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How Can You Tell If a Selling Domain Has A Penalty?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by BENNY8877, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

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    Hey guys, I was going to buy some aged domains and wanted to know how to identify whether or not they have been given a penalty. Is there any tool or identifying factors?

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    Anyone?
     
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    I would like to know too!
     
  4. Bruut

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    You could check the site on ahrefs.com and check the backlinks to see if there are Spam links, that's what i do :)
     
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    Good advice! Thanks!
     
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    As Bruut said, check the backlinks to the root domain. Don't go for the ones that has too many spammy looking links. Also, check the complete whois info to see how many times the domain has been dropped. I would not go for that has been dropped more than twice or 3 times at most. If it has been dropped more than that, chances are it's been to a spammer's hand.
     
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    Great advice. Thanks guys.
     
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    Also, you always want to search the domain in google, if its deindexed due to a penalty it will it show in the results.
     
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    I think I need to post before you bought a shit domain.

    Here are my rules.

    1. Use http://whois.domaintools.com to check if it's been dropped. If it has, don't buy.
    2. Check fake PageRank by googling "info:domain.com". If the different domain comes up, it's been redirected. Don't buy.
    3. Search Google for "site:domain.com". If it's not coming up, it's not indexed. Not indexed - don't buy.
    4. Go to http://web.archive.org and find the earliest indexed page. This is the real age of the domain, not the registration date.
    5. Check http://web.archive.org index to see if it wasn't hosting some crap before.
    6. Use Ahrefs or MajesticSEO to analyse backlinks. You can tell pretty easily if PageRank is going to stick. Look for legit natural backlink profile and low number of sitewide links.
     
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    I first check to see if it has page rank. Then I check for Mozrank.

    The next step is to check if it has pages indexed in google. Check the cache and look at the pages. If it looks like a "blog network" blog, move on to the next domain.

    If it looks like a "normal site" then move to the next step.

    Check the domain in ahrefs. Look at the link profile. You should know what a "spammy" link profile looks like. If it has enough good links, then it is legit. Look for bogus domains. Sometimes you will see a high PR domain with no links. Stay away from those.

    Additional steps:
    Scrape the all the pages of the domain and check the PR of each page. Usually legit domains with PR have inner pages with PR. I use scrape box for most of these steps.


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    I knew I missed something :) This is important tip!
     
  12. ivanpenev

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    Thanks for the useful tips, but can you tell more about that 1st point, is it so fatal if it has been dropped? What is the bad about that ?