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I have a domain name www.site.com, here for SEO (main keyword) purpose, I would like to use english.site.com, is it have any negative impact on SEO? without having content on main domain. (i.e. there is no content on direct www.site.com or only just having link to english.site.com).

I don't have experience in this case, any one can advice me? am I right or wrong?

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Search engines consider www.site.com and english.site.com as two different websites for SEO. Therefore, there is no impact for SEO if you don't use the root domain name for your content.

However, if I were you, I don't only put a link on www.site.com to english.site.com. If you think doing that for your users, you should apply a 301 redirect from www.site.com to english.site.com instead.

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thanks for kind information, Please advice me using sub domain name for keyword purpose is it good practice? – user1844933 Oct 21 '13 at 7:30
Nowadays, using a keyword in a domain name is not a good pratice anymore. Especially for choosing a domain name, it's better to think "branding" instead. – Zistoloen Oct 21 '13 at 8:08

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