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Why does domain age matter?

Labeled as discuss in General Domain Discussion started by w3names, Jun 21, 2018.

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  1. w3names

    w3names Established Member

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    Why is it so frequently stipulated by domain investors that a domain should be aged? I don't believe that SEO is affected by it as I've often managed to get a fresh domain indexed and receiving visitors within days.

    Feels like superstition to me. What do you think?
     
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  2. MarkedMarket

    MarkedMarket Established Member

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    I think there are 2 fundamental reasons:
    1. The best domains in the world were registered/snapped as early as possible. All the short, common 1 dictionary word .com domains were registered over 20 years ago, meaning that domains that were registered later are from that perspective less valuable.
    2. If a domain never dropped over the last 20 years, it must imply that the person(s) owning that domain saw enough value to continue to renew it (because they had offers, were monetizing the domain, etc.). The opposite also applies: if a domain was dropped at some point, it shows that the owner didn't think it was worth renewing the domain (and as such the domain could be perceived as less valuable).
     
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  3. Shuttlepro

    Shuttlepro Top Member VIP

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    Mike Mann frequently sells domains that have a drop or two on history for thousands. The person holding it may have never known the value or didn't care? Maybe two people never saw it's true potential or value?
     
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  4. MarkedMarket

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    I'm not saying that dropped domains don't or can't have value. I'm only explaining why aged domains generally have a higher perceived value.
     
  5. w3names

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    If other top extensions remain registered by different registrants for that long, then yes, this can be a reliable indicator regarding the worth of the domain.
     

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