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The real question to me is if that matters on a parked or doa domain? We have some domains 10years old this month that have never had sites on them. I am wondering if there is a default value there because of the age? Is it a pure whois thing? Or is it an age of the inbound links thing?
I would tend to think (no evidence) that an active site on a domain makes the domain more valuable that if it were just sitting around. But I don't have any proof.
And likewise there are surely enough people who just threw up a blank index page (or even "Coming Soon") with a title that it can't be just age of domain...(or, if it is, there will be a rush of people searching for underconstruction.gif)
This made me think that the length of time a domain has been used for a specific topic is what really matters, not just the length of time the domain has been registered. Of course if the domain was parked on your own server, with a simple page with info about whatever subject matter you will eventually build-out on the site, this may be enough to allow the trust to build.
Index Age and not Domain Age.
Those two are key factors. It is not just the age of the domain but also how long it has been in the index. I don't think parked domains count (much). Or do they?
Another factor, WhoIs turnover. Has that domain exchanged hands once, twice, thrice?
Age of inbound links.
All sorts of stuff. This is a loaded question. ;)
[edited by: mattg3 at 7:42 pm (utc) on Jan. 11, 2007]
Netmeg, this is going to be a huge assumption, but how far back are you in archive.org?
Earliest entry I found was November 12, 1996. But I have no idea when I was first indexed in *Google*.
(Boy, how embarassing it is to go back and find one's very first attempt at a web page, gack)
I'm more into the idea that Google does not rank a site better for any particular thing (appart from keywords and IBL's), rather it de-rates all sites based upon certain criteria and those that have the least infringements are left at the top.
So, while domain age may be a factor, it would seem almost anything could override it, because this site is white hat.
I think it may be another assumption that if archive.org has pages from those 3 sites back that far, that once google broke away from standford to a standalone company, pages will have been indexed then as well. So in my humble opinion, there will be a footprint path from archive.org to google.com as well as some whois information thrown in that helps determine the calculation of worth for domain age, but how that fits into the algo as a whole, I would never presume to know, but would still imagine that the accumalation of those 3 would have SOME kind of impact.
P.S. I thought archive.org had run out of space because I didn't see any updates last year, but now I see many for my site in 2006.
Is it easy for Google to search archive.org in automated fashion? Can archive.org handle all its reqs? How many searches would G have to do of archive.org to keep track of every site's trustworthiness, and would archive.org be able to handle the load?
Archive.org is a private enterprise, owning a private database, that they can sell to anyone with enough money.
Once the purchaser gets the disk with the DB, there is no more need of internet connections.
Age of domain is unquestionably a factor. One could safely presume there are potentially hundreds of other factors. (How many items were listed in the patent?)
Picture yourself a domain, parked for the last 8 years, now interviewing Google for a SERP's rating. What sort of case do you have to make, besides your age? Your peers have already surpassed you, and you may need to come back for another review.
Domain Age weight is given weight in relation to it's time in index, it's growth or lack of ----new content, new pages , new links etc.--- just as each of those variables are
A 10 year old indexed domain that has added little new content , no new pages and few recent quality inbound links ..
cannot compete for rank with 2 year old indexed domain with updated content , new pages and recent quality links
Even on "evergreen" topics .. I'll bet there is even a variable for historical perspective..
How we looked at a topic 10 years ago and how that topic is viewed today ..