I have a wonderful SEO person whose taught me and continues to teach me all sorts of wonderful things about search engine optimization for my blogs and me websites. Last week while we were discussing a client’s website redesign project (on which we’re collaborating), she told me about “The Way Back Machine“. Have you heard of this? Here’s a summary from the about page of Archive.org:
“The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.”
Now, The Way Back Machine could be an excellent source in researching old domain names to check if it has good history, bad history or any history at all. You can also use it to find sites that you may have lost the files for and may need some information from. For exmaple, our current client’s old site’s files is no where to be found. But, we looked up the old URL by visiting Archive.org and plugging in the web address and wala!, the entire history of that web address plus actual links to the site are available! Well, go ahead and check out The Way Back Machine. What are you waiting for?