Sub Sub Domain Google Issues Explained Differently

Jun 23, 2006 • 7:41 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

I reported over at Search Engine Watch blog that the Google Sub Sub Domain Issues Clearly Visible, meaning the issue with the 5 billion pages indexed at Google was most likely because of how Google handles sub sub domains. Well, that may not be true. I wanted to offer up another explanation, this time from Cre8asite Forums.

Ron Carnell, Cre8asite Forum Admin, wrote up his explanation of what he believes the issue may be. I'll quote;

Whether the issue is subdomains or sub-subdomains isn't relevant, in my opinion. The real issue is whether either should be considered independent entities. Should be lumped in the same barrel with, even though they ostensibly have very different content compiled by entirely different people? Should be considered apart from in spite of being managed by the same parent company?

Ron explains that the search engines "historically" views sub domains, and sub sub domains as "as separate entities from their parent domain." Ron believes that Google's clustering algorithms have been fined tunes just a bit too much, causing a site like this to appear less or more as one site. The "relationships between sites" is what is determined here and by Google's mission to thwart all spam, it may have gone too far?

Ron's post makes an interesting read. I personally did not mean to associate sub sub domains, i.e. the keywords in the domain as the issue. Because, we know that Google doesn't put too much weight towards keywords in the URL. It was first hypothesized that the issue with sub sub domains was that Google treated them too much as individual entities, and that can be used to ones advantage.

Forum discussion at Cre8asite Forums.

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06/23/2006 01:27 pm

Are you referring to or when you use the term sub sub domains? I think the standard terminology is a bit different -- at least as these concepts are discussed by "domainers" (people who specialize in buying and selling domains). They refer to .com as a "top level domain" or "TLD." They refer to or as a "domain" or (less frequently) as a "second level domain". They refer to or as a "sub domain." There aren't many occasions to discuss sub sub domains, but if they were to do so, they would be referring to, or, etc.

Barry Schwartz

06/23/2006 01:32 pm

I believe in our case a sub domain is and a sub sub domain would be But I am not sure it matters in this case.


07/21/2006 03:58 am

They should be treated as seperate entities as long as the content does not mirror each other in any capacity as some subs are doing just that. I have several subs that goog does not take seriously but the other major engines do that have totally original content on various subjects matter. In the long run, the filters and algorithm adjustments will see them on goog. as a legitimate autonomous force. Great Stuff, B.

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