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Defunct website remains #1 in SERPS

6 months - top ranking "under construction" page


Nostalgic Dave

9:12 pm on Apr 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

For many months now, at least 6... I have been seeing a domain name (exa-mple.com) ranking right along with mine in the SERPS that is nothing more than a "under construction" page. It was a legit site competing with mine since '99 and is listed in some directories. The site was under two domains... example.com and exa-mple.com. The example.com version is still up and running, but ranks lower than exa-mple.com! How long will Google continue to give this domain so much love when it is and has been a dead site for at least half a year? Clearly some factors are keeping this thing in the SERPS... but I am blown away at how it continues to rank so well, sometimes even above mine, which has been around longer (since '97) and has tons of backlinks and all the other good stuff G likes. A few weeks ago this domain grabbed the #1 spot! Unreal! Anybody ever see such a thing? I had hoped the domain would expire and I could grab it, but the owner has it reg'd out to 2010 or so.

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