But it can be useful, for inspirational reasons, to see how a domain was used in the past.It may give you some ideas of how to develop the name in the future.If it was a popular site, chances are there are a few stray bookmarks pointing to it, and maybe even a link or two. Does the site get any hits in a backlink checking tool like Ahrefs? It can give you some insight as to how the site was used in the past (again, for inspiration).

But these issues have their own way of working themselves out over time, especially if the domain has dropped since any shady activities have taken place on it. Ad Sense bans follow the domain and website, not necessarily the former website owner.

So if you place Ad Sense on a site, and you find that the ads aren’t loading, it’s probably banned.

Check it out on to see if there are any results (again, if you already did it the first time for the inspiration reason above).

It seems like “aged domains” are all the rage in domain aftermarkets these days.

Although the term “aged domain” can have an unclear definition, depending on the seller.

It may mean one of two things: Does the site have any results in the Wayback Machine? I’m not saying straight up HTTrack the archived site.Chances are it has some bugs or otherwise sucks in some way.It can also be a con if you have a ton of worthless links pointing to it, which have been known to harm more than help.Verify with Google Webmaster Tools to see if there are any active penalties afoot. Either way, the blacklists that your “aged” domain may be on may not be so forgiving.If you find your email delivery rates are suspect, run it through a spam blacklist checker to see if there are any results, and take steps to resolve them.If your domain is having problems getting indexed, it may still be in Google’s doghouse from a previous owner’s actions on it.