Had to deal with a “used domain” this morning. Was working with a new domain for Real Estate in the City of Calgary, and unfortunately the original domain (realtorsincalgary.org) had been used by someone else, and they had dumped it. Probably a crap site they were trying to use, and then gave up – unfortunately they damaged the domain in Google’s eyes for who-knows-how-long?
So you can’t take a change with this kind of thing. Start fresh and move on with a “virgin domain” that has NEVER been registered.
So the trick is to always check first if the domain you want to buy has been used in the past. You never want to start a site with a domain that has been “compromised” by some shifty-eyed twirp(s). All the work that goes into a good site, can be tossed in the bin, so have to check. I check to see if a domain has been used in the past over at Domaintools.com. I have an account over there, but was so used to never finding past registrars, I stopped checking – never again. Especially if you are working on a new site for a client.
Luckily in this case, I have a headstart on the project, and I managed to save all of the content from the .ORG domain, and started fresh over on the .BIZ domain using all of the content that I had already created. Hopefully Google didn’t cache anything – don’t think they did.
So I went back to the initial launch post and changed the URLs for the links to the site, and fixed the issue. Next time Google’s bot(s) come-a-looking they will see the reference to the virgin .BIZ domain. Pain in the butt – always check first!
So the new site is all started and we’ll launch one more time for good measure. The site now at RealtorsInCalgary.biz and we should be OK going forward.
You know – I don’t get it. Why do people around the world think that they are getting ahead by using and abusing a domain name. Scamming is never going to get you anywhere. The big search engines are way to smart (in the long run) to except garbage domains, so why waste your time. It’s more fun to write your own clean and fresh material and try and develop a web-property that is useful to users and adds value to the Internet. No wonder Google is so harsh with wacking crap domains these days. They can’t take any chances with “soiled” domains.