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I manage a fraternal website. The link was always at or near the top a Google. When the district merged with another district, we got ourselves a new domain name which encompassed both (almost identical - just a bit shorter). After a year, allowing the transition to sink in, I let the original domain expire - still at the top of Google searches.
Well - someone bought the old domain - and since I started it 14+ years ago it keeps the history (big deal for google ranking). So now, if one searches, they turn up on top: a Thai gambling site (in Thai). This not a redirection - but a coup d'etat.
Even worse - try as I might - I cannot even get my site to show on Google. Now way to contact Google, it seems, to get them to look into the matter. Even if I search explicitly for the site it returns the usurper. I contacted domain registrar said that, unfortunately, that's the way ICANN records the date. There are 'businesses' that look precisely for such sites to get visibility.
When you buy a domain name, you also buy its Google reputation with it, so that is why some are very expensive.
In your case, you just offered somebody a good Google-ranked domain name, by letting it go expired.
Google cannot really "do something about it", I think. I also believe that its Google ranking will sink soon, but you need to be a little patient.
I can try to mobilize a mini-army to click through it and move it back to page one
This is (really) one SEO measures, but not the best one. What helps first is get all websites that point on your old name to point on the new one, this helps a lot. For the rest, time is your friend : bringing it back to first page will need people to click and visit your page...
You never let a domain you own expire--even if you only start using it to redirect elsewhere.
I considered it and one can argue that Google's an accessory to a gentle blackmail that benefits the the Domain Registrars.
Once you have a domain, unless you drop its utility altogether you can never let it go - so they get to keep billing you. Now, the longer you 'protect' you asset (web presence and domain age), the more valuable it becomes (certainly with age) making it even more essential to keep paying for nothing. Fit's in nice with GoDaddy's low-ball startup price and not so competitive renewal pricing.
If a domain totally expires it should have the clock reset; unless, perhaps, it's the previous registered owner and the expiration was brief.
My dad is back home after 2 weeks in the hospital, where he was being treated for a chest infection. While he was recovering, he had an ischemic event (transient blockage of blood into the heart, caused by coronary disease brought about by old age), which thankfully didn't cause anything more than a slight chest pain and tiredness. His ECG is back to normal (the blockage repaired itself) and he returned home today, just in time to celebrate his 98th birthday tomorrow.
Until he was 97, he was taking 4 international flights (20 hours each) from Bombay to Toronto a year on his own. His BP is 120/80 and he has no cholesterol or blood sugar problems. He's been exercising 6 days a week, never binges, and has a positive outlook on life and a wicked sense of humor.
That's freakin' awesome! Hope he has a great birthday, and many more to come.
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That is good news and wow, that is impressive that he takes such good care of himself. Your Dad sounds like he's as fit as a 30 year old. Exercise is the fountain of youth. I see a stark contrast between people who exercise regularly and those who do not.
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