Last week, Alan Dunn started a discussion on Twitter about domain name age:
The age of a domain name does not matter. If mortgage(.com) was registered yesterday it wouldn’t be worth any less. The only people who care about age are affiliate marketers. Stop trying to tell brokers and brands why your old domains are more valuable. No one cares.
— Alan Dunn (@alangdunn) October 5, 2018
When I am posting purchase requests, I almost always mention something about the age of the domain name. For instance, I tend to ask people to only send domain names that are at least 15 years old (ie registered in 2003 or prior). For me, this is more of a filter than an actual requirement. When I say “I want to buy a great dictionary word .com domain name,” many people seem to have a hard time understanding. By adding an age requirement, it makes my request a bit less interpretive so I don’t have to explain what I mean when someone sends me a nonsensical or unmarketable “dictionary” .com domain name they registered a month or a year ago.
I don’t buy trend domain names, and there aren’t too many exceptional names that make it through the full deletion cycle and have a more recent creation date. This filter helps eliminate a whole lot of junk people are trying to sell. Beyond this, I don’t think domain age matters. For instance, I am not going to buy Crappy-Domain-1000.com simply because someone registered it in 1995 and decided to renew it for 23 years.
I am curious about whether readers think the age of a domain name matters. Feel free to share additional thoughts in the comment section.