1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What is the difference!?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by juanpopo, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. juanpopo

    juanpopo Power Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Messages:
    639
    Likes Received:
    100
    Hey! I was wondering what would be the difference on having a subdomain or a subdirectory in terms or SEO. Lets say for example you plan to make a WP instalation whit sertain keyword, for example: yourdomain.com/keyword or keyword.yourdomain.com
    What would you think would be the difference in results, which would rank better and why would it be better to do one or another.
     
  2. TayaX

    TayaX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Messages:
    3,454
    Likes Received:
    1,930
    Occupation:
    Skype : TayaxBHW
    Location:
    France
    Home Page:
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. juanpopo

    juanpopo Power Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Messages:
    639
    Likes Received:
    100
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015
  4. ChanzGrande

    ChanzGrande Elite Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,484
    Likes Received:
    1,172
    Occupation:
    Accountant
    Location:
    Northern Woods Counting Money
    There is not much of truth to that article actually and that blogger's experience is reflective of the particular niche he was in. In this case study it is likely he was penalized for reasons unrelated to the "meat and potatoes" presented in the article. According to Google there is to be no difference in how domains are treated not respective of whether they are sub-domains or placed into sub-directories.

    The reason this person experienced successful results is because they were using a pre-established domain which already had PR and domain authority in the eyes of google. As a result of this - the switch back to placing the content into a sub-directory resulted in all the primary domain benefits being applied to the "new" content on the sub-directory. This could happen relatively quickly if G tends to visit the main domain quite frequently. This can easily create a misperception of events occurring and improper association of "cause and effect" relationships.

    I guarantee this experiment cannot be duplicated on a completely new domain with these results. The correct answer to the question is that there is no relationship to SEO regardless of whether the content is on a sub-domain or in a sub-directory, and the ultimate decision to use a sub-domain over a sub-directory should most often come down to logistical questions relating to something other than SEO.

    For clarity - there is no difference at all unless either the sub-domain or primary domain already has authority in G's eyes. In this case one would obviously use whichever provides greater SEO benefit. Generally speaking though - this is a wasted consideration altogether for new sites.

    Edit: The author of that study subsequently did another study where he got different results. I'm not surprised, and will re-iterate that subdomain vs. subdirectory relative to SEO is not even a discussion worth having.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015