The following questions have been submitted by Yvonne Russell of Grow Your Writing Business for the AskCarl feature
Assuming that you’ve checked that trackbacks appearing in your comments aren’t spam, is there any SEO or link advantage to leaving them or deleting them?
Trackbacks for me is just a way of thanking bloggers who have linked to your blog, and help your readers find more stories talking about the topic of a specific blog post.
Although trackbacks are being badly abused these days, they still have some SEO benefit. Because take note, they still count as a link. The “nofollow” attribute is just used to stop PR bleeding and not to stop search engines from crawling the link.
So, I guess there’s no change in your search engine ranking if and only if you use the nofollow attribute in the trackbacks.
If I want to have sub domains e.g. for a multi author site, which is best and why? www.mysite.com/subtopic or www.subtopic.mysite.com
Let me fix the definitions first, www.mysite.com/subtopic is called a subfolder, a subfolder is considered by search engines a connection to the main site i.e. www.mysite.com. On the other hand, subdomains (topic.mysite.com) is considered a different site by search engines and they crawl it without the help of the main domain. (independently)
So for a multi author site, I’d suggest using a subfolder if all the topic is relevant to the main domain and if not, a subdomain is suggested.
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