• http://www.photoproseo.com/ PhotoProSEO.com

    Having purchased the occasional “bad apple” this is a very useful video – thanks for sharing!

  • diseno delogos

    interesante

  • Chris Koszo

    Pretty obvious and useless info, but a good reminder in case you’re in a hurry and forget about one of the steps.

    The smart guys selling spammy domains always redirect the bad links in and also spoof PR, and it’s easy to block the Archive bot. Same for all the other link checking bots. At that point, you’re blind and have to rely on other things like Bing Webmaster tools to check links and site command kind of stuff Matt mentioned. SEMrush and Search Metrics are also good to check a domain’s aggregate rank and keyword position over the years, and identify any obvious penalties or weird keywords.

    Don’t forget to cross check the domain in quotes against common stuff like viagra and other pills in case scrappers republished stuff from your domain. Lots and lots of things to do, Matt is just scraping the surface here but for most people it should be fine.

  • http://www.amitkumarroy.com/ Amit Roy

    That’s a perfect answer Matt. But what if the webpage was penalized earlier and has gained rankings again after re consideration request? Will that be an intelligent decisions still or should we buy some other domain instead?

  • http://junaidwebmaster.wordpress.com Junaid Jaffery

    Thanks Matt and Chris for putting check-up’s. these are very important before buying a used domain.

  • Sweta Srivastava

    Thanks for the Tips Matts (y)

  • pankaj thakur

    Now the site owners
    have to little bit of worry before purchasing a domain .this is a big issue suggested
    by matt cutts

  • http://www.netbuilder.com.my/home/SEO+Malaysia/q?m=article&article_id=24 Danny Cheng

    good to know there’s a couple of extra steps that one can take to make sure that the domain’s okay. I guess Matt Cutts does care after all. LOL

  • Kent Karlsen

    “Cutts first recommends doing a site-colon search on the domain name (site: domain name), “If there’s no results at all from that domain, even if there’s content on that domain, that’s a pretty bad sign,” he says.”

    If you don’t get any search result from site: domain name, it could also be a clean domain never registered before. So no search results don’t need to be bad. Just so beginners don’t get confused.

  • Charles Cawley

    Google still thinks it can go on ordering web site authors how and what to write. Now it thinks it can order you what domains you can or cannot use or face sanctions. Matthew Cutts appears to think this approach is favourable instead of making major changes and innovation in the indexing system to deal with the problem of spam. In this way, he orders web authors about, SEO finds other ways, spammers spam and Cutts then tries to further order web site authors around.

    This is a spiral of quality decay discriminating against “unknown” businesses and individuals. Google needs to know many people have given up in what is a futile quadrille of obedience… big companies are delighted where small ones are facing discrimination because Google has difficulty sorting them from spammers. The real danger for Google is not anger or upset, but growing irrelevance and indifference.

    The more you alienate quality the more vulnerable you become. Google knows this, but appears to be unable to innovate by buying in ideas and innovations, not realizing that you cannot buy in innovativeness or the ability to have ideas. Its core corporate culture has gone from young and exciting to middle aged, defensive, ‘family first’. Although Matthew is hugely competent and talented, he is no Alan Turing. There is a gigantic information war going on and another Bletchley Park is needed.

    Many of us have given up trying to please Google and are working on other ways to generate useful traffic. The curse of SEO selling spam who live off attempts to manipulate or please google is smears the image of Google itself.

    Indifference is the real enemy of success. It is a bit paradoxical that I bothered to type all this stuff.

  • http://www.donnafontenot.com/ Donna D. Fontenot

    Pffft. These days it can be difficult to tell why any particular current site has been penalized, because most look fine to the average person who doesn’t delve into SEO all day, every day. Trying to determine if a domain was ever penalized is 1000 times harder for that person. This advice made me feel like saying the word, “meh”. So…meh.

  • http://www.donnafontenot.com/ Donna D. Fontenot

    Pffft. These days it can be difficult to tell why any particular current site has been penalized, because most look fine to the average person who doesn’t delve into SEO all day, every day. Trying to determine if a domain was ever penalized is 1000 times harder for that person. This advice made me feel like saying the word, “meh”. So…meh.

  • FaceOnMars

    Yet another example of how Google is attempting to control / guide / dictate people’s behavior to accomodate it’s own limitations. If a person buys a house which was previously used as a meth lab by the previous owners (and has rehabilitated the structure), should the new resident be subject to ongoing penalties incurred by the previous owner?

  • Emily cute

    Awesome Info and most helpful to chose a good domain name for us

  • Nikita Alok Sharma

    Thanks Matt, This is really a very important and useful information. Thanks for reminding.

  • http://buzzkeep.com/ kensingtongreen

    Why don’t we just go and get ourselves one of those new .GURU domains – those should come with a clean history :)