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Expired domains; do you buy if they have a dodgy "history"?

Located in General Domain Discussion, started by canswift, Nov 18, 2015

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  1. canswift

    canswift Top Contributor VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    How closely do you check any expiring domains if you're buying them for re-sale, brandable or keyword?

    I had checked out several names recently that looked great, with branding potential. However, one domain had previously been a porn site, another had been shut down by Homeland Security for selling counterfeit goods, and another had a really close match (one letter reversed) to an existing trademark.

    I regretfully passed on all of them. Checking up later I found that all had been taken and were now for re-sale on a variety of marketplaces. Yikes, maybe I should have got them myself. So how carefully do you check expiring domains before buying for re-sale?
     
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  2. alcy

    alcy Top Contributor VIP

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    those should be good for zero click parking
    could pay themselves off in reg fee each year
     
  3. Ms Domainer

    Ms Domainer Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    In early days, I hand-registered a literary name domain of a long-dead writer; I later found out that the previous domain owner had been a pro-lifer and had posted photos of dead babies (Totally unrelated to the writer except that she had been a proto-feminist).

    By that time, the site was up and running.

    It doesn't seem to have suffered too much; it suffers more from my total inattention to it. It would be quite a nice academic site, and I may yet turn it over to someone who is passionate about the writer's work.

    :)
     
  4. Recons.Com

    Recons.Com Top Contributor VIP

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    If it was a porn site and it is archived at archive.org, you can contact them and ask to remove the whole history of the page. They'll take it off from their scanning/history.
     
  5. Area52

    Area52 Established Member

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    I have a former porn site. New content should abolish any negativity as most people do not research that sort of thing.
     

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