Dropped Domain Question

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Hey,

I'm currently experimenting with various things in the SEO world and though I would give buying an expiring domain a shot for re-purposing/ perhaps using the website as a link for another relevant site.

So I just bought a domain with a good DA and good backlink profile, looks like an honest blogger who just gave up. Can you suggest any best practices or give me any tips on what I should do with it?

It is technically now a 'Dropped Domain' will re-purposing it make a pretty dangerous to use?
Is this how people make those networks?
#domain #dropped #question
  • Profile picture of the author dreamtoreality
    Yep, re-purpose it, don't use too many obl, use shared hosting (not seo hosting), turn it into a real looking site with well-written content. Not using budget hosting is the biggie though. Plenty of information out there, you just gotta look it up. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
    Yes, you can repurpose it. Just keep an eye on where the old incoming links were pointing too. Like if they were all pointing to an internal page you will probably want to rebuild that url structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidc1
    Use fake whois, different hosts from a domain to another.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by davidc1 View Post

      Use fake whois, different hosts from a domain to another.
      I would not use fake WhoIs info. If the registrar ever asks you to verify your information, you can lose the domain.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Tovey
        Thanks for the tips guys, anybody know where I can find a -good- guide to creating a useful network?

        There are thousands of guides, but most of these guys seem to have less of an idea than I do, it seems to be all be common sense driven. Any pointers Mike? I know your pretty excellent with these things.
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      • Profile picture of the author davidc1
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        I would not use fake WhoIs info. If the registrar ever asks you to verify your information, you can lose the domain.
        I have thousands of domains for years and it never happened on a gtld. It happened only one time on a cctld
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by davidc1 View Post

          I have thousands of domains for years and it never happened on a gtld. It happened only one time on a cctld
          Yeah, but ICANN is cracking down more and more. Two years ago, you never got those emails from your registrar that you had to confirm your details. Now I get them all the time. Granted, it is nothing more than a one-click confirmation, but I imagine they will get stricter down the road