Avoid Buying Blacklisted Domain Names

iBanks.com sold for $38,000 on Sedo earlier this week.  In determining why this domain went as high as it did, I uncovered a lot of talk about the domain on various forums, with a lot of emphasis being placed on the fact that the domain had been continuously registered for 11 years to the same person. 

So why would this point be of meaning to a potential domain name investor?  Well, it all has to do with knowing the domain has a clear history.  Since the beginning of Google’s Adsense program there has been a proliferation of spam-page websites with useless content aimed at drawing revenue form Adsense ad clicks.  For a while these search engine savvy marketers were fetching high search engine rankings for hundreds of thousands of keywords.  There was a bried period when you simply couldn’t make a search for any valuable keyword without finding several of these sites on the first page of search results.  None of their content was original content.  They were just spam pages.  Google constantly adjusts their algorithms to find such sites and essentially blackball them from their search engine rankings.  Once this happenes the domain is no longer of value to the spammer, and he either sells the domain name or drops it.  This is the risk you take when buying a domain name off an expired or “dropped” list.  You really don’t know if you’re buying a domain name that can get quick ranking, or one that will never get ranking in Google’s search engine.

What’s that you say, “never get ranking?”  Yep, you heard me right.  I know about it first hand.  In the past 2 years I’ve purchased a handful of domains off a dropped list and launched them as original content blogs that simply never ever get ranked or searched by Google’s engine.  My stats reveal that Google avoids these domains like they have a plague. 

Such websites are what SEO experts refer to as “blacklisted” sites.   Presently, Google doesn’t appear to have a way to recognize that a domain is owned bya legitimate owner and has original content.  For the past 3 years it has appeared to me that Google has too many millions of good domains to worry about to focus on domains that now owned and operated by persons with good intentions.  In otherwords, there is no apparent process for getting Google to de-blacklist a domain.  Stated more precisely, if you buy a domain name that has been blacklisted by Google you are dead in the water.

When choosing the domain name for this blog I purposely picked a domain name that had never been registered, making it up off the top of my head, researching the Wayback Machine at http://www.archive.org to ensure the domain name had never had a website, etc.  This is a good trip for determining the history of a domain name.  It’s okay to have a history, but if the history reveals a website with spam content running Adsense ads, avoid buying it at all cost.

CUVW.com Sells for $129 on Ebay

What a deal this 4-letter domain was.  Now this is a perfect example of what I’m talking about when I say check my eBay store often.  There is no way this great 4-letter domain name should have sold for $129 — but it did.  Why?  Because I had the “Buy it Now” set at $129.  I try to offer bargains like this all the time in my Ebay store.  If you’re not visiting it you are missing out on some really great deals.  InstantBidder.com sold for only $100 on my Sitepoint.com auction.  I don’t plan to go that route again.  On the other hand, some of my blogs are really pulling in the traffic these days.  Take my WatPros.com, eSalesman.com and WorkatHomePro.com domains.  They’re all pulling in a steady growth in traffic daily.  I’m considering the possibility of selling one of my oldest domain names, Tourette-Syndrome.com.  It has a Google Page Rank of 4 and flucuates between a PR 4 and PR 5 all the time.  With many people linking to it and all its pages in the index of Google, ASK, MSN and Yahoo, it draws between 12,000 and 20,000 visitors per month.  If you’re interested in making an offer, email it to me using the feedback form of this website.

For Sale – SeekDolphin.com with 18,100 Indexed Google Pages and Tons of Traffic

Call me nuts, but I’ve taken a big chance and posted one of my busiest domains up for sale on eBay.  I’ve owned SeekDolphin.com, an independent search engine site with 18,100 pages indexed in Google, for several years.  The site gets over 3 gigs of traffic monthly and continues to grow in traffic count daily.  This is not just a domain name for sale, but the entire website.  I’m also offering 3 months of free hosting for the site in the auction.  This is a 10-day auction with no minimum reserve price.  The opening bid begins at only 99 cents.  Anyone would be crazy not to bid on this domain.  If you know anything about building your own website you already know that 99.9% of all Internet businesses don’t have this many pages indexed in Google.  Just running an ad for your product on every page of the site would earn you thousands of dollars per year.  I’m selling it to raise money to expand other web businesses I own. 

To bid on SeekDolphin.comclick here.