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    Walt Payne
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    Background:

    I have 2 domain names, at 2 ISPs. One is a flash gallery which I have been totally unhappy with, the other is my new Symbiostock site, which I love. It needs a lot of work yet, but the speed and ease of use is wonderful. I currently have a blog on the Symbiostock site, and a 302 redirect from the flash site. The flash site gets virtually no  hits, and the blog gets a few each day, mostly from Facebook and Twitter referrals.

    Question:

    Would it be better for SEO purposes to put the blog on the old flash site and have links to the Symbiostock site, or to leave it the way it is and change the redirect to a permanent one?

    Thanks!

     

     

     

    #27493
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    George Sheldon
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    Walt,

    My first thought is why have a flash site at all? I am not a user of Apple products, but isn’t there an issue with Apple users trying to view Flash galleries? As a vendor trying to sell licensed stock images, it makes sense to me to make sure my galleries and collections can be viewed by every potential buyer, including those using, for example, iPads.

    My approach has been to place everything on one site – and my other domains point to that one site.

    I have been pretty happy with my SEO – still have more things to do. But I am showing up in searches with the big stock agencies – and that’s against their ads in the search engines.

    George

    #27494
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    Walt Payne
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    George,

    The flash site is old. I was not suggesting that I keep it active, just the domain name. I could put the blog on that ISP under that domain name, with links to the Symbiostock site. Not sure, but I think in theory that the separate domain with links might help.

    #27496
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    George Sheldon
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    Walt,
    If I understand correctly, you want your blog entries to point to images on a different site (your Symbiostock site). Because you have two different URLs and two different hosts, you are hoping for better SEO ranking.

    Here are my random thoughts, for what they are worth: Google would reward your blog with better results because of the content. Remember that Google’s core business is to sell advertisements They give away search results so people come to their site. People coming to the site is what advertisers want. Google rewards those that have the best content. The better the content, the more likely people will search for it on Google. If you have better content, Google will rank you higher. So where do you want traffic you can get from the search results?

    Another consideration is what your blog will be about? What will you be blogging about that has rich content that Google will like that will attract photo buyers t read your blog?

    Like I said, just my thoughts. I am sure others on here might have different ideas about your approach.

    George

    #27497
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    Walt Payne
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    George,

    The blog is essentially about basic photography topics, and tips.

    #27499
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    Robin
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    With all the competition in the universe, I would say keep all the content you have on your Symbiostock site. This way Google will like your Symbiostock domain for both media and your articles, and since they are all related to photography, it will be a good match. I think putting the blog on your old site is only useful if the old site has a strong ranking in Google. Based on what you’ve said, that does not seem to be the case, so I would not do that.

    Another benefit is as you design your Symbiostock, be it upgrading the header or footer, or whatever, it will affect both the blog and store at once, providing a more uniform branding experience for visitors.

    #27500
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    Walt Payne
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    Thanks Robin and George, your thoughts and suggestions all make sense.

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