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I don't want this to become a general discussion on the merits of free hosts vs. paid. I have one specific Q.
With a website that has a sub-domain web address - is this it finished as far as google is concerned. Would google ever rank such a website? How about the other search engines?
My guess is that people get into trouble when they try to create a subdomain for every city in the country and heavily interlink them.
you'd be surprised. I know of one site that is in the alexa top 3,000, and is NOT techie at all so that's definitely doing well, all from interlinking their own sub-domains. None of the pages on the entire domain are greater than PR4 and it probably has about 3,000 subdomains with subtantially duplicate content.
also be carefull of interlinking with sub-domains under the same domain.
I agree with Marcia, there is no reason not to interlink between sub-domains - this paranoia over cross-linking is getting out of hand. Remember, Google cannot (or should not) use filtering techniques that a competitor can use against you - only things you can screw up yourself.
One oddity, Yahoo has indexed one of the subs, and it ranks top 10 for main KW's, but seems to be ignoring the main domain...
Google had a big clearout of multiple sub domains earlier this year.
What, you mean they deleted them manually from their index? I find that hard to believe ....
... surely they just devalued the internal linking the site had to each faculty. Even then, why should Google be bothered about subdomains of a large site if they offer the subject people are looking for?