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Should I use an old domain or a new domain?

sylonious
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Should I use an old domain or a new domain?

Should I use an old domain or a new domain?

I'm thinking that it might be a good idea to buy an old domain so that my site ranks faster.

If the site I buy doesn't have very many links or the links it has are unrelated to my topic should I still buy the site?

Or should I should start from scratch with a new domain?
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simonslade
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There are pros and cons of each which I'll try and outline for you.

Pros of old:
1. Its an aged domain which can give you some great value in the eyes of the SE's
2. It may already be indexed in the SE's
3. It can potentially have some backlinks pointing to it already so some of your SEO work is already done.

Cons of old:
1. You can only choose names that are for sale.
2. It may possibly be banned or have a penalty from the SE's
3. The backlinks it has could be spammy or negatively impacting the site.

Pros of new:
1. You can choose the name of the domain.
2. It won't be banned or penalised in the SE's.
3. You know that there are no spammy links to it

Cons of new:
1. It won't be indexed
2. It may get 'sandboxed' and take while to get properly indexed.
3. You are starting at the very bottom with no link love from other sites.

Overall, as you can see, there are benefits of both and things to look out for. If you are buying an existing domain I suggest checking over it carefully and doing a full analysis on it to check that it is actually a good investment.
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beablessing
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How do we check that the site is banned or penalized from SE's?

Can we determine who are linking to the domain?
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jpastorizo
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Bea,

I am not sure how to check the site if it is banned or penalized by SEs but this link may help you see the "inlinks" to the domain: http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/

I hope this helps.



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beablessing
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Thanks Renato for the url. Yes it really helps a lot.
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