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eBay Subdomains Hemorrhaging SEO Backlinks

Site changes have left these two subdomains unlinked from the sites DNS wasting oodles of previous back-links that could bring in sales. Even a hobbyist like Doc knows dead links are a no-no for serious webmasters. 🙄

“Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at search.ebay.com”.

search.ebay.com Dead Subdomain not redirected

Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at search.ebay.com

C’mon guys.. This is beginning webmaster SEO stuff. How can a major corporation such as our example here leave this subdomain un-redirected? Wildcard redirect to a page with a search box so shoppers can find what there looking for. Over the years there is no telling how many backlinks are pointing to search.ebay.com going to waste!

Even eBay’s fanboy Hubcap Joe is crying about having no sales! 😆

The next eBay dead subdomain is motors.ebay.com. When execs moved their niche eBay Motors website to be part of the core site – they left it’s main entrance point dead!

“Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at motors.ebay.com”.

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motors.ebay.com dead subdomain link

Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at motors.ebay.com

Why eBay moved their highest income generating niche site to the core is anyone’s best guess. Considering an automotive website requires specialty programmers effluent in the car business – it was probably a cost saving move.

It’s interesting that since Doc blogged this article: eBay Removes Mileage From Motor Vehicle Search Summary Pages. It appears the mileage is back. 😉

Sometimes constructive criticism is a good thing. For the life of me I’ll never understand how a major corporation could leave these two subdomains dead.

Wildcard redirect motors.ebay.com to the new eBay Motors url “ebay.com/motors.” And send old links from “search.ebay.com” to a search page.

Update 02/22/19: It’s been 8 months since this post was authored and both these subdomains are still dns unlinked hemorrhaging seo backlink juice.

eBay is laying off employees and restructuring the company, but are ignoring issues that should be corrected ASAP. Execs continue strangling their golden goose! 🙄

Former eBay Motors PowerSeller and retired licensed Florida used car dealer with over 40 years experience in the business blogs about eBay. Doc shares helpful advice for motor vehicle buyers and sellers. Have questions or need help? Ask Doc!

2 Comments

  1. Brad Jacobs

    Betcha those sub-domains generated “doorway pages” that got Ebay slapped silly by Google a few years back.

    Reply
    1. Doc

      Oh yea.. Good catch! I forgot about that eBay doorway fiasco. Makes sense indeed!

      Reply

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