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  1. thecat Netherlands

    thecat Active Member

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    So I have a .co.uk that was first regged in 1999 - what sort of additional value is this likely to give a 2 word domain? I ask because age has seemed to be a big deal in the recent past, I'm not sure if it still is, and how much value can be attributed to it.

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    grantw Well-Known Member

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    It pretty much adds zero to it, If it's a good domain the age may make it a bit more appealing to someone that wants to develop it but 99.99999% of the value is in the domain.

    If it's crap no amount of age is going to make it not crap :)

    Grant
     
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    Murray Well-Known Member

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    domain age has zip zero to do with anything value wise.

    People mistakenly think google prefers aged domains but that is 100% wrong.

    A domain is a plot of land, a site is the house. Google looks at the quality of the house, not the empty plot of land.
     
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    I totally disagree with the above two comments – I believe domain age can have a lot to do with value because when all the other elements of SEO are applied correctly I think that domain age can make a great deal of difference. My opinion is incidentally one that is shared with various other people within SEO.
     
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    Murray Well-Known Member

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    Well you're totally wrong and it's not a view shared by anyone who knows anything about SEO, unless you have mistaken their comments.

    An aged site can have trust built with time, an aged domain without has nothing and indeed why would it.
     
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    I sometimes have that hurled at me in sale talks on good domains that have been caught with a recent registration date. Whether it's true or not I can't do much about a 1998 first registered domain caught in 2013. It's still a good domain name.
     
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    I don't believe I am wrong at all but don't have the time to explain this fully now - however I will try and come back to it later if anyone is interested
     
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    I would say it is the age of the backlink profile, rather than the domain itself.
     
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    Take a look at this http://rapidwebseo.com/matt-cutts-does-domain-age-really-matter.php

    Matt Cutts says while it does make a slight difference, especially if measured against a new site, after a matter of months this is almost irrelevant. More important is content an link quality, so if your old domain has some decent links to it you might be able to benefit from them
     
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    +1 to what Murray has said.

    Domain age may correlate with better link profiles and therefore rankings but, as always, correlation does not mean causation.
     
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    Well, im a total noob, but surely its common sense that it depends on more of the content than the age of the domain.

    e.g. lets say Domain1.co.uk has been registered for 5 years, and in that time has had little done with it, sure the domain may still be a little valuable, but then if Domain2.co.uk has only been registered for 6 months, but in that time has became a reasonably popular chat site or forum for food critics, has about 3000 members and daily unique visits of 500+ visitors, then Domain2.co.uk would likely sell for a huge amount more than the first.

    I like the plot of land scenario that murray mentioned, sure if it's good enough it will be of potential to investors and developers and age may help a little with that, but in the end, it's the development that will really make the huge profit when it comes down to re-sale.
     
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    I'll remember to add 30% onto my asking price if you ever enquire about one of my aged domains :)

    Grant
     
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    Another +1 to what Murray said. Bang on the money I'm afraid dom.
     
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    Yes some people try to use "aged " bs when selling a name..? I see it as
    if a name been regged by the same “domainer” for years never developed its more often one of the following …
    There skint.
    Living in cloud cuckoo land on the price.
    Its total crap.
    They don’t want to sell it.
     
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    or the owner is "financial stable" and sees off a lot of £xxx tyre kicker offers.
     
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    Yes but “financially stable” don't often go with domainers... ;) or mean the names any good if it were why use the aged bs
     
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    Yep, buyers bring it up to belittle the value. If it wasn't good domain they wouldn't be making the inquiry in the first instance.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, very helpful.

    Funny to see the difference in attitude from domainers vs im people.
     
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    Buyers bring it up because they believe it's important to their project.
     
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    Obsessive SEO guys maybe but bricks and mortar businesses never a murmur. If your in the drop catching business as I am you'll always have "new domains" that doesn't make them less valuable. If it's brought up, there's the exit.
     
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