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Snapped-up domain names

I've had 3 domain names over the years, which I've let lapse on purpose due to either dissatisfaction of the name and/or failed products.

I've noticed that other companies have since snapped up those names for themselves.  What is the reasoning behind that?  Are they hoping that I might pay to buy them back?  Or will they try to sell my products there in future after cracking them or something?

What's the idea?
PSB136 Send private email
Friday, June 20, 2014
If you're thinking of starting a new website then, allegedly, a 2nd hand domain is considered "aged", and thus doesn't face Google's "sandbox penalty" for new domains.

How much truth there still is in all that I' not sure, but it's why many people snap up lapsed domains.

Reluctantlyregistered Send private email
Friday, June 20, 2014
Well given that they weren't used, or were for failed projects, you shouldn't worry too much.

Like the previous commenter wrote, there's a whole market for buying expired domains for SEO purposes. Sometimes you can even recover the old content of a website and then include links to your "money-site" to improve Google rankings.

Then, there's just the chance that someone else liked the name and bought it to resell or use themselves.
Sandy Wilkins Send private email
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BTW, I don't believe the Google "sandbox" thing.  All 3 domains were brand-new when I created them, and my products were all on page one of Google hits within 2 weeks.  So if there's a "sandbox" period, it's definitely only a couple of weeks at most.
PSB136 Send private email
Sunday, June 29, 2014
That's why I put it in quotes and said I can't speak for the truth of the sandbox thing.

Fact is it's what people believe, hence they seek out aged domains.

Pre-Panda I would often throw a site up and be making money within a week, so while aged domains *might* be better, new domains never stopped me ranking.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

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