Best way to handle a wordpress blog and shopify together?

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Shopify Partner
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He there. I know shopify has a blog built in but it is incredibly weak compared to wordpress. What would be the best way to have a wordpress blog and a shopify store in your opinion? It has to be on the same domain. Is this even possible? I'm trying to get my head around it.
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Excursionist
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I would say run your blog on the main domain then run Shopify on a subdomain like shop.subdomain.com and just change your DNS accordingly.

So you’d just setup a CNAME for the subdomain that would point to shopify.

Stuart Whitman http://stuartwhitman.co.uk + http://wiki.shopify.com/Stuart_Whitman + http://twitter.com/stuartwhitman + http://hookedonshopify.com
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It can’t be on a subdomain for SEO purposes. Google sees subdomains as separate websites.

Do you have access to directories when signing up with shopify? For example, can I create a directory to ftp to?

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It can’t be on a subdomain for SEO purposes. Google sees subdomains as separate websites.

And…?

Do you have access to directories when signing up with shopify? For example, can I create a directory to ftp to?

No

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is there a way of doing it then without using CNAME?

http://www.sbuckinghams.com

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Doing what?

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Shopify Partner
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wow. This is all wrong. Using subdomains is exactly how you do this. We have had this discussion before. What do you think del.ico.us is? Or espn.go.com or sportsillustrated.cnn.com or script.aculo.us or news.yourdomain.com or photos.mydomain.com or store.domain.com?

Using subdomains might in fact HELP your seo because it helps identify what the content is. If you want to promote the store for purchases and listing in Google products? Then you name that location STORE or SHOP or whatever language you’re targeting. If you want to show off photography then you name a subdomains pics or pictures. The web is much more creative than limiting domains to singular second level domains. Yes, they want you to use accurate Top level domains but using a third level domain name is not bad seo, its good human sense.

And I think Google knows this and rewards for it. Why do you think they promote SI.com but use cnn.com but have a long actual address? It probably has something to do with their ridiculously high rankings across the board.

Read the Google Webmaster Guidelines. http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769

I’m telling you it’s worthwhile reading, short for this kind of stuff.

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Shopify Partner
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I like SEO and I love WordPress too. I think Shopify and WP are a great combination, but you don’t have to hide the fact that their different sites. Although, it would nice to have the same look, which is more work but would be worth it if you’re going for quality.

I googled real quick to see what was said about subdomains and after ignoring half the results because they contain outdated content from some outsourcing seo firm. I found this link which says what I believe is true today(http://www.seosydneyblog.com/2008/06/subdomains-for-seo-pros-and-cons.html).

the most interesting difference b/w the bs and reality

Google no longer treats sub domains as separate domains, Google has made some changes to its algorithm to create some association between the sub domain and the top level domain.

This is why you can measure PR based on page PR and site PR and site PR always goes back to the top level domain.

Then…

As Matt Cutts pointed out in his blog, sub-domains should be use if the additional content you want to publish is different from the content of your current top domain.

Subdomains are like titles now. They can describe content in the domain name in addition to the seo friendly URL.

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Tourist
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I have one blog on shopify:
http://www.bebecannelle.com/blogs/hot-news

and one blog on wordpress:
http://bebecannelle.wordpress.com

Basically the wordpress blog is a showcase of my products. I’m happy with this solution.

Fanny http://www.bebecannelle.com
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this is really interesting although most of it is going over my head....

I have a blogger blog which is now ranking really well for my keywords and has been going a fair while now, people are finding my blog not me, so would be great to kind of pull that ranking towards my site.

obviously I now have my store here. I've got a feed burner gadget which displays a feed from my blog on my front page, and I am finding quite a lot of cross over from customers either way - which is good, yes?

I am wondering if there are real advantages for me of doing what you are discussing, but I have some questions:

will my PR for my blog change if I give it another domain?

I use www.xxx.co.uk and xxx.co.uk for my dns in shopify. To be honest I never understood 'shop.xxx.co.uk' or how I would use it. Would I purchase that domain or can I just kind of 'invent' it by adding it to the dns in shopify just like that?

what dns would I use for a blog? (guessing blog.xxx.co.uk?) I guess I would need to buy that and change my blog to that domain, then claim it in shopify after using CNAME?

thanks guys :)

jewellery designer-maker & nature inspired photographer | West Yorkshire, UK
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