Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
a post on WebmasterWorld, Google's ranking for a domain will depend on whether or not the domain exists:
One resulting improvement with this index is better handling of expired domains — the authority for a domain will be reset when a domain expires, even though dangling links to the expired domain are still out on the web.I would have expected Google to pay attention to WHOIS (RFC 954) before now, especially since new owners of a domain are often un-related to the former owners of a domain. The case could be extended to life, in that I may not supersede my father, though we bear the same name. Now, If a thing dies, then the attributes of that thing die. Which do you trust more? A dead man, or a live woman?