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Subdomain and Local Directory Submission Map

     
4:22 pm on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I am trying to come up with the easiest and best way to rank a service business URL for branches in multiple cities to each come up in the local directory search map.

If you are trying to submit and rank a URL for local geo targeted cities, but had a national URL like examples.com, would I be able to submit to Google city by city by adding the city to the end or the beginning as a sub-domain; and which style would rank easier if so. Here are the examples just so you see what I mean.

www.example.com - national
www.example.com/boston
www.boston.example.com

So my goal is, if possible, build a network of sites where I can just add the city and we can get ranked locally for the same concept, but in the different cities. Or would I have to have a different URL for every city to get picked up in the local searches in the map area which wold require building lots of different websites and obviously much more time consuming and difficult than dynamically adding the cities and editing the new landing pages accordingly.

Thanks very much! J
10:20 pm on June 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It sounds very much like you're some sort of a national retailer site of some sort.

If you don't have a physical presence in each of those cities, you'd better not attempt to expand out via Google Maps as you're planning, because this would run against their policies.

If you do have a store or people physically working in each city, you could use either the subdomain or a subdirectory that is unique to your site.
3:46 pm on June 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes, thanks, I was just wondering if one was better than the other.