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Do we think there's anything to this? Or is it just a greedy hosting company wanting a decade of cash upfront?
Now some months later I can absolutely say I have absolutely no evidence that doing so made any change in the ranking of this site. For all practical purposes it is still sandboxed.
Buying a domain name for 10 years in advance is not the sort of thing that a spammer is likely to do.
If you have already owned the domain name for several years, and renew it yearly, this factor should not be applied.
Silly really if true.
I agree. IMO with Google's current mess, I have no doubt this is probably the last thing on their check list (if at all).
If anything now, they are probably more concerned with the fact that their index has just lost 85% of the web due to a faulty, bug riddled algo that no one (including their pHDs) can make sense of. Forget the rest, it is all hype.
I don't think it makes any difference at all. Perhaps someone at F thought it up and decided to tell everyone about it to get them to pay up for 10 years.
I actually did renew mine for 10 years, but only because it saves it coming round every year.