DOES THE AGE OF MY DOMAIN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
AM I BETTER OFF USING AN OLDER DOMAIN NAME?
The Age of a Domain and it's Longevity can make a real difference in Google
So as long as the domain name you have chosen, is black hat SEO free and it has not been penalised by google and has actually been used as a website, there are some real benefits here.
But be careful as a lot of people are selling their old domain names because they or their SEOs have basically ruined the domain name through the use of black hat techniques, such as link building.
There is no benefit in using a domain name that you have owned for many years and not actually used . Generally if I purchase a domain name I put a simple 6 page website on it and leave it for a rainy day.
I know people who buy domain names like golf clubs, and have dozens, but never actually use them!
So if you are going to purchase a domain name from someone, there are a few tools you can use to check that the domain name is safe to use.
PageRank Checker - This is an excellent tool as it will actually show you a lot of information quickly and concisely.
First up it will tell you a score out of 10, with 10 being the best. Simply put the higher the pagerank number the easier it is optimise.
Google PageRank : 5/10
This is really a quality and trust indicator and a high pagerank can only be achieved through the long and good use of a domain name.
This tool will also tell you the number of backlinks and puts them into these catergories
External Backlinks / Referring Domains / GOV Backlinks /EDU Backlinks
PR Quality:Very Strong
I would go a little further and actually go through and check the inbound/external links
You can use any number of online tools such as this
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