Joined: 06 Jun 12
08 Mar 14 11:52 pm
Since the old inbound links will most probably still exist, the link juice will still affect your site, whether that's good or bad.
From my experience, I've had 2 month old pages that outrank the 5 year old site or the product I was promoting. Not often, but it does happen.
I've heard 100 times over not to but a site that has a Google penalty. Google doesn't seem to pay a whole lot of attention to whois data. Also, if changing owner could remove a Google penalty, all we would have to do is fake a transfer and it would be fixed - too easily manipulated.
I personally believe the main benefit of buying an aged domain is not the age per-se, but the existing link profile and link juice if they were good links.
Matt Cutts claims that their qualification of domain age is also based on when they first scraped the site, not on whois information.
While I take anything he says with a grain of salt, that makes sense to me.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pnpg00FWJY