A couple of years ago I changed my websites upload directory to a subdomain (to images.mudfooted.com). I am now working on a major update on my website and wondering if the subdomain is actually the best option compared to a subdirectory (e.g. mudfooted.com/images). I get a lot of visitors via google images but am wondering if the hits to the images.mudfooted.com subdirectory only are not added to the mudfooted.com hits. I initially chose to use a subdirectory to increase the site loading speed.

So my question: Is it better to change the upload directory to a subdirectory or subdomain, taking loading time and SEO into account. Thanks for you help.

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    What exactly is your question: about the SEO aspect?
    – fuxia
    Commented Jun 1, 2013 at 12:09
  • Yes, is it better to host the images in a subdirectory instead of a subdomain for visitor statistics and SEO?
    – Mudfooted
    Commented Jun 1, 2013 at 14:40

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You may wish to read the responses at this question for more detail but the general consensus is that it isn't going matter all that much either way. Google tends to not distinguish a sudomain from a subdirectory except in special cases (WordPress.com, Tumblr, etc.). If your traffic is in that range, you have a different set of issues :)