Pointing a subdomain to another server or URL is not difficult when you have the right information. WHM or Web Host Manager is somewhat different in its functionality. While some server configs will have you enter the entire subdomain for the CNAME (subdomain.somedomainname.com) WHM manager only requires the subdomain with no trailing dot. When entering the destination or host (somedomain.com.) you end with a trailing dot. See the example below:
It was pretty frustrating to only find information from 2009 with no actual screenshots. If this has been helpful in helping you point or redirect your subdomain via CNAME to another URL or domain, please comment below and share this page.
WHM Subdomain Redirect Notes
For a WHM subdomain redirect to work properly, there can be no other records for the subdomain…only the CNAME record. If you used the subdomain feature in cPanel, it will create an A record. Make sure there are no other records present other than your CNAME records for the redirect or pointing to another server.
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Fake Adwords Display URL? I did not think it was possible, but I finally ran across a Google Adwords ad using a fake display URL. I was looking for a
Canon p-150 scanner. I thought I was going to land on BestBuy.com, but instead landed on a Weebly.com page which then redirected me to Amazon.com (Check out the screen shots below)
While I won’t talk about the ethics of this or how Google missed a display URL that does not match a destination URL…this is some slick marketing. I doubt the individual or entity could be identified by anyone without a court subpoena.
Fake Google Adwords Display URL
Directed me to a Weebly.com web page below.
Adwords Display URL
Typically has to match up with the destination URL unless using a tracking service of some type.
Again, this is a pretty slick marketing tactic. I’m not sure if there is any legal precident of using a corporate domain / sub-domain name to fake out consumers into thinking they are going to a corporate website and then land on an affiliate page.
Once the cookie is loaded, the affiliate will get the sale if the visitor makes a purchase.
Have you run across fake Google Adwords display URLs? or do you use fake display URLs in your marketing? Any Internet attorneys that care to comment on any possible legal issues resulting from the use of this tactic? Comment below or sign up in top right hand corner of this page for email updates.
For more information on Google Adwords display URL policy – click link
Here’s interesting point with regard to Google’s display URL policy for Adwords. There is nothing covered regarding the use of false or misleading display URLs.
This was a recent question submitted by a reader:
Q: Will Google split the non-hyphenated keywords in domain name?
A: Yes, Google was actually one of the first search engines to do this. Now Bing and Yahoo also have the ability recognize separate keywords in a non-hyphenated domain name.
With that being said, I still purchase numerous hyphenated domains each year for various reasons:
- A hyphenated domain is great for display URLs and pay per click advertising.
- A hyphenated domain can rank just as well as a non hyphenated domain name. (The major consideration is whether or not you are targeting search traffic or type-in traffic.)
- Hyphenated domains are easier to read and can give you an extra advertising line when used as your display URL in your PPC advertising