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Two domains, one with dashes one without

what should site logo say?

     
7:34 am on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a site called 123-Mr-G-Example.com and it comes up in the serps. Problem is a lot of people have been telling me that the domain would be easier to type in and remember if it did not have dashes.
My domain registrar offers free domain forwarding so I recently purchased 123MrGExample.com and set it to forward to 123-Mr-G-Example.com
My question is, if 123-Mr-G-Example.com is showing up in the serps but I change my logo on that site to say 123MrGWidgets.com will my site be labeled as “spam” because it may look like 2 sites?
I thought of just making my logo say something like “123 Mr G Example” with no dashes and no dot.com or “123 Mr G Example.com” (spaces no dashes) so if people just type in the name with out dashes it will still take them to the my domain with the dashes. What is your view on this and what would you do?

Regarding domain forwarding/redirecting, I hear a lot of people complain of situations were they had problems on the serps because of this. Should I be worried, did any of you have a problem on forwarding a new domain name to old one? Also what happens if people link to my name without the dashes, will this cause any issues?

9:23 am on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Changin' your logo will not be labeled as SPAM.

Also you can use 301 permanent re-direct from your 123-Mr-G-Example.com to 123MrGExample.com. With this all your PR will be passed on the later site.

Also people typion' 123-Mr-G-Example.com will be directed to your new domain.

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i want to keep the site on 123-Mr-G-Example.com and i want everybody typing in 123MrGExample.com to get redirected to 123-Mr-G-Example.com
Is the domain forwarding offered by domain registrars considered a 301 permanent redirect? Or do they use something else?
2:42 pm on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One rather popular and affordable registrar forwards with a 302 - or they did as of about a year ago.

(I learned this the hard way when I forwarded a domain and the site disappeared from Google!)

5:55 pm on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi MamaDawg,
sorry to hear about your domain. Did you remove the 302 redirect? if yes, has your site recovered any? I think I might be using the same domain registrar (2 words initials G.D.) I called them and they told me they use a 302 redirect to forward domains. I just recently set the domain forwarding to my main domain. Are 302 redirects still a problem in the search engines, and should i remove it asap? Do you guys think it is better to just get hosting for my other domain and put a message on the front page that says "click here to visit 123 Mr G Example.com" and when clicked it will take people to my 123-Mr-G-Example.com site?
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"Popular and affordable"?

"Initials G.D."?

Gee, who might that be?

C'mon, it just invites spamming by a "we do that too" chorus. Let's toe the line. Anyone who really wants to know knows how to get the information.

Or do I have to give a hint? :-P

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detailed hint please :)
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302 is a temporary re-direct solution and is not good from SEO perspective.

So, set a 301 permanent re-direct to whichever domain you want the other domain to re-direct to.

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sorry to hear about your domain. Did you remove the 302 redirect? if yes, has your site recovered any?

I removed that redirect. The site spent 3 months in Google purgatory, then spontaneously re-appeared.

The lesson I learned was that unless your registrar actually tells you their forwarding is a permanent redirect, host the domain and set up the 301 yourself.

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Is the below correct for the .ahtaccess file:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^http://www.ExtraDomain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [Main-Site.com...] [L,R=301]

i am trying to get my www.ExtraDomains.com to redirect to [Main-Site.com...]