Subdirectory vs. Subdomain – What’s the difference?

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There are a lot of terms to know in the digital marketing field.  Here are two of them, subdirectory and subdomain.  What is the difference between “subdirectory” vs. “subdomain” ?  When it comes to search engines, the difference is a big one.


A subdirectory is a folder within the main website files.  It would look something like this in a website address:


A subdomain is an addition to a website but search engines see it as a completely new website even though the main company name URL is still in it.  Here is an example of a subdomain:


If you want to know which one is better for SEO, take a look at our Digital Daily tip #1!


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