Subdomain Question

by kottke 5 replies
Hi Everyone,

I am a noob and I have a question.

If I purchase a general domain name, for instance www.alittlebitabouteverything.com, can I use anything I want as a subdomain and achieve 1st page rankings on Google for each subdomain name, assuming I'm capable of promoting my subdomain well enough? Such as computers.alittlebitabouteverything.com, dogs.alittlebitabouteverything.com, astronomy.alittlebitabouteverything.com, etc. Or, does Google quit recognizing the different subdomains because they are totally unrelated to one another?

I'm asking because of the cost savings of having one domain vs. registering multiple domain names.

Thanks for your help,
Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author lazavas
    hmmmmmmmm i need to know the answer to that as well

    let me just ask though, for example if i register a domain as Buy New & Used Cars, Research Prices, Sell My Car, Find Auto Dealers can i then have something like Welcome to: Weightloss.com under the main domain? or do i have to pay for another domain? what i dont understand is that they say u can have more domains under your main one, does it have to be something related to the name of the first domain? such as carsforwork.com if someone could answer that id appreciate it!

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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    A sub-domain is for most purposes the same as a completely different domain.

    The names don't have to be related at all, but why would you want a domain with unrelated terms - it looks unprofessional.

    But you can have as many as your host will allow.

    They're technically not much more than just another folder on your web server, they have a new URL containing the name for the subdomain aswell as the main domain.

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    • Profile picture of the author lazavas
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      A sub-domain is for most purposes the same as a completely different domain.

      The names don't have to be related at all, but why would you want a domain with unrelated terms - it looks unprofessional.

      But you can have as many as your host will allow.

      They're technically not much more than just another folder on your web server, they have a new URL containing the name for the subdomain aswell as the main domain.

      Andy
      ok good point

      reason i ask if u can have subdomain not related was to host other sites if u are an affiliate marketer for example with another niches, is that possible?
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      • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
        Step 1. Go to hostmonster.com and get a hosting account.
        Step 2. Get your blog off of blogger hosting and onto that hosting account.
        Step 3. Install a Wordpress Blog onto that hosting account to facilitate this process.
        Step 4. Don't worry about the price of a domain.

        Focus on getting one niche profitable before proceeding to another. Don't waste a lot of money on niche after niche if you can't even make money off of the first niche. Once you accomplish creating a profitable niche, just use that money and pay for the domains for the second, third, etc. niches.

        Yes you can pay for 5 or 6 domains and be okay... the point is that you don't need to spend $500 on domains when you are starting out. Start small and work you way up to 100's of domains.

        If you can't afford the cost of domains, then you need to seriously consider utilizing hubpages and squidoo lenses as your means of generating income.

        HostMonster will allow you to setup as many addon domains as you want. This will allow you to have an unlimited number of sites on your hosting account.

        Use GoDaddy for your domains. If you google "GoDaddy Coupons" you can usually get a domain for around $7 to $8... even on a renewal.

        Now 10 domains at $8 each would be $80. Hosting would roughly cost about the same at $72. So for your first year you have spent $152 for 10 sites to promote. Use bum marketing to promote these sites, and it should be easy to make that money back, and then purchase more domains.

        Buying a lot of domains isn't the problem. It is the renewals that are the problem. They will come at the worst time possible if you are just starting out. If you have 30 domains renewing in the same month... even at $8 each, that is $240. Not exactly chump change for someone starting out.

        Use good business sense when it comes to spending money on your money making ventures. Don't spend what you can't afford to lose.

        Now back to the original question. Don't waste your time with sub domains if all you are doing it for is SEO. Google primarily cares about 2 things. Original Content and Backlinks. Spend a lot of time creating both. But before you even do that, do some keyword research to determine the best possible strategy to try to get ranked on.

        Also make certain you are putting those keywords properly in your sites code like in the title tag. Wordpress has a lot of plugins that make this a piece of cake.

        Also get the notion out of your head, of being able to get ranked for a main keyword. Computers is not a niche... it is a genre of Electronics. Some companies will pay a lot of money for a single click. Focus on a niche within computers like "Hard Drive Performance Reviews".

        The only real use for a subdomain is to redirect to affiliate links... or to redirect to a section of your site like support.domain.com redirecting to domain.com/support or blog.domain.com redirecting to domain.com/blog.


        Scratch that part referencing the blogger blog. I was looking at someone elses signature.
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    • Profile picture of the author RoodeJ
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post


      The names don't have to be related at all, but why would you want a domain with unrelated terms - it looks unprofessional.

      Andy
      And what about About.com - does not look unprofessional to me
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