What's better for seo purposes

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I have a site with a dot com domain name. I want to start a wordpress blog which will be on my server at hostgator to promote the site. Is it ok for seo purposes to use the same domain name for the blog, with a .net or .org which I already own, or should I get a completely different domain name for this blog.

I know about free blogs, and use them, but I want to create one on my own server, which I feel is easier to deal with. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron H
    Hi Glenn, for SEO purposes it shouldn't cause problems but then again I'd be willing to bet money it'd confuse the hell out of your visitors if they went to the .com main site and then found a blog at say a .net version of the same domain name. Some may not be too sure where they're supposed to be going.

    I'd probably say it's best to drop the blog onto the same server as the .com site (if possible skinning it identical to your main site) and then tie in the navigation on the blog to have the same menu structure as your main site. All you'd need to change on the main site then is adding an additional menu item for the blog so you don't end up disturbing the structure of the original site.

    That way any promotion / links coming into the blog or people coming in from somewhere like mybloglog are actually ending up on your main site anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author wayfarer
    Agreed, it won't matter to the search engines, but it would be confusing to users. What about making one site a sub-domain of the other, so that they are associated but obviously separate?
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    • Profile picture of the author gjd6599
      Well I did it but it does not work. I put wordpress on my domain using fantastico. When I was done it did not give me a url to the blog. I am familar with wordpress so I knew I could get in with /wp-admin so I made my first post.

      When I click on view post, it brings me to my regular site which does not show anything different. I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out how anyone would find this blog, or the post I made, and I have no clue. I am very familar with wordpress, and have several stand alone blogs on my hostgator server, but something is wrong here. I'm clueless

      Thanks Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron H
    Hi Glenn, have you installed wordpress in your main directory. If so you could be experiencing problems where the server is trying to work out which index file to pick up.

    If you're adding wordpress to an existing site I'd recommend creating a sub folder and installing it there.
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    • Profile picture of the author gjd6599
      Thanks for the help everyone. And thanks for that last tip Arron. I uninstalled wordpress, and then reinstalled it. On the reinstall it asks if you want to put it in a seperate directory. I put in the word blog and hit finish install. Walaa, I now have www.mydomain.com/blog
      Live and learn. I never noticed that because all the blogs I set up with wordpress in the past were stand alone.

      Thanks Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author lawebdesign11
    .org domain will actually create more seo value for you. only downside is sometimes it creates perception that you are a non-profit.
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    • Originally Posted by lawebdesign11 View Post

      .org domain will actually create more seo value for you. only downside is sometimes it creates perception that you are a non-profit.
      why do you think that a .org domain would be better for SEO?

      search engines do not return search results based on what the TLD is.

      besides which, org is supposed to be reserved for usually NP orgs etc.

      In the past, anyone could register any .org domain for any reason.
      A couple of years ago, that all changed and I think there is a process of some kind to make sure you qualify for a .org domain. I could be wrong about this.

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      • Profile picture of the author faverr
        I would think having a blog on the same .com domain would give better SEO results for the original site's pages. I think Google will consider the blog and the original site to be part of the same collection of information, and it's my understanding that Google likes sites as they get larger (assuming the content is all related). So your blog would be an easy way to add tons of content that will get counted as being part of your original site.
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        • Profile picture of the author gjd6599
          What is the purpose or benefit of a subdomain. As Michael Adams said above I should make it blog.domain.com What are the benefits of that instead of domain.com/blog

          Thanks Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author wayfarer
    No benefit. It really doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author solano101
    try to install your wordpress in yourdomain/blog
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  • actually, I believe that the SE treat a subdomain as a different domain.
    I think it gets more "weight" than simply a subdirectory of your main domain even though that that is really all a subdomain is.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryxin
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    • Profile picture of the author Triplan Pam
      Hi. My first post and I could not figure out how to start a brand new post - duh? So, sorry for slightly hi-jacking this one. It seems a good fit though.

