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Subdomain vs Subdirectory SEO

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by WeWontBeAlone, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. WeWontBeAlone

    WeWontBeAlone Regular Member

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    Ok guys, I think I may have thought of a pretty good solution to my issue and I'd like some feedback!

    so here's how I run my website, basically. I run a website where I embed episodes of TV shows and people can stream them for free on my site through the embeded links, nothing is hosted by me.

    My website ranks well in the serps but it gets DMCA Takedown probably once every week or so.

    To combat this, I make a subdomain and move my website there, for example I'll have mywebsite.com and i'll just move the website to www1.mywebsite.com, once that one is dmca takedown'ed I'll switch it to www2.mywebsite.com (currently on www6 lol)

    But after some research, I've found that this is potentially bad for SEO? Also it makes it pretty difficult to build backlinks with the website domain changing so often. If i get a backlink to a subdomain that is later 301 redirected to another subdomain does that pass link juice?

    Anyways, what I was thinking of doing is creating subdirectorys instead of subdomains. When the DMCA complaints come in they usually just snipe down the root domain from search serps, but if I were to make subdirectories and redirect the homepage to there and such, wouldn't that be easier to get away with and keep rankings/seo? It would end up being something like mywebsite.com/episodes or something of that nature instead of www1.mywebsite.com

    Which do you guys think is a better idea and why?

    Also, does a subdomain have separate value / seo from the root domain?
     
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  2. malayguru

    malayguru Regular Member

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    Great topic!
    Comment to follow thread, I wanted to know this as well.
    Any Guru please shed some lights on this topic.
    As for me, I always build sub domain, not sure if sub directory can get ranking juice from root domain.
     
  3. WeWontBeAlone

    WeWontBeAlone Regular Member

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    Thanks for your interest man, really hope somebody can give some decent answers!
     
  4. WeWontBeAlone

    WeWontBeAlone Regular Member

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    bump
     
  5. redrays

    redrays Regular Member

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    Subdomains are usually treated as separate from the root domain. For example, it's rare to pass a penalty from a subdomain to the root. When panda first hit, many webmasters moved thin, often local content onto subdomains and recovered some amount of rankings / traffic. Your 301 redirects from one subdomain to another will probably pass some amount of the link juice you've built up, although if you're losing subdomains every few weeks eventually you'll have tons of 301 redirects to manage.

    I don't really understand your subdirectory idea.
     
  6. donaldducks

    donaldducks Newbie

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    You won't really have a solution to an illegal activity, all you can do is keep putting it in a different subdomain every time or even on a new domain.