I noticed that my whois domain creation dates are not correct on some whois searches. On some whois it shows that my domain records were created 2011 and on some it shows 2002. 2002 being the correct creation date. I am worried that google is using the wrong data and that my domain authority may not be all that it should be.
Anyone else ever had this issue? Did it make any difference? I guess if I were trying to sell the domain that it would be a problem but not sure if it would be in google's eyes.
Do you get the same creation date if you check the WhoIs on the servers of the initial/original domain regitrar? Sometimes there can be data distribution issues.
Not sure how this will play with Google, as I don't know anyone who can say with certainty the exact amount of "lift" X-years will be granted a ripened domain. "In the old days" an "aged domain" was much more an item of buzz when the common belief was that Google was "sandboxing" new sites/domains. That conversation has evolved to one about "trust" and "authority" and more.
I don't think google relies on the Whois info - they collect enough data themselves to decide from it whether a site should be considered trustworthy or not. This might be more of an issue when it comes to selling the site, advertisements on it, or other negotiations with people.