      I think I have an SEO problem but would sure appreciate a bit of feedback and helpful explanation on the following.

      Complicated story, but our site is built on a content management system. The blog that 'came with it' was NOT full featured and would have been a pain to work with. So, having worked with Wordpress blogs before (as a non-tech just doing basic stuff) I asked if they could just install a wordpress blog for me instead.

      I now have the following (kinda - trying to figure out how to express it without posting a URL, which I can't do as a newbie)

      blog / mysiteurl com

      and it has been suggested to me that, in order for my site to get SEO credit for all my blogging, it should be set up thus:

      mysiterul com / blog

      (sorry this looks weird, but as a newbie I can't post something that looks like a real url - which is fine by me - hate spammed discussion boards)

      Is it true my site won't be getting any SEO credit for all the action on my blog? And should I have it changed? And why might my design firm have done it the way they did?

      Thanks in advance for the ever helpful advice I've learned loads just lurking here already.

      Pam
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      • Profile picture of the author Jawshh
        Originally Posted by Triplan Pam View Post

        Hi. My first post and I could not figure out how to start a brand new post - duh? So, sorry for slightly hi-jacking this one. It seems a good fit though.

        I think I have an SEO problem but would sure appreciate a bit of feedback and helpful explanation on the following.

        Complicated story, but our site is built on a content management system. The blog that 'came with it' was NOT full featured and would have been a pain to work with. So, having worked with Wordpress blogs before (as a non-tech just doing basic stuff) I asked if they could just install a wordpress blog for me instead.

        I now have the following (kinda - trying to figure out how to express it without posting a URL, which I can't do as a newbie)

        blog / mysiteurl com

        and it has been suggested to me that, in order for my site to get SEO credit for all my blogging, it should be set up thus:

        mysiterul com / blog

        (sorry this looks weird, but as a newbie I can't post something that looks like a real url - which is fine by me - hate spammed discussion boards)

        Is it true my site won't be getting any SEO credit for all the action on my blog? And should I have it changed? And why might my design firm have done it the way they did?

        Thanks in advance for the ever helpful advice I've learned loads just lurking here already.

        Pam
        Maybe because by creating the blog in a subdirectory, you will be able to link back quickly from the blog to your site and link to the blog quickly from your site. Sounds weird but...oh well... Or, it might help people get more info about your site by going to the blog. You will still get SEO credit IMO because it is still found on the domain name, I believe it depends on tags. I don't think it is necessary to change it, you will get no benefits by changing IMO. "Simple comme dire bonjour"
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  • Profile picture of the author Triplan Pam
    Thank you for that - reading your reply i got to thinking hmmm. something not right here?

    In the process of trying to not 'post a url' I messed up. sigh.

    Currently there is a period between 'blog' and mysiteurl, not a /

    thus: blog . mysiteurl . com

    I'm thinking that is NOT the same domain name? sorry for the confusion, but that's me at the moment.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jawshh
      Originally Posted by Triplan Pam View Post

      Thank you for that - reading your reply i got to thinking hmmm. something not right here?

      In the process of trying to not 'post a url' I messed up. sigh.

      Currently there is a period between 'blog' and mysiteurl, not a /

      thus: blog . mysiteurl . com

      I'm thinking that is NOT the same domain name? sorry for the confusion, but that's me at the moment.
      That's a subdomain . It is better than a subdirectory. Nothing wrong with it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Triplan Pam
        Brilliant. Thanks SOO much Jawshh,

        Your kind responses have saved me further irritating my designer by asking really dumb questions based on suggestions/concerns from folks outside the Warrior Forum

        I was concerned Google was showing my blog as a referral source, which did seem a bit strange, but maybe tis a good thing - sub-domain and all. Now I see they are also showing the posts as pages when I look at content to see entry and exit pages. This is good. The site is just 8 weeks old, so I think Google is just catching up to us - or maybe we're just starting to get the hang of google.

        Ciao for now,
        Pam
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