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Just picked up a "shady" domain name - Watch OuT!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by macromj88, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. macromj88

    macromj88 Junior Member

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    Had an idea for a domain name, went over to godaddy, and it was available so I registered it - no biggie.

    I put up a coming soon graphic and had my SEO toolbar loaded, turns out the domain had 400 backlinks - WOW! I took a look at them and they are all shady, spammy, black hat type links.

    My guess is the owner dropped the domain because thought trashy links weren't bringing results...

    I'm not sure what to do?

    Do I hang on to this domain name, build links, and see what happens or just drop it - it has a PR0 and hasn't been indexed yet (just bought it yesterday)...
     
  2. welshman

    welshman Power Member

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    hmmmm.... 2 options. Monetize it if it's in a niche, or do some more SEO and flip it to a newbie (Show all the backlinks)
     
  3. blazen

    blazen Regular Member

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    When a domain expires it lost all benefits or/and penalties from google that occurred during the ownership of the previous owner. So it starts with a new slate in the eyes of google when registered again. So develope it just like any other domain or whatever you plan to do with it.
     
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  4. macromj88

    macromj88 Junior Member

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    Thanks, that's what I figured but can anyone else confirm this?

    I'd hate to build links for a banned domain name...
     
  5. hustlingrind

    hustlingrind Junior Member

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    I would not waste my time those links will get reindexed and the same penalty will happen again.
     
  6. squelsh

    squelsh Regular Member

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    it does lose all of the backlink juice, not sure about penalties
     
  7. virus_1720

    virus_1720 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    all the penalties also go AWAY
     
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  8. paper_chase

    paper_chase Regular Member

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    Add it to your google webmaster tools and there is an option to get your site reconsidered. Try that!
     
  9. poisonsembrace

    poisonsembrace Registered Member

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    I'm not sure where to stand on this issue but it's obvious the backlinks do count for something as well as the domain age.

    I registered a domain a few months ago that had only just become available to register. The domain is 8 years old.

    I added it to google webmaster tools and through that it does show the backlinks. Why would webmaster tools show them to me if google just disregards all the old stuff once someone new grabs the domain.

    My thinking on this is because i grabbed the domain quickly, googlebot didn't get the chance to try to crawl the site while it was available. Perhaps it crawled the site while it was still up and then crawled it again when i added it to google webmaster tools.

    On the topic of why people let good domains expire, sometimes the owners die and their family has no idea that their loved one owned any domains or have no idea how to keep them going.
     
  10. blazen

    blazen Regular Member

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    I use to have a link where Matt Cutts said those exact words, I couldn't find it, but I found another link where Matt Cutts talk about it:
    http://www.sempdx.org/blog/announce...his-2-things-google-should-improve-1-opinion/
     
  11. baybossplaya

    baybossplaya Newbie

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    those shady links will still count. i would just get a refund for the domain name.
     
  12. Riposte

    Riposte Junior Member

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    That may be true for the search engine, but definitely not for AdSense and AdWords.