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    Best domain for a forum?


    Im going to optimize a forum, so my question if how I should make the domain to the forum. Which if theese ways is the most SEO friendly:

    1. http://forum.mydomain.com
    2. http://www.mydomain.com/forum/index.php

    Of should I register a new domain for this and use for example:

    3. http://www.mydomainforum.com
    4. http://www.forummydomain.com

    Which is the best?
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    There are two schools of thought on this one


    1) a sub domain is best for easy integration, simplicity and name retention.

    2) a new domain is good because you can get a keyword rich URL which is best for SEO.


    I would preffer method 2 although I think there is little difference between the two.

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    Originally Posted by tstolber
    There are two schools of thought on this one


    1) a sub domain is best for easy integration, simplicity and name retention.

    2) a new domain is good because you can get a keyword rich URL which is best for SEO.


    I would preffer method 2 although I think there is little difference between the two.

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    What would you recomend then, option 3 or option 4 ?
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    Huh?

    I would recomend method 2 - which is kinda why I did?

    Don't think eother will make a big difference but I guess it comes down to personal prefference and also the deal made available by your host.
    For instance I have free sub domains so that might temp me but then I would probably register a new domainin any event if I could find a suitable one.
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    I meant option 3 or option 4 of my options =)

    1. http://forum.mydomain.com
    2. http://www.mydomain.com/forum/index.php
    3. http://www.mydomainforum.com
    4. http://www.forummydomain.com
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    I would use #2 to add to the mass of my site.
    * "It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it's the size of the fight in the dog." Mark Twain
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    ok, I have one more question, I will make a mod-rewrite in my forum, I will have many forum sections. And when I register to ldirectories, should I register all the forums I have in my forum, or just one, for example should I register:

    1.
    www.domain.com anchortext: forum

    2.
    www.domain.com/forum/index.php anchortext: forum

    3.
    www.domain.com/forum/penforum/index.php anchortext: pen forum
    www.domain.com/forum/pencilforum/index.php anchortext: pencil forum
    www.domain.com/forum/flowerforum/index.php anchortext: flower forum
    www.domain.com/forum/lampforum/index.php anchortext: lamp forum

    So I register in the directories for all my different forum sections ?
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    Originally Posted by EGOL
    I would use #2 to add to the mass of my site.

    I go with Egol on this one. I would add the forum to your existing site to give it more content and more pages... I read in SEOGuys forum that he made his forum like option 2 to make it more of an 'Authority Site' or the 'Amazon Effect' or something like that.. Making forum.mydomain.com will make that a seperate site in the SE's eyes.
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    Originally Posted by jozomannen
    ok, I have one more question, I will make a mod-rewrite in my forum, I will have many forum sections. And when I register to ldirectories, should I register all the forums I have in my forum, or just one, for example should I register:

    1.
    www.domain.com anchortext: forum

    2.
    www.domain.com/forum/index.php anchortext: forum

    3.
    www.domain.com/forum/penforum/index.php anchortext: pen forum
    www.domain.com/forum/pencilforum/index.php anchortext: pencil forum
    www.domain.com/forum/flowerforum/index.php anchortext: flower forum
    www.domain.com/forum/lampforum/index.php anchortext: lamp forum

    So I register in the directories for all my different forum sections ?
    I would go with option 3 personally but like this

    www.domain.com/forum/pen/index.php anchortext: pen forum
    www.domain.com/forum/pencil/index.php anchortext: pencil forum
    www.domain.com/forum/flower/index.php anchortext: flower forum
    www.domain.com/forum/lamp/index.php anchortext: lamp forum

    or even

    www.domain.com/penforum/index.php anchortext: pen forum
    www.domain.com/pencilforum/index.php anchortext: pencil forum
    www.domain.com/flowerforum/index.php anchortext: flower forum
    www.domain.com/lampforum/index.php anchortext: lamp forum
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    best way is yourname.tld/forums

    you can keep your page or web or other ranking as it is other wise you have to bring ranking for other domain.

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