Registering a new domain name 1 yr, 2yrs or 5yrs?

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Hi,

I'm about to register a new domain name and I have three options: 1 year, 2 year or 5 year term? I will be holding on to the site for a long time and the main driver of traffic to this site will be SEO (unique content and carefully chosen long tail keywords). I heard that you should always register your domain for at least 2 years as in the eyes of the search engines it doesn't look like a spam site and that you are there for the long term. Would there be any significant benefit in registering it for 5 years as opposed to 2 years?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Originally Posted by affiliate_marketer View Post

    Hi,

    I'm about to register a new domain name and I have three options: 1 year, 2 year or 5 year term? I will be holding on to the site for a long time and the main driver of traffic to this site will be SEO (unique content and carefully chosen long tail keywords). I heard that you should always register your domain for at least 2 years as in the eyes of the search engines it doesn't look like a spam site and that you are there for the long term. Would there be any significant benefit in registering it for 5 years as opposed to 2 years?

    Thanks
    Just my personal thought. If I'm intend to holding on to the site for a long time, then I'll register it for 5years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Do one year for now, and if you make money from the site, then extend it. Don't commit your time on a site that isn't making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrDay
    I believe the longer you register a domain for, it just may help your domain with more credibility and trust from the search engines, mostly Google.

    The longer you can register a domain for the better it should be for SEO later down the road.

    Why?

    They know anyone creating a real site with value isn't just going to have a domain for only 1 year. Usually only newbies, spammers and affiliates trying shady things get domains for only a year.

    Hey, this is just what I've heard from a few Top Leaders industry and it does make sense. And I do follow it.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author ps2home
    Originally Posted by affiliate_marketer View Post

    Hi,

    I'm about to register a new domain name and I have three options: 1 year, 2 year or 5 year term? I will be holding on to the site for a long time and the main driver of traffic to this site will be SEO (unique content and carefully chosen long tail keywords). I heard that you should always register your domain for at least 2 years as in the eyes of the search engines it doesn't look like a spam site and that you are there for the long term. Would there be any significant benefit in registering it for 5 years as opposed to 2 years?

    Thanks
    A great site to use for a long term domain purchase is Cheap Domain Names-Domain Name Registration-Transfer-Renewal: NameSilo - free privacy and cheap price. Enter 'techexclusive' and get 15% off first purchase... on 5 years it is big discount
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  • Profile picture of the author Bluestarace
    If you plan to hold on to the site for the long term, do five years. If you are not quite sure and want to see how it goes first, then do two years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    I would do 2 years as I feel its a good compromise. If it doesn't work out, you may find it was, retrospectively, money not well spent. Its true Google does factor in domain length commitment a bit but not enough to make a big difference to SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    I go for 1 year,, but when I use the domain to launch a site and its good ,then renew it for 2 or 5 years..
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    Hey, 1,2 5 years.... When you're in the position as your are, you assume you will hold onto the domain for years and years to come and it will generate income. Many people will always tell you a variety of information, in relation to how long you should acquire a domain for. In regards to Spam site, which allegedly is recognized by how long you hire the domain for, i don't think that's right, Search engines will always recognize a site by its Value and volume of quality and other factors which i assume you are aware of.

    Personally, You should invest in a year, allow the site to prove(domain) that it is making a return or worth value. You don't know where you may be in a year, you may have another site that is your golden egg, you may decide to sell the site, you may think of a better domain name with a better choice of keywords, that will drive amazing amounts of traffic.

    I don't want to sound like i'm going on for ever, But i have been in your position before so i know best thing to do is get a year of that domain, and see what what occurs, this way you are being logical and careful with money. Remember to spend less then you earn, the mindset of a millionaire.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jubu
      I agree with SamuelCarter, I've been getting all of my new domains for only 1 year and haven't had a problem ranking them or anything.

      Having said that, there's also nothing wrong with getting it for a longer period of time if you have the money.

