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    domain, sub-domain or domain/dir ?

    I have several new projects I'm about almost ready to put on the web. I don't care much what the users see as this sites will either be linked from my other sites or found via search engines.

    As for keywords, which is more effective with search engines? www.domain.com , subdomain.domain.com or www.domain.com/dirname ?

    Will subdomain's or directories lose pagerank in the case of google vs having it's own domain name?

    Also, for my linking strategy I link to certain other sites on some of these projects that are related. Would these links be worth more from a full domain? Do subdomains or directories have less influence when linking to other sites?
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    pr has nothing to do with if you have your own domain or not.

    For simplicity the best bet is to use domain/dirname
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    It doesn't really matter if you use domain or sub domain. You will not gain or lose page rank.

    It is what you think easier for your sites' visitors. I would also use one domain name and link to all the other sections of your site from the home page. It is easier for visitors to remember only one domain name.
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    Thanks for the info. I think that answers my question. I was hoping that I could avoid buying a bunch of domains to achieve what I wanted to do

    Thanks again.
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    I am not sure how related the content is to your main site but... If you ever think you might sell off one of these new sections get a new domain to start with. It is almost impossible to break off a sub domain or a directory.

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    SE will crawl to your domain.com/xxx if you submit domain.com

    but if you using a subdomain, xxx.domain.com, you need to submit the subdomain, coz SE treat it as separate domain.

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    No that don't qoolhost.

    The only thing search engines take into account when deciding when to spider a page is if there is a link to that page from the page they are currently spidering.

    You only need to submit the first page of your site if there are links pointing to all the other pages, no matter if you use subdomains, or even multiple domains.
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    May be i was wrong, but my practise is to submit my subdomain seperately. Yes, a site(or subdomain) can be indexed by google without submitting to google, as long as there are enough quality incomming links(i cant prove this, i just guess).

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    Just make sure that the site's you're linking to have a PageRank of at LEAST 7 -- this will get you to the top of Google quicker than anything. Try and get linked back from 20-50 sites using a link from their site that contains keywords in the description, like this:

    <a href="http://www.yoursite.com/keyword1_keyword2">YourSite.com -- KeyWord1, KeyWord2, KeyWord3</a>

    You have no idea how much of a difference this will make to your ranking... The more keywords in the actual description of your link, the higher you will be listed and the higer your PageRank will be
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    Just make sure that the site's you're linking to have a PageRank of at LEAST 7
    Outgoing links in no way shape or form help you on Google. Teoma is the only major engine that counts them and that's only for a special section of their result set.
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    A simple question, if i have 10 outgoing link 10 sites of PR 3-5 or PR 5-7, can i safely say that quality of my outgoing link will be higher? Assume i have a PR of 5.

    thanks.

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    Originally posted by qoolhost.com
    May be i was wrong, but my practise is to submit my subdomain seperately. Yes, a site(or subdomain) can be indexed by google without submitting to google, as long as there are enough quality incomming links(i cant prove this, i just guess).
    The previous post was right, the crawl crawls any page your linked to.

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    Originally posted by qoolhost.com
    A simple question, if i have 10 outgoing link 10 sites of PR 3-5 or PR 5-7, can i safely say that quality of my outgoing link will be higher? Assume i have a PR of 5.

    thanks.
    for each "hop" link or path makes it loses a little value.

    ao is A links to B links to C then C will have the lowest value since the weight degrades with each "hop"
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    what about

    A -> B (PR 3)
    A -> C (PR 4)

    A -> D1


    and.....


    A -> B (PR 6)
    A -> C (PR 7)

    A -> D2

    Can i say that D2 will have better value if compared to D1? What i'm worrying about is my outgoing link's value will be degraded if i link to sites with poor PR.

    Thanks

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    What matters is how many out going links you have, where you link to only matters for the people you link to.

    You get no extra benefit for linking to a high PR page.

    You get no extra penalty for linking to a low PR page.
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