This might be a silly question, since I've never had subdomains before. I did an nslookup on seobook.com and tools.seobook.com. Not surprisingly, they came back with the same IP. I was always under the impression that subdomains were treated as separate sites, but since they are sharing the same IP, why aren't they viewed by google as one site?
Do you think a subdomain can have more votes (higher PR) than the main domain?
Content is King and refactoring Queen.
If you don't know the name Martin Fowler that may indicate to me that you are a tagger or designer.
How G treats sub domains depends highly on the main domain, many times it is a trigger to de-index or remove a website from the index if the sub-domains are used to deliberately game search engines.
Many blog networks have suffered due to spam and G only places the most relevant URL's/sub domains (original content, not duplicate spam pages) in the main index and moves the rest to the invisible supplementals.
Since you think Google is so fantastic, try the following search at Google.no
gamle (Norwegian plural of old)
The first two hits were porn sites. Now only the first is.
Is it so difficult for Google.no to filter (simple string manipulation in my world)
inBody (more difficult if you use the DOM model))
versus site content, against a dictionary of the most commonly used words here?
The sub domains thing should prove that Google talk bull s**t! I thought they'd dropped the value of sub domains to stop people hogging the top 10 positions? Has anyone seen any evidence of sub domains being treated the same as sub folders?
I don't think he has been getting treated any differently, I mean if you look how many thousands of backlinks he has for the word seo book , it clearly speaks for itself.
I think too many people were downloading his seo book from torrent and he may of been losing out on money so he decided to close the book idea and charge people to join in his forum. He better go and buy the name seoforum.com instead now
Aaron Wall may no longer be selling a book, but his SEO tool is extremely popular - it's a free tool that helps website owners research keyword popularity at many popular search engines as well as Google. I'm sure thousands if not hundres of thousands have bookmarked this page of his site.
I doubt he's getting 'special treatment' - his site is just extremely popular. The SEO Keyword tool is just one tool that he has available at his site. His site is dedicated to educating website owners on SEO techniques - while he may have shelved his book - his online training modules are still being offered.
He's not spamming anyone, he's simply getting the attention he has earned.
sub domains have lost al creditability ! some sneak through, but i would not advise it. Do the etical thing and work on content, quality at that, whats the point of being underhand it just will catch you up. good to see (inertia) you online again. Oh the Aaron Wall side of things. Spam, get real, this guy knows what he is doing, if the big G are giving special treatment to him then ill eat my hat as they blocked his ranking tool then added the same tool to webmaster tools. I think that is far from preferentail treatment. He is there due to inbound linking, fresh content and being very open. Anyway, great question to open conversation.
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