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11:54 am on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I am interested to know how much difference it makes in terms of effective SE rankings if a site is hosted:
1. On a Free/Affiliate site (ie. Geocities/Tripod(Lycos))
2. If a site is hosted as a "sub" domain, eg. "[my site].[my ISP].com"

I know it probably makes some difference - I have several sites listed this way, and I want to understand whether securing my own domain will have much impact on SE rankings....


12:33 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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and I want to understand whether securing my own domain will have much impact on SE rankings....

In more ways than you can count on fingers & toes.

A few:

content flexibility -- more web pages, more space, means more diversity to page topic thus more chances to get top ranking.

long pages -- free host sites tend to be long, longer, longest as time goes on. More content per page larger file size per page dragging the rank potential down.

linking -- others will more likely link exchange to a site that invests rather than one that does not. Links are everything in ranking.

more credibilty -- if you offer just info no big deal. If a product or service is offered - a free hosting site is less credible, perceived as "not a real business".

no brand potential what-so-ever.

difficult for business cards and other print material: e.g. [geocities.com...] looks like the business is Geocities and not Roberts Ducks.

If you somehow start getting visitation in any quantity, bandwidth restrictions -- site possibly up for two weeks then off-line until next month.

On the other side - I know of one guy who makes 5K a month using freenet. Very niche market, fairly high price product and generally has beaten the odds.

However, if he put 5% of that monthly revenue into developing a real site -- that could be 100K per month... but he is happy with 5K and not interested.


12:23 am on Jan 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a similar question but not about 'free' sites etc. We have our own server and host our web pages and those of our franchisees.

My question is - does the hosting of similar sites on the same server have an adverse affect on rankings?

I'm seeing a lot of advice in the SEO world that would seem to indicate this to be a 'bad' thing. If so will hosting one site somewhere else and linking to all the sites on our server help?

any one know?


12:38 am on Jan 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes it can have

I would do neither


12:54 am on Jan 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sorry - not sure I understand :( Do you mean do nothing and if this is the cause of the drop in rank do nothing?

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