My company is currently developing new online presents. We are in hotel/leisure industry. Small chain - 6 resorts all over US. We have domain name www.company.com
and also www.company-california.com
Our web development company is pushing us to use 301 redirect and have only one site with www.company.com
with 301 redirect (for company-california.com) that would go to www.company.com/california
Our company would prefer to keep www.company.com
more for corporate purposes with links to all other locations. We think that we have better chance to get higher listing if we have site for each location. Also, the change of url can be annoying for some customers.
Web dev. company thinks that it would be easier to take care for one site and put it high in search engines, rather than many (6) sites. Also, apparently we could be facing some penalties from search engine authorities...
Can you, experts, give me some opinions on this. If needed I will split the points.