OK, please feel free to move this to whatever forum you feel is more appropriate. It covers a number of areas so I stuck it here.
This is examplified...
I decided to develope a site (or sites) targeting two local "counties". I want a central theme that is brandable and yet easily targeted specifically towards either of these counties, and any additional counties in case I decided to expand.
I have secured the 2 "county" specific domains and the "state" specific domain.
We'll say smallvillewidgets,bs and gothamwidgets,bs are the county specific domains and texaswidgets,bs is the state specifc domain.
Since the two sites will share the same "look and feel" and share the same database structure I planned to simply have a 1 page site for each of these domains that serves as a link directory to the county specific features on the main state specific site.
Specifically examplified- a visitor to smallvillewidgets,bs/index,html would actually be surfing to content at texaswidgets,bs/smallville/index,php which would allow me to have one shared database to house the info for both counties.
These "one pagers" would NOT be automatic redirects. The user would have to click on the links to get to specific pages on texaswidgets,bs.
I need the county specific (child) domains for marketing purposes (traditional advertising) and won't be marketing the state specific (parent) domain at all for now.
Since the "child" domains are basically splash pages leading to a specific folder in the "parent" domain, is this going to negatively impact my search engine placement? Would they all get penalized for interlinking? I could forsee this little network of sites expanding to at least 3 or 4 more "counties" if it works out as planned.
I know I could just keep each domain hosted seperately but I want to keep things simple and centralized if possible to prepare for easy future expansion.
Ouch! I think I may have strained my examplifier...must rest...