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We are in the process of creating landing pages whose contents will be living in the server whose directory houses mylove.example.com. The URL will be mylove.example.com but for marketing purposes, we want to point to a friendly marketing URL.

Would the solution be to point the URL to the root domain www.example.com/mylove which is a live site whose directory lives on a different server? This also means the contents for the marketing-friendly URL would live on mylove.mylive.example.

The thought behind this would help these pages rank better since there is domain authority with www.example.com.

Will, there be SEO repercussions for forcing URLs with the mylove.example.com to be pointed to www.mylove.example even though the contents do not live on the same server as www.mylove.example?

Will Google be able to crawl contents for mylove.example.com and example.com? The pages are not permanently moving. We are wanting to leverage domain authority without having to create a whole new domain name.

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  • you mention mylove.mylive.example once, but I have no idea what that is as it doesn't relate to the other URLs you mention at all. – Stephen Ostermiller Mar 13 '20 at 20:15
  • When you say "point the URL", how are you intending to do that? DNS entries can't point to subdirectories, so you must be considering a redirect, frameset, or reverse proxy. Which is it? – Stephen Ostermiller Mar 13 '20 at 20:16
  • Sorry. I was trying to type in as much as I could. In a nutshell, we have subdomain that is on a different physical server which means it's not hosted on the same server as the domain. What are the options to point the subdomain as a subfolder within the domain? No not necessarily, pointing using the DNS entries. – Frances Rosales Mar 13 '20 at 22:05
  • This is answered by the duplicate questions here. You can use a reverse proxy to put content from a different server on the subdirectory. However, it can be slow, so I only recommend doing that if the two servers are on the same local area network (very fast connection between them). Having a subdomain isn't significantly worse for SEO, so when two servers are involved, I recommend sticking with the subdomain. – Stephen Ostermiller Mar 13 '20 at 22:45