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Should i renew old (idle) domain for SEO benefit?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by daywalker, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. daywalker

    daywalker BANNED BANNED

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    if i have a old blog how should i know if its valuable to renew the domain for it's SEO backlink benefits? (not popular but has nice backlinks + deeplinks to my main site)

    Domain renew is $30 from registrar.

    Thanks
     
  2. AdisLCS

    AdisLCS Power Member

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    I prefer old domains. in my experience Google and other search engines (yes there are other search engines,too) calculate age of the domain as an important factor in ranking.

    Sometimes you will be able to quickly shoot up new domain but usually it get thrown down even quicker and takes while to rank back up.

    On my older domains (3,5+ years) I am even less worried about applying reasonable "blackhat" techniques.

    To give you example I had an idle domain, (2005) moved hosting (2008) and never went back to adding content. Than last year (2010) I completely changed the topic of the domain, added quality content, few backinks and it ranked up for my main keywords in couple weeks. It still ranks top 5 results, a year after.

    Main thing to consider is not to let the domain expire. otherwise G will restart
    everything.


    Small Backlinking Tip:
    on older domains I run a legit Press Release which gives me many, many quality backlinks pretty fast. After that I am able to run little more "shady" backlinking techniques without any penalties but all the benefits.

    That is just my experience and there are many different schools of thought, ultimately you will need to make an educated decision.

    good luck
     
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  3. freddy33r

    freddy33r Newbie

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    if it's relevant to your niche, i would definitely revive it. older domains tend to have some weight in Google's eyes.
     
  4. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    Sounds a bit expensive. Who do you use as your registrar?