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Is it worth the money of I were to add content to the domain similar to my site and link to to my own ste from it
The smart money has already noticed some expired domains dropping out of DMOZ, and there's other signs out there for people to notice. I'll see if I can accelerate that PR drop for a batch of PR7 domains, as a favor to keep you from getting a bad deal. :)
I think you should hold off on that GG, some 'expiring' domains are just lazy webmasters who pay at the last moment. You wouldn't want to drop a guys page rank just for being a procrastinator....
(assuming it's not already expired and in someone elses hands, but actually expiring)
The ODP software is doing this automatically. I'm an ODP editor, and just discovered this today. The software automatically removed a listing from the publicly viewable directory, and kicked it back into unreviewed with a highly visible red tag saying "THIS DOMAIN HAS EXPIRED", and listing the date it will become publicly available. There is even an link to an informative page advising editors how to deal with this situation who may not be familiar with domain hijacking.
To put it in simple English for those not so ethical webmasters who think they can get away with inheriting an ODP listing by snatching up expired domains, think again. There is now a software solution in place to prevent that. For those who don't know that the ODP has got wise to domain name hijacking, you may provide some amusement for editors as they drop your hijacked domain in the bit bucket. :)
No one expects google to keep the pr of an expired domain GG but why do you have to go so far as penalise that domain for having been preowned.
I have expired domains That have hardly any old links and have a lot of new ones including new Dmoz listings and still one year on Google refuses to rank them in the serps.Fairs Fair!
Remove the pr but let the domain start afresh.
I'll see if I can accelerate that PR drop for a batch of PR7 domains, as a favor to keep you from getting a bad deal.
There are only two ways it could be a good deal. The first is if the backlinks will bring in a lot of "qualified" traffic, and that's only useful if the owners of the sites linking don't decide to drop the links. The other is if the domain name is good.
You can imagine that there will be people clearing the `status` of their domain this way. Simply let it expire or transfer it to a `new` owner (your partner for instance) and you get a fresh start to do bad stuff.
Having said that, I think it would be best to clear the complete record of a domain when it's transferred to a new owner or when it is expired (and not bought by someone else) **UNLESS** it has a negative ranking. (caused by spamming for instance).
That way, everybody will be able to get the domain they like and they won't get the old ranking with it. You would have to build your own ranking.
At the same time, it would also prevent bad people from `clearing` their domain from the negative status.
Unfortunately, I suspect that any formula for catching the expired domains will also catch a large number of legitimate business transactions. There are many legitimate reasons that businesses might change hand. The owner of the site might change web developers. A small web owner might incorporate, causing the business to change legal entities without really changing hands. Moving to a different state might involve changing hands, servers etc..
Often businesses are bought and sold. The free market works by making businesses liquidable. The domain name and web site would be considered an asset of a company. Automatically devaluing that asset because of a domain name transfer is not good for the economy.
Often legitimate transactions involve major changes in the format and structure of a site. For example, if you move to a new state, you might put up a new box and toss up your brand new site design at the same fell swoop.
Often the most active web sites are the ones most prone to change...You realize you have to scale your design to a different server...
I would hate to see DNS changes or domain owner changes becoming an automatic total penalty for web sites.
Should I stay away from it because it has expired? Or do I need to check anything out before buying it?
Any 'Trust' lawyers out there?
It would be fairly simple to structure, but a nightmare (read "expensive") to enforce, if it came to it.
You could also consider buying the shares in the owning company, but then you take the Company warts and all, which means liabilities. So the due diligence work involved could get very expensive.
The better option in the long run though, imo.