One of the dangers in mining expired and drop lists is that you pick up a toxic name. Names can become tainted for a variety of reasons -
- Political extremism racial abuse
- Pornographic promotion
- HYIP (High Yield Investment Programme) promotion
- Other undesirable practices such as black SEO
Often a name will have multiple problems, and each one requires its own method of sanitisation. I've jusy one an auction for an old HYIP name - Hourly Coin.com, and I thought it might be useful to discuss the ways to research the previous use, and methods that can be used to rectify any problems that I find.
A few weeks ago, I registered another name with a HYIP background, the name is Bit Monthly.com, and I plan to use this to list and promote my crypto names. A quick yeyphrase search reveals that it was offering 150% monthly payouts to people who sent crypto-money to the site. That is such a ridiculous offer, that it amazes me that anyone would be stupid enough to fall for it, but it seems that some people do. I'll start the process, and revisit this post to report prograss. The required stages are -
- Host the domain to analyse any residual traffic
- Perform a site search in Google to check on backlinks.
- Analyse the keyphrase search to look for adverse comments
- Make sure that the site is not on any ban lists.