There has been a lot of conversation lately about 301 domains. I have a 301 question I have been pondering over for a while.
Around three years ago I had an EMD domain for a popular search with a hyphen (wideranging-widgets.com) for wide ranging widgets which once ranked well but for a while had gone in reverse in Google.
I was too busy with other domains at the time to find a reason, so I had purchased another domain, a PMD without a hyphen rangingwidgets.com. I decided the easy option was to redirect the entire site to rangingwidgets.com and see what happens. After some time I got my answer, it still did not do my Google situation any good but seemed to do a lot better in Bing.
Now some three years later I now have a bit more time so would like to do something with these. Searching on Google if I begin the predictive search still predicts the original site wideranging-widgets.com, although displays the current site, rangingwidgets.com. The current site has no Google searches what so ever, but is massive in Bing and making a modest income from it supporting one of my employees.
Here is what I have been thinking,
Creating a new site for the original wideranging-widgets.com and cancelling the 301 redirect. I have time and ideas now that will make a good quality site for the wide ranging widgets products.
What would the repercussions be for this, would I be best hosting it with a different server to try and make a break from the other site.
Can an EMD ever rank, or is it best to forget about it; would it be better to make a break and buy a new domain, putting my new content on that. Any ideas would be good, as it will be a long project no matter what way I go.