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Domain or directory?

   
8:55 am on Jun 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I am rather new to this and have a little question.

I am currently building a site and was wondering which advantages it has to host the site under its own domain name, rather then under an already established domain in a rich key word named directory.

Do good domain names, targeting a main keyword, always overweight a site that is hosted under a directory? When I do a search on Google, it doesn’t seem that the domain name has anything to-do with the top listings for my keyword, so does it really matters if you have a site on a domain or not, for SEO purposes?

5:41 pm on Jun 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Step back and don't think about search engines for a minute.

How about your users?

Which of the choices do you think will make them take you more seriously?

It's an easy answer...

2:08 pm on Jun 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Quick - you have no other knowledge. You're looking at a page of search results.

#3 is "The Widgets You Need" at [stuff...]

#6 is "The Widgets You Need" at [Craboozle.com...]

Which do you like? That's maybe a hard one.

Now, you're at a party and someone says, "Oh, what's your website that you're so proud of?" That should be easy.

Now, you're five years down the road and your site is just killer, the best... And the directory it's in says, "You know what, we don't want personal sites and we're claiming all materials that are part of our directory up to this point. Your access has been cut off." Now which one do you want?

6:24 am on Jun 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your thoughts and a domain name it is.
11:30 pm on Jun 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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on the offhand, I recommend both. get your domain name, and your mydir.someotherdomain.com.

you can put your files to "play" with in the subdomain, and then move them over to your domain name, so that everything is neat and clean for your domain and your directory is your "yeah I screwed that up, but no one will know" area.