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Would you take an new EMD or 14 year old expiring domain with couple backlinks?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by PreSearch, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. PreSearch

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    What would be your pick?


    I have to decide to choose a domain and need your advice on what works today.

    Note examples here are just examples

    Let's say main keyword I'm targeting is: "shoe polishing brush handle"

    I have to pick between these two domains:

    shoepolishingbrushhandle , net - brand new

    masterbrush , org - 14 year old expiring domain, couple backlinks, that's it.

    would any of these two have any advantage over the other?
     
  2. SEO Power

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    I would choose the expiring domain if it has a clean history without any penalties. It's not even advisable to build sites on EMDs nowadays.
     
  3. PreSearch

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    Is there a way to see if domain has had penalties?
     
  4. Laubster

    Laubster Senior Member Premium Member

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    Go to google.com and look up: info:domain.com
    Then go to Google.com and copy/paste the URL in the search box and hit enter. If it comes up #1 should be fine. But really looking at the backlink history in aHrefs and Majestic and making sure there are no big spikes in links built followed by big drop offs is your best bet.
     
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  5. aka sam

    aka sam Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Check if the old domain is indexed, Check its back links (if they are clean or not)...check the archive for it as well.

    If it passes all of the above mentioned things, Go for it.
     
  6. SEO Power

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    You can't find out for sure but you can check for signs of a penalty by searching for the domain in Google without the extension to see if it ranks on the first page for it's brand name. Ideally, it should be the #1 result when you do a brand search.
     
  7. mig99

    mig99 Newbie

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    can you get both? :D
     
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    theauthorityblog Junior Member

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    The best is to go with an expiring domain with some age. it also seems more brand-able to me
     
  9. christianbed

    christianbed Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    In some industries, age is the sine qua no of getting onto the first page...in others, it doesn't matter. Buy both and test...it isn't like adding a new domain will cost that much.
     
  10. mickyfu

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    Who is advising not to build on EMDs? People who often give bad advice based purely upon hear say?