4 Things you need to check before buying an old domain
Buying an old domain and 4 things you need to know. Buying and selling old domains are activities happen daily in our domain industry. If you have a plan to build your own business website or even just a personal blog. You should read this article before buying any domain name.
Whenever you need a domain for your website, just simply go to one of the biggest registrars such as Godaddy, Namecheap, Dotster,…and buy from them. If you don’t care about aged domains (old or history domains) and want to buy a fresh one, you also don’t need this article. Otherwise, you should read this carefully.
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I see that many guys usually hunt aged domains for their own business or just flip it again for quick money. And one of the most reasons that many people buying an old domain is their advantages they’ve already had over years. Many old domains are very worth of money. They’re very nice, short, brand-able, exact match keyword and easy to remember. Many of them also have good quality backlinks, good ranking on Google. But choosing a good one is not easy. If you have a wrong decision then it may take you more time and more resources to push it up.
So that choosing and buying an old domain is one of the most important steps that you need to do carefully in order to make your online business successful. Below is the list I introduce to you about this.
1. The domain has no any results when searching for “info:“
When you search about the domain you’re going to buy on Google using “info:example.com“, if there are no any results then you should think about 2 reasons of that. First, your domain was configured to redirect to another domain. This happens when you see another domain appearing on the search result pages. The redirection is not a penalty but it can cause your domain to lose all its backlinks. Second is that your domain has a temporary ban or “soft” ban
2. The domain has been banned from Adsense
Many people usually buy domains in order just to join Adsense. So that if that domain was banned from Adsense, they will not buy anymore. There’re many reasons that Google bans a domain such as it contains adult content, has low-quality content, spamming or has trademark infractions. When you accidentally buy such kind of domains, it’s very hard to lift the ban and improve it in the future. You can check whether the domain was banned from this site. Just enter your domain in the text-box and press “Show Google Ads”, if you still see the ads, then it’s safe from Adsense and you can buy it.
3. The domain has been de-indexed from Google
If you search your domain you’re going to buy on Google with “site:example.com” and receive nothing, no any results showing your domain information. Then you may think about this situation, your domain was de-indexed by Google. This happened because your domain had a crucial issue. It may take you a lot of time to remove the penalty, usually months of hard work.
4. The domain was marked as adult
You can check the domain you’re going to buy by visiting this page and starting a check. This tool will help you see that whether your domain was marked as adult or not. If you have a plan to earn money with Adsense then it’s a big problem for you. Adsense doesn’t like the adult.
In some cases, some bans are not important if your domain you’re going to buy on the different fields and is not affected by the ban. Example if the domain was banned from Adsense, however you can buy it for other purposes not related to Adsense and you will not join Adsense in the future. But for many domain investors, a fresh and having good healthy domain is always value and worth, then they usually investigate them deeply before buying
Good luck to you,