said 1 year, 4 months ago:
Good discussion topic @dextereugenio
If you have a standalone blog and it is popular and attracts traffic, then any links that appear on that blog to your mortgage broker site will pass along page rank and happy Google juice. But you’ll always be managing two separate spaces so if you get +1s on the blog, then you’ll also be working to get +1s on the website whereas if these two properties were the same, then you’d be collectively amassing more relevancy in google.
My advice to new clients who don’t blog but plan to, is to have the blog and website together. For clients who’ve been blogging separately but don’t have a lot of traffic or audience, then I also say to combine the two.
But for someone in your case with a blog with attention and following and historical presence, keep it separate and work on the cross promotion aspects.
Google shouldn’t penalize a site that is updated often. In your example above, I agree with the others that the “blog” must not have been installed properly or was otherwise creating duplicate content issues (whether intentional or not).