10 Percent of Pending Delete Domains Have Link Spam Problems
As you might recall, Verified Domains looked at domain names that were listed for sale on domain name auctions. We wanted to know just exactly how many domain names that were being sold on the domain name aftermarket had spam problems. When we pulled all of the domain names for sale on NameJet, GoDaddy, and SnapNames, we found that on average 17 percent had link spam problems. That was back in August 2015.
We decided to take a look at domain names that are currently in Pending Delete status to see how many of those domain names have link spam problems. Domain names that currently are in Pending Delete status are probably not going to be renewed, and will soon become available for registration, on a first-come, first-served basis. These domain names are on the “drop list” that’s available from a variety of sources.
We pulled the link data from 100,000 domain names (about 1/4 of the domain names) on the pending delete list(s) from February 29, 2016 to March 4, 2016. Of those 100,000 domain names, we used various techniques to identify whether or not the links to each of those 100,000 domain names contain link spam or not. We found that 10.28 percent of those 100,000 domain names have link spam problems.
Here is what we found:
– 10,279 of the 100,000 domain names contain spam backlinks
– 1,043 of the 100,000 domain names had over 10,000 unique backlinks
– 1,358 domain names had at links from at least 100 or more unique domain names
– 8,382 domain names with link spam problems are .COM domain names.
– Only one New gTLD was found, the .Red TLD, that had domains on our list.
– Other TLDs found on our list were .biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, and .pro
When we looked at the links to each domain name, we considered several different factors, including the types of links pointing to each domain name, the Majestic.com Trust Flow and Citation Flow, the topics of the links versus the overall topic of the domain name, and whether or not the domain name would need a “link cleanup” before we felt comfortable using that domain name for a live, developed website.
Keep in mind that of the 100,000 domain names we reviewed, you could look at it the opposite way–only 10 percent of those domain names have link spam problems. Based on our previous research and review of domain name aftermarket domain names, you’re probably better off buying and using an expired domain name that went through the Pending Delete process than purchasing an expired domain name from a domain name auction.
However, I would not leave anything to chance–I recommend that you do your domain name due diligence and perform a background check on the domain name before you use it for a live, developed website.