Buying Aged Domains and 301 Redirecting Them

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I recently bought an 11 year old domain off of the godaddy auction list. It was a low PR domain (PR1). I have since redirected it to my money site which is about 7 months old. What effect if any do you think this will have?
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  • Profile picture of the author massivemarketing
    A lot. The majority of link juice will be passed forwards to your main site. This includes page rank, anchor text backlinks and any penalties it may have. It won't pass 100% of it as some will be buffered out.

    A lot of people purposely purchase age domains with a certain link profile. So for example if I wanted to rank a site to do with dog training, I purchase an aged domain with high PR editorial links with relevant anchor text, in this case dog training and my site gets ranked higher for it.

    If it doesn't have a similar link profile, you are better of installing link juice keeper and integrating the site into your high pr network.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
    The site didn't have any backlinks but the domain name was highly relevant to my site and it was 11 years old. i bought it for the age. Will this "age" my current site?
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  • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
    For your sake I hope it does but from years of experience and having purchased approximately 15 expires with Yahoo directory listings and many links earlier this year after Panda decimated our 12 year old authority site I can tell you that what once would almost immediately show a bounce in the SERPs now doesn't even register a blip.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
      Originally Posted by GlobalTrader View Post

      For your sake I hope it does but from years of experience and having purchased approximately 15 expires with Yahoo directory listings and many links earlier this year after Panda decimated our 12 year old authority site I can tell you that what once would almost immediately show a bounce in the SERPs now doesn't even register a blip.

      Thanks for your reply Global. Quick follow up - So if I don't see any movement in a week or two I should safely assume that it did not help correct?
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      • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
        Originally Posted by Jayski32 View Post

        Thanks for your reply Global. Quick follow up - So if I don't see any movement in a week or two I should safely assume that it did not help correct?
        I "used" to see changes that quickly but sometimes it took maybe up to a month but usually not longer. Most of the time it was within two weeks until Panda reared it's ugly little head.
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  • Profile picture of the author cmw333
    I need some help. I recently purchased a PR2 aged domain which I have in my godaddy account, not by choice mind you because that stupid company wont allow me to transfer it to namecheap until after 60 days. Some policy they have.

    I know how to do a 301 direct but im not quite sutre if I need to point the nameservers to the same hosting as where i have the site I want to rediect or would i need to set up a seperate hosting account. I know I would definintely do that if I was planning on setting up a pr network but not sure if its the same case for 301 redirect.

    thanks in advance for your help
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      With no links the redirect will not do much. It probably won't even be a PR1 at the next update unless links you can't see are sticking. Once you get to be over a year or two years old the age of a site does not matter much.

      Good news is at a PR1 you didn''t pay much for it. Unfortunately there are a few people selling WSOs related to aged domains now that are not telling people everything they need to know. You can lost a lot of money that way.
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      • Profile picture of the author InTheMaking
        I've always thought that once a domain expires, the domain age expires also. No one else thinks this way? :/
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by InTheMaking View Post

          I've always thought that once a domain expires, the domain age expires also. No one else thinks this way? :/
          When you buy an expiring aged domain it does not expire. Its renewed under a different name.
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          • Profile picture of the author InTheMaking
            Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

            When you buy an expiring aged domain it does not expire. Its renewed under a different name.
            right, I thought when it goes through Godaddy Auctions they've already expired. Makes sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeskCoder
    So should you just 301 the domain to your home page, or should you create all the old pages from archive.org?

    I got an expired PR1 domain with about 2300 pages ... should I recreate all these pages, or should I just redirect all of them to my new home page?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by DeskCoder View Post

      I got an expired PR1 domain with about 2300 pages ... should I recreate all these pages, or should I just redirect all of them to my new home page?
      Nope - do a site:domain.com search on Google with SEOquake installed and find out what pages have PR.
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