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One Big Site .vs A lot of small ones?

mike76 asked 1 year ago
Now I have just reserved a bunch of domains and wanted to ask your opinion on which is better for SEO:

A. To build one “huge” site with 500+ pages

or

B. Build 50 sites with 10 pages each?

6 Answers
Professor answered 1 year ago
One large site is more managable and easier to get placed in Search engines. A lot of little sites makes sense if you are targeted secondary terms.

Both approachs have merit.

mike76 answered 1 year ago
Well to be more specific I am going for a variety of different topics ranging from casino reviews to game specific pages so when concidering all that is there any sites that can hit the top10 on google/yahoo with say online casino and then with terms like blackjack, roulette, poker?

I am currently searching for those incidents and thus far it seems that there are no “generic” sites reaching the top as the sites seem to be more or less targeted to the issue in hand. So maybe I would be better off doing a set of pages that are targeted to the theme starting from the 1st level domain. I would prefer to have a one big site that get´s a lot of traffic, but it seems I must do a set of minisites instead… boring <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

Maybe I should let the Brett from SearchEngineWorld to try and brainwash me in order to create big sites <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

Classics answered 1 year ago
No comparison. One big site is better. Making lots of new small sites would be to do the exact opposite of what both Yahoo and Google reccomend, and their opinions are all that what counts. Linking is tremendously important, and linking within a domain is never, ever a problem, while linking between domains can actually get you penalized.

antoine answered 1 year ago
I agree somewhat with classics.

But if you’re targetting 5 different keywords, for example:

bird, birdy, birds, bird poo, and bird turds, you could then launch 5 different link exchange campaigns, and those webmasters could link to each website with different keywords. If you’re targetting bird poo, if everyone links to that site with the words bird poo you’re more likely to get a first page result than if you only have a subpage dedicated to this keyword.

But it’s a lot easier to manage one large website. Different webmasters feel differently, but you’ll find that most webmasters have more than one property.

From my experience google does not penalize sites for crosslinking, instead google seems to simply ignore those links. The links in other words have value for passing on pr, but when someone makes a search the cross links are not counted and you therefore get no boost in the search results.

Antoine

playsafe answered 1 year ago

Originally posted by mike76
Now I have just reserved a bunch of domains and wanted to ask your opinion on which is better for SEO:

A. To build one “huge” site with 500+ pages

or

B. Build 50 sites with 10 pages each?

Google: Option A

Yahoo: Option B

mike76 answered 1 year ago

Originally posted by playsafe
Google: Option A

Yahoo: Option B

Yep, that´s how I see it too. Yahoo results are totally different from what one can see in Google, but then again the Yahoo engine might change a lot in the days to come.

When I did a search for example term; online blackjack

In the google I had only one top10 result that was not the root domain and the sites were naturally blackjack specific starting from the domain.

In the yahoo I could see 2 sub domain sites in the top10. By the way, both yahoo and google seem to show the same redirect page… hmm… I wonder if I should go there? <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

I guess when it comes to gaining reputation, pagerank and stability the big sites rule, but if you wish to target a highly competive term and get that on top fast you should do a targeted site with less, but more in target material.

I am soon launching a set of 30 sites and well I hope I will not be penalised just because they croslink a bit… well that is to be seen.