Thanks Jeff, that's what I thought. We're probably going to take a different approach. I couldn't use the 301 method as there is no duplicate page as such - the subdomain simply accessed the same folder and web files .. or are the crawlers 'clever' enough to work out that there was only 1 set of site files with 2 access methods? (xxx.com/zzz and zzz.xxx.com) Graham > -----Original Message----- > From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist- > bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Hinds > Sent: 18 October 2011 13:44 > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: Re: [thelist] Potential Subdomain problem > > This would be duplicate content. Set a 301 server side redirect to forward the > page you're not using to the page you want to use. > Setup a robots.txt file to keep search crawlers from indexing the pages and > causing duplicate content. > > > > > Jeff > http://www.netagency.com > > On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:56 AM, Graham Hays < > graham.hays at visualcomputing.co.uk> wrote: > > > Hi all > > > > I have no experience (yet!) with using subdomains so need some advice. > > > > We are considering using subdomains for specific products (typically > > 4-5 pages per product so they could stand as sites in their own right) > > BUT we want to keep the original products in the main site so viewers > > can access either by subdomain or through the main site. So both > > 'mainsite.com/product-x' and 'product-x.mainsite.com' both actually > > access the files in 'mainsite.com/product-x'. > > > > what I'm wondering is - is there a downside to doing this? Will this > > get the SEO thumbs down? (would this be treated as duplicate content) > > > > Graham > > > > -- > > > > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > > http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ > > > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and > > archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, > > evolt ! > > > -- > > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives > of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !