|New Landing Page / Entrance|
| 6:11 am on Feb 4, 2013 (gmt 0)|
After a year works...client has decided to make a landing page. I mean they want to show something on landing/entrance page - www.domain.com/welcome before the visitors get into the home page i.e. www.domain.com .
Will here be any problem creating a landing page like I said /welcome and making that main page instead domain.com ?
| 1:01 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Lemme know if there's any problem understanding my queries.
| 6:18 am on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)|
|...they want to show something on landing/entrance page - www.domain.com/welcome before the visitors get into the home page i.e. www.domain.com |
Just came across this... not sure my reply is timely enough to be of help... but, both from the SEO and from the usability point of view, this is not a good idea.
Very briefly (and to oversimplify)... for SEO, you will be costing yourself credit on inbound links. Most inbound links to a site will naturally occur to www.domain.com. But, with the splash page, you will be promoting a different page... www.domain.com/welcome. So, there will a likely splitting of your inbound link vote, with no benefits.
You don't describe what the navigation structure would be from /welcome ...whether it's an image-only splash page or whether it does have navigation to the rest of the site. Again, I envision only negative effects in whatever you do.
From the user point of view, "Welcome" pages usually slow the visitor down. I think they were very common in the US in the late 90s, but they've fallen from use for good reason. While there's something gracious and well-mannered about saying "welcome" to new visitors, this loses its effect in the modern internet, if every site "welcomes" every visitor. The welcome message on a site, IMO, has become an old-fashioned cliche.
I should add that I've boosted the rankings and traffic of many sites considerably simply by eliminating "welcome" pages set up as you describe... though usually that's not all I do when I encounter this kind of situation. I've never considered going in the other direction. Effectively, in adding a welcome page, you'd be undoing your site's default url "canonicalization", and that simply doesn't make sense.