Author Topic: Site within a site  (Read 153 times)

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Site within a site
« on: Yesterday at 01:27:15 am »
So I run an online site, and I've just created another specifically for trade sales. So I'm wondering which is the better option in regards to seo etc. trade.myshop.com or myshop.com/trade


IIRC doing a subdomain acts as a completely separate site, whereas as a directory its better for joint SEO?
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Re: Site within a site
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 08:17:37 am »
Can't you have both?

Just have subdomain of trade.myshop.com and direct that to [directory that everything else is in]/trade, which is where myshop.com/trade goes to anyhow.http://

An example that I run is:-

http://caerwen.malin.me.uk/

http://www.malin.me.uk/caerwen/
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Re: Site within a site
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 08:51:50 am »
It's usually best not to present as two different locations, as this looks like duplicate content, which can get you down-rated. 301 redirect one to the other if you want to respond to both.

I did look into this a bit back for a more complex situation, where we were genuinely running different systems, and it wasn't necessarily easy to present one as a subfolder of the other. My understanding from then is that it makes little difference. Google generally recognises domains, so since both your variations are in myshop.com they'll get broadly equal ranking. Yes, trade.myshop.com is a subdomain and therefore https://trade.myshop.com/ is a separate site, but, like https://myshop.com/, it's still using the domain myshop.com

NB this is an area where it can be easier to think about things if you distinguish between domains (myshop.com) and Web sites/addresses/URLs (https://myshop.com/)...