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I want to install my new site content on a subdomain like subdir.example.com instead of the root domain.

This is a new domain and it has no previous content to redirect. The root URL will be empty and inaccessible to anyone trying to browse the root site example.com. It will be redirected to subdir.example.com automatically.

I'm not sure if there's a better SEO way to do it. Will Google find this redirection weird and penalize the site in some way?

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    I'm not really sure what the question is here? Like you say, "This is a new domain and it has no previous content" - so where is the potential SEO issue here? "a better SEO way to do it" - do what exactly? Are you asking from a technical aspect - how to implement this in .htaccess?
    – MrWhite
    May 23 at 12:16
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This is exactly how you setup a www. domain. There is nothing wrong with it in terms of SEO. However, if you are creating a keyword subdomain there may be issues with that.

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