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Owning Domain with Hyphen - and w/o

 4:47 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

We currently own 2 domain names.

One is for example www.e-zwidgets.com
The other is example www.ezwidgets.com

We used to own with the hyphen only and we purchased w/o the hyphen lately.

Our current sites domain name is with the hyphen. We are redirecting the domain w/o - to our current site.

We are building a new site now and we are thinking of using w/o the hyphen (www.ezwidgets.com)for the domain name, will Google or any other search engine connect these two domains being that it's very similar plus it has been redirecting for quiet some time?

The domain names will be on two different servers. Two different designer, everything completely different.

Please advise,
Thank you



 6:33 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just for clarification's sake, what is the rationale behind building a different site with the non-hyphen domain? Are you planning to run both sites simultaneously, or switch them? (stop redirecting the non-hyphen to the hyphen, and start redirecting the hyphen to the non-hyphen?)

Just trying to understand your goals before commenting.

Thanks :)


 6:53 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)


We would like to run two sites, one with the hyphen (which is currently running) and a new site without the hyphen.


 12:11 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Personally, I don't like domain names with hyphens unless it is a perfect .com (perfect-example.com) and in rare cases, example-online.com would also be OK, but either of them would have to be the perfect of perfects domain for me (I do have one or two in my portfolio).

I would point the e-zwidgets.com to the ezwidgets.com and promote the ezwidgets.com , especially if you have the choice between the two and give your clients one less keystroke.


 12:54 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)


This doesn't really answer my question.

We are to keep the hyphenated domain, it's an old and established domain. We have lots of links to this website and are doing fine with the search engines.

At this time we are redirecting the non hyphenated domain to our main domain with the hyphen.

We are building a new site now and would need a domain name for it.

Is it OK to use the non hyphenated domain for the new site?


 1:42 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

This is much more an issue for the SEO crowd that tends to hang out in the Google forum. Time for a move. It may be on hold for awhile.


 3:13 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

I dont think it matters at all. Some think hyphens denote spam sites. If youre not a spam site, Google wont treat you as such. (from experience) - Google has 199 other filters to determine that :)

PS - I've only ever used one hyphen.

Robert Charlton

 8:01 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

...will Google or any other search engine connect these two domains being that it's very similar...

I doubt that the similarity of the domains' names will connect them at all. Lots of runtogetherdomains also have hyphen-separated-versions under different ownership, and both rank.

The real questions, I think, are what happens when you pull a domain out of 301 status, and whether Google monitors the ownership association. Related to this, I would think, is future linking and future hosting.

I've not had direct experience reviving a previously redirected domain, but I'd view it much the same as a domain that had tanked because it previously shared an IP address and links with another site on the same subject. Separation of hosting and inbound linking can do wonders.

Google seems to forgive prior associations if a domain can make it on its own, so to speak, and I'd think that's how it would treat a domain after pulled out of 301.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:03 am (utc) on Mar. 28, 2007]

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