Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login


This happened to me once, too. For what it's worth:

a) make sure GoDaddy has a monitored email address on file

b) sweep all domains you own once a year, as a repeatable process, on a particular day.

c) If you operate a going concern, go right now and bump your main domain name(s) to 10 years. This costs less than an hour of downtime will.

Bumping your domain to 10 years can help search rank as well.

I'm really curious on this one (that I heard quite a few times): did you saw a real effect yourself or on known sites ?

"Google’s patent “Information Retrieval Based on Historical Data” of 03/31/2005 reviewed by WebmasterWorld forum hugely accounted for these rumors implying that Google does look into domain registration (1) and renewal (2) dates:

(1) … the date that a domain with which a document is registered may be used as an indication of the inception date of the document.

(2) Certain signals may be used to distinguish between illegitimate and legitimate domains. … Valuable (legitimate) domains are often paid for several years in advance, while doorway (illegitimate) domains rarely are used for more than a year. Therefore, the date when a domain expires in the future can be used as a factor in predicting the legitimacy of a domain and, thus, the documents associated therewith."

Source: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/domain-age-how-important-...

From the horse's mouth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1_1NQWQJ2Q

Matt doesn't say it's not part of the algorithm but he gives the idea it's not that important.

a) don't use GoDaddy. period.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact