Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, posted a video answer to the question “Can I buy a domain that used to have spam on it and still rank?” Matt explains that there can be two penalties here, one on the manual side and one on the algorithmic side. If this was a manual…

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Google’s Matt Cutts: Don’t Be The Sucker That Buys The Spammy Domain