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Subdomains and Sandbox.

Does anyone know how Google handles these?



5:17 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have a site, www.mysite.com. Within this site, I have a particular section, www.mysite.com/section. I've decided that I want to move this section to a subdomain for easier management and organization, so I've created section.mysite.com. Anything that goes to www.mysite.com/section is now 301-redirected to section.mysite.com.

From what I understand, Google sees section.mysite.com as a seperate site from www.mysite.com. So my question is, how will the sandbox affect this "new" site, taking into consideration that it has identical content to the old, and all of the old pages have been individually 301-redirected to the new?

Will I likely have a few-month waiting period before I can get any decent rankings out of this, or should it be rather instantaneous (a few days/weeks)?


6:41 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone made a change like this recently and noticed any type of Sandbox results? I'm not sure how this applies when the 301s are involved.


6:49 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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First, I am definitely hesitant to predict about this issue. Google is a funny bird, and right now with all the Big Daddy fuss, they seem funnier than usual. Essentially, yes, I see new subdomains showing the sandbox effect.

My best guess is that the time to seeing the subdomain all back to normal will depend on natural inbound links from other domains. If they are healthy, then the 301's should carry through in a few weeks. If the only inbounds (or almost all) are on your domain I wouldn't be surprised to see a slower process.

And if you can get some natural inbonds to change the link to the new url form, that would be excellent. You might also do well to implement the base href tag on the new subdomain. That can't hurt and might help.

I'd be very interested in hearing how this works out for you. It's been many months since I set up a subdomain anywhere, and I've been steering clients aways from the idea unless it is a necessary part of a solid, long-term business strategy.

I am pretty sure you will have a bump in the road -- the question is just "how big?"


2:11 pm on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Based on my past exeriance, subdomains don't seem to get sandboxed for as long as the main site. Both of the subdomains I created were ranking on (reasonably) competitive terms within two months.

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