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Multiple non-related sub domains ok?
Can I create them w/o any SE penalties?

 8:36 pm on Dec 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello All,

Is there any SEO danger to creating sub domains that are totally separate in themes on one FQDN?

I understand that to SE's, a sub domain is seen as an entirely different site. So, will that impact my SERPs/PRx/Standings with G/Y! MSN for either one?

Or can I create it w/o any worries.

I'd be sure to not cross-link and carry out separate SEO plans for each.

[edited by: caveman at 9:38 pm (utc) on Dec. 10, 2005]
[edit reason] Removed specifics, per TOS [/edit]



 12:12 am on Dec 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

This sounds like what About.com has done -- and they even do a minimal amount of cross-linking between the subdomains. About doesn't seem to have suffered any ill effects.


 3:11 am on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

It wud be interesting to know the About.com's sub-domain strategy. tedster, it wud be great if you can shed some light.

How does the cross linking effect the SEO effort in this kind of SEO campaign.



 4:47 am on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Some ways to learn more on the topic:

1. Do a search on site:about.com on one of the major engines and see what you think about those results.
2. Search keywords related to the principal subdomain topics and see how often about.com has a nice position.
3. Explore about.com with the Yahoo Site Explorer [siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com] to see more.

Those three actions should show you a lot about what they do over at about.com and how successful it has been for them to date.


 4:59 am on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Great Thanks Tedster! Will just go over those 3 points for the insight!


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