A reader emailed me with the following question:
I was wondering if you have a POV, on if a blog should live on a corporate domain name (ex. company.com) or if it would be better to have the domain name be different from the corp. (ex. companyblog.com)?
That’s a great question.
My answer is this: if the blog will get more links by being at an arm’s length from the corporate site, then I’d have it on a totally separate domain.
Let me supply a hypothetical example… If a life insurance company has a blog about health and wellness and it’s at www.stayinghealthy.com, that will garner many more links than one at blog.lifeinsuranceco.com, IMHO.
This may seem like an oversimplification, since I haven’t discussed the branding implications, but I believe the “link-ability” of the blog is what will give the blog a long productive life in the blogosphere. Anything else is peripheral.