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Spawning New Page - New Domain or Sub-Page?

Will "keeping it local" improve serps?

   
9:03 am on Jan 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I have a url - mydomain.com/widgets/ that ranks well for keyword "widgets", and I want to create a new page that is devoted to "blue widgets".

Method 1: same domain - mydomain.com/widgets/blue/
Method 2: new domain - bluewidgets.com

It seems like google will give more serp weight to method 1. I would appreciate any comments, thanks.

2:14 am on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What root you have would imho not be of consequence , but my advice would be to stay in the same domain.

New domain = Sandbox

3:44 am on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My goodness, why is this poor "google news" forum used as a thread dumpster?

Furthermore, this topic isn't exactly about "google news", it is far more suited to the forum I originally posted it in - "Search Engine Promotion"

How does this thread differ in topic from:
[webmasterworld.com...]
or
[webmasterworld.com...]

I would appreciate if a moderator could explain the logic to me, so I don't "mis-post" in future..

8:23 am on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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huh
9:57 am on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Method 1: same domain - mydomain.com/widgets/blue/
Method 2: new domain - bluewidgets.com

I guess the answer is quite clear: these days domains are like red wine: the older the better.

But I'd be interested in a comparison with Method 3:

bluewidgets.mydomain.com

Are subdomains treated like completely new domains or rather like subdirs?

11:18 am on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Seperate domains but a google rep did say reliance on this strategy in the long term was not a good idea. I was not there to here this , but it was reported on this board by somebody at one of the conferences.

Though, as i say right now it works.

11:38 am on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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these days domains are like red wine: the older the better.

I have tested many domains, and an old domain with only new backlinks suffers from exactly the same symptoms.

Which brings me to the conclusion that it is the age of backlinks rather than the domain. Of course new domains can never have old backlinks.

In answer to the question asked; I would stick with your existing domain until Google changes their parameters anyway.

Unless you're prepared to forget about Google and just build a new useful site on the new domain (difficult to do I know).

5:32 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, I'll opt for keeping the new page on the old domain for the time being.
6:45 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Let me turn the question on its head.

I have a site about "blue fairies" (ie., a topic, not a product), at www.something.com/bluefairy.

Do people think there's a disadvantage to making a site about "red gnomes" (ie., another, different topic) at www.something.com/redgnomes.

Is Google comfortable with the multi-topic domain? I know it's not the kiss of death already. But is it a demerit?

12:38 pm on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have an idea - why don't you create the site on a new domain and then block Google from indexing that site.

Then allow only Google to index the www.mydomain.com/newsite URL.

Meanwhile you can link build on the new domain AND enjoy traffic from both sources.