I managed to take the number 5 spot in traffic this month up from my previous number 6 spot.
Unfortunately, I except to see my traffic fall next month because I redirected all my subdomains after 3 years of use. Here is what I wrote in reply to Robbie’s comment:
Timely question Robbie,
As of last night RentVine does not use subdomains any longer. I made that change right after I got back from the conference.
I got to talk to some Google engineers about this issue and finally made the hard decision to redirect my subdomain pages. I believe I will see a hit in traffic in about 2 weeks from both Google and Yahoo.
One of the Google engineers I talked to (at Matt Cutts level) said to avoid multiple doorway pages created just for Google or creating subdomains for only one page. I told him that a lot of sites in my industry use this approach and he asked me for a list of sites that did this, but I decided not to until I clean up my site first.
The list of subdomain users in this industry is long:
- RentalHomesPlus.com (I saw the Cars.com SEO at the conference)
- House.info (excessive subdomain spam!)
and many more.
Sounds like the subdomain power-play is coming to an end.
I have decided to go the safe route, rather than getting hit with a penalty or filter in the future.
Robbie in your list above I am pretty sure RentalHouses.com is not doing this – however they are buying links from sites like usacitiesonline.com which might get them thrown in the Google jail one of these days.
Even though I know I am going to get hit with less traffic in a few weeks it actually feels good to be totally spam free now.