What is a Subdomain?

Let me just quickly clarify what we're talking about here.

According to Wikipedia a subdomain is: a domain that is part of a larger domain. Pretty self-explanatory.



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russWA Premium
Excellent tutorial both why to use them and how to set up.
My question is: If I wanted to direct a visitor to a specific subject, should I send them to a subdomain or landing page within the original site.
i.e. should I use x.y.com or y.com/x
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TravelHacker Premium
A landing page :)
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nabilex Premium
I have a domain I decided to use for a blog site also want to create a shopify shop for that domain.
My question is :
1. Would be a good idea to purchase a new domain for the shopify store?

2. If I decide to create a subdomain, would be appropriate if i use the domain for the blog and the subdomain for the shopify store or vice versa.

I would gladly appreciate all inputs. Thanks a lot.
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TravelHacker Premium
Hey! I'm assuming you've got this figured out by name... but I definitely would not purchase a new domain for the shopify store.

A subdomain is certainly a decent option.

Though I'm curious why you wouldn't consider just creating the shopify store on a page within the main domain?
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ColleenF1 Premium
Thank you for the training. One question, once I set up a subdomain, how do I go about incorporating it within my main website? For instance, my website is about San Diego Beaches. I created a subdomain, San Diego Beach Gear. I wanted to add a "shop" page on the main menu which would take me to the subdomain. Is this possible? Thank you
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ShuiHyen Premium
Yes, you can do that:

At the main custom menu, add a Custom link then fill up the Link Text (Shop) and add your subdomain ulr. Save and add to menu.
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keishalina9 Premium
hi Colleen -- that's very interesting -- your question -- looks like ShuiHyen has got it for you ....all the best, cheerio .. ⭐️🎈
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ColleenF1 Premium
thank you!
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DavidFrady Premium
How would a sub domain be benificial to my website? My website is bluetooth-devices.com. Any ideas? I know I wouldn’t be able to promote WA from that . I do have a free website started specifically for WA, just haven’t bought a domain for it yet. Any thoughts on this? Thanks a lot. Take care
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onmyownterms Premium
Subdomains wouldn't benefit you, IMO. They are hard to rank.
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DavidFrady Premium
Thank you
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SeanDougall Premium
David,

This is something that I looked into for quite some time and ultimately went the sub-domain route. The reason is that I have been branding myself and I had seven different websites covering very similar products - services, home goods, investments and others. I found managing each to be very time consuming.

My markets are relatively small in that my geo-target areas are the UK and Ireland. Then I came across a very nice Theme by Inkhive which, for a one-off $49, I get multi-use and lifelong support and I have a common Theme for all of my opportunities/products.

Each sub-domain is effectively a different website but, when I tweak one, it is really simple to copy that over to the other 'sites'.

The important thing is to understand that I am branding me, so this approach won't work for all niches, although I can promote a particular 'page' when I am running a particular campaign.

The important things for me are to ensure that the links between each sub-domain work as, if I get a visitor who decides that they don't want what I originally promoted, there is a chance that they will see something that is of interest.

The balance, of course, is not to confuse.

Ranking is not a high priority for me as my businesses are personal and local. So, there isn't a definitive answer to your question although, if you are going to be covering lots of different Bluetooth gadgets, sub-domains would be an advantageous way to go, especially for mobile device users.

My Home Page is https://seanrwdougall.co.uk/ and you can check out some of the links to see how I have used sub-domains. It's by no means finished, if you find something that doesn't work, please let me know.

Sean.
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DavidFrady Premium
Thank you Sean, I will definitely take a look. Thanks for taking the time to comment and explain. Take care and I will let you know if I see anything that doesn’t work properly. Thanks

David
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johncruz Premium
One site alone is already time consuming David so I would just work on building out categories rather than a whole sub-domain.
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DavidFrady Premium
Hello John! I hope things are going well. It definitely does take time and is very consuming. Thanks buddy
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johncruz Premium
So did you end up creating a subdomain?
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DavidFrady Premium
No sir
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johncruz Premium
Alright cool. There's just way too much to do even with just categories alone and things will get overwhelming real fast. At first it might seem like a great idea but once you start putting in the work it will feel like you're not getting anywhere. Same reason why you would need to narrow a niche down really well.
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Why are they hard to rank Mel? I want to add one which will only be used to build a catalog with products as a service part of my main page.

Meaning, I lead the people from my main domain to the subdomain. Thats it.

the catalog will have products, with title, little description, condition, id code, class, up to 10 pictures per item.
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onmyownterms Premium
More than likely, your catalog will be identified as a bridge page by Google. Also, it's not 'my opinion' that subdomains are hard to rank, Google the topic and you'll see a lot written on the subject, including stuff from Google itself.
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ExpatMark Premium
Why are sub-domains so hard to rank? If I have a site that is on the first page of Google that's promoting WA on a sub-domain, how is that going to hurt my ranking?
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NannaB Premium
I like the layout of your website. It looks fantastic!
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Traligill Premium
Hi and thanks so much for this training. It's answered so much of what I needed to know after seeing the subdomain button when I migrated my siterubix.com subdomain to my newly acquired domain.
But. It got me wondering. I have chosen a domain name that is much broader than my niche so I can extend my niche as appropriate in the future. Would it be better to start my first very specific niche (aimed at a specific age group) as a subdomain?
I understand that the subdomain would not relate at all in rankings to the domain alone, but am trying to weigh up the concept of brand in my decision making.
I can be more specific if it would be clearer but don't want to break any WA rules.
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onmyownterms Premium
No WA rules - but subdomains don't generally rank as well, just FYI.
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Traligill Premium
Thanks Mel. Probably trying to run before I can crawl, much less walk...... Think I'll keep it simple, build a following and expand with subdomains when I need them.
Cheers
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SeanDougall Premium
This is great information, I have, literally, spent days trying to recreate an exact copy of my paid-for Theme within the Theme itself. Now that I have followed these instructions and I can legitimately use my Theme multiple times, my problems are solved!

