My custom domain has expired. Anyway to have it back?

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My custom domain,, expired on december. Because I had many expenses, I didn't renew my domain, and now a message me appears: "The following domains have expired and are no longer". I could buy another one, like, but it would be begin from zero again.

Please, Yola Support, is there anyway to renew it as it used to be?
I'd like, but I've spent so many time to get to appear on the toppest lists of Google in certain search filters, on Yahoo, Altavista, Facebook... And I don't want to lose it all.
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Hi orlokeleterno,

I am sorry to hear that you weren't able to renew your domain in time. Once a domain has expired we are only able to recover it up to a month afterwards. Unfortunately it appears that your domain has just past that month period.

It will now enter into what is know as a "deletion" phase at the registrar, and you will only be able to repurchase your domain once this phase has been completed. I'm sorry that I don't have better news for you.

To do this, you will first need to unpublish your site by following the steps on this link: How to unpublish your site.

You can check if your domain is available and repurchase it by following these steps: Buying your domain from Yola.

What you could do in the meantime is purchase a new domain name to use, and then when is available to purchase again, you could buy it and publish your site to both domains. Some people find having multiple domain names beneficial for their brand.

I am happy to tell you that if you purchase a new domain from Yola you will be opted-in to auto-renew upon expiry. This means that you don't have to worry that you will miss another expiry again. Of course you can opt-out of auto-renewals if you prefer.
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".....and publish your site to both domains. Some people find having multiple domain names beneficial for their brand."

If you do this then you may very well be penalised for "duplicate content" . Google really hates duplication like this so I would not follow that advice at all.
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Hi Gop!

You will not be penalized for adding another domain as we put a 301 Redirect on your domain that redirects to your primary domain. In this way it will not be seen as duplicate content and will actually enhance your SEO as it passes almost all of your ranking power to the redirected page.

I hope this helps.
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Thank you Jeremy.
Glad to see it wasn't a recommendation for mirrored sites.
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How long does it take from when you unpublish your site till you are able to buy your old domain name back?
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Hi Alisa,

The timing can vary from 90 days and up. I hope you are able to reclaim your domain name shortly.