Question about Directories and SEO

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  1. danesebastion

    danesebastion Registered Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm building an App for a local business community here in the US. As a part of this I'm adding a business directory which will be a responsive website that will sit inside the App.

    Here's my question;

    As I see it I can set up the website on it's own URL or I can set it up in a sub directory of my main website. If I set it up on it's own URL I can probably milk it for SEO juice to my main website. If I do this my directory will compete with their directory and I may upset the customer!

    If I set it up in a sub directory I probably wont get any link juice and I don't run the risk of upsetting the customer.

    My question to the experts out there is;

    What would you do in this situation?

    Cheers

    Dane
     
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  2. danesebastion

    danesebastion Registered Member

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    Hey there, any SEO or internet marketing experts care to give an opinion?
     
  3. SysFailure0x5a

    SysFailure0x5a Junior Member

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    Can you elaborate on what you're trying to do? Maybe give some dummy examples?
     
  4. danesebastion

    danesebastion Registered Member

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    See above!
     
  5. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    Sub-directory or sub-domain, it's still just an inner page and will pass link juice all the same if they're inter-linked. It'll be dependent on your page authority or PR.

    If you start a new domain, you'll have no domain authority, and would have to build up page authority just as you would with a sub-domain\directory on your main site. I'd say stick with a sub-domain or otherwise just a directory on your main domain, and not "compete" but "work for" those by allowing them to list their site\business on your domain for "their" promotion.
     
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  6. danesebastion

    danesebastion Registered Member

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    Hi,

    Yes that did occur to me to just add the directory as a part of my main domain and let things develop from there,

    Thanks

    Dane
     
  7. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    I personally prefer a smaller lengthed, single level sub-domain name then a directory after a domain, I personally believe it's more aesthetically pleasing and easier to remember. It looks more professional essentially IMO.
     
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  8. danesebastion

    danesebastion Registered Member

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    Hi, Can you give me an example please and a comparison

    Cheers

    Dane