I know there are several of you that are running several domains from a single hosting account, and I am thinking about doing the same. I have spent the last 2 days reading and reading, and I see that it is recommended to set up a robots.txt file to keep the spiders from lumping all domains in the hosting account into one.
I don't understand that thought... Don't the spiders follow links? If there are no links between the different domain names, then they stop spidering when they have finished spidering the one domain that they came in on. Is that not so? Do they actually go into the site directory itself and root around looking for all pages within a hosting account? If that is the case, then how do you tell a spider to only look at the one section (domain name) and then at the same time have them spider all your other domain 'sections' because you want those included in the search engines as well? I'm confused big time.
All the stuff I have been reading also suggests that you create a .htaccess file in the root directory of the hosting account to sort out what pages to display when a certain URL is specified. My host has what they call a domain pointing tool that will send visitors to the appropriate folder of your account depending on which domain name was typed in the browser. I imagine this is done by that very same .htacces file, so in essence, there already exists such a file and to create another would likely be suicide. I'm sure this file could also be edited, but I understand that certain commands in that file need to be in a particular order, and if I mess that up, I'm in trouble again!
So... what I am asking for is some clear guidance as to what I need to do to host several domain names that are each associated with a different web site, all under a single hosting plan? And, will visitors be able to tell that they are looking at a site that is hosted under another primary account?
To better understand what I am talking about, in my signature file, you can see that I have 2 distinct topics (sites) on the same host account. If I were to purchase another domain name for the second site (lets say 'friends.com'), can I make it look as if it is hosted on its own account (both for SEO and visitors)? If so, how exactly do I accomplish that?
Thanks in advance for your input.