Hello SEO masters and experts, I hope you can help me figure something out!
I have a domain, say example.com, that is being treated as a network (think Cnet). We have 2 completely different sites that have been developed, one about sport, one about music.
Our existing site is using a subdirectory, example.com/site, and was hitting big numbers per day in traffic.
Now we have found that whenever we add the other site to another directory (example.com/site2) our rankings for the existing site dip dramatically (50% decease overnight).
My question is, does google consider subdomains as independent sites or are they linked to the main domain? Would this be the right way to do things without buying a separate domain?