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Hosting a forum & blog subdirectoy or subdomain

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by creativepotion, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    Hi guys,

    I am wondering if it would be a better idea to post your forum & blog on a subdirectory or subdomain.
    I research a bit on this topic the past couple of days and received mix answers. I know this is based on personal preference, but apparrently, subdomains are usually treated indepedently and doesnt quite pass any juice.

    In this case, should a sub-directory should be considered over sub-domain?

    However, based off that, i m not sure if its a good idea to put a 'forum' on sub-directory as a lot of time, you have no control of the contents that are posted by strangers.

    What you guys think?

    Thanks
     
  2. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    bumping this. thanks
     
  3. sitemaster8

    sitemaster8 Newbie

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    Put your forum in a subdirectory. As you said in your post, subdomains are treated as a different site, so links pointing to a subdomain wouldn't help your rankings of your main website.

    If you are worried about what people post to the forum, I would choose to approve new posts. I know its a hassle but it's better than being on a subdomain and your main site not getting the benefit of links coming in. At the end of the day, link building is the most important part of getting higher rankings in the SERPs.
     
  4. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    Just to follow up with this;

    After further research, I see that a lot of sites (even big companies) are using sub-domain for their forums.
    and as for blog, they put it under sub-directory.

    Any inputs on this? Thanks
     
  5. nonin

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    make them separate!

    put your forum on the subdomain.

    why? .. humm, old people say: "don't keep all your eggs in one basket" ;)
     
  6. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    I get what you mean, but if the domain is blacklisted or penalized, i assume the subdomain will be also?
     
  7. LBrown

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    No, which is why I would vote for subdomain as well.