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Sub Folder Moved to its own domain - a mistake?

Which is better, sub-folder or domain?

     
8:57 pm on Feb 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone! Quick question. I have an established website at www.domain.com (lots of incoming one-way links, ok PR). A few months ago I created a directory of related items to my site at: www.domain.com/items. Google and other search engines picked it up and I was getting quite a bit of search traffic as a result. About a week ago I decided (not quite sure why) I'd be better off moving www.domain.com/items to www.items.com and redirecting all traffic there with a 301. Item.com currently has no links to it (except from my original site) and probably won't for a while, if ever. I'm still getting some search related traffic but I think it's dropped off some. Was this move a mistake in terms of Google related traffic? Should I drop the domain and move everything back? I've read some of the posts on this subject but am still a little confused. Thanks in advance for any advice!
10:36 pm on Feb 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google will list one and mess up the other if BOTH serve content separately.

You did the right thing by using a 301 redirect: only the target of the redirection will be listed.

I will let others give an opinion as to which way the redirect should point.