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Sub-domain mapping question

  1. I have created several websites to which I'd like to add a blog, but not change the entire sites into blogs. My understanding is that I will then need to have the blog page show up as a subdomain such as blog.mysite.com. My question is, will this be as effective in keeping traffic that is directed to my http://www.mysite.com? My main reason for wanting to add blogs is because I've learned that they are more search-engine-friendly and can drive traffic to your site. Will this still be the case with my subdomain?

  2. I personally haven't any problem with traffic and search engines being on subdomains. It is just as easy for a search engine in my opinion, so either way should be fine.

    Trent

  3. Thanks for your reply. I'll bet a lot of people will be glad to know this. Now the question is how to get the rest of my site to resemble my blog... or my blog to resemble my site (I might post this in a different section). I'm also wondering if I can remove the blue bar from the top, or if it's a very bad idea to do this.

  4. @robinurton
    The blue navigation bar at the top of blogs hosted by wordpress.com cannot be removed. Also if you read the wordpresss.com ToS (particularly the purple part) you will find that in order to get a wordpress.com blog you agreed not to have a blog designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites.
    http://wordpress.com/tos/

    ...the Content is not spam, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites ...

    Perhaps you should be looking at getting a webhost and downloading a wordpress.org blog http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=3700 WordPress.com blogs are non-commercial blogs. WordPress.com blogs and wordpress.org blogs run on different software and have different policies.

  5. Again, I'm extremely thankful for being set straight. Although the content of my sites are not altogether commercial (I create sites primarily for artists), I prefer to be able to customize the look of the blog to match the rest of the site. I've downloaded the .org version and am getting ready for a whole new learning curve. I was right to choose WordPress, though. It really does have the most active forums. Where would us newbies be without the knowledge of some of the more active members? ... Up a creek without a paddle, and getting nowhere fast!

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