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With traffic I mean, in this case, visitors mistyping the URL of my competitor (hwitewidgets.com) or following misspelled incoming links.
Last I checked, dropped domains get reset for ranking.
I wouldn't touch a typo of my competitor. I think that's a recipe for grief if your competitor finds out. If all of a sudden it's fair game to take traffic that is explicitly looking for them, then what will they consider fair game for you?
I've bought drops this year that ranked just fine on new, related content.
Google’s Matt Cutts told me:
There are some domain transfers ( e.g. genuine purchases of companies) where it can make perfect sense for links to transfer. But at the same time it wouldn’t make sense to transfer the links from an expired or effectively expired domain, for example. Google (and probably all search engines) tries to handle links appropriately for domain transfers.
Adding further, he said:
The sort of stuff our systems would be designed to detect would be things like someone trying to buy expired domains or buying domains just for links.
Is there any way to acquire a site without these backlinks getting reset or discounted?
At what point do engines realize that the domain is expired or transferred and actually devalue these links?
I was wondering if there is a way around this...perhaps by reaching out to the webmaster directly. Just curious!
Unbelelievable - the keywords are my second best trophy term and I got the domain.
It's going to take the weekend for me to calm down :).
I sent an email offering £1,000 for a .co.uk domain (around a third of what we'd paid for the .com) -
I have sites that I have removed all content from (years ago) - that retain their PR to this day. Anyone care to explain that if maintaining content and link structure is so critical?