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Sandbox effect and Subdomains pxc433 msg:4240893 9:04 am on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0) Hi I have a site that's been around a long time and ranks well in English. I want to do Spanish language content. If I use es.example.com would the new es subdomain be likely to be subject to the sandbox effect? Or should I use www.example.com/es ? Or is this question irrelevant as their is no sandbox effect?
tedster msg:4241247 11:30 pm on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
What people used to call the "sandbox" was really a delay while Google sorted out various trust factors. That certainly still happens but it's a lot faster today. But it was never a set time-out for new domains. On your question about using a subdomain versus a directory, you might find value in this current thread discussing the topic: Does main domain get PR from subdomains [ webmasterworld.com]