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Is this safe to buy a domain from godaddy auctions. How to measure domain history like penalty? Aged domain is good to start a new blog?????
#buying #domain #expire
  • Profile picture of the author fpforum
    Godaddy auctions is fine for buying expired domains. Use sites like Ahrefs to look over the backlinks of them and make sure they are of good quality and not spammy links.
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  • Profile picture of the author pbnlab
    Hey!

    In addition to what fpforum has suggested, make sure you look at the site's Majestic profile too.

    Majestic's Trust Flow and Citation Flow metrics are great for avoiding spammy domains.

    If I were you, I'd be aiming to find a site with a TF and CF value no less than 15.

    Hope this helps!

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    Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Do not base anything off of metrics. TF, DA, CF, PA, PR, or any other BS. They can be used as a filter, and that is all they should be used as. What matters is the quality of the links pointing to the domain that are LIVE (which neither Majestic nor Ahrefs will tell you), and the likelihood that those links will remain.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Briggs
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Do not base anything off of metrics. TF, DA, CF, PA, PR, or any other BS. They can be used as a filter, and that is all they should be used as. What matters is the quality of the links pointing to the domain that are LIVE (which neither Majestic nor Ahrefs will tell you), and the likelihood that those links will remain.
      I agree completely!

      It is the quality of the active backlinks that matters most!

      Simply visit each backlink page that Majestic finds for the domain and make sure it still exist.

      Next, input the core backlink site into Majestic to check its backlinks.

      These extra steps may take time but will be worth their weight in gold rankings for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Tony Briggs View Post

        I agree completely!

        It is the quality of the active backlinks that matters most!

        Simply visit each backlink page that Majestic finds for the domain and make sure it still exist.

        Next, input the core backlink site into Majestic to check its backlinks.

        These extra steps may take time but will be worth their weight in gold rankings for you.
        That takes way too much time. There are tools out there that will automate the process of checking whether the link are live or not. No way I am going through 1,500+ links like that for some domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author pbnlab
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Do not base anything off of metrics. TF, DA, CF, PA, PR, or any other BS. They can be used as a filter, and that is all they should be used as. What matters is the quality of the links pointing to the domain that are LIVE (which neither Majestic nor Ahrefs will tell you), and the likelihood that those links will remain.
      I agree with you completely Mike. You definitely need to do further analysis, because more often than not the metrics are inflated due to spammy backlinks - especially DA and PA.

      But a quick look at the metrics is a great place to start...
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by pbnlab View Post

        But a quick look at the metrics is a great place to start...
        They are nothing more than a filter. If anyone starts making buying decisions off of them alone, they will waste a lot of money and probably not rank anything worthwhile.
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  • Yes taposh123, buying an expired domain with a good history is an excellent way to start any kind of new site for yourself. But, as you mentioned, it's all about the history! If you buy one with a sketchy history, you''ll have wasted your money & set yourself up for failure.

    Whenever you're considering a site, check: Moz stats, Majestic stats, Wayback snapshots, SPAM, geo location history & keyword history. If all that stuff looks good, go for it!

    But I'd suggest saving yourself time & money by using a domain crawler that does the work for you & finds you sites with good histories for a much lower price than Go Daddy usually has.

    Just my 2 cents - hope it helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author tbtb123
    Well, it's safe if you're expert in analyzing domain's history and estimating the probability of spammy activities. We've developed our techniques and tools for over 4 years and still getting surprised
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