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    Senior Member Webzarus's Avatar
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    Sure, anything you want to share would be great.

    When I take on a client I almost always do a full domain history ( just a thing I do ), but has kept some surprises to a minimum. Not going to name names, but I did have a new client once that had spent thousands of dollars on a design as was hosting on some servers based out of Dallas. The site looked really good, good response times etc. 2 months before contacting me he had paid one of these SEO firms that would guarantee getting him tons of traffic. Needless to say throwing a couple thousand dollars did not help. Most of his log files were indicating that yeah, he was getting hundreds of visitors a day, but they were all bounces ( hit the main page ) then nothing else which typically means the visitor was hitting the back button.

    After a lot of pleading and begging for me to take then on as a client ( refferal from a long time client ), I pulled all 2 years of his log files and started analyzing them. Very little search engine traffic.

    After doing a domain name history I understood why, at one time prior to my client registering the domain name, the domain had been used for hosting a porn site content repository.

    Looking at name server changes it was clear why search engines were avoiding his site. The same set of servers he had his site on was listed as his name servers when it was hosting adult content.

    Took about 2 months of emailing and phone calls, this is also when I and several others decided to run our own name servers, putting the dns pointers in our control.

    Eventually moved his site to one of my servers, but just from a cost basis. His domain name was registered with NS and still is today, but it's pointed at our name servers.

    It was a learning experience, actually quite funny how his original designers and this high profile SEO company couldn't figure out why they couldn't get or keep traffic.

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    I know that's not a comedic story, but dude, that is funny as all hell. All these so-called experts who think they've got it figured out can't figure out that the domain was used for porn is awesome.

    The one thing I can't figure out is how the domain in question was used for porn without someone knowing about it. Either someone registered a random unrelated porn name or the company's name sounds suspiciously like Lance Thrustrod Industries or something.
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    Yeah, I can't name the place out of respect for my client, but remember back in the day, if you searched for pretty much anything you'd get results from porn sites, well this one was never really a porn site that people actually logged into, but a file repository that other sites linked to.

    And no, it wasnt one that you'd expect to see as a porn site.

    From all that I could find, based on nameserver records and Whois history, registered in 1998 by " big John H ", yeah really, that was the name on record, transferred to several different nameservers shortly after, stayed in the same place " texas servers " for a couple years, bounced a couple more times in 2004, then got back on the domain registry in 2006, 2007 was when my client registered it, but didn't build out his site till mid-2008.

    My client was actually able to get his money back from the SEO guru... Because of his contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264, post: 229682
    ...Lance Thrustrod Industries or something.
    I lol'd :rofl:
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