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Why does age of a domain matter?

Located in General Domain Discussion, started by Sherax, Jun 11, 2017

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  1. Sherax

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    Hi there,

    I am new in domaining.
    I was just wondering why does age of a domain matter? I mean it is keyword that should matter.
    And if age does matter, should I stop looking for expired domains? as their age starts from zero.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. tomcarl

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    Some investors like aged domains because it could be a selling point, it looks good when a potential buyer does a WHOIS lookup and see's the name has been registered for many years, and some developers like them because they can sometimes rank better in search engines since they've been registered so long.

    But a good name is a good name. You can have a domain that has been registered many years but dropped and it was backordered and/or picked up at auction and lost its "original age."

    Many people just request aged domains because they think they will get offered better quality names compared to new investors flooding them with junk they just registered a few days ago.
     
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  3. karmaco

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    I am no expert but the age can boost or justify the asking price and perceived value. You look for about to drop good quality domains to keep that age going. You are correct once they drop the age starts all over but it doesn't mean its not a good name. I would focus more on quality than age.
     
  4. lock

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    Some domains you can tell are old by the niche and some by the shortness and quality and some just still suck no matter how old. It certainly sounds better to have an aged site but an aged domain with little history may not appeal very much.
     
  5. wayne wooldridge

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    Age for the most part is objective, and is a double-egged sword. Those who buy domains and want to reap any seo benefit tend to prefer aged domains, but alas... It's sort of like buying classic cars.

    Just because it's a '66 Shelby Cobra, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a beauty if it's wrecked beyond recognition... Usually age is only 1 out of a number of factors.

    If the domain has a billion spam links and banned by Google, than it's historic value is akin to the above-mentioned Cobra, that has been smashed up almost beyond repair... Whereas, if the domain is well aged, and has a good history, it is much more manageable, thus closer to a mint beauty and ready to start gaining traffic.
     
  6. Asfas1000

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    It's a myth.

    Age doesn't make quality. Quality makes age.

    Regarding SEO, the benefit is like 1%.
     
  7. Sherax

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    It was super helpful. Thanks.
    What if I buy a domain from godaddy closeouts? like shown in screenshot.
    Would domain's age still start from zero or it will keep its previous age.
     

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    It was super helpful. Thanks.
     
  9. Sherax

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    It was super helpful. Thanks.
    What if I buy a domain from godaddy closeouts? like shown in screenshot.
    Would domain's age still start from zero or it will keep its previous age.
     

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    It was super helpful. Thanks.
     
  11. Sherax

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    It was super helpful. Thanks.
     
  12. rathish

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    no if you buy a domain from godaddy auction , then the age continues...

    for example if you buy a 12 year domain from godaddy auction , then after you buy it in auction the age will be 12 or 13 if you renewal it for a year...
     
  13. karmaco

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    If you buy from go daddy auction but it now or closeouts it keeps the age.
     
  14. MapleDots

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    It does not matter if you own covfefe.com !!!
     
  15. Sherax

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    Thanks a lot
     
  16. rathish

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    but IMO aged domain have some value among buyers.
     
  17. mr-x

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    Age only matters if the domain was used as a website.
     
  18. Sherax

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    Yes this is what I think too. Thanks
     
  19. DefinitelyDomains

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    Like it....
     
  20. Domaniak

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    Huh? What do you have against an aged covfefe.com ??? :xf.eek::joyful::xf.wink:
     
  21. alcy

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    most and great majority of quality domains you will also find to be well aged... as in you will never find buycar.com or gfc.com or ffa.net and countless other quality domains to be 1-2-3 years old.

    that's the only thing you should remember about age imo.

    cheers.
     
  22. Asfas1000

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    Yet every now and then a great domain drops and its age resets.

    Example : Projects.com (Age : 2 )
     
  23. rathish

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    lol... the luckiest person in world...

    in 2 days he sold "projects.com" for 82000$

    https://namebio.com/projects.com

    booked on 2015-06-29
    sold on 2015-07-02
     
  24. brianbrytus

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    It used to matter for SEO, but not any more. Sometimes just for the novelty factor it's cool if the name is aged, which could effect value or be a selling point. For me, it's not important at all.
     
  25. alcy

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    I'm sure they do. like some people win lottery too.

    the point I was making did not refer to the 1 in million exceptional cases.

    cheers
     

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