How to See If You've Got a Bad Domain
Last Update: Apr 19, 2014
How to See if You’ve Got a Bad Domain
I think I just dodged a bullet. Here I am, well into the process of building out a money site. I purchased the domain, created content, went live, started my SEO work, plus more content and social media, and THEN I stumbled across a way to check for back links.
So…I ran my site through the back link checker, and learned that this site has back links from FOUR YEARS AGO! Now I feel so naïve. I should have done this a lot sooner.
I turns out that my domain was used by another affiliate marketer who created a site and abandoned it. When I picked it up, I thought it was all fresh and new, but it turns out it was used. I feel almost like I bought a used car with the odometer turned back. But maybe it’s not so bad after all…just keep reading…
What I Learned –And How You Can Benefit
Plenty of affiliate marketers have come and gone. Plenty more will also come and go. They will come up with great ideas, get started on a site, try to monetize it, and somewhere along the way something will happen. Maybe their life will change, or maybe they will find out that this business just isn’t cut out for them, and they will stop trying.
When renewal time comes, they won’t renew. In some of my competitive analysis of the niches I am working on, I have seen quite a few dead bodies. A lot of people are trying to make good things happen out there, but they didn’t get the full education that comes from a great open education project like WA where there are tons of knowledgeable people who have gone before you and are willing to help you with all your questions.
Don’t get too flustered when you run across dead bodies. It will happen.
Here’s How You Can Find Out If Your URL Has Been Recycled
The Wayback Machine keeps a cache (pronounced “cash” <little pet peeve of mine>) of old images from…well.. way back in time. The Wayback Machine is right here: http://archive.org/web/
Just type in your url, and the Wayback machine will check the archives for images of what the site looked like way-back-when, and it tells you the actual dates.
It was when I typed my domain name into the Wayback Machine that my heart almost…skipped..a beat. In front of my very eyes was a really cheesy version of what I have been doing. It brought a whole new meaning to the term “cognitive dissonance”. When I saw that, I was concerned.
What About That Back Link Analysis You Were Telling Me About?
OK, OK, you almost got me on that one. Just go to http://ahrefs.com and they’ll fix you right up. Tell ‘em Youbetcha sentcha.
Majestic SEO is a big help, too. https://www.majesticseo.com/ It was actually the Majestic report that showed me that old back link and started me down this track in the first place.
The Open Site Explorer is another good place to look. http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/ My site is too new, and it didn’t show up at all here.
It turned out that there were only 2 old back links. I don’t think they will do any harm. With the genuine SEO work I am doing in social media so far, I am seeing my site steadily climb the SERPs (That’s Search Engine Results Pages for my fellow newbies).
If any of you grizzled old veterans out there have any comments or observations, I’m all ears.
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thank for the info, I have to go find out what old my domain and have any dead body in it or not
Great info and links, thanks for sharing! I had used this one before http://savedwebhistory.org/, but I never felt it was up to par.
Great advice, well done........would have never thought of that!
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I checked mine, it's fresh one.
Thank you John, like Ade said I too never had any idea that I would probably owning a recycle domain name.
Frankly speaking, I guess it could has two different side, if the abandon one is a good one (like you said, a lot of stuff happened, like maybe te owner passed away or out of passion or ran out of money, etc) then it would not be a bad thing for us to re-own that domain name, but if they have a bad reputation (according to SEO rules) so I would say this gonna take a whole world to resurrect the 'cadavers' .. (huuuu.. spookyyyy.. he.he.he..)
But this is absolutely a great post! thank you John, again.
Hi Gusti! Thanks for your comments. It seems like there is a good market for recycled domain names. Maybe I should start looking for some!