27 Dec '13, 1pm

Google's Matt Cutts: Expired Domains With Penalties Last For...

We know manual actions expire but what about algorithmic actions, do they expire? When you pick up a new domain name, you now need to look to see if it had a bad history. We know expired domains can either benefit you, do nothing for you, or seriously hurt your efforts on your new site. Google's Matt Cutts chimed in about the difference between a manual action on an expired domain and an algorithmic action and the difference, to me, is a bit scary. This is based on a Google Webmaster Help thread from Christmas. First a copy and paste of what Matt said and then my interpretation of it: The short answer is that it depends. If domain hasn't really been on the web since 2001, I would expect any manual webspam actions to have expired a long time ago.It's possible that the domain did some things in 2001 that would lead to algorithmic ranking issues, but the web typically changes...

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