Hey, this absolutely nothing special, just something that I've fucked up couple of times, and was about to do again so I thought to share this it might up save you some money and stress. I'm talking about new domain names below, not expired ones. I was thinking that I'm registering NEW domain name that I've just thought of, brainstormed it sort of. About a year/two ago I bough awesome domain name, put up my usual content on there, did my usual link building and then. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No movement in rankings, no traffic. I was very confused and like WTF?! It took me a while to figure out what is wrong... Domain name was registered before and spammed to death. I've forgot to check up whois history as I was registering new domain name, it was my idea I thought, yeah I'm so smart, no one thought of this before. Then it happened again, and khm... Again. Now, whenever I am thinking of NEW domain name, before I purchase it, I make sure it's not been registered ever before. If it's been registered before most of the time I just move on with brainstorming. Can you imagine stress that I've been trough when I've found out that site is not ranking and all the efforts were wasted because of domain that I was thinking was NEW was actually expired and spammed while the whole time I was thinking it's brand new domain. TL;DR: When you are brainstorming for new domain names, after you find out that they are available for registration, check whois registrars that domain name might be used before and who knows what it might been trough before you "brainstormed" it.