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Or does it really matter? Which do the SE's prefer, especially Google? (By the way, "bluewidget" would be the name of my article). Thanks in advance!
>Google PageRank decreases by one for each level of directory/folder structure that you travel away from root.
I don't think it works that way. If you link to a page that is 4 levels deep directly from your home page, it will not be four points lower.
You might be better off doing "relative" url linking. If you're in the widgets.com root directory, I believe this is the way it's done:
That should take you to [widgets.com...] .
That way if you change your domain name -- or even just want to save your site to a CD in runnable form -- the links will still work as is.
It helps for portability in general.
[Edited to fix goof at 10:04 -- and (sigh) 11:04]
If you have a small site and will keep it that way, through it in the root directory.
I would worry more about usability than the effect on Google. I agree with the comments already that it really doesn't matter.