#1
  1. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    13
    Rep Power
    0

    Subdomain vs. new domain


    Hi all,

    I have a project where a business is expanding its reach to a new market segment.
    For this I am building a new website and then optimizing it.

    The business currently has a website that's been up there for quite a while and has a PR of 3. The idea is to have a banner saying "wholesale solutions? click here" and it will go to the new website.

    My question is:
    From an SEO perspective does it make sense to build this new website on a new domain or to create a subdomain withing the current site and then have the new registered domain point to that subdomain?

    Thank you
  2. #2
  3. Philip@SearchBenefit.com
    SEO Chat Good Citizen (1000 - 1499 posts)

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    1,388
    Rep Power
    1009
    Originally Posted by sefmal
    My question is:
    From an SEO perspective does it make sense to build this new website on a new domain or to create a subdomain withing the current site and then have the new registered domain point to that subdomain?
    Good question, and I am sorry no one replied sooner. But I think it depends on what you are trying to achieve. Eg you give no reason why this has to be a separate site. Why was that decision made, why not a new section (subfolder) of the same domain? Are you going for the same keywords as the rest of the business or a different set of keywords? Will the new site represent the same brand or have a different brading? All these are important considerations.

    By the way, some valuable info about how subdomains are currently treated by google can be found in this important video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MswMYk05tk
  4. #3
  5. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    4
    Rep Power
    0
    In my opinion, having a local TLD is still the number one way of showing Google that a website is intended for a specific geographical target. However, you can still do the same with subdomains as well, you only need to do is, host these on different servers to the main www site and set the geographic target as per your target market in GWT. Then Google will pick up on the fact that this subdomain is made keeping a specific market in mind and would render your subdomain accordingly for the local searches of that market.

Similar Threads

  1. Domain name infringement email from google
    By notanotherseo in forum Search Engine Optimization
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: Jun 14th, 2007, 01:37 PM
  2. Domain that points to a subdomain - affect rankings?
    By porcelain_duck in forum Google Optimization
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jan 16th, 2007, 10:04 PM
  3. Subdomain vs. New domain
    By jasonfnorth in forum Search Engine Optimization
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Aug 2nd, 2006, 01:19 AM
  4. Main domain or subdomain for adding forums/blogs?
    By Maureen in forum Google Optimization
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: Jul 21st, 2005, 07:57 PM
  5. Builder Optimization: Domain & Subdomain Issue
    By MissAni in forum Google Optimization
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Mar 7th, 2005, 06:24 PM

IMN logo majestic logo threadwatch logo seochat tools logo