do subdomains get ranked

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I have spent all of my time seoing for a subdomain for example keywords.google.com

I have never once added content to the actual domain.
Is is a SEO don't? if so. Im in trouble.
#ranked #subdomains
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Yes subdomains get ranked. About.com has hundreds of them that are all ranked. Whether subdomains are right for you or not I can't say but they do get ranked.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      Yes subdomains get ranked. About.com has hundreds of them that are all ranked. Whether subdomains are right for you or not I can't say but they do get ranked.

      Mark
      Lots of big sites, like the aforementioned about.com, zap2it, go.com,
      even wikipedia, use subdomains to the max.

      Funny thing with about.com. They use subdomains probably the same
      way you want to. And, I might add, kind of against the grain.

      Subdomains were really for complete separate entities from the main site.
      Like with go.com, as in disney.go.com, espn.go.com, etc. About.com
      uses it for just another main category. But, works for them.

      It really should not be used for subpages on most sites. It gets no
      love from the main domain either. You will need to do the usual SEO
      for each subdomain as if it were another site.

      BTW, just thought of something funnier. www. is a subdomain
      of your main domain, although some argue it can't be unless it's
      set up to be a subdomain. But that does not make any real sense.
      If it's there, technically it's a subdomain.

      Originally Posted by jclindayag View Post

      Yes. As long as it has links in it. However, it only ranks in very low competitive keywords. You main focus must be the pages within your main website.
      I don't know what that means. ESPN, Disney, wikipedia, zap2it...just don't
      rank for anything except low comp keywords? Since when? You obviously have
      never heard of about.com, or maybe wherever you live there is no
      answers.yahoo.com? Mail.google.com? How about digital point? They don't
      rank with forums.digitalpoint.com?

      The truth is out there, people.

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
        If your website is a high quality site overall, your subdomains will rank too, as well as even your individual pages. At least that's true for WP blogs...

        If you want to rank the subdomain, send some quality backlinks there (i.e., press release, articles, etc.).

        Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author jclindayag
    Yes. As long as it has links in it. However, it only ranks in very low competitive keywords. You main focus must be the pages within your main website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
      Broad term = lose weight - About is #3
      Marriage help = #5
      Make money = #13

      All on subdomains.

      Mark

      Originally Posted by jclindayag View Post

      Yes. As long as it has links in it. However, it only ranks in very low competitive keywords. You main focus must be the pages within your main website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christopherson
    thanks guys for taking the time to help out. Now I have a bigger issue. SEO in general. I guess i've been doing it all wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author derfootmarcus
    I always have figured that subdomain would rank the same way that the main site would, I dont see any reason why google would try to penalize you for using subdomains... that wouldnt make sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikedex
    Yes sub domain are ranked but for all your website should ranked first. Informative content and tons of visitors helps your sub domain well ranked.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProSence
    But I heard that sub domains are treated as new domains!

    Based on this, sub domains do get benefit from the main domain?
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  • Profile picture of the author Business Qatar
    Definitely Sub domains will get ranked. And if you really want rank them then use sub domain according to your product. For ex- suppose you have a gift basket website. giftbasket.com and you want to promote birthday gift basket and holiday gift basket then instead using money sites use different sub domains for both keywords like giftbasket.comslashbirthdaygiftbasket and giftbasket.comslashholidaygiftbasket.... It will be more good .
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