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Does Google "reset" domain age when domain transfered?

Discussion in 'Google' started by vunder, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. #1
    I heard recently that Google "resets" a domains age when the domain is transferred to another owner. I'm referring to the value G assigns to the age of the domain in calculating its position in the serps. I'm not talking about expiring domains.

    I personally don't think that makes sense for G to do that. What do you think?

    I understand resets for expirations and major topic swaps, but not a simple ownership transfer.

    I'm sure this must have been asked before, but I couldn't find it with forum search.
     
    vunder, Feb 7, 2010 IP
  2. stampavideo

    stampavideo Greenhorn

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    #2
    I wouldn't trust opinions I can't verify -and assuming such a thing exists, google does not disclose any kind of "domain age rank".

    What I can verify and check is page rank and serps. My personal experience, having done several ownership transfers, has been that neither PR nor SERP results were changed.
     
    stampavideo, Feb 7, 2010 IP
  3. vunder

    vunder Peon

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    Thanks Stamp.
    Really appreciate your response.
     
    vunder, Feb 7, 2010 IP
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    funkymario Well-Known Member

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    #4
    total non sense, just use your common sense.. it's really silly to think that google would drop all the authority/trust and reset the age factor each time that a website is sold.
     
    funkymario, Feb 7, 2010 IP
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    sfraise Peon

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    #5
    Yeah that's total nonsense, Google doesn't care about age, Matt Cutts talked about this in one of his videos.
    The reason older domains seem to out rank newer ones is because they have more aged links.
     
    sfraise, Feb 7, 2010 IP
  6. vunder

    vunder Peon

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    That's what I was thinking. Just thought I'd run it past you all.
    Thanks for all your responses.
     
    vunder, Feb 8, 2010 IP
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    ebmocwen Peon

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    As a worst case scenario, Google might take the initial registration date of the domain name - which is not reset after a transfer of ownership.

    Imagine the furore if a party purchased a business that enjoyed excellent sales from Google Serps and then that traffic disappeared because of the business sale transfer? Nope, it can't make a difference, it wouldn't make sense.

    However, a domain expiring and being released then being re-registered may be a completely different matter.
     
    ebmocwen, Feb 8, 2010 IP
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    As long as a domain is not _dropped_, it will retain its rankings even when its ownership is transferred... I am sure of this.
     
    FifthDimension, Feb 9, 2010 IP
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    Do you know which one of his videos he covers this in? If you have a link, that would be great, would like to hear his comments first hand
     
    sarahturned, Feb 9, 2010 IP
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    ziy1978 Peon

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    yes, if buy domain on auctions - chance big for save
     
    ziy1978, Feb 9, 2010 IP
  11. Pedro Monteiro

    Pedro Monteiro Well-Known Member

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    Precisely. The domain age is not about ownership, but about the actually time that the domain has been alive. (registered)
     
    Pedro Monteiro, Feb 9, 2010 IP
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    #12
    dont suppose that happens. further it is validated not only for other forum users comments but also from google forusm itself.
     
    tech_savvy, Feb 9, 2010 IP
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    sarahturned Peon

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    #13
    Do you have a url with a google rep confirming this?
     
    sarahturned, Feb 9, 2010 IP
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    Novascotian61 Peon

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    #14
    age is age. If you move to a new country is your age reset...no. Domain age is based on initial registration date. IF a domain expires and sits long enough before being registered again this "could" reset age.
     
    Novascotian61, Feb 10, 2010 IP
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    AdWords-Advice Active Member

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    If we all (most) agree that google give preference to domain age how about the age of our backlinks? Do older links provide more kudos with Google?
     
    AdWords-Advice, Feb 10, 2010 IP
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    Novascotian61 Peon

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    links from older , relevant sites...YES
     
    Novascotian61, Feb 10, 2010 IP
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    My experience has shown that the original date still applies even when a domain is transferred.
     
    ColeenB, Feb 10, 2010 IP
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    CPA Site Solutions Peon

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    #18
    Agreed. If a domain drops it goes dormant for a couple weeks while the old owners grace period expires and the domain name is made available for registration again. This leaves the site down for at least a couple of weeks and that will kill any site's ranking, but a smooth transfer of ownership or even a hosting change won't hurt you one bit (provided your new site has on-page optimization as good as or better than the old site and you don't change the page names in such a way that you kill the old site's backlinks).
     
    CPA Site Solutions, Feb 10, 2010 IP
  19. ziy1978

    ziy1978 Peon

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    #19
    301 redirect help us :)
     
    ziy1978, Feb 10, 2010 IP