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Matt Cutts Talks Subdomains Vs. Subdirectories

Matt Cutts Talks Subdomains Vs. Subdirectories

By Chris Crum October 31, 2012 | 9 Comments

Google’s Matt Cutts posted a new Webmaster Help video about subdomains vs. subdirectories. It’s a topic Google has talked about various times in the past, but as Cutts notes in the video, it’s been a while, so perhaps it’s worth …

Google To Limit Subdomains In SERPs
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Subdomains may no longer result in several individual listings on Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs). Word from Matt Cutts at PubCon Las Vegas says that soon subdomains will be treated like folders, limiting results to 2 URLs per domain.

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Sponsored Content Hosting and Renting Subdomains
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Subdomain Spam

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Google Subdomains On Double Secret Probation

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Generating Website Traffic with Sub-domains

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