Are AddOn domains search engine friendly?

Solokron

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Why wouldn't they be?
 

webignition

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Solokron said:
Why wouldn't they be?
Indeed.

The article mentioned at the start of this thread concerns the behaviour of search engines when it comes to HTTP redirects.

If you've moved your site from place1.example.com to place2.example.com, place1.example.com should do a 301 redirect to place2.example.com (instead of a 302 or indeed anything else). Google certainly prefers this.

However this has no bearing on addon domains as no redirection is involved. An addon domain is merely an additional domain whose Apache document root is different from that of the parent domain.
 

webignition

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However, there might be issues concerning browsing to the parent domain's subdirectory to which the addon points.

i.e. addonexample.com == example.com/addon

In such cases, Google might penalise example.com/addon for duplicating the content of addonexample.com, or vice versa.

This can easily be overcome by having a suitable redirect in a .htaccess file located at example.com/addon redirecting to addonexample.com.