Site changes have left these two subdomains unlinked from the site’s 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 web admins. 🙄

“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 redirects 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 waste!

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 its 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 its 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.

Sometimes constructive criticism is a good thing. For my life, I’ll never understand how a major corporation could leave these two subdomains dead. Wildcard redirects 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! 🙄