Planet13 - 10:08 pm on Dec 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thank you, lewis1 and asusplay;
My situation might be a little different;
After the optimized page (blue-widgets.html) was dropped from the results, the home page ranked in its place for the term blue widgets.
Also, this page USED to be on a different domain, and had some links pointing to it. I have 301 redirected the old links to the blue-widgets.html on the current domain.
So if I were to change the blue-widgets.html to bluewidgets.html I would go back to the OLD domain (where it used to reside) and change the 301 redirects there to the new bluewidgets.html page on the current domain.
But I would NOT do 301 redirects from the current blue-widgets.html on the current domain to the new bluewidgets.html (again, on the current domain).
So it would get SOME link juice (from the old domain) but not from the new domain.
a little confusing... hope it makes sense.