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

macromj88

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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)...
 

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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)
 

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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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all the penalties also go AWAY
 
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Add it to your google webmaster tools and there is an option to get your site reconsidered. Try that!
 

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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.
 

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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...

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/
MattCutts said:
By the way, I'd argue that some expired domains are closer to a bank at one location that goes out of business and becomes a coffee shop. That coffee shop can build up its reputation on its own, but shouldn't automatically get the customers that were showing up hoping to do their banking.
 

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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...

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