|Two domains for one site|
Worried about search engine traffic
Without getting into why my dumb butt is in this situation, here it is. I have a site that has two domains connected to it. One is MySite.com and the other one is MySiteForums.com. The latter is strictly my message board and gets 85% of my traffic.
They are hosted by different companies. The host with the board creates boards also. The host of the non-board part of my site supports asp.net which my board host does not.
I am still trying to figure all this search engine stuff out. Just like life, in general. But my worry is this. Will search engines pick up MySiteForums.com? If so, what can I do to improve it? I want to submit it but am wondering how to do so. Can I put meta-tags on it?
And I was wondering if I can redirect the url from the board to the non-board domain, in order to have the traffic recorded?
I am very confused. Feel like somebody put me in a round room and told me to pee in the corner.
Thanks very much.
I have a similar setup. I have site.info, which is articles and events calendar, and site.com, which is the communtiy area with chat and boards.
Google picked up both because it followed the links. At one time I tried to duplicate the content of the info site on the chat site, dumb move. Google barfed. Now I have the content completely separated and it googs fine.
I have PR0 because I don't have a ton of content and I don't have incoming links that I know of really, so that doesn't apply, but I know this setup won't get you a penalty unless you duplicate content. (someone else will answer about redirect and asp)
(Just keep in mind what you want to do is make TWO clearly different sites with similar names, not ONE site with two similar names)
(edited to add P.S.)
Wow, there are a lot of questions in that post, Johnboy!
As far as optimizing your forum: Yes, discussion forums can be indexed by search engines and good traffic generators. Without writing a tome on this, the key factors are usually friendly URLs (preferably static, definitely no SessionIDs) and good page titles. No submittal should be required if the forum home page is linked from other sites.
When we have a forum forum at WebmasterWorld, we'll have some of this knowledge collected in one place. In the meantime, check some of Alphawolf's recent experience here: [webmasterworld.com...]
I'm not sure why you would want to redirect traffic to get it recorded... I'd say whether you try to merge the sites in some manner depends on your business objectives. In the meantime, having relevant linkage between the sites probably makes sense. This will enable forum visitors to find your main site, and vice-versa. Don't overdo the cross linkage, and be sure to solicit independent links for both sites.
Thanks very much. One thing that puzzles me though. I asked the company that I am looking at to submit with about this. They said to submit both(naturally), but to include meta-tags with both. How the heck do you put meta-tags into a message board? I am not sure I have that capability. Anyway, thanks.