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positioning question
2 web sites on one server.

 6:36 pm on Dec 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi, I have 2 web sites on one server. Example: www.red.com and www.red.com/blue

Can my secondary web site (blue), with good SEO pages obtain equal positioning as www.red.com/blue or would it position better as www.blue.com



 7:15 pm on Dec 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

I guess you are talking about the structure on your server, not about what your users see?
If so, I do not think there's much difference between the two options concerning ranking. If you want to hide the fact those sites are related, you could think about setting up blue on a different server with different IP.


 8:26 pm on Dec 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reply.

If you want to hide the fact those sites are related, you could think about setting up blue on a different server with different IP.

I only need to know if this will have any effect on my positioning


 8:55 pm on Dec 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

You really should separate them if they are different topics. If they are the same topic, then the secondary site in another directory will help the main site.

However, if they are divergent topics, it is best to go with a stand alone domain.


 4:26 am on Dec 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

We have been considering all these questions lately prior to a change of hosting company.

The red/blue example you give I think is really an example of a "subdomain" with a different domain name. The server sets them up as subdomains (usually blue.red.com but you can allocate a domain name to each sometimes).However most often you will still end up with the same IP

One solution which we are thinking about is to find a host who will allocate different IP's for each domain, even though they are on the one account. There are very few that do this, but some do!

Even though the exact SEO advantage of having diff IP's for sites that interlink is not really known, it seems everyone agrees, that it IS a good thing, tho opionions vary from "some advantage" to "absolutely essential".

Google guy has said that domains in the same class C are still seen as separate, and even if the host says they can set up dedciated IP's for each domain, they will probably still be in the same Class C. (Assumption!) But according to GG, no problem for Google at least.

The best solution it seems is to have all your domains on different servers, and even different hosts, but if you have ever changing sites like us, it means lots of times in logging out of one host and into another, and they will probably each have their own intricacies that you will have to remember, and of course you will (like us) maybe end up paying for 100 to 300 MG of space for a 5MG site..

At the moment finding a host who can give dedicated IP's to each domain seems to us the best option.

We are NOT authorities on this, but this is the result so far of evaluating server moves options. I would be grateful if anyone can say whether we are right or wrong and add any intelligence to our research so far!


 5:24 am on Dec 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

As always, great comments Chiyo.

I think for Kg2rg's current situation, I'd want to know how close the topics are that is being considered for a separate domain. I'd also want to know the history of /blue. Is it a new topic, or is this an already established subsite with link pop already built?

I've got the exact same situation I stumbled into yet again. Over on searchengineworld, I have the Opera subsite /opera that is now out performing the main site. I'm between a rock an a hard spot. I've got great linkpop built up and good rankings. Do I move it and take a year to recover? Or do I just leave it? For now, I'm just leaving it.


 9:11 pm on Dec 29, 2001 (gmt 0)

thanks for the replies. a lot of questions have been answered and I look to move the site onto its own server. Better do it now. I may regret making the move later, if SE positioning gets good. I need more space and its a credibility thing to.

Thanks guys. Always great points of view here, as usual.

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