I'm sure it's been discussed before that a previous owner's shady use of a domain name may linger on, essentially, forever. I was wondering how true that remains today and if there are any best practices in making sure search knows the slate is wiped clean on your newly acquired domain name.
- Is placing an index page on the domain with a short message announcing your plans and then immediately filing a reconsideration request stating that you just bought the domain and suspect previous spam a good idea?
I have an option to acquire a domain name I would be thrilled to own, however, it's been owned as far back as 1999 and now dropped 3 times. The two previous owners both seem to have run some B2B affiliate spam, pages that are near identical with slight variances in title, spun content etc. This is all according to the Wayback Machine.
The domain was parked for 3 months a year ago and hasn't been picked up since not getting sold at an outrageous six-figure premium price. It's a GREAT domain name however it's been abused, I'm 99% certain of that anyway.
It's not an exact match domain name by any means but it would work extremely well as a magazine title or periodical research paper title.
- A search for "example.com" reveals a lot of sites displaying stats for the domain name as well as values, registration information and a few forum signatures but nothing more.
- A search for blacklistings or email bans reveals none
- No copyright issues although there is one version taken in another country, Italy, that runs an Italian business unrelated to what my plans would cover for the site. The other TLDs are either available as well(previous owner owned them all) incl .net, .org, .me etc.
I would normally simply walk away from a domain if I had ANY inkling of a previous owner but in this case the name is really that good, it has me considering it strongly. I don't however particularly want a prompt banning from my ad agency who *might* not take into account that I would have only acquired the domain now.