Simple Question about SEO - Please Help!

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Hi all,

Here is the question. There is a site, let's say it's called A and it is a local business with some info about the business. It is a static page not wordpress. Now, if I am interested in creating a keyword rich blog and have it linked to site A, does site A get an SEO benefit from the new site since it will be updated regularly? Also the new site will be all about what site A is.

If that doesn't work what is your suggestion to make site A content rich through blogging.

Any suggestion?

Thanks,
Annie
#question #seo #simple
  • Profile picture of the author Steve_gts
    Site A will benefit from fresh, unique content being added to that domain, also using Wordpress there are plenty of opportunities to reference the original page too. Make sure the blog is not a sub-domain though. But out of interest, are you planning to optimise the original page too?
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    • Profile picture of the author Thinker1
      Originally Posted by Steve_gts View Post

      Site A will benefit from fresh, unique content being added to that domain, also using Wordpress there are plenty of opportunities to reference the original page too. Make sure the blog is not a sub-domain though. But out of interest, are you planning to optimise the original page too?
      What you're suggesting is not to create another url but have site A be updated regularly? Do you mean then just create a page? Site A is not a wordpress site. It's for two local attorneys who already designed their own site as a static html site. They now what me to do SEO work on it. I thought I would start with a blog so that it can be regularly updated. I want to start a blog for them but I'm not sure what's the best way since site A is not able to accept blog posts right now as is.

      The original info on the site are just info about their business but no articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zag
    He's suggesting that you can use WordPress in a subdirectory as opposed to a seperate domain or a subdomain.

    Search engines treat a subdomain as a seperate website, so you won't benefit as much as you could potentially do if you were to have your blog in a subdirectory.
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    • Profile picture of the author Domainate
      Originally Posted by Zag View Post

      He's suggesting that you can use WordPress in a subdirectory as opposed to a seperate domain or a subdomain.

      Search engines treat a subdomain as a seperate website, so you won't benefit as much as you could potentially do if you were to have your blog in a subdirectory.
      100% correct - if the blog is only about Site A and only intended to help it, you may as well put it in a subdirectory of Site A so that Google sees Site A as regularly updating.
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      • Profile picture of the author PhilipSEO
        I agree with the above suggestion to make the blog a part of your own site rather than separate from your domain.

        A word of caution: don't go with a subdomain, as in
        blog.example.com

        That isn't a good idea because Google treats subdomains as completely separate sites.

        Also, I am not a big fan of making your blog a subdirectly, as in adding slashes to your URL. The more slashed, the less importance Google assigns to a page. So instead of

        example.com/blog/article1.html

        go with

        example.com/article1.html

        I hope this helps!
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        • Profile picture of the author Thinker1
          Originally Posted by PhilipSEO View Post

          I agree with the above suggestion to make the blog a part of your own site rather than separate from your domain.

          A word of caution: don't go with a subdomain, as in
          blog.example.com

          That isn't a good idea because Google treats subdomains as completely separate sites.

          Also, I am not a big fan of making your blog a subdirectly, as in adding slashes to your URL. The more slashed, the less importance Google assigns to a page. So instead of

          example.com/blog/article1.html

          go with

          example.com/article1.html

          I hope this helps!
          Thanks for the detailed explanation. I wasn't sure about the subdirectory but your explanation is clear.
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      • Profile picture of the author Thinker1
        Originally Posted by Nametrader.com View Post

        100% correct - if the blog is only about Site A and only intended to help it, you may as well put it in a subdirectory of Site A so that Google sees Site A as regularly updating.
        When you say subdirectory you do mean example.com/blog right?

        I tried it but it doesn't show that the main site which is site A or example.com is benefiting. I thought when I update example.com/blog, site A or example.com will benefit but the update doesn't show on site A when I check Google on when the last time the site A was updated. Does this make sense?

        Thanks,
        Annie
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        • Profile picture of the author ambiz830
          How long has it been? It can sometimes take awhile for page to get indexed or noticed by Google. The Google spiders check for updates and the less a website is updated the less often the spiders come.

          Trying using Pingomatic to ping your new site or page to help bring attention to it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Thinker1
            Originally Posted by ambiz830 View Post

            How long has it been? It can sometimes take awhile for page to get indexed or noticed by Google. The Google spiders check for updates and the less a website is updated the less often the spiders come.

            Trying using Pingomatic to ping your new site or page to help bring attention to it.
            The new page is indexed but I hadn't seen site A get the benefit of the blog being updated. I'm not expecting site A to increase in ranking yet but thought when I check when was the last time site A updated, I thought the update date that I did for the blog would show up.
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  • And site that is indexed and linked to another site delivers some benefit to the other site through a dofollow link. That's the nature of the WWW.
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