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how do you know a domain was not penalized before buying?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by firstnamelastname, May 11, 2016.

  1. firstnamelastname

    firstnamelastname Regular Member

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    buying domain for money site

    I have choice between .co and .org

    according to archive, the .org was registered 5 years ago. there is only one snapshot and it was just a godaddy parked page. according to archive, the .co was never registered, there is no snapshot. neither domain has backlinks in ahrefs

    I would rather buy the .org because I think psychologically, people are more likely to link to a .org than a .co
    people think .co is weird because it's missing the m at the end

    but again, both the .org and .co could be penalized, for example if the previous owner blocked the archive spider from crawling we wouldn't know

    so given all this information, what should I do? should I do more research, should I go with .org or .co?
     
  2. oni365

    oni365 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    An inactive domain can't be penalized by google! Because there is no content there.
     
  3. Ruvez

    Ruvez Newbie

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    You can use Majestic SEO Historic Index, if there were no suspicious backlinks, then it is 99% that it never had any sanctions.
     
  4. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    If only past you see is godaddy page it's probably alright.
     
  5. bc21sek

    bc21sek Newbie

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    If the backlink profile (ahrefs, majestic, moz) and archive.org are ok than you are safe.
     
  6. SEO Wings

    SEO Wings BANNED BANNED

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    Check with Majestic to know whether the site is penalized or not.
     
  7. SEO Sicko

    SEO Sicko Power Member

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    I think you can use Majestic tool to check the backlinks quality.
    If you have good quality backlinks in both domain means,buy the old domain because in Google old domains get a high ranking.
     
  8. drogon

    drogon Elite Member Premium Member

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    Use domain tools to check if the .co was never registered before and if that is the case get the .co since that way you know 100% its not penalised and fresh. http://whois.domaintools.com

    If you want the .org cause it has backlink history then use majestic to check the backlinks are not spammy https://majestic.com/

    Also use archive.org to check the whole history and that the site was not used for shady stuff, or as a PBN in the past.
     
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  9. torokM

    torokM Newbie

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    You can find online tools. Google for "google penalty checker"
     
  10. Furious Man

    Furious Man Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    thanks for the info man
     
  11. Shield One

    Shield One Regular Member

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    You can find out by

    site:"your domain url"

    Else you check it on majestic for better results to see
     
  12. antitilapia

    antitilapia Newbie

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    Check for suspicious backlinks, other than that you can't really tell if it was penalized until you register and try ranking. But again, as a new owner with new content, if its penalized, you can get it reviewed through WMT.
     
  13. bmminc

    bmminc Regular Member

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    This won't work for an expired or unregistered domain. They will say it is penalized nearly every time when it is not.

    Best bet is to use Majestic and check out the backlink profile and anchor text.
    Also search manually in google for your site url in quotations. See if anything shady comes up like pharma or chinese.
     
  14. Junaydo

    Junaydo Newbie

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    majestic + cognetiveseo
     
  15. LatteGrande

    LatteGrande Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    From your details above I'd go with .org. Check whether the domain drop or not, use whois.domaintools.com. Make sure it doesn't drop more than 2x. Otherwise, you're good to go.
     
  16. hatsatz

    hatsatz Regular Member

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    You can use Google penalty checker to check the domain is penalized or not.
    Use Majestic SEO to check backlinks.
    It will give good result.
     
  17. Ambitious12

    Ambitious12 Elite Member

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    You can prefer .org which is better than .co what i think,which will be easy to rank.