Can I buy a new unregistered domain or should I go for an expired auctioned one?

by Moish
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Aloha.

I've come up with an idea for a website/blog I want to start.
I know what I wanna write about, and I have tons of it in my mind.
I'm not looking to make quick cash, I really do wanna build a long-term relatively successful thing, although I'd be lying if I'd say I'm not looking to make any money out of it.

I searched for about 8 hours till I found a domain that suits what I want it to be - somewhat short (6 letters), com domain, which is related to the content of the website I wish to start.

Digging through Google on how to choose a domain, I read that starting with a "young" domain, not older than a year or 2, would be a lot more difficult to index, promote, get PR and success than a domain that's older, let alone a domain that is being registered now for the first time (the one I'm about to register).

Question is - do you think I should take the hard long route and buy the fresh baby, or go for some PR2 6-years old generic domain being auctioned in places like GoDaddy or NameJet?

As for the website itself - I'll be using WordPress.
As for SEO - I know the very very basics like what's keywords, PR, the main idea of SEO, and now I'm reading about this backlinks thing, but I downloaded some tutorials and books off torrents so I'll start reading about it all tomorrow, hopefully I'll get to apply it soon

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    I think, honestly, that the difference between the two in your case is going to be negligible.

    Go with the name that makes you happier for the money.
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  • Profile picture of the author ilee
    It's not domain age that matters, but the aged backlinks usually associated with an aged domain. A 10 year old domain with absolutely no backlinks is hardly better than an absolutely new domain.

    I'd go for the nicer new domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    One thing I can tell you from my experience about aged domain names, search engines specially Google does not like a domain name content including title to be changed and the history of the aged domain/website will remain even after you developed it to something else, this will affect your new website negatively in most cases, unless you build the domain/website using the same topic it had before.

    I suggest buying a new domain name and start from scratch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Ray
    Aged domains have their purposes, but it's probably best for you to start out fresh and get a brand new domain to work with.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Buy a new domain and 301 the expired domain to it. Make sure it isn't a penalized domain and it has enough backlinks from authority sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
      Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

      Buy a new domain and 301 the expired domain to it. Make sure it isn't a penalized domain and it has enough backlinks from authority sites.
      This will give you the best of both worlds. If I were to buy a new domain, I can't imagine not atleast redirecting something at it. Why start from scratch? There's no reason to.
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  • Profile picture of the author npoint
    It all depends on this how much you can spend on it.

    High PR domain the good one can cost even 20,000$, the client of mine purchased recently several domains like this (:

    If you don`t hurry and on budget pick the new one, you can safetly rank them within up to 6 months depending on the niche without the risk of bad history.

    People mostly buying experied high pr domains for churn and burn, PBN`s etc., sometimes it works sometimes doesnt depending on the history/backlink profile. Of course I am not saying it`s a not good idea for long term but you must be carefull, check them with tools like ahrefs first (need subscription)
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    • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
      Originally Posted by npoint View Post

      It all depends on this how much you can spend on it.

      High PR domain the good one can cost even 20,000$, the client of mine purchased recently several domains like this (:

      If you don`t hurry and on budget pick the new one, you can safetly rank them within up to 6 months depending on the niche without the risk of bad history.

      People mostly buying experied high pr domains for churn and burn, PBN`s etc., sometimes it works sometimes doesnt depending on the history/backlink profile. Of course I am not saying it`s a not good idea for long term but you must be carefull, check them with tools like ahrefs first (need subscription)
      $20,000 is way too much for an expired domain name. I wouldn't pay that much no matter how good the domain name appears. You can get a high authority PR 5 domain with lots of .gov and .edu links and free of penalties for less than $1,000.
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      • Profile picture of the author Eddie Wilson
        Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

        $20,000 is way too much for an expired domain name. I wouldn't pay that much no matter how good the domain name appears. You can get a high authority PR 5 domain with lots of .gov and .edu links and free of penalties for less than $1,000.
        Right you are, I do not understand where the $20,000 price tag comes from. There is just no way to justify for that kind of price, unless it's a highly brandable or already a well known domain name, then sure. But for OPs purposes, no need for domains like that.
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        • Profile picture of the author aronwarrior
          I agree with a few of the people above, go with a completely fresh domain name. Sometimes it is hit and miss trying to use the authority of an expired domain for a money site. Expired domains are great for private blog networks though.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Adi
    If you want to build a website for long term, you can start with a fresh domain with a name that you like, whether to build your own branding or appropriate keywords. It is not too difficult to build PageRank for as long as you know how to do that.
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