      But try it for 1 year if you're not sure if you're going to use it for a while. The last thing you want is a domain that you're not using but you paid for 5 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author tziahs
    Start for 1 year subscription initially. If you are satisfied or like it you can always extend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author elite001
    Hi Guys,

    noob question:
    Just wondering if say I registered the new domain for 10 years. As noob always started with full of spirit in making website make it look good... blah blah blah...
    but then, after 2-3 years... later, changed my mind.. and start to feel stupid for having the domain registered for 10 years in the first place.
    Let say, if then I want to sell the domain and indeed I found a buyer who want to buy my that domain that still have 7-8 years of registration lifetime.
    then, if I sell the domain to this buyer, is he still going to benefits for having the next 7-8 years of the domain extension fee?

    thanks in advance..
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  • Profile picture of the author CondorIM
    I only purchase a domain for 1 to 2 years. You never know what is really going to happen in those few years. You could decide to go a totally different direction. Once it comes up for renewal, I then make my decision on longer or letting it go. No use of wasting the money.
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  • Profile picture of the author elite001
    but then..
    Sometime I'm confuse with this situation, what is the benefit of registered the domain for 10 years at once? no benefits at all?
    sofar I've seen deal for renewing domain with say godaddy probably goes around $8.5 for the best deal at renewing (please correct me if i'm wrong)

    the best deal for buying new domain and register it multiple years up to 10 years can be as low as $7.5/year. (so total in 10 years will be like $75 ~$80ish)

    Coupons like .99 - 1.99 coupon could resulting in some price increment in the next year to normal price (can be varies from 10.99 to 14.99)
    Which will give us .99 (in the first year) and say like $10 in the next 9 years or so will giving you a total of ~$91

    So, if we are choosing to have the 10 year registration at once with goddady. so the best price for paying 10 yrs domain is always going on like ~$75 (at the cheapest, again please correct me if I'm wrong!!) for 10 year registration. That would means, one of the benefit of register at once for long term will give us about ~$10-15 discount price? that's like 1-2 years free domain fee.

    Because again as said above, Other coupons like new domain for 0.99 - 1.99 will ended up the 2nd - 10th year price becoming $10.99 - 14.99

    so is basically if someone would like to have a 10years domain registration at once, $75 is the cheapest way to go? so the average per year pricing is about $7.5 or is there anything cheaper than that?

    So basically a cheap .99 - 1.99 coupon will always ended up the domain subscriber to spend couple bux more in the end, what do u guys think?

    thanks alot
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  • Profile picture of the author Meharis
    Originally Posted by affiliate_marketer View Post

    Hi,

    I'm about to register a new domain name and I have three options: 1 year, 2 year or 5 year term? I will be holding on to the site for a long time and the main driver of traffic to this site will be SEO (unique content and carefully chosen long tail keywords). I heard that you should always register your domain for at least 2 years as in the eyes of the search engines it doesn't look like a spam site and that you are there for the long term. Would there be any significant benefit in registering it for 5 years as opposed to 2 years?

    Thanks
    affiliate_marketer,

    What's the worst that could happen?
    The site doesn't go as good as you expected.

    I would register for one year and as soon as you see the site goes well,
    you can extend the registration accordingly.

    Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    I never worried about it. I've had sites rank well with yearly domain registration.

    If you plan to keep the domain and have the money then it's okay to register it for longer periods. But I highly doubt that google takes the registration length into consideration.

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  • Profile picture of the author SportsMarketer
    I would definitely go with one year. So many of our marketing "good ideas" do not work as well as planned. When the year comes around if the domain is useful then lock it up for a longer term.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
      It is always a good idea to go for a year then move forward slowly once you have the field.
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  • Profile picture of the author Careygee
    I agree with Samuel Carter, one year at a time.
    I have a page just coming up on renewal from it's first year. It is listed on Google on the first page.
    (just one of three keywords that I know of)
    Could be more keywords as Google won't tell me.
    Also listed on 1st page on Bing, AOL and Yahoo
    ie., Google - About 12,100,000 results (0.36 seconds) #6 on First page

    I never register any domain for over a year.
    I have had over 30 domains in the last 8 years and Google
    could care less for length of registration as far as I have seen.
    I had one site listed for two years on 1st page and sold it.

    Just my 2 cents ... or is 4 cents now with inflation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pdomain
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    When you see domain name of serous businesses on internet, they are registered for 10 years and more in advanced...

    This way you know that you have invested money and you are doing business seriously...

    From SEO point of views, any domain is registered for longer duration has high visibility in search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author Careygee
      Originally Posted by Pdomain View Post

      When you see domain name of serous businesses on internet, they are registered for 10 years and more in advanced...

      This way you know that you have invested money and you are doing business seriously...

      From SEO point of views, any domain is registered for longer duration has high visibility in search engines.
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      Not so. Just a gimmick of the "Gurus" who sell money making websites!
      These sites are NON-refundable and they give this reason to get you to
      up the ante for more money.
      They piss me off.
      Carey
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    As others have said, start off one year than see how it goes and extend from there.

    Would you go to a buffet and get 50 plates worth of food first or would you eat one plate than go from there?
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