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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.
I wondered whether I could have achieved the same by just using separate IP's? I suspect so.
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?