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Buying an old domain for a new website, good or bad?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Mr.Nick.., Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Mr.Nick..

    Mr.Nick.. Regular Member

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    Hey Guys,

    A little question here, for past 6 months or so I was buying old domains (1 year+) from Godaddy marketplace for all my new websites, I was doing this because I think this gives a website an age in Google's eyes so it's safe to build backlinks to it and therefore, easier to rank..

    Am I right? What are your opinions on this? What do you think is the best way to get some old domains just for this purpose?
     
  2. baddth

    baddth Newbie

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    You can check if domain is in blacklist, how much pagerank does the domain has, how many pages it was indexed before. If there are good, then it may worth. If not, I think it may not make much different.
     
  3. winosergio

    winosergio Regular Member

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    It depends on the backlink profile of the domain, you have to check before you purchase it.

    I have bought a domain 2 months ago, and it has not be indexed yet, due to a previous penalty.

    So try to check backlink profile and make sure it is clean and quality.
     
  4. Veyron

    Veyron BANNED BANNED

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    In general, yes, older domains tend to be given more authority then newer domains so they're good to use for new sites.

    Veyron
     
  5. elviswong

    elviswong Senior Member Premium Member

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    As i've been online since day one, i got very old domains. I even flipped old porn domains to something else and it worked ! Of course i couldn't convert iliketogetinthea$$.com (lol) to a money niche (tho it might be thru for some hahahahaha) but general porn domains

    The older the better, like women !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who said MILF ? lol
     
  6. blacat

    blacat Regular Member

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    I look at it as a short cut to build links... I mean that I buy only domains that have a good and genuine backlinks profile. Like links from .edu .gov and other authority websites. I wouldn't waste my money on domains that don't have good links and just have "age".
     
  7. jackdurden

    jackdurden Newbie

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    Using expired domains for your new sites definitely works. However, you should check a few things before doing this.

    1. See if your site is indexed - run "site:domainname" in google. If zero results come up, it might mean that the site was penalized and removed from the index.

    2. See if the domain was used to point to some other domain - run "info:domainname" in google. See if another site shows up in the result.

    3. Check out the site in the wayback archive. You will know whether the site was used for spam or redirection the past.

    4. Use Majestic Seo to see the anchor text for the site. If you see a lot of spammy keywords or keywords not related to the niche, you can be sure that someone has used this site for spamming.

    If the expired domain passes the above tests, you can then use this for a new site. Check other metrics - a good PR, domain authority, citation and trust flow would actually help you rank faster than with a brand new domain

    Jack
     
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  8. Mr.Nick..

    Mr.Nick.. Regular Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys, this really helped me :)
     
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    Check the domain first if it really does have high quality backlinks, good PR and its fine but careful its not black listed or got a bad reputation in general. If its OK on all front then go for it..
     
  10. davidg8

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    use link:yourdomainname without the tld extension to search for every link associated with the name. link: and site: search in google is very useful.
     
  11. lmxftw

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    When going for an aged domain make sure you check if it's still indexed and not only showing the parking service info on Google. Try to get domains that have over 5 pages/posts still indexed.

    A good archive of the domain is also useful to check what the domain hosted and see if it's good for your project or not. A domain registered 5 years ago might've gone through several niche/topic changes in that time frame so just having a gut feeling that the domain is good for your niche might not turn out to work in your favor. Try going for EMD domains or domains that have a certain characteristic listed.
    blablatech.com will, obviously, be about some tech.

    Buying domains just for the sake of the link profile it has will most likely burn you if you're going for a pure white SEO approach. Links are graded by a lot of factors and one of these factors is called 'damping' which measures the age of a link. The damping factor works against the pursuit of webmasters to buy old domains because of the links those domains have. Contrary to popular SEO belief that everything old is somewhat better, when it comes to a link profile, that works the opposite way. A good link profile has to be fresh in order to be helpful (Barney Stinson: "New is always better!").

    In regards to the current toolbar PR situation and because toolbar PR is "appointed" rather than earned I would suggest you concentrate your search for an aged domain on factors like DA (domain authority) and Majestic Trust Flow which have a better grasp in analyzing the link profile of your domain, especially the Majestic metrics because they take into account the damping factor of the links (that's why they analyze "FRESH LINKS" and show those first).

    Good Luck!
     
  12. uworkspain

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    If the domain has been in use, and, has some backlinks, it'll be good... don't change WHOIS info too much or DNS / servers