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

Reblogger Carol Williams
Education & Training with U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.

Ben is my hero.  He helped me recover a bunch of content from an old blog I regret abandoning.  I'm hoping others can benefit from the information Ben shared with me, and is now sharing with you through this post. Thanks for this post, Ben.

Original content by Ben DeHaven 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!

Ben DeHaven - 863-333-5053

Haven Realty & Investments

HavenRealtyFL.com

20 3rd Street S.W.#204Winter Haven, FL 33880

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good afternoon Carol Williams,

I will check this out..I did not see this one so thank you for the heads up.

Oct 02, 2018 01:09 PM #1
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Hannah Williams
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I can see why he is your hero Carol Williams never give up your sites  .. just my humble opinion

Oct 02, 2018 04:03 PM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Carol- I would have missed this one, so thank you for reblogging it. 

Oct 02, 2018 05:35 PM #3
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hi Carol - a good choice for a reblog and a nice shout out to heroes everywhere. 

Oct 02, 2018 05:41 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Those are important tips that Ben provides, Carol.  And, this was a great post to reblog.

Oct 03, 2018 07:11 AM #5
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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Wow, that is amazing, Ben DeHaven is really quite a talented man, I am glad that he did that for you!

Oct 03, 2018 07:28 AM #6
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Carol Williams
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Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR ,
Thanks for checking out Ben's original blog post and commenting to him.  Good stuff.

Oct 03, 2018 07:56 AM #7
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Carol Williams
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Hey Hannah Williams ,
That is my ever so humble opinion also!  Never again.

Oct 03, 2018 07:56 AM #8
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathy Streib ,
You are very welcome!  I love that Ben reached out to me when he saw my post about losing my blog content.

Oct 03, 2018 07:57 AM #9
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Carol Williams
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Hi Michael Jacobs ,
Yes, indeed, there are heroes everywhere... many of them right her on ActiveRain.

Oct 03, 2018 07:58 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Thanks, Myrl Jeffcoat ,
I hope many people can benefit from it, as I did.

Oct 03, 2018 07:59 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
We have lots of smart people like Ben in the Rain.  I'm so glad Ben reached out to me with this help.

Oct 03, 2018 08:00 AM #12
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Sharon Tara
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I'm so impressed. This all went right over my head. I found it fascinating though. 

Oct 03, 2018 12:45 PM #13
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Laura Cerrano
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I enjoy these little segments as a break from all the usual. Thanks for that much and more here

Oct 03, 2018 04:27 PM #14
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Laura Cerrano
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Hahaha! You don’t always have to understand something on the first read to be a fan of it later, Sharon Tara

Oct 03, 2018 04:28 PM #15
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What a great thing for Ben to do. I'll pop over and thank him too.

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