Lets say a have a webpage called example.com, and a have a subdomain called sellingpage.example.com

I use sellingpage.example.com as a landing page for all my paid traffic, this is a landing page designed to explain to the users or services and to sell them our product.

Example.com is a page where the user gets a pop-up with two options "I am already a user" / "I am not a user", if he clicks in the first option he gets prompeded to login-in, if he clicks in the second option he gets redirected to the sellingpage.example.com

Will i get punished by Google if a create a 301 redirect only for the Googlebot, so when he access example.com he gets redirected to sellingpage.example.com ?

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    Rule 1. Never discriminate the Googlebot :::: Canonical Links Commented May 16, 2017 at 23:25
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    Rule 2. Do what Simon says. (It bares repeating!)
    – closetnoc
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 0:42

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Generally, if you are doing anything just for the Googlebot then it's a bad idea. However, I'm not sure why you feel the need to implement a redirect anyway? Providing there is a crawlable link on the page then just let Googlebot crawl naturally.

It sounds like example.com is thin content anyway so is unlikely to be returned in the SERPs. If this page should not be indexed then include a noindex,follow meta tag. You could even consider implementing a rel="canonical" that points to the subdomain?

  • We already have a canonical appointing to the subdomain, Google completely ignores it. Commented May 18, 2017 at 15:04
  • How are you determining that "Google completely ignores it"?
    – DocRoot
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 18:51

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