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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.
Thanks dataguy. I assume you have a member name for all your authors. Or did you 301 redirect to something like accountid.yourdomain.com? This approach can work well if you have a unique membername for your authors. Otherwise a redirect like: 1338779.yourdomain.com might look quite silly...
I am going to do a similar test. However, I want to ask you... do you have an index on your site? Did you change that too? Or just do a 301 redirect for those specific pages?
[edited by: tedster at 2:48 pm (utc) on Aug 23, 2011]
[edit reason] moved rom another location [/edit]
[edited by: tedster at 3:38 am (utc) on Oct 14, 2011]
[edited by: snickles121 at 6:37 am (utc) on Oct 14, 2011]
"Subdirectories with gTLDs"
That might be a good idea to host the subdomain in the country im targeting