You know, the other day, I was so happy that I finally managed to find a domain name, after trying for umpteen times but all the good ones have already been taken, that is short and sweet, easy to remember and type out and a DOT COM too, that I bought it without further thought. Ok, I admit I consulted my friend first and he gave me the green light, so I bought it.
After registering it and buying hosting and gotten WordPress installed and made my first post, I thought I would try Googling it. Well, I found out that there are so many people using this ID: emily2u in online dating portals and social sites, I think I should form Emily’s Lonely Hearts Club.
And I chanced upon a long list of domain names that said something like, “These domain names will be dropped back into the pool” because the owners did not renew their subscription or something and the page was dated early August, 2007. I bought my domain name just a couple of days ago, in September.
And then it crossed my mind to check what the domain name was used for since it was owned by someone before so I Googled site:emily2u.com and cache:emily2u.com
And guess what. NOTHING CAME UP!
At the back of my mind, I had this sinking feeling that the domain name may have been banned or blacklisted and there is no way we could tell because I read that nobody has this list of blacklisted or banned domain names.
And after further research, I read that we will never know the status of our domain names until we have maintained a site long enough with a few Google Page Rank updates and yet still get a BIG FAT ZERO!
And then I thought to myself, “Holy shit!” I hope the reason Google could not find emily2u.com is because the previous owner has left it dormant and not because it is blacklisted or banned! I don’t want to upkeep a blog for years only to realise that it will never be indexed by Google! Creeps!