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I have just got my first domain from godaddy.com but looking at web of trust my domain was once owned by a spammer and has a low rating.

On web of trust I can ask the community to reevaluate the site, but what about other sites that give domain ratings? What sites give ratings of domain names and what can I do about them? Also how can I check if Google has blacklisted my domain?

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Get Google Authorship and fb graph to build credibility. –  user36394 Feb 24 at 5:12
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The best you can do, is launch the new site, with legal content.

You can use their tool to rate the site with high ranking and that will compensate for the bad preceding reputation. Of course you should leave a good comment and be sure that the date and comment reflect the change on direction of the website.

No need to mention that you are the owner of the site, In this case, the opinion of the owner has less value than other users.

Of course, you should have good content and not just a poor site.

About other sites, try to find references to your site on Internet. Be thorough.

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There is a comment on web of trust saying that the site is spam, I have verified the site as mine on web of trust which gives me the ability to reply to comments should I reply to the comment explaining the situation? –  Qwertie ϟ Feb 23 at 6:44
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I would also check the various blacklists for other reasons. WOT does not carry as much weight as you may think. Work on a good reputation of course. but also do not forget the blacklists which can really effect your work. mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx This should help. You can request to be removed from most blacklists. Some take as much as year or as little as two weeks if not. Who knows what you will see. It will take a while to regain a positive reputation, but it should all work out okay. Just do honest work and you will be fine. –  closetnoc Feb 23 at 6:53
    
@closetnoc I just checked multiple blacklists and its all clear :) –  Qwertie ϟ Feb 23 at 7:08
    
You can comment, but consider that the report/comment left if from a long time. If you mention anything, be clear and concise. Not a long discourse, just mention that the site now has a new owner and new (legal) content. –  PatomaS Feb 23 at 7:30
    
I am glad the blacklists are all clear. That is good news! The rest should be easy then. Best of Luck! BTW- I have no idea what PatomaS is trying to say. It does not seem clear to me. –  closetnoc Feb 23 at 7:36
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The awful truth I found over the years, was that if your domain was blacklisted, you might as well forget it and start again with a new name. Been there done that!

To "repair" the reputation is nearly impossible and takes forever. Now you've learned how dangerous it is to pick up a "used" domain name. That "beloved" Domain name It isn't as important as we think :-) Just go get a new one for 10 bucks.

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