Since I am really short on money and every dollar counts for me, I started toying with the idea of buying only a new domain name and saving the money for the hosting, by using the hosting account that I already have from my other site. So, is this a good idea (SEO & Rankings-wise)?
I did a search on the internet and there seem to be two general opinions on this subject.
- Opinion #1: Having multiple sites hosted on the same hosting account but under different domains is bad. Google sees that all those sites have the same server IP and this affects backlink building because all the backlinks for the different domains that you build will point to the same physical IP and this is especially bad if you want to cross-link build.
- Opinion #2: Having multiple sites hosted on the same hosting account but under different domains does not afect rankings and SEO at all, because Google indexes and ranks PAGES, not sites and domains. Google does not care if there are other domains, linking to your server's IP, as long as the content on your pages is well SEO-ed and of good value.
I understand that the best way to go is to pay the extra bucks for a new hosting account - just to make sure.
But I still would like to know which one of these opinions is closer to the truth? I assume that both are more or less flawed/incomplete.