Dead eBay Subdomains Wasting SEO Backlink Juice

Site changes have left these two eBay subdomains deader than a door-nail. Even a hobbyist like Doc knows dead links are a no-no for serious webmasters. One dead subdomain is ‘search.ebay.com.‘ An example of wasted SEO Backlinks. 🙄

“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.

2 comments

  • Brad Jacobs

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

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