I recently put up a thread on one of the bigger webmasterboards(DP) to buy some links in my niche.

I had Some Strict Requirements

like for example:

1: No dropped domains
2: No old domains bought with PR then built up as a new site
3: No Junk blogs with automated content

I had more requirements, but most were lost on DP - I had about 50 offers for links and 3 of them were within the requirements I clearly posted.

So how do we go about checking these things...

Check if the Site is the Original Site

First I go to http://www.archive.org/
Type in the URL and see what kind of history comes up.

Then I go to Google and type in link:domain.com
By looking at the number of links coming in and where the links are coming from I can get a good assessment of wether this is legit or not.

If it is a blog I do another search in Google:

Inurl:domain.com “hello world”
This will reveal (if they did not specifically delete this) when the blog was installed.

Another way to do this is to add /wp-commentsrss2.php to the end of the Wordpress blog’s URL – so if the blog is www.mywpblog.com I would check this URL: www.mywpblog.com/wp-commentsrss2.php - this will give you an RSS feed of comments. If it’s a new blog, often times you will have the sample comment installed, displayed with date for the date the blog was installed.

Another one is the “About” page, that one is often left up with the date on it, this date is the installation date of the blog.

Checking the PR

Next you check if the pagerank is valid on http://www.checkpagerank.net/

Note: Check Page Rank! has not been working for me the last week or so.

Checking the Domain Details

Head to http://whois.domaintools.com/ and punch in the domain name there. It will tell you:
Registrar History
Name Server History
IP History
Whois History

The lower these numbers are the better…

It will also tell you what year the domain was created – of course the older the better

Happy Link Buying