How to mantain a domain's PR after purchasing it?

by wwood
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Is it possible only adding original content? Can I join some blog networks like MyBlogNetwork or similar to have content or I'll lose the PR?
#domain #mantain #purchasing
  • Profile picture of the author Matt.Lake
    Generally the main thing giving the domain PR are the links pointing to it. If the links stay there then so will the PR (usually). Adding some more links is always a good thing though.
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  • Profile picture of the author CcKilian
    The key is before purchasing to research the backlinks to the domain already, and make sure they are still active. You can do this using a tool like SEO Spyglass. Of course, you also want to make sure the PR of the domain your purchasing isn't faked.

    After you've confirmed the PR is right, and the domain still has quality backlinks, just head over to WaybackMachine (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine) and see what content was on their previously. Then add some quality original content within a similar theme.

    There seems to be quite a bit of debate regarding if the new content has to match the theme of the old content, but it doesn't hurt to be safe

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  • Profile picture of the author sandrax
    Just a story I want to share on that note. I had a domainname with PR6 parked for 5 years, I know pretty stupid if I knew what I know now, anyway, I thought I put the website back up, away from the parking. Guess what, in 1 month it plummeted to a PR1 ! Shocker, I was hoping to get SEO results from that PR6 but unfortunately Google thought different about that.
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    • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
      Originally Posted by sandrax View Post

      Just a story I want to share on that note. I had a domainname with PR6 parked for 5 years, I know pretty stupid if I knew what I know now, anyway, I thought I put the website back up, away from the parking. Guess what, in 1 month it plummeted to a PR1 ! Shocker, I was hoping to get SEO results from that PR6 but unfortunately Google thought different about that.
      I think you lost some of your backlinks and the pagerank decreased a lot. Theres not any other reason for increasing/decreasing pagerank. Only backlinks determine pagerank. And loosing them caused it. Am i right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bane
    Um. I think many of you are actually a bit confused as to what is going on here. When google detects a major difference in a sites ICANN profile, a large amount of the time it will flush the PR for said site.

    To give you a bit of a technical lesson, check out this post http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...p-reviews.html

    I could go and find online resources, but that is what google and you are for, dear reader

    When you purchase a domain/website you are changing that sites ICANN statistics so much that google generally notices that the site is not the same and flushes the PR. Some ways to go around this involve making sure you keep the domain on the same hosting service with the same whois protection the previous owner used, but this is not ALWAYS the case.

    Sometimes, if you are lucky, after google has flushed the PR if the page the backlinks are on changes enough to be updated the backlink will be reassociated with your domain/site (at which point the PR benefits will apply again)
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaurav Sadawarte
      To get PR you need to get links which are pointing back to your site (backlinks)... you can get backlinks through article submission, blog commenting (dofollow commenting), directory submission, social bookmarking, and in last but not least LINK EXCHANGE.... Link Exchange is an sure way to achieve PR for website, but it is highly a time consuming process and pushes you up to the limit... it is better to contact a SEO services provider for link exchange services.
      You can use WEB 2.0 sites, but not all will provide you backlinks, since many of them mark external link as a nofollow links, thou you will get some good traffic though it...
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    • Profile picture of the author theentry
      Originally Posted by Bane View Post

      Um. I think many of you are actually a bit confused as to what is going on here. When google detects a major difference in a sites ICANN profile, a large amount of the time it will flush the PR for said site.

      To give you a bit of a technical lesson, check out this post http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...p-reviews.html

      I could go and find online resources, but that is what google and you are for, dear reader

      When you purchase a domain/website you are changing that sites ICANN statistics so much that google generally notices that the site is not the same and flushes the PR. Some ways to go around this involve making sure you keep the domain on the same hosting service with the same whois protection the previous owner used, but this is not ALWAYS the case.

      Sometimes, if you are lucky, after google has flushed the PR if the page the backlinks are on changes enough to be updated the backlink will be reassociated with your domain/site (at which point the PR benefits will apply again)
      Hm thats pretty interesting I never thought it would get flushed away. Btw did you tried this members service out?
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  • Profile picture of the author txconx
    My own experience backs up what Bane says.

    I acquired a 12-year-old PR5 domain name. The site content had been neglected, but it had a lot of really good backlinks, including DMOZ, Wikipedia and several EDU. After I acquired it, I completely changed the site layout and made sure I had redirects for all the backlinked pages. New server, new ICANN info. The PR got flushed pretty quick but it didn't take long for it to bounce back and it's held steady at PR5 since.

    I think it is notable that while the site layout changed significantly, the subject matter did not and most of the original site content (which I acquired with the domain name) was updated and imported into the new layout.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bane
      Originally Posted by txconx View Post

      My own experience backs up what Bane says.

      I acquired a 12-year-old PR5 domain name. The site content had been neglected, but it had a lot of really good backlinks, including DMOZ, Wikipedia and several EDU. After I acquired it, I completely changed the site layout and made sure I had redirects for all the backlinked pages. New server, new ICANN info. The PR got flushed pretty quick but it didn't take long for it to bounce back and it's held steady at PR5 since.

      I think it is notable that while the site layout changed significantly, the subject matter did not and most of the original site content (which I acquired with the domain name) was updated and imported into the new layout.
      Heh,

      This is the first site where I've tried to explain it to people and haven't been flamed into oblivion, thankyou Sir
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  • Profile picture of the author ann1986
    just make sure to build more quality links if the PR drains out.
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