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Buying a Domain on SpamHaus Blacklist Is this a Dumb Idea? egomaniac
I found a domain that I would like to buy, but the current owner of the domain is on the SpamHaus blacklist of "Register of Known Spam Operations".
Is such a domain just too toxic to own?
IF I were to acquire the domain, then ownership title and IP#s would change and be different that what is currently listed with SpamHaus.
However, I am concerned that the spam history of the domain may cause future problems.
Anyone have any insight on this?
I know one person who unknowingly bought a domain with a "bad history" - took them well over a year (and some begging) to convince Google to lift the penalty.
Here's an old thread where Googleguy talks about domains with a tainted past:
I don't know if anything's changed since then.
Thanks for the reply.
I am actually interested in knowing if being listed on Spamhaus's blacklist causes problems with Google.
As far as I can tell, the domain does NOT have a history of spamming Google or anyone elses index. The domain has good incoming links and a PR4 rating currently.
Its bad history is with email spamming.
So can email spamming cause problems with Google or any other SEs?
I am considering buying this domain and turning it into a blog...
The situation I mentioned was a domain that had previously been used for email spamming. So, yes - that caused problems with Google even when the domain was under new ownership on a completely different IP with legitimate content. [
edited by: MamaDawg at 1:02 pm (utc) on Sep. 8, 2006] egomaniac
Thanks for the clarification.
This is good to know, I won't touch this domain then.
If it's a truly good domain (good type in traffic) then it is probably still worth having. I would just use the blacklist to beat them down on price.