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This has probably been asked a few times but..
I am looking at backordering a few domains through the usual channels. A couple have their expiry dates set at next year but the backorder dates are coming soon.
if i bid for these domains will the current page rank and links and potential SERPS remain if i win the auction?
My prior understanding is that if a domain is un-registered then all previous inbounds are null and void, is this the case with backorders where the whois says registered till x/06?
Buyt if the inbound links still exist... and will continue to exist... then biding your time might eventuially have some rewards.
regarding domains losing their PR..
I bought a domain about 3 months ago via a private channel and moved it across to my server. I left the owner details as they were for 2 months, I then changed them over to mine, my rankings were not affected in the slightest. Is this usually the case?
But new WHOIS info is almost certainly a trigger for a site to be flagged and watched. If a site's WHOIS reflects new ownership, and shortly thereafter, substantial changes occur on the site, guess what? ;-)
There are other issues to consider too, like what the other SE's do, if anything, with this data.
He didn't say if it was a technical problem, or an ethical problem, but I got the feeling that a change to a domain whois is liable to set the slate clean.
Now - if a site is decent, and real, and doesn't change its content as soon as the domain info changes, I agree with people above that the site will recover quickly. If the content is all new and the inbound links are about as genuine as a Swiss navy, then I get the impression this would be a problem.
But - and let's be honest here - I haven't bought a domain name where I wasn't starting from scratch anyway, so yes - I could EASILY be wrong.
Now the other mods have moved this into the mainstream forum (thank guys), I bet I'll find out in true "let's pick on a mod - he might be wrong" kinda style. :)
Please be gentle. I don't get into this forum much...
Changing ownership do not affect rankings, ever.
I'm not sure about the ever part, but I have experience purchasing several non-expired domains direct from their owners and haven't encountered any problems.
This domain still seems to have retained its pagerank(5) but it is yet to rank in google although it has been re-spidered. The domain didn't actually expire, it seems( i may be wrong) snapnames registered it for 1 year in order to put it through the auction.
it has started to pick up traffic off the other SE's although there is only a few pages online so far.
The proof will probably be in the pudding 3 months down the line when the site is up and running for proper and the engines have had a chance to take stock.
Another thing to note is that the site content will be similar to the previous incarnation so again may help matters.