Those of us who have been paying attention new about the importance of domain maturity already a couple years ago. But it looks like 2008 might be the year that the webmaster community starts to realize the importance of the issue, with Google’s United States Patent Application: 0080086467 being publicized.
The bottom line is that it is to your advantage to hold a domain that has been around — and in your ownership — for several years. Maturity counts, and SEO gets easier as your domain ages. It is also to your advantage to see links from mature domains, although I don’t think I would waste time checking the ages of every domain I hoped to get a link from (more on this in a moment).
Why are mature domains better? Like so many things, especially on the Internet where much is ephemeral, a mature domain has stood the test of time and therefore is more likely than average to provide useful information or services. An established domain is much, much less likely to be a spam site set up to turn a quick profit and disappear. The bottom line is that a mature domain is more likely to be a trustworthy one.
And trust is what it is about. When Google sends traffic to your site, it is placing trust in the site. Maturity is one way Google can measure trust. However, it is far from the only way. PageRank is another. There are likely dozens of measures of trust that Google employs, which is why I would not waste my time checking domain age. A much better trust test is too see how well a site ranks for its own target search phrases. If it ranks well, Google must trust it at least a fair amount, and therefore it is a good website to be associated with.Written by David Leonhardt
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