Question? Can registering my domain name for only 1 year at a time hurt me with getting rankings on Google?
Quick Answer: YES, most people when registering a domain name make an "SEO" mistake before they even start designing their site. When registering a domain name make sure you pick a company that will allow you to register your domain name for multiple years such as GO DADDY. A lot of new internet business owners make the mistake of only registering their domain names for a year. Why does this matter? In wanting to create a site that is Google friendly you need to register a domain name for multiple years to show Google that you are doing this business for real, and are in it for the long haul. They do not give as much respect to domains that have only been registered for a year. When you are registering a brand new domain, you already got enough stacked against you in trying to get good rankings so make sure you do two things when registering your new domain name:
1. Register for at least 5 years (preferably 10)
2. Do not make your domain name private. (Let Google and people out there know who you are and that you have nothing to hide)
How does Google know this information? Well anyone can find out how long a website is registered for by looking up their "who is"
In summary its hard enough to get rankings on a new website so make sure you don't shoot yourself in the foot before you even begin by only registering your domain name for a year. If you register for multiple years you will be better off when starting your SEM campaigns.