Looking for some advice about setting up some hosting for some multi sites and particularly how it affects SEO.
I am going to be creating many 50+ sites with Joomla and each one will have a unique .co.uk domain name eg bluewidgetsleeds.co.uk and bluewidgetsmanchester.co.uk. now the question is do i create individual hosting accounts for each site OR do i create one big site with subdomains eg leeds.bluewidgetsuk.co.uk or bluewidgetsuk.co.uk/leeds being forwarded from the individual domain name. each town will have its own joomla install and will be independant, but owned by the larger company.
will i gain anything (SEO) by having them under one TLD ? if so, whats the best way to do this ? forward the domain ? or 301 redirect ?
I also agree here with canadafred. In terms of branding sulding up sub-domains would b a great idea. You can actually target a huge list of keywords and diversify these sub domains on various topics for e.g blog.mysite.com, forum.mysite.com, bulletinboards.mysite.com and so on.