Internet Time Machine?! What Is The WayBack Machine?!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Haven Realty & Investments BK 3177933

What is the Wayback Machine?

Recently Carol Williams  posted that she had let her domain name expire some years ago. I have experience in tracking down old websites and putting them back together, so I messaged her to see what the domain was to see if we could start the rebuilding process. 

 

First I checked the domain whois information to see if it was registered, and it was. Someone in NC owns it. To get this information I use whois.icann.org

Icann is the organization that handles all domain records. One could reach out to see if it could be purchased, but looking through the history there was some Chinese use and the domain has probably been flagged as spam. More on that in a minute. 

 

Rebuilding the domain is possible, but it can be an uphill battle getting it back to its former glory. 

Next step was the wayback machine to see if we can salvage the posts and sites to either rebuild on a current page, or if the original domain was available, rebuild the old expired domain. 

The Wayback Machine can be found at https://archive.org/web/

There is an option for you to save your current page on their homepage on the right. I did it with my website HavenRealtyFL.com just as a safety precaution. Not a bad idea as this makes them aware of your site. They also offer paid services to back up on a regular basis if you aren’t already backed up elsewhere. 

 

Looking in the last few years it looks like the sites former popularity was used in a PBN or Private Blog Network for back linking efforts. Then a Chinese owner used it, probably for the same reason, resulting in what I’d assume is a spam flag from Google. It looks like the site was picked up pretty quickly after it expired and used for a few years before being ditched all together. 

 

So whats next for Carol? 

The wayback machine has 117 saves of her old site, so she can go in and retrieve what was there and add it to her current page. In this situation I’d probably recommend leaving the old domain out of it, unless you can get it for cheap and sit on it for a while/rebuild and try and remove the spam flag, but that time may be better spent on a current page, or a new page so you are starting from scratch, not in the red. 

 

Hope this helps!

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Kathy Streib
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Hi Ben- I came over from Carol Williams reblog!  What good information to share with us here!!!  

Oct 03, 2018 12:45 PM #18
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I'm also here from Carol's reblog. So interesting. I had no idea this could be done! I'm bookmarking. Thank you!

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Always good to use the Wayback Machine when buying a new domain. You want to see its history

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What a great story, Ben DeHaven! So great of you to offer your assistance and knowledge. What's so great about the Rain is one can learn SO much from reading the featured (and non-featured) posts. My very first thought to myself right after reading your post was "who knew?!" Good job! 

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How interesting.  I have heard of it but didn't know what it would be used for.

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I have been using for years to pull builder floorplans from their arhived websites.  A great resource many times.  However, some of the information is not always available.

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What a wealth of knowledge you are, Ben! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Great information Ben DeHaven - but I have no idea what to do with the information. 

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Good morning Ben DeHaven, this is great information, I'm sure it will help many. 

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I'm going to check it out! Thanks so much.

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Wow this is interesting - congratulations on getting your post featured Ben DeHaven!

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Ohmy I would never think of something like this!  Useful information--and so detailed!

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You rock, Ben. That was a sweet thing to do to help Carol Williams out with her old domain. Way out of my technological field!! 

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Thank you so much for this research and publication!  I told Carol that this reminded me of my old site, jangreenazhomes.com that I had abandoned in favor of relocatingtoscottsdale.com, then switching to azgreenrealty.com.  Ugh!  Wish I had kept the original site.  Someone told me not to include my name in my site as they don't look for me, they look for homes.  Makes good sense, except that AZHomes.com would have been great.  Lesson learned!  I also appreciate the chinese characters as that might have happened to my site as well - I looked it up a while back and saw some of that.  Thanks!

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Ben, I totally missed this post and I am here because of Carol mentioning your help, needless to say kudos to you for your kindness and effort to help. Now I will have to bookmark and read more about this subject, Endre

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wow. Amazing information.

Thank you.

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