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Set up blogs on domain or keep separate?

Postby WAHumor » Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:30 am

I have a confession: I have three blogs I recently set up as companions to separate related sites.

That is, different domains for both the site and its companion blog.

Would it be best for me to transfer them if possible to the site domains instead of leaving them separated?

One is the .net version of the site domain and another is a "name" domain. The third is on a domain related by one keyword.
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Postby Mike Paul » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:39 am

Just my personal opinion here, no real data to support it...

It seems a much better idea to have your blog at the same domain as your site, just at a different directory like www.yoursite.com/blog.

I think it's less confusing and just lets people know, "hey, here's the blog that goes along with this site."

As to the benefits other than that, I don't think there are any. Just as long as you're linking back to your main site from the blog, it shouldn't make any difference at all.
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Postby GT » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:52 am

Hi, Dan:

I agree with Mike. If the blog supports the site theme and content, then it makes more sense to host it on the same domain and present it all as a package.

One other factor comes to mind, though as Mike said, this is my opinion. I would think that by hosting your blog on your domain and by posting new content to your blog regularly, that is going to improve your search engine popularity and results. It focuses on one domain rather than splitting the results into two.

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Postby KansasDragon » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:45 am

Interesting question..

Let's look at what our fearless leader is doing. She has a highly successful Forum and Internet Marketing infomation portal at www.SelfStartersWeeklyTips.Com and a highly read, rapidly growing successful blog at www.ClickNewz.com.

I rather doubt Lynn's success would have been any greater if it was www.SelfStartersWeeklyTips.com/blog, I actually would be of the opinion her results might be less.

I think your real issue is this. Are the blogs purpose to promote that associated site, and that is its only purpose? If so, make it a subdirectory of that site.

If the blogs are intended to have standalone power, and an identity unto themselves, then leave them separate.

The other advantage to having them under separate domain names is the fact that they will be EXTERNAL links coming into your other sites, instead of internal links.

Just some food for thought..
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