As is often the case in this World, had I asked the question to get to this training in the first place, I would have saved hours of work trying to achieve the impossible!

Many thanks.
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Rich908 Premium
What started off as one niche has now become two and is confusing readers. Next plan of action is to separate Wealty Affiliate from my niche website. Would I be able to add old my Wealthy Affiliate post to my subdomain. Would I have to go through the whole process of setting up a website a again
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TravelHacker Premium
In theory, you could create WA as a subdomain, but if it's completely unrelated to your current niche website and is more than just a simple review page, then I'd personally go with an entirely new website.
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amexrn Premium
Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for this tutorial, very helpful. I was contemplating of creating a sub domain for my local website which was built by my husband. It's an html kind of website which he of course only understands which of course is every now and then so annoying as I can't update it with information until he does it for me.

My question is ... Is it possible to create the sub domain here at WA? What should I do? Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,
Arline :)
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amexrn Premium
HI Phoeby,

Thanks a lot for the reply. Appreciate it. The problem is the local website is not hosted by WA. It's hosted by another platform.

Kind regards,
Arline :)
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TravelHacker Premium
From what I understand, you're asking if it's possible to create a subdomain on WA for a domain hosted on a different site, correct?

In that case, I'm afraid the answer would be no :(

(I'm sure you've got it sorted by now, but figured I'd respond should someone else have a similar question.)
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sns1977 Premium
Thank you for clarifying the purpose of a subdomain. I do have a question. My initial domain somehow was misspelled so I purchased the domain with the correct spelling. Should I transfer the original domain immediately over to the new one? Does the domain get indexed without a site built into it? I was told by Site Support that I will not lose any indexing and that it all transfers over, is this immediate?
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AnnieCollyer Premium
I changed my site name, broadening it, and all transferred over. I did have to put in the images again but all the links, comments and everything moved. I am new, so no rankings yet, but I was taught in the process to leave both active for 30 days before deleting the old one, not to lose progress on rankings.
Hope this helps!
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sns1977 Premium
Thank you, yes it does. All of the images disappear? That's a lot of work to have to re-do.
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PLEAffiliate Premium
Thanks for the lesson. I've been trying to figure out the best way to do a Malay version of my niche site and while it is a lot of work to do my own translation Think the subdomain track is the way to go. The so-called translator plug-ins simply don't do the job effectively.
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pianobenjjam Premium
You helped me. Thank you.
As an SEO, I've had it pounded into my brain for years that if you're trying to decide between subdomaintopic.site.com and site.com/subdomaintopic, go with the second option in most cases if SEO is a major concern. For my purposes, the topic I'm going for is different enough from my main domain that I think a subdomain will work out better for my needs. Thanks for explaining how to do it in WA.
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TravelHacker Premium
You're very welcome!
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Lesanne Premium
I really do love this community. There are answers to everything. I only have to think... what about........and there is usually an answer. Best value for money monthly subscription ever.... and I've spent a lot over the last 2 years. lol. Thank you Travel Hacker for an easy to understand answer.
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TravelHacker Premium
You're so very welcome! Happy I could help :)
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swhittington Premium
Love this post.. I have a product that is somewhat related to my site and I have written reviews.. Have been looking into landing pages , but I think this is a better way to go and then make the sub a landing page.. thanks for the wisdom.. will give it a try after the storm..if you have any other advice, I'd love to hear it.. Many Thanks! have bookmarked..!
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TammyLM Premium
Hi swhittington, how did it go with using the subdomain as a landing page? I am researching doing the same thing for an ebook that I wrote.
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mbani Premium
HI! great info. Can you help me with Skimlinks?

i already went over to namecheap (where i bought my domain name) to do this but they send me back to WA to set this up. I see how to set up a subdomain name here but it ends there --

these are their instructions. (thanks ahead)

You must setup your CNAME record before you enable this setting. Read the instructions below to guide you through the process.
Hide Instructions
Firstly, you need to add a CNAME record with your domain name server provider, this will often be your domain registrar rather than your hosting company, but they may both be the same company. Go to DNS settings or Name Server Records section of your admin panel, and add a new CNAME record with the following values:
Name / record:

We suggest 'go' or 'go.healthyemerald.com' (depending on your provider's setup)
Value / data of:

redirect.skimlinks.com. (note the final '.' this is required by most systems)
TTL of:

300
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Alrehawi Premium
I think you need to make DNS server for WA in the Domain you bought
and then back to WA to make hosting and make Website .there is training by Kyle to do that :
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mbani Premium
thank you for your comment.
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RandellD Premium
Stephanie,
Thanks for your information on Subdomains. Firstly, it is easy to see that a subdomain that has nothing to do with main domain, does not have advantages. Secondly, if you are a WA affiliate you have 20 plus sites which you can compose if you are premium a premium member, so saving money is not really and issue. Thirdly, because the subdomain (according to your treatise) does not help the ranking on the primary domain, if it is not a necessary related domain, it is not beneficial anyway.
I am following you now.
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TravelHacker Premium
Yup, you summed it up pretty well!
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