I have a question that's been twisting my mind in knots for awhile. Feel like I should know the answer but can't figure it out. How does Google look at the issues I mention below?
I have a new site I've been needing to launch for awhile but no time to design it and get it set up right now. So I am considering just pointing it at a page on a current domain temporarily (or maybe even permanently) but figuring out the SEO implications and how the link juice will work is, twisting my mind in knots. Just can't figure it out.
Mature domain with PR (fake name): petproducts.tld
New Domain (fake name): dogs.tld
Question 1: If I point dogs.tld to petproducts.tld/dogs, would it be easier to initially rank dogs.tld? Would G see any link juice or domain authority or age? In other words, since dogs.tld is pointing to petproducts is Google seeing the brand new dogs.tld domain or is it looking past it and seeing petproducts.tld/dogs?
Question 2: If I get 20 links to dogs.tld which is really nowhere, just pointing to content on petproducts.tld/dogs - then 6 mo from now build out dogs.tld on it's own domain, those links will largely still be OK right? Since they are links to dogs.tld?
Question 3: Let's say I get the above scenario ranked #3 for my keyword, if I later move site to it's own domain will I likely drop? (The content and meta would be moved to the new site, the links I THINK would follow, but the site would no longer be sitting on the authority aged domain.)
Question 4: Is there any disadvantage to pointing the domain initially just to get started? I need it right away, just need to take a quick short cut before building the site.
Question 5: Dogs.tld is not a super important site or brand to me. Is there any problem with just leaving dogs.tld pointing to petproducts.tld/dogs?
No one can see it's pointed right? If I wanted and it was easier, I could just leave it like that?
Sorry I realize that was a lot of questions. If anyone just wants to answer 1 or 2 Qs or if there is a thread or resource you can point me to that would help, I appreciate it!
Thanks, Linda Mod's note: Changed .com in examples to .tld, since .com versions are likely to be owned.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:41 pm (utc) on Dec 28, 2011]