Is it worth buying domain names with Google PR? I’ve done a few experiments with this in the past 6 months. I purchased some domains that already had PR on them. I wanted to see if i would lose the PR when the next update occured. I first bought my PR domain for around $40. I was such a noob. I now realize that i overpaid for that domain. If you are thinking about buying dropped or expired domains with PR, don’t pay too much for them. Buy them if you like the name, but don’t buy it for the PR. Cause you’re going to lose the PR. Making money online is about learning from you experiences. If you experiement often, then you’ll gain more understanding of how you can make money online.
I bought over 20 domain names with PR on them. 18 of them lost their Google PR, and the other’s dropped in PageRank. I’ve read about some people keeping the PR on the domains they bought. Because of my personal experience, i don’t believe it. Google pagerank is all about links. Your site needs to have a lot of links in order for it to get PR. If it doesn’t, then on the next update, you will surely lose your PR.
I think that there is value in domain names that have been aged. From my experience, i’ve noticed that aged domains tend to get indexed a lot faster. Google is more willing to trust sites that have an old domain. A lot of mega sites buy aged domains to launch their new website. Facebook bought an old domain to launch their social networking site. If it works for the big guys, it works for small time bloggers as well.
On the plus side, domains that have been aged, could retain their PR because they might still have links to them. Unless a website gets sold or it expires, the archived links will remain in place. Because of this, i try to only buy domains that have been dropped or aged. If a domain has PR on it, then so be it. I don’t buy domains just for the PR anymore. You shouldn’t either. If you do, don’t pay more then double the normal registration fee.
It’s better to buy a domain name that is 5 years old, over a domain that has PageRank 5.