Damage age is a question that comes up in web design from time to time. Mainly it’s a question asked when we take over a website, we want to know how long it’s been online so that we can do a legacy copyright.
Other reasons to know how long a domain has been online is that it plays into SEO factors. The longer a website has been online the better the SEO value of the website (this site has been registered since May, 2013 for example).
This is particularly important when forwarding a domain. Many people think that forwarding a brand new domain is a good thing to do. However this offers zero value whatsoever in SEO. The only way to get value from forwarding a domain is if that domain has been online before.
So how do we figure out the domain age? I like to use the main directory that keeps track of such things called ICANN Lookup.
ICANN Lookup is a directory that shows the date that a domain was registered and when it will expire. If you ever get one of those notices in your email stating that your domain is going to expire soon and you’re not sure if it’s accurate or not, go to the ICANN Lookup and look it up.
This can also be helpful when taking over a domain and you are not sure where it is registered at. WHOIS will tell you exactly which domain register has the domain currently registered and whom it is registered too.
ICANN Lookup records is a common tool that I use in my web design arsenal. What common tools do you like to use? Do you need help figuring out some information about your domain name? Shoot off a query on our contact form!
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