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I've made a google search but haven't found a good answer for what I'm attempting to do. So here goes.
I have an old domain, and I'd like to create stand alone mini sites on it. Like yahoo.com/flickr instead of flickr.com.
I'm concerned about linking. I suspect other sites don't like linking to sub dirs. They'd prefer linking to domains or sub-domains.
So I thought of creating a sub-domain, and redirecting them to my sub dir.
The problem is I hear google treats sub-domains like new sites? .. Are my efforts to boost PR in vain if I go with a sub-domain as opposed to sub-dir?
How should I proceed to create mini sites on my old domain and what structure should I adopt?
I'm basically trying to give a boost to my mini-sites by hosting it on my old domain, is that the right way?
If that is the main goal, stay away from subdomains.
It is my current understanding that google tends to consider subdomains as seperate entities for purposes of PR.
Which could also mean you miss out of the advantages of having new pages on a current "out of the sandbox"
domain, and instead, would have to wait for link accumulation to occur before you would see a positive benefit.
If you put them in a www.domain.com/newcat/ format and link it from the main page of your existing domain, you will get the benefits of faster indexing, and possibly a faster/better flow of PR to the mini-sites.
If you develop mini-sections, make sure you have a decent link navigation setup so that PR AND visitors flow to the areas you consider the most useful/profitable.
Hope that helps. :)