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Newly purchased domain problem

     
9:38 pm on Jan 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I just purchased a domain for $1K which "should" be pretty good. Was originally registered in 05, its 10 characters, 2 words, nice search volume, very commercial with high AOVs, little seo competition. Its actually one of my better performing ppc words, one or two decent orders would pay for it. I create a one page "coming soon" with several paragraphs of content and contact info just to get it up for now. I submit through Google webmastertools and after it gets crawled, its telling me that it has these HUNDREDS of internal links. Based on whats in these urls, its all totally unrelated keywords(cars, books etc..) in the file names and endless strings of parameters. A handful are actually related and clearly reflective of someones keyword list in the same space.

Question 1: did I get hosed by buying a domain that Google already gave up on because it was a link farm in its former life? When I Google the actual domain name, it comes up #1, so it hasn't been totally banned. Just wondering if there will ever be a chance with the keyword itself, and related keywords that I intend to SEO for. Maybe when I submit a full sitemap of real content it will replace it. Thoughts?

Question 2: is there a way to see this BEFORE I buy a domain, so I don't make this mistake again?

Question 3: is it generally a bad idea to post a one page, coming soon page with a form on it? Will Google dismiss it out of the gates for looking like a weak lead gen site before I ever post real content up there?

Thanks!

3:09 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Interesting questions,
I would certainly wait for some good answers too.
1:06 pm on Jan 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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is there a way to see this BEFORE I buy a domain, so I don't make this mistake again?

One place to check the history of a domain is the Internet Archive - archive.org Not everything is in there, but a good percentage is.

8:55 pm on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I thought I would share the result of my scenario after 6 weeks in case anyone is interested. I put a one page, informational site up with a form on it. The domain name ranks #6 organically for the exact keyword, drives about 3 visitors a day and had one really nice lead from it.

Google webmaster tools does not show all of those non-relevant keywords anymore, but it does show all of these crazy internal links which don't exist.

I guess its time to build it out!
 

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