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Should I host articles on shopping cart CMS, or on a blog?

     
3:04 pm on Oct 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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So, I am trying to move my articles from my shopping cart, which are now hosted as CMS pages, to a blog which I have setup at blog.mysite.ex.

In my blog, I have plenty of articles that say, want to buy "this" or "that" and they point the visitor to mysite.ex/this.html or mysite.ex/that.html.

When the articles were posted to my store, the internal links were all, "/this.html" and "/that.html" . Now I have to write out the entire url. Will Google see that as a ton of external links going to the same site (isn't that abusive?) or is Google smart enough to know that blog.mysite.ex and mysite.ex are the same company?

I had a SEO firm awhile back, look at another blog of mine which had like 200+ links to one domain, while other domains had just a fraction of the same link count to their domains. He said that was bad. It will happen if I set up blog.mysite.ex like this.

I could just keep the articles hosted on the shopping cart CMS pages with internal links like "/whatever.html" but I feel like Wordpress would be more SEO friendly with that sort of content because of articles, tags, feeds, etc.

Please give me your feedback.


Mod's note: Changed original title for this thread, which was:
Does too many external links, to your own site, hurt a blog?


[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 3:17 pm (utc) on Oct 4, 2014]

11:08 pm on Oct 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It depends what cms system your running, but I wouldn't host the blog on a subdomain just /blog
3:52 am on Oct 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Either blog.example.com or www.example.com/blog should be fine, but if you're concerned, I'd recommend going with www.example.com/blog and installing WP there rather than the root.
7:42 pm on Oct 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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You know, I am thinking more and more about separating the ecommerce pages off of my website from my info and article pages. At some point, google basically took the majority of my ecommerce traffic and started sending it to my info pages (which don't make any money).

the net result was that I am still getting as much traffic as I was before, just that it is going to my information pages and not to my eCommerce pages.
9:59 pm on Oct 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Personally, I'd not "rock the boat" and leave the info pages that are generating traffic where they are while trying to find an effective advertising method on those pages to drive people to buy more often, mainly because there have been too many reports of splits/moves causing drops in traffic over the last couple years for me to be comfortable with moving something that's working somewhere else.

* Note: A few years ago, my answer would likely have been to move it, but things have changed to the point I wouldn't go that direction with something that's generating traffic where it is any more.
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Here's my experience of doing something similar: [webmasterworld.com...]
 

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