Blogs and Your Domain

by Neil S 9 replies
I have been reading that it is a very good idea to install a blog on your main website. But I am a little confused about the process. Wordpress and Cpanel typically install your blog with the generic name www.yourdomain.com/blog. But I have been told it is best to install your blog in the "root" directory ie www.yourdomain.com. But if you already have an existing website there wouldn't it screw it up?

If it would screw it up then what is the optimal name and directory to put your wordpress blog?

I appreciate your help.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #blogs #domain
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  • Profile picture of the author MoonLoh
    Hi Neil,
    I just have my blog with my own domain name and here I think I can share with you a little about your post.
    You can choose to have your blog at the "root" directory or "subdomain". It doesn't matter which one you choose. If you have an existing website with the "root" directory which u think is doing well, then install the blog at "/blog".
    In my opinion, if you are doing well with your existing website, it's better to set your blog as "/blog". I have blogger friend who did in this way and he is doing quite well. =)
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    • Profile picture of the author greff
      I agree with Moon Loh.

      If you have files in the main directory I think they will get screwed up if you put the blog there too. But having it in the /blog subdirectory is just fine.

      Recently I put in a WP blog in my main directory of a site that was gaining steam in Google. Then I changed my mind and went back to straight HTML. I've not yet recovered my Google juice and my pages keep getting de-indexed. Ouch!
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      • Profile picture of the author Neil S
        Thanks guys!! I was a little worried that the www.domain.com/blog name would not be good for SEO purposes. And I understand that once your decide on a name it is very hard to change it without losing a lot of information. But if you are having success with it then it should be fine.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
          You can always use something other than "blog" too. You can name the directory anything you want. Just be careful because you'll be (mostly) stuck with what you choose.
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        • Profile picture of the author MoonLoh
          Neil,
          Don't worry about the ranking for /blog as search engine will rate and rank the website by the link popularity. Just need to pay attention to get a good link popularity score if you are doing the SEO and also take note of the keywords you use in the blog.
          I just post in my blog today about page rank. Maybe you can give some comments there. =)
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          • Profile picture of the author Neil S
            Originally Posted by MoonLoh View Post

            Neil,
            Don't worry about the ranking for /blog as search engine will rate and rank the website by the link popularity. Just need to pay attention to get a good link popularity score if you are doing the SEO and also take note of the keywords you use in the blog.
            I just post in my blog today about page rank. Maybe you can give some comments there. =)
            Great, I'll check it out =)
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          • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
            Think of your blog as being an extra part of promotion for your current site. Blogs open up some doors that regular websites don't have, and are also a great way to interact with your visitors. Setting it up on /blog sounds like your best option.

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            • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
              I have most of mine on /blog

              My IM one is on /xtremeblog because of the name of the site... I have found it gets more direct, organic traffic than the ones I have in the root/homepage too... so I don't think it matters which one you do.. it's more of a personal choice

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              • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
                Personally I have a blog installed on one of my main domains. But then again at that point it seemed logical to do so. But if you have files and a site on your root domain, then just do as others have suggested...install it on /blog
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