What if webarchive shows the site was spammy but in present day it's ok?

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Bringing the link from a domain whose archive shows a different theme from the past year but today it's the multi-topic domain.
Would it be a good idea to bring links from such domains?
Or should I avoid it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    Originally Posted by Jessicaben View Post

    Bringing the link from a domain whose archive shows a different theme from the past year but today it's the multi-topic domain.
    Would it be a good idea to bring links from such domains?
    Or should I avoid it?

    If you feel that the domain would benefit you, go for it.
    Most people are not going to check the archives so
    don't worry about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tung Dao
    It depends. I can't say for sure since I don't see the site myself, but I think you'll need to use your judgment on this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Poprugan
    Most people especially web crawlers wouldn't think of checking your domain information and its past doing if the former owner of the domain used it for spamming.


    People would only be focusing on the current websites content and what services the website has to offer. I do not think that emails would be also marking emails that are connected to a domain with previous history as spam.


    Best thing you could do is just make the most out of the domain you will be buying. That is all.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Actually, it depends entirely on whether or not those spammy links are still pointing at the domain. It is highly unlikely to cause an automatic algorithmic penalty but if there are enough of them, it could spur a manual review which could result in a penalty.

    If manageable (and worth it), I'd definitely consider disavowing any spammy links that are still pointing at the website, just in case.
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  • Profile picture of the author mandiradebnath
    Bringing the links means you are talking about link building in certain site, which has different past. Well, it doesn't matter. You are creating the link based on present status.
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  • Profile picture of the author klixion
    Check the whois, maybe the site and domain is under new ownership. Either way, if the site isn't blacklisted, I don't think it'll be bad to link with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    Run a link analysis before you decide to use that link.If the link is from a low quality site it could harn your search rankings. What you want is links with authority .Domain authority and external link strength plays a big part is search and algorithm
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  • Profile picture of the author AlwayzBluFFinG
    Also, besides the backlinks I would check the % of anchors. Is it unnatural, for example 30-40% for a specific term (overoptimisation). Also, if SC is accessible would check the messages that were received over the years.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbinnovations
    First, I would say just look at the link profile of that domain. If you see many bad anchor text links coming to the main page of that site you should not take it. If you feel that the domain would benefit you, go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ace OfAllMedia
    The litnus tests are as follows:

    Is the site indexed? If so how many pages?

    You can find this out by going to your google search bar and typing in "site:example.com" whithout the quotes and (of course) replacing example.com with the domain in question.

    If nothing comes up, or only three pages or less show as indexed - forget that domain, it's been hit with a penalty and it'll be way more trouble than it's worth getting Google to trust it again, a lot harder than even a fresh new domain that Google's never seen before. You don't need your already uphill battle to go from a 45 degree angle to a 90 degree angle uphill....

    If it shows several results from different pages on the site when you do the "site:example.com" search, snatch it up - that means it was NOT penalized.
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