Re: EMD - Case Study
The whole EMD is good/bad thing has been going on for a while. I've got an EMD that's about 6 months old sitting at #2 for a 40K exact search. This was a score I found at auction that someone let expire. We're talking a $1000 domain that I got for $20 because some idiot was squatting on it and must have forgot. The site has 6 pages of quality rewritten content that I found on other high ranking sites and had rewritten. I figured if it was good for them to rank with might as well rewrite it and do the same.
I think it really just comes down to quality. If people are coming to your site, staying there, and sharing it you really don't have much too worry about. Well that and having some high quality links to boost you up and get it started.
On the flipside I have an old EMD that was ranking fairly well and I just got a notice from adsense saying my site has been booted. This is an old MFA site that has gone from high rankings to penalized to back to ranking again. Low searches but it would generally make about $70-150 a month when on the first page.
As long as you have some decent quality content on the site and strong links you can rank it regardless if it's an EMD or not.
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