We all suffer from this, we buy a domain name thinking it looks cool and then later we regret it because of its past. Is it possible for us to research a domain name before buying it?
Wally, Reno seems to have the same question and here it is:
How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to me the domain isn’t being indexed and I’ve had to do a reconsideration request. How could I have prevented?
This question was asked to Matt Cutts (Webmaster Tools) and he advises us how to research a domain name before purchasing it.
How To Research A Domain – By Matt Cutts
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Matt advises us to use tools like Wayback Machine – Internet Archive to see a domain name’s past. You can also use Google’s link:example.com search query for finding any links related to the domain name you are about to purchase. By this you can figure out what is going on and whether you should proceed your purchase.