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In May, Edmondson wrote an email to Google engineers...and asked whether he should break up his site into “subdomains,”...In June, a top Google search engineer, Matt Cutts, wrote to Edmondson that he might want to try subdomains, among other things.
The HubPages subdomain testing began in late June and already has shown positive results. Edmondson’s own articles on HubPages, which saw a 50% drop in page views after Google’s Panda updates, have returned to pre-Panda levels in the first three weeks since he activated subdomains for himself and several other authors.
[edited by: indyank at 5:14 am (utc) on Jul 19, 2011]
whew... cause ya knocked me offa my chair with that one. Might link to the comment or give the username next time. Makes things a little clearer.Put down the cup of coffee, step away from the computer, wait 3 hours till decaffeination (?) kicks in and read it again :)
a very interesting post and discussion here on this subdomain theory - [seobook.com ] . Someone taking on Aaron wall on this subject (looks more like a googler and surely a google fan). He seem to suggest that there are no recoveries yet because sites are still breaking the "rules".
dataguy, we don't how it will hold and changing locations etc has its own pitfalls--will the scraper seen as the original now for example?
I've spent years trying to figure out which pages Google liked and didn't like. With siloing each member on a subdomain, I can get a much better idea now.
How is Google picking up these subdomain pages? Are they linked from your main pages or completely link separate from the main domain site? Any external links into the subdomains?
We have been trying to determine good content vs. bad by using referral stats and crawl frequencies. Our good content is crawled as much as 30 times per day, despite the fact that it hasn't changed in years.
Last Thursday 7/14:
2,772 Google referrals without subdomains
This Thurday 7/21:
7,573 Google referrals on the same content, now with subdomains
MarvinH, apparently it didn't work the first time around for him.
Do you think it is possible that Google is sending more traffic to your new URLs only because they are new? New-page effect?
It will be interesting to see how these new URLs still perform in a few weeks / months.