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Which is better to use ? Subdomains or Sub directories ?

Discussion in 'Google' started by mcgillteak, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. #1
    Hello,
    I build a website with subdomains but I m confused which is better to use ? For doing SEO of my site, which is the better option for me ?

    Please help me.
    Thanks.......:confused:
    SEMrush
     
    mcgillteak, Feb 2, 2011 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Shienarier

    Shienarier Peon

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    #2
    Sub directories are much better for SEO.
     
    Shienarier, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  3. JerH

    JerH Peon

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    #3
    Depends on what you are going for. Sub domains are actually seen by google as a separate website. In most cases, though a sub directory would be better.
     
    JerH, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  4. rkrone

    rkrone Greenhorn

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    #4
    Subdomains are used if you want to create a separate site, and will not help SEO for your main domain, it will cut your work in half (aka, take twice as long)
    example: digitalpoint.com is different than forums.digitalpoint.com
    directories will include your original domain, but act more like extra pages, thus helping SEO
     
    rkrone, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  5. paidforumposters

    paidforumposters Peon

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    #5
    yes even i second teh opinion regarding subdomains as NOT useful for SEO.

    Use of subdirectories is much better.
     
    paidforumposters, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  6. rakesh.tcy

    rakesh.tcy Peon

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    #6
    Great, thanks for differentiating this method between sub domain & sub-directories.
     
    rakesh.tcy, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  7. JSProjects

    JSProjects Member

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    #7
    Subdomains are seen as brand new sites, separate from your domain. (Although Google will deny this from time to time.)

    Any pagerank your domain has will not be passed down to the subdomain. However, a subfolder will receive some of the PR juice.

    Just depends on what you're trying to do.
     
    JSProjects, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  8. Freewebspace

    Freewebspace Notable Member

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    Subdomains is the one I generally use..and it also ranks well in search engines..
     
    Freewebspace, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  9. fr@nc!z

    fr@nc!z Active Member

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    #9
    Hmm... For me, if its a blog, its better to put it as a sub-directory.
    But, if it's a forum, make it as a subdomain.
     
    fr@nc!z, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  10. king_asn

    king_asn Peon

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    #10
    Agreed with fr@nc!z but sub-directory is much better from my point of view, but you still need SEO for that but it would be part of your domain so less effort will be required for that :)
     
    king_asn, Feb 3, 2011 IP
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    perennialsys Peon

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    #11
    I think both are same!
     
    perennialsys, Feb 3, 2011 IP
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    rehash Well-Known Member

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    #12
    If you have something very different from the main site, use subdomains. If you put something related with the main site, then use subdirectories.
     
    rehash, Feb 3, 2011 IP
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    jessicaloreen Member

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    #13
    what you think what is the main difference between them.. any short answer..
     
    jessicaloreen, Feb 4, 2011 IP
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    #14
    It's either or really. Both do the same thing - and both are part of your domain regardless.
     
    vpl_king, Feb 4, 2011 IP
  15. massjo

    massjo Active Member

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    #15
    both are having same value ,.
     
    massjo, Feb 5, 2011 IP
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    lakelandprinting Peon

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    #16
    If you want Bing and Yahoo Traffic subdomains are great, but if you want Google serps stick with subfolders. You would have to juice up every subdomain which can get very pricey
     
    lakelandprinting, Feb 5, 2011 IP
  17. MKjokie

    MKjokie Peon

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    #17
    For SEO purposes, none of these things really matter, so it’s more of a business/branding decision I think.
     
    MKjokie, Feb 5, 2011 IP
  18. Beatriz Cruz

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    #18
    It depends on what kind of site you are trying to make. If you want a brand new site established then go for the subdomain but if you want a new place for blog posts etc then a subdirectory is perfect.
     
    Beatriz Cruz, Feb 5, 2011 IP
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    #19
    Sub directory is best for SEO because google like subdomain with different sites.
     
    unknownpray, Feb 7, 2011 IP
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    #20
    What if I want to promote single website for Singapore, India, US and UK. Should i go for subdomain or directory?
     
    khemraj, Mar 10, 2011 IP