First off, I know next to nothing about SEO (I'm an application developer), but I have questions regarding the implications of having certain locations on a website directed to a different domain and server. Here's the breakdown of the setup:
The main website for the business is hosted on an Australian host, which hosts a WordPress site that was not built by nor will be maintained by me, hosted under a
What I'm building is a software suite for both desktop and server that manages large amounts of data for this business. Since the software that I'm building has no effect on the main website (and vice-versa), and the fact that the Aussie server is managed (meaning I don't have root SSH access), I am deploying my software stack to a Google Cloud server (with a
.net domain), also based in Australia. In isolation, this is irrelevant, however, there will also be a public web interface built on the Google server to handle some operations that the WordPress site cannot (one being a simple storefront to handle product purchases that require using the REST API on the Google server).
The main WP site will need to link to a page on the web interface using a different domain:
https://www.siteinquestion.com.au/ -> https://store.siteinquestion.net/
Basically, this is done so that the posted form data won't have to be proxied via
curl to the Google server (and so changes can be made without affecting the WP site).
My client's concern is that this will negatively affect SEO on the WP site vis à vis bounce rates.
So my question is, how to set this up that will result in no negative impact on the WP site's SEO? My thoughts (again without knowing SEO at all) are:
1) Would there be a way to "tell" Google (and other search engines) that
siteinquestion.net and by extention
store.siteinquestion.net are related to
siteinquestion.com.au so bounce rates do not apply?
2) I'd prefer not to, but what about using the
siteinquestion.com.au domain on the Google server as well using
store.siteinquestion.com.au? Are there negative implications having a subdomains for the same domain split across different servers? Would this not slow things down, having multiple name servers for the same domain point to two different places?
3) Or is this all needless worry, and just build it as is?
Thanks for any help you gurus can provide.