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Can I buy a new unregistered domain or should I go for an expired auctioned one?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Builds, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Builds

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    Aloha.

    I've come up with an idea for a website/blog I want to start.
    I know what I wanna write about, and I have tons of it in my mind.
    I'm not looking to make quick cash, I really do wanna build a long-term relatively successful thing, although I'd be lying if I'd say I'm not looking to make any money out of it.

    I searched for about 8 hours till I found a domain that suits what I want it to be - somewhat short 6 letters domain, which is related to the content of the website I wish to start.

    Digging through Google on how to choose a domain, I read that starting with a "young" domain, not older than a year or 2, would be a lot more difficult to index, promote, get PR and success than a domain that's older, let alone a domain that is being registered now for the first time (the one I'm about to register).


    Question is - do you think I should take the hard long route and buy the fresh baby, or go for some PR2 6-years old generic domain being auctioned in places like GoDaddy or NameJet?

    As for the website itself - I'll be using WordPress.
    As for SEO - I know the very very basics like what's keywords, PR, the main idea of SEO, and now I'm reading about this backlinks thing, but I downloaded some tutorials and books off torrents so I'll start reading about it all tomorrow, hopefully I'll get to apply it soon :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. mindmaster

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    But wouldn't it take years to get it to a good PR and a high ranking in engines?
     
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    You want it to rank or to have high PR?
    If you want a high PR domain buy one.
    If you want rankings work on your seo.
     
  5. Builds

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    Yeah I guess I have a lot more learning to do to tell the difference between the two, thought they were working "hand-in-hand" :)
    Guess I'll go for the new brandable one.

    Thanks!
     
  6. watsonovedades

    watsonovedades Senior Member

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    If your not experienced buying expired domains you would be better of with a fresh one
    is you dont know what your doing you can get a bad domain and the whole project will be compromised from the start

    just my 2 cents
     
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    If you're in it for the long term and don't have much money to start with, a fresh domain is good enough.
     
  8. AgentZero

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    New domain, especially if your building a authority website which will be around for a while. I would say 98% of expired domains have rubbish backlink profiles, you really need to look deep to find decent quality ones. And the decent quality expired domains will costs quite a bit depending on the niche. Your better off investing that money into content or the website itself.
     
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    go for the fresh one... what if the old one din have a good image with many!!! dont take chances in my opinion....
     
  10. Techxan

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    No, it will take lots of hard work. Domain age IS a trust and authority booster, its like having ahead start in a race. The other racers can still beat you, just not quite as easily.

    And the head start is only a few feet unless you are taking about a decade old domain, assuming there is it some great backlink profile you will be gaining. Even then, just redirect it to your new domain.
     
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    If you are looking for quality spam free domains take a look over at **********
     
  12. palev94

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    According to the goals you mentioned I think you should go with a brand new domain that you will like. you are building something for the long term, not to make quick cash. There is always risk involved in SEO, so if it's a site you really don't want to lose and are willing to work hard to promote it, I would try no to be too much black hat
     
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    If you're good enough with keyword research and content+formatting, you can rank in just a few days/weeks, as a brand new site.
     
  14. Graelasting

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    You'll have to do a lot more homework on an expired to domain in order to make sure it's not blacklisted by the search engines for whatever reason. The instant gratification of high rating is legit, but it comes at a fair price. With a fresh domain, you've just got yourself a clean slate and a steeper rating curve
     
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    I make a living building private blog networks and finding expired domains. You should buy a fresh domain name, you can make it brandable, but I prefer a search term domain name like "fixcarschicago" or "walkinhairsalon", because them type of domains have a high resell value, once you get the blog setup, find find expired domains that are relevant to your main website, make sure you know the right metrics of the expired domains names, you don't want domain names with spam links on them.

    once you the prefect domain names go to the wayback machine to see what type of website use to be on the expired domain name, Know build a website similar to that one, and add your main website link to it. This will give you link juice to your main website and domain. Know your new website is linked to a domain name that has domain authority and page authority.
     
  16. crackarama

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    Im pretty much in the same boat as you OP. People on here have been good enough to answer my questions too. To get a beginners view of things. Go over to Moz . com. Good guides on onpage seo, backlinks etc. Helped me
     
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    Vintage domain is always better, as long as it has clear and somehow related to your niche backlinks. With vintage domain, you don't need to wait a few months but can start rather aggressive SEO from a start.
     
  18. allaboutdomains

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    Since it sounds like you are willing to be patient, I would not worry about history and go for a great name.