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I found a domain which I'm interested in buying from another person (not a registrar or premium domains site) and I am not sure how to find out if it is blacklisted.

I checked http://www.archive.org/ and found nothing. Are there any other sites I should check?

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  • Are you buying a premium domain or just buying it from a registrar? Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 11:32
  • @toomanyairmiles I will buy it from a regular person. I am not sure which category this makes it belong to.
    – tugberk
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 13:23
  • What kind of money are you paying and what is your reason for purchase - traffic, content etc.. Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 14:13
  • @toomanyairmiles domain name and yes, traffic. I am not sure about the payment approach. for now, I need to be sure that the domain name is healthy.
    – tugberk
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 14:15

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Based on the comments I'd suggest asking them to add you as a viewer of their google analytics stats so you can learn more about the search performance.

Log out of your google account, delete your cookies and then search google for keywords from their analytics to test their actual search performance.

Look at alexa.com rankings for the domain and check out other domain auction sites to see what similar domains cost.

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For blacklists check http://www.mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx, http://www.blacklistalert.org/ and http://domain-blacklist.e-dns.org/

You should also attempt to post links to twitter and facebook to ensure that they have not blocked the domain for spamming.

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  • you misunderstood the question. I am looking for a way to see if the domain is blacklisted or not. Or a similar thing.
    – tugberk
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 14:19
  • @tugberk that's quite a different question than the one you've asked so I've updated the answer to include that information. Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 14:28
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Try this site to see if the domain is blacklisted in Google:

http://onlinealley.com/seotools/googlebannedchecker/

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    That last tool is useless. I made up a random domain and it told me it was banned!
    – user15723
    Commented May 27, 2012 at 18:51

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