original ranking domain.
     
  11. spacezeus

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    i saw a videos of matt cutts saying they're both ranking the same in google.