SEO Step 2: Domains, Subdomains, Folders

on Saturday, 17 November 2012. Posted in SEO Tips&Tricks

Use Subdomains to increase SEO

Subdomains = Better SEO

Not many people know exactly how the search engines treat the subdomains when it comes to website building and SEO. Research has been done, and the theoretic conclusion is that search engines handle subdomains as totally different domains.
That's why the use of subdomains should be handled with care and knowledge, during the website design process. They can be used to help in page ranking, but they also can damage the SEO for the main website.

Let's see how:


More than one appearance in SERP (Search Engine Result Page) bring more traffic to your website. But usually Google doesn't list more than two appearances of the same website on SERP in order to increase diversity and to bring us quality results. Google loves relevance and it also offers it.
So it's less probable to get more than two results in SERPs from one domain. For more results you need more domains, and this is where the use of subdomains can come in handy. The subdomain is treated as a different domain, and if it is optimized for search engines, will bring you up to two more results on SERP, increasing the traffic towards your main domain. So a blog subdomain with the same website and link structure as the main website it's a good step towards increased SEO. You can read more about Blogging for SEO in the post: "The most important step in Search Engine Optimization".


You can have a website for your business which its let's say home renovations and you like to blog about fishing, your hobby. If you create a separate directory for your fishing adventures blog, Google will crawl it and index it as part of your main website and might bring it in SERP at searches for "fishing", canceling the results for your business keywords which might be "home renovations expert". That's when you need to create a subdomain for your blog in order to keep it from messing your main website SEO. In a case like this also make sure you don't put any links for the subdomain on the main website. subdomains
There are strong indications that a part of Authority and Trust passes to the subdomains only when the domain has a small number of subdomains and when the link structure of the main website passes enough link flow to them. An additional factor can be whether the subdomain keeps the same website and link structure as the main website. On the contrary, when the number of subdomains is too great (ex: and when there are no links pointing to them from the main domain, then no authority or trust is inherited.


The most straightforward and safe solution is the use of Folders, because is simple, easy and there is no special coding needed to handle separate folders. The website building will be more organized and efficient, and easier to maintain and update. Multiple subdomains usually means that you have additional parts of the website that need to be handled separately. For instance we have a few subdomains where we put the websites that are in testing. We don't want those websites SEO to influence in any way our main site SEO.

In conclusion, the use of subdomains can always be beneficial for your site as long as you have a clear goal in mind a good plan to use them. If you feel uncomfortable, use folder and you can't go wrong with them. If you have enough content and resources go with multiple domains and get more traffic. In the end it's your choice.


Comments (10)

  • Wayne


    15 February 2013 at 08:41 |
    Well if your looking for mplitule domains and subdomains your not looking for a shared server. Your going to want a private server that will allow you a huge amount of space. I have my own and its 200 gigs of memory have never failed me. Its worth getting your own, if you can afford it. When renting a server you can get jipped, as most companies shove as many customers onto one server as possible.Your looking at a good couple hundred bucks a month for what your asking.
    • Tibi Costan

      Tibi Costan

      13 March 2013 at 01:12 |
      You are right!
      I did say that could be expensive and I also said it is not necessary. It is just an extra option you have, if you can afford it.
      Also, if you go for a longer term hosting, you can pay as low as $2/month.
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      Tibi Costan

      13 March 2013 at 01:07 |
      I'll keep writing! I'm happy there are people that find it helpful.
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    09 March 2013 at 15:50 |
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  • Tibi Costan

    Tibi Costan

    13 March 2013 at 01:18 |
    Well, you bought the domain. For a small space hosting you can pay as low as #30/year, so you can move it there if you want.
    If not, I think you should put that page in a separate folder (or category), and write more posts on the subject. It will increase the traffic for your current blog site.
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    13 March 2013 at 01:21 |
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