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Seo affected by number of years you register your domain?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Corydoras007, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    Just wanted some input here. I hear that google puts more preference on domains with long expiration dates, something like 2 to 5 years after it was first registered with a domain.

    Maybe that could be a factor why a site is not doing well because I only got a one year plan for the domain which I tend to renew before expiration.
     
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    thetrustedzone Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    yes it's a factor but isn't a reason why your site isn't ranking well .... there's sites with 1 year and ranked well ...
     
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    I've never seen any empirical evidence of any benefits to longer registration. Domain age, yes; registration period, no.
     
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    If you're talking about domain age - then yes, definitely.

    Google isn't paying attention to your deal with your registrar. That's separate.
     
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    I too have heard this, but doubt it's an algo factor. Maybe a bit of influence in the case of a manual review... At any rate not something to really focus on.
     
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    I have never seen or heard of this. If someone could link to some documentation/article/study/anything on this I would appreciate it.
     
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    domain age is only one of the many factors out there.
     
  8. Jeevs

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    I've heard that it affects but never noticed or saw any solid proof of that. Most of the time I buy domains for 1 year and don't have any problems in ranking them. May be its effect is negligible. An SEO expert can enlighten us more.
     
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    How long you have paid your domain for (aka. the expiration date) doesn't affect at all, as confirmed by Matt Cutts in one of the Webmaster Tools videos on YouTube. The actual age of domain (time it has been continually registered) is one of the factors, but it's not a major one, and as stated before it's very possible to rank a domain well in just few months.
     
  10. Corydoras007

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    That is partly right as Google sees aged domains as trusty. Anyhow, it is not that big a deal in rankings as other factors. I have seen a lot of new domains rank very well - I am sure it is a matter of content each site provides because Google sees content as a king.

    I hope this helps you.
     
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    1, 3 or 10 - makes no difference. The only thing is that after 3 years you most likely have (much) more domain/page authority than just 1 year, but for that you can just as well pay annually - it makes no difference.
     
  13. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    Thanks guys! Your wise advice definitely helps.
     
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    Actually, there might be a situation where the registration duration does matter.
    I have also overheard about this factor and it may be important assuming the maths below are right :

    If you forget to renew your domain and it becomes parked by your registrar and if Google sees it, then your authority / domain age may be reset.

    Lots of if / maybe so basically i wouldn't pay much attention to it.

    On a side note, big companies tends to register their domain for a longer period to avoid any hassle, Google may use it more importantly through time given the fact that they tend to like more corporations.
     
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    Does anyone have an opinion/Can anyone provide evidence, one way or the other, that Google differentiates between how long a domain has been registered vs. how long a domain name has been hosted & online?

    Is it enough to simply register the domain in order to acquire "age"? Do you get a benefit if it also has a site that has been hosted?

    A few months ago, I wasn't sure about this, so I created a bunch of addon domains and did fresh installs of WP, just in case it would give me a boost if/when I got serious about creating full-on websites with those domains.
     
  16. Corydoras007

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    The evidence is hard to find and is why I posted this.

    However, to me at least, it does seem sound for google to factor in the number of years to expiration as a factor for trust given the number of spammy websites that appear more often these days.

    However, I do agree that content is King. I just want my Seo to be tip top and think that registering for more than a year could help.
     
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    in the white hat crowd, domain registration length is considered a ranking factor, the theory being that a longer registration period,, ex. 5 years shows google and other search engines a trust factor. I've never seen direct evidence for that personally. Unless you have a site that is just making you money and is long term investment, why would you register for 5 years or longer these days. If it's a ranking factor, its small or obsolete these days.
     
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    I have heard registering domains for more than one year is helpful, but never seen any real evidence of that being so. If it makes a difference, it's a very slight difference.
     
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    alex-19841 Regular Member

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    About two years ago I thought that increasing domain contract for few more years may improve its rankings in Google, so I paid for domain for 10 years, then 1 year later I compared websites rankings of before and after the domain contract extension and did not see any significant change in rankings.

    So I'm gonna say that number of years that your domain is registered for does not effect your rankings.
     
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    There is evidence of this domain name issue. I read a g patient about 6 months ago which showed in detail the use of domain registration data in ranking. g is a registra itself so has access to this information and according to the patient may use it. that's not to say they do but they have the option to introduce it in order to judge a trust factor, one of many....