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Does the amount of domain registration years affect SEO

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by DannyDeepPockets, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. DannyDeepPockets

    DannyDeepPockets Junior Member

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    I've tried researching this topic before posting this as a thread but there is a lot of confusion between what I'm asking and another somewhat similar question. To clear things up, what I'm asking doesn't involve "domain age". By domain age I mean if I have a website with equal SEO factors to another website with same niche but the other website has an older domain than mine, then of course I know theirs will rank better.

    What I'm asking here is regarding a completely new domain. Say I go to a registrar and register a domain for 5 years in advance(and pay higher for doing so) as opposed to 1 year only, will me registering that new domain for 5 years speed up my SEO success in comparison to a domain registered only for 1 year in advance or does it not make a difference? Remember , we're not talking about domain age here, we're talking about completely new domains being registered for more than one year in advance.

    What is your take on this topic? Thanks
     
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    I remember reading about it being a factor in the algorithm but can't find the source with the BHW's search right now. I wouldn't count on it giving you a huge boost. Most of my domains are registered for one year at a time and they seem to rank as easily as those that are registered for several years in advance. Any difference it makes will be small.
     
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    ajithrocksca Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    yes it does.. but it is less significant. Google considers site with multiple years of registration as serious players than the ones with less than one year registration..
     
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    It is a small help, but big enough that I have all my local customers register for 5 years.
     
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    pavan Elite Member

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    very interesting question
    it can affect your ranking if 2 sites have same factors
    but I guess you shouldn't go that way till your site starts earning
    you can give it a try once you are on 2nd page
    to see if it really effects or not
     
  6. DannyDeepPockets

    DannyDeepPockets Junior Member

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    thank you all for your input! I will sit down and think this one through a little more, your input will help me decide better though. Maybe some testing on my own.
     
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    chandldj Newbie

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    In addition to this... how does Google treat older, but dropped domains? Can G tell they've been dropped? In that case is it the same as registering a brand new domain?