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    My web host has an option to setup subdomains. It is basically a folder from the root directory like so:

    http://subdomain.mydomain.com
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    http://www.mydomain.com/subdomain

    They both bring up identical web pages.

    My question is, will search engine penalize for having identical web pages as a subdomain and within a folder in the wwwroot directory.

    Any thoughts?

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    No.

    subdomain.domain.com and domain.com/subdomain are pointing to the same entry - just two different ways to get there.

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    Or perhaps an answer that makes more sense would be..

    If no webpages anywhere link to http://www.mydomain.com/subdomain it will not get crawled.

    For instance.. say you want to link to the subdomain from your MAIN domain. Link like this..

    http://subdomain.mydomain.com/whatever.html

    If you use relative links then it will be crawled the way you don't want it to. I have subdomains and that is how I've gotten around them being crawled the http://www.mydomain.com/subdomain way.

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    oic.

    SammyT: You are trying to avoid SE from crawling your /subdomain becasue you think it might hurt you right? Just trying to make sure I understand you correctly.

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    If the content is the same on both pages and the crawlers can find both pages, you do run the risk of having the duplicate content filter do away with the pages. Right now, that may not be a problem - judging by how many duplicate content pages you can see in some Google results from sites that use sub-domains. But, over the longer term, you might be running the risk of having the pages knocked out.

    Just my two cents.



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    Basically..... that and I want the sub to have it's own address... have it seperate kinda thing.

    However, we're not talking huge amounts of multiples here (like some idiot who recently got banned for having 10 plus with the same content), just the two. I believe google understands how subdomains work and won't punish for two (I also have been led to believe they would just remove the www.whatever.com/subfolder and leave the subdomain in).

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    SamyT's original response is spot on. Don't link to domain.com/subfolder and it won't get in the search engines. Only link to subfolder.domain.com and all will be fine.

    Duplicate page filters don't filter out both pages incidentally - only one. So if for some reason you do have links to domain.com/subfolder and subfolder.domain.com, only one will be filtered out. Theoretically, it will be the one with the least links, but occasionally search engines mess up.

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    don't forget to add that subfolder to the robots.txt file which most major engines abide by. Easier than just hoping a crawler won't crawl the folder and it ends up in the index

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    Hey thanks all! subdomain, here I come!

    You guys / girls are awesome!

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