I’ve been doing a bunch of SEO sites lately and I learned an unfortunate lesson which I figured I’d share.
The background: I would launch sites and some would never seem to get indexed no matter what I did. I could ping them, build backlinks, add content…..nothing worked.
I decided to check on the whois history of the problem domains and they all had something in common. The common element was that they had previous registrations. My only assumption is that these previous registrants had a penalty on their sites, hence dropped the domain, yet the penalties remained.
When doing domain research before buying domain names for your SEO properties check out if there is a whois history on the domain. I’ve been using the DomainTools search. Although previous registrations are not any kind of guarantee that there is a penalty on the domain, I would be particularly careful if your buying cheap .info type domains.
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