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Obviously, having a ‘generic’ main domain name is essential to getting best out of this cost, time and trouble saving method of creating multiple websites. If you have a main domain name ‘pillshop.net’ (perhaps your initial Affiliate endeavor involved promoting this type of product) it is really only going to be useful for one type of product or service. Alternatively, something more generic like ‘online-plus.biz’ is going to be useful for promoting almost anything because it has no specific meaning. For instance, in case of promoting a Singles Dating Affiliate program, something like ‘singles.online-plus.biz’ would work as well as ‘pills.online-plus.biz’ or even ‘dogs.online-plus.biz’. However, ‘singles.pillshop.net’ just doesn’t work, does it? (Although, I have seen some pretty weird URLs around!)
The only problem you will be presented with, concerns traffic ranking facility Alexa. Alexa will read all sub-domains as their parent ‘main domain’, so traffic ranking for each website will be same, as will all other Alexa information. However, this isn’t such a great problem when you consider that total traffic indicated for each website will actually be total for ALL of them. In my opinion, not so much of a problem, at all.
So, for Affiliate at least, choosing right type of domain name and a hosting facility that includes multiple sub-domains in their package is very important, especially if there’s any possibility that you’re going to be venturing into promoting unrelated products and services. The first hosting facility I was involved with a few years ago, charged $10 to create each sub-domain. The one I've been with for last couple of years, allows unlimited free sub-domains (contact me at one of my websites if you want to know who they are).
Stephen Brennan is the author of the popular ebook title ‘The Affiliate Guide Book’ – The Definitive guide to Affiliate SUCCESS. He also runs The Home Based Business and Affiliate Center and HomeBasedBiz Safelist.