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If I buy this company, and transfer the ownership of the domain over to myself, will Google somehow sense the change and erase the PR and history attached to the site?
The Google rankings are pretty key to the purchase, so my decision and/or the price I pay will largely hang on this issue. Any help/experience is much appreciated!
Problems could happen if the domain expires, is offline for a long period or onpage and/or offpage (ibl) change noticeably.
Just my experience!
There was a situation about six months ago where I was looking to pick up an expired domain name, and I saw that I would likely get nothing out of it since the backlinks wouldn't be counted. In fact, the previous registrant re-registered the domain name, and now has no backlinks in Google. I guess I was confusing this situation with that one.