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    2 domains - 1 website - SEO purposes

    Hello,

    I am building a site and have picked two domains to use.

    For example, one site is named (not real names):

    www.mywebsitenow.com and the other is

    www.my-website-now.com

    Is it true that the second one will be better for the SE's because it will use each word seperate since people usually won't do a search for mywebsitenow but will for my website now.

    So, how can I do a redirect without getting penalized? I want to use the first domain naming method for ease of use/reading on business cards, letterhead, marketing materials, logo, etc. but want to use the hyphenated name for the SE's.

    Can anyone help me with how to set this up for optimal use?

    Thanks for your help.

    Mike

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    You'll need to do a 301 redirect from the first domain to the second domain. Fortunately this is not difficult to do. You'll need to add the following lines of code to a file called .htaccess and place it in the root directory of the old domain:
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    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?old-domain\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.new-domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
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    Still a little confused. I do understand the redirect code but both of these domains are new. One will be used in the logo on the website and in marketing materials and the hyphenated one for SE's. So, if both of these are new, which one do I insert in the redirect code as the "old" domain and which one for the "new" domain?

    Thanks again for the help.

    Mike

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    Redirect to the hyphenated domain. That way you get the full SEO benefits.

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    Thanks for your help.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkmcgrath23 View Post
    Is it true that the second one will be better for the SE's because it will use each word seperate since people usually won't do a search for mywebsitenow but will for my website now.
    In my opinion I would use the non-hyphenated domain. I honestly think using the hyphenated domain will not give you anymore SEO value than the non-hyphenated domain. Since that is the case it would be much easier for people to remember not to use hyphens.

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    As hyphens act as delimeters, if you are targetting "my website now" you are better off using "my-website-now" for your anchor text. You are more likely to get that from using my-website-now. com than mywebsite. com if linkers use your domain name as anchor text.

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    Will your marketing materials and efforts create links to your site? If so, they'll be linking to the non hyphed domain. That is probably not the best way to increase your SE ranking but I'm not 100% sure. Can someone confirm this idea? What I would do is just stick with promoting with the hypenated domain all the time and if people happen to forget to put in the hyphens, just point the non-hyphenated domain to the hyphed domain.


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