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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.
Just trying to understand your goals before commenting.
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.
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?
...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]