Clearly, Google still has serious issues on how they handle subdomains when delivering search results.

Try a search for Religious Jewelry as Art for example. You’ll find that IAF.net litters the SERP’s. They start with a result on page 2, then 3 results on page 3. After that, page after page after page of listings that contain nothing more than yellow page listings.

Personally, I think this speak volumes as to whether or not Google gives subdomains preference when delivering “relevant results” and their inability to handle them properly.

Google, could you please explain to me how, out of the first 210 results you deliver for a search for Religious Jewelry as Art, 181 yellow page listings from IAF.net is relevant to the searcher?



  1. Ash on the 15. Apr, 2007 remarked #

    Interesting Dave. I see your blog post is no.4 on Google.

    Its clear that the do treat subdomains as a seperate domain. I’m sure i read somewhere that this was or had changed though…

  2. Maxim on the 16. Apr, 2007 remarked #

    In many cases though subdomains Do host completely different websites. There might be different reasons for that. It is very convenient to host relative sites (which have something in common) on subdomains for instance various services of the same company or like in case of my homepage websites for members of one artistic family 🙂
    I believe that subdomains are not “guilty” that the idea is often abused. And eliminating them from SERPs won’t solve the major problem of spamming (this way or another) but hit useful and inexpenssive way to publish content.

  3. CrankyDave on the 16. Apr, 2007 remarked #

    I appreciate your comments Maxim.

    I won’t argue that there are perfectly useful ways to utilize subdomains. Let’s face it, there will always be those who will try and abuse just about everything.

    My issue isn’t with subdomains themselves, but with the way they are handled. In the example I listed above, if those pages were folders and not subdomains, then we’d not see them all.

    I’m not suggesting eliminating them from the SERP’s, but to consider treating them more like folders when filtering results sets.


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