Domain Age Checker
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This tools displays the approximate age of a website on the Internet and allows you to view how the website looked when it first started.
It also helps you find out the age of your competitor's domains, older domains may get a slight edge in Search Engine Rankings.
Why Check the Age of a Domain Name?
There are different reasons why you may want to check the age of a domain name, which is listed below.
But first, keep in mind that you may decide to check:
- The age of an already existing domain name you want to buy
- The age of your competitors’ domain names
- Or just the age of your own domain name.
Of course, the primary reason for checking domain age is to know WHEN the domain was registered and HOW OLD it is now.
Now, chances are that you already know when you registered your own operating domain name. So if you were to check it up, that's not the best way to spend your time and won't do you much good (except you've forgotten when you registered your domain name).
That leaves us with the other two options:
- Checking the domain age of a name you want to buy
- Checking the age of competing domains
Checking the age of your competitors’ domain name does just about one thing for you: you now know just how long their domain names have existed, which gives you an idea of what you're competing with.
On the other hand, checking the age of a domain name you are looking to buy gives you an idea of what you are about to get into.
For these two reasons, below are the reasons why knowing domain age matters:
- You get to have an idea of the size of the backlink profile of the domain name - There is a high chance that an aged domain name will have a greater link profile. Why? Because it has existed for a long while and may have accumulated some links over time. The owner might have put in some effort to build some quality backlinks, and search engines do take into consideration the quantity and quality of backlinks in ranking a website. The SEO work done in the past by the previous owner to create a good link profile can be a big plus for future owners.
- You get to have an idea of how well the domain does in search engine rankings - As said just above, chances are that a long-existing domain name (with a quality backlink profile) will do fairly well in search. In fact, most SEOs believe that domain age is one of Google’s ranking factors. If a domain has a good search engine ranking, it will save you a lot of SEO time, money, and effort. And checking its age gives you an idea of how well the name might be doing in search.
- You get to have an idea of how much traffic to expect - A long-existing and established domain will be getting a fair amount of traffic. Although there are other factors that determine the amount of traffic a website gets, like publishing regular content, etc., a domain name that has existed for a while will still “naturally” perform better than new ones in terms of organic or direct traffic.
- You get to have an idea of the domain name’s reputation - Buying a completely new domain name means starting from scratch to build a good reputation. But long-existing domain names sometimes hold an already established positive reputation within their market segment. This means that users have already developed some trust for the name because it has been there and they know it already. Checking the domain age gives you an idea of how long it's been there.
- You get to have an idea of how bad the domain name may be - With the above four points in mind, you may start thinking that all long-existing domain names come clean and heavenly. Don't get it twisted, they are not all perfect. After checking the age of a domain name and find that it has existed for long, you can then make efforts to find out if the domain name has some negativism attached to it and for how long. For instance, the previous owner might have been employing black hat SEO techniques to try to gain some search engine advantages. Another problem associated with some existing domain names is having a bad reputation amongst users. Some users may have blocked the website or tagged it as spam or malware. If these flaws are not removed, the future of the domain could be at stake. Checking the domain name gives you an idea of how long it has existed so you can carry out an underground investigation before buying it.