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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by nonai, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    right now I am in a dilemma regarding what domain to go with.

    there is an EMD that is aged, but the guy wants a lot of money for it. And there is an EMD that I can register for $10 but it won't be aged.

    here is what it comes down to: if I can rank a site quicker because of the domain age, then the more expensive EMD is worth it.

    so I am wondering what the current situation is with domain age. what kind of advantage does an aged domain offer? I can think of 2 things:

    1. the amount of time to rank is the same, it's just that an aged domain can be spammed more without getting penalized.
    2. the amount of time to rank is quicker for an aged domain
    3. something else ?

    if option 2 is correct, how much quicker? is it like 2 weeks, or like 3 months? the niche I am talking about is legal/lawyer.
     
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    negligence Regular Member

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    Typically I really only look at the backlink profile of an existing aged domain, as well as any DA that it carries already. Everything else is fairly irrelevant to me. I've had domains rank #1 within 3-5 months with relative ease, because on-site seo was on-spot and link building was done slowly but naturally.
     
  3. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    that's something I forgot to mention. the more expensive EMD has no backlinks. IDK but it seems to me that very recently, the algorithm really favors aged domains. all top spots are sites that were registered late 90's and early 2000s.
     
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    netmatrix Regular Member

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    Before I provide a suggestion, when you say "aged domain", what is your interpretation...

    1. The date the domain was first registered, without ever having a website up.

    2. The amount of time a website has been live / seen by Google

    There is a BIG difference there
     
  5. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    the date the domain was registered. never had a website up.
     
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    xlcrash Senior Member

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    I think it doesnt matter too much if there is no good backlinks or PR... That domain worth is the same like the new one... So go with your new one, put quality content and natural baclinks building will be good enough...
     
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    Yep.
    Save the money for content and links.

    Build some good links to make up for the loss of "age".
     
  8. netmatrix

    netmatrix Regular Member

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    Well, then it's not really aged. As far as Google is concerned, there is no history of content/backlinks. An old registration date does not automatically render a domain "aged". Don't believe everything you read online.

    Save yourself some cash, purchase the domain for $10 and invest the money you saved into promoting the new domain.
     
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  9. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    OK, thanks so much for the advice. But don't you think a domain whose registration date is old is more likely to rank with spam? in other words, cheaper to rank?
    the reason I ask is that I have a 2 year old domain. good quality backlinks, ranked #1 for a long time. recently, competitor bought a domain whose registration date is like 1999 and started GSA SER on it. He has nothing but GSA SER backlinks, and he is kicking everybody's ass in the SERPS.
     
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    netmatrix Regular Member

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    Re-read my post (#8) carefully. The answer is already there.

    Just to add... don't automatically assume that he's only using GSA SER by the backlinks that YOU find.
     
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