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  1. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have a personal domain already, and there are contents in it, all in sub-directories. Not web pages, but some photo galleries and things like that.

    For SEO optimization (or other reasons) is it ok or bad to have my wordpress blog in its own /blog sub-directory. Or should I try to keep it at the top level and mix it with my other already existing sub-directories?

    Inside /blog the URLs would look like http://mydomain.com/blog/post-title

    Thanks,

    doug

  2. I'm sure that SEO "gurus" will wag their finger at me and argue, but I don't think that it matters. The url is one thing, but CONTENT is king. If you have good content, that's way more important than your urls. I think that your blog in a blog sub-directory is perfectly fine.

    Heck, my WordPress site is not in a sub-directory, but my blog is a page and all of my blog articles are in the "blog" folder, and my SEO has not suffered.

  3. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Christine, so your blog post permalinks all have "/blog" in the URLs?

    Thanks,

    doug

  4. Yep.. http://www.bluelimemedia.com
    Oh crap, I lied.

    My site has this - http://www.bluelimemedia.com/blog/
    but then when you click a post, it goes to the date.

    For ex - http://www.bluelimemedia.com/2012/06/06/wordpress-query-comprehensive-reference/

    But you would think that if 2012/06/06 is ok, then surely blog will be fine no?

    Again, I'm no SEO expert (in fact, I think SEO is bullshit), I think that the Url is not as important as the title of your post or the content.

  5. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ooh. I just had a fun idea (sparked by your about.me/crondeau link, Christine).

    I have always used my personal name domain, like douglerner.com for my blog.

    But I also own the "fun" domain earth.to. I could make the blog earth.to/doug.

    I have always realized that is possible, but hesitated over SEO concerns.

    Might be fun though.

    doug

  6. If it's not fun, then why bother doing it at all? -- Nice mantra to live by.

    Best....

  7. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Interesting. Even hovering over one of your post links it is not showing "/blog" in the URLs. So it doesn't seem like a URL rewrite.

    Anyway, I don't know much about SEO either. I just "vaguely heard" that the higher up you were to your domain root level the better.

    Thanks,

    doug

  8. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Christine,
    Do you think duplicate content, for example the same content appearing in many of one's blog can harm SEO?

  9. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @douglerner,

    That is correct in that many sites have hundreds of sub-domains and sub-folders. If you have just a main site and then a blog (with separate content), should be fine.

  10. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Swanson,

    So you are of the opinion that URLs of the form

    mydomain.com/some-post-title

    and

    mydomain.com/blog/some-post-title

    are all equally ok?

    I'm trying to consolidate everything in one place because, as Krishna alluded to above, currently I have duplicated content. That is not intentional. I'm attempting to migrate away from Posterous.

    I think I found a good way to accomplish that finally, and am just trying to settle on which domain and/or sub-folder to use.

    Thanks!

    doug

  11. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @SwansonPhotos,
    Can you tell me if I import blog A to Blog B, and then import Blog B to Blog C, and all the three blogs are running concurrently, without the first two redirecting URLs to Blog C, can be harmful? Would it amount to duplicate content?

  12. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @douglerner,
    It is better to have more than one opinion. Then you can go with the best that suits you. I have already given you my views in another of your thread, and then encouraged you to seek help from other sources too, including from your previous forums.

  13. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi, Krishna. Yes, you have given me lots of valuable help, and I appreciate it.

    This thread really is a separate issue from my import problem. Now I'm trying to consolidate and just trying to decide where my ultimate destination should be.

    In answer to the question you asked SwansonPhotos above, I think it would be duplicated content, and I agree with you that's not good. I am trying to avoid that as I make my final migration.

    Thanks,

    doug

  14. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you tell me if I import blog A to Blog B, and then import Blog B to Blog C, and all the three blogs are running concurrently, without the first two redirecting URLs to Blog C, can be harmful? Would it amount to duplicate content?

    No. There are tons of sites with very similar content made each day. Think News.

  15. Red Deer Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you tell me if I import blog A to Blog B, and then import Blog B to Blog C, and all the three blogs are running concurrently, without the first two redirecting URLs to Blog C, can be harmful? Would it amount to duplicate content?

    No. There are tons of sites with very similar content made each day. Think News.

    If the content is identical in all three blogs, then yes - there is an impact.

  16. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @douglerner,

    The SAME domain should not contain, in any sub-domain or folder, the same content as root.

    I am not sure why you are having this issue...on a good web host, you create a folder in your hosting account, upload WordPress (I never recommend using host provided installers) (modify .htaccess and wp-config.php properly) and use our host tools to point your domain to this folder (once domain has propagated). Run site. Done. Repeat for new domain.

  17. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @SwansonPhotos,

    I'm sorry the discussion digressed to "same content." I didn't bring that up. :)

    I just meant to just ask about URLs. I do not have the same content at the same domain at different levels.

    I don't really have an "issue" per se. I'm just migrating away from Posterous and had various choices of which domain, or sub-domain, or sub-folder to use, as well as various domain choices, so thought I would ask if any of the choices impacted on SEO.

    If I do go with a sub-folder, like mydomain.com/blog and I use .htaccess to point to the sub-folder, won't all the post URLs also have the sub-folder name in it, like mydomain.com/blog/some-post-title? Or is that something that can be dealt with as a wp setting?

    Thanks,

    doug

  18. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Swansonphotos,
    You are right, but they may be syndication. But in the particular case here, after importing from one site, any of the methods for redirects must be used.
    Google describes the issue HERE. Perhaps my understanding can be wrong.

  19. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @douglerner,

    I'm sorry the discussion digressed to "same content." I didn't bring that up. :)

    Right, you did not bring it up. But your real problem will be having the same content in three blogs with separate URLs running concurrently.

    Now tell me whether you will be redirecting the content of two of your blogs to anyone? Or will they run as they do now concurrently?

    When you put up an SEO question, the above considerations are integral to that. You need not bring it up. It comes up automatically. So, you need to address it.

  20. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Krishna,

    As I already mentioned above:

    I'm trying to consolidate...

    I did say that I will not be running all the sites concurrently when I'm done. The only reason the duplicate sites exist at all is an attempt to migrate away from Posterous.

    Actually, I've said this like 6 times in different places already. :)

    Thanks,

    doug

  21. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    after importing from one site, any of the methods for redirects must be used.

    Why? I say only if one does not know how to master the DB and change the included url's (of old site to new site).

    Let's say we started a web design business that catered to say. lawyers, each lawyer's domain has the exact same advise on topic a, b or c...is this duplicate content? Nope. Not if they are unique domains.

    Now let's say we have one domain and 45 sub-domains, thislawyer.expensive.com :-), thatlawyer.expensive.com :-/ and these sub-domains contain the same info...bad...what one would do in the this case is create a sub called advise and each lawyer's sub-domain would link to the articles there. NO same content on same domain.

  22. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think I'll try to follow the procedure to keep the blog in a /blog sub-folder by have my top-level domain go to it, like explained here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

    Thanks!

    doug

  23. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @ luckyrajiv

    Please start your own post and explain your link.

  24. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @douglerner, So actually you will have ONE site and no sub-domains then.

    This is only required if your host account does not support multiple websites and you want to remove content from the root.

  25. douglerner
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @SwansonPhotos,

    My host account allows multiple domains, and in fact I have other domains with their own, completely unrelated wordpress instances (or static web sites) in my hosting account.

    I was just thinking of following the procedure in the link above because it looks like I can keep the wordpress directory separated in it's own sub-directory.

    /public_html
    --/mydomain (the root directory for my domain)
    ----/diet (some stuff about my diet)
    ----/tao (some photo galleries of my dog)
    ----/blog (the wordpress instance)

    But it looks like using the procedure above I can go to http://mydomain.com and end up at my blog, yet still reach those other sub-directories if I want to.

    And then my blog URLs will be nice and simple.

    Perhaps.

    doug

  26. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @SwansonPhotos,
    I am not talking about the same topic. You are right. You will find 1000s of pages indexed by Google on one topic. But the words, presentation, paragraphs, etc. will be different. I specifically want to know if I can run three blogs with the exact copies of one of my blogs? I mean I just cut and paste the same text on my three different URLs. Will I be doing right? Will the same thing not happen when I migrate to another domain and allow the original one to run concurrently?

  27. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Will the same thing not happen when I migrate to another domain and allow the original one to run concurrently?

    No. The aspect of duplicate content is per domain, not EVERY domain.

  28. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @SwansonPhotos,
    Thanks for the clarification. It seems I was a bit confused.

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