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Local organic rankings: 1 site per city or multiple cities per site?

Discussion in 'Local SEO' started by belgianguy, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. belgianguy

    belgianguy Registered Member

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    Can someone explain the differences, pros and cons for local organic rankings between these two types of sites:

    1) You build one site per city:eg
    plumberhouston.com
    plumbermiami.com

    2) You build one site targeting many cities, and target each city with a dedicated page
    plumber.com/houston
    plumber.com/miami

    Thanks!
     
  2. arganrecords

    arganrecords Elite Member

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    1) You need to do Seo on the two sites independently (more effort)
    2) The root domain transfers its power to the subfolders and Seo effort decreases

    I will always go for the second because in my opinion is more professional and you can make your brand stronger
     
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  3. DX-GENERATION

    DX-GENERATION Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    argan is right !!! don't make two websites !! as a seo it will take alots of time and effort better try to rank one !!! and invest will not be even more !!!
     
  4. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    I'd go for a website and target multiple cities, it's easier in terms of SEO.
     
  5. mikpel

    mikpel Regular Member

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    It depends. How much care are you going to take of your SEO?

    If you stick with white hat methods then ofcourse the second option is more efficient. If you go with black hat then the first one is the way to go. That way you don't have to worry about penalties so much cause you are not putting all the eggs in the same basket.