Spam Domains May Not Be a Good Purchase
Posted: April 16, 2013 by Alex Chan
Many people today, with or without knowing it, buy a spam domain that still has some ranking on search engines results. Unfortunately, most of the people get tricked by spammers into paying thousands of dollars for a popular website that is already on most SEO black lists.
Buying a spam domain on the secondary market is never a good idea. According to Matt Cutts, Google's Head of Spam Department, buying a spam domain is like starting a job from a negative position. The spam domain has built up so many spammy links, it will a lot of time and effort to clean the site. In general, there are two types of spam, manual and algorithmic. If the site contains mainly manual spam, it eventually expires and a person can clean the website easily. After the website is clean, the new owner must send a reconsideration request to Google, sending a documented list of everything you did to clean the page out, so Google can take everything into consideration. Algorithmic spam is a lot more difficult to clean.
According to Matt Cutts, it is much easier, and cheaper, to start fresh with a brand new website and build it up than to take a damaged site, and start from a very negative position. Usually when people buy secondary domains, what they must do is search through Google's Webmaster Tool and the black lists to see the actual position of the website they wish to purchase.
So when a guy asks you $5,000 for a spam domain, just say "no thank you" and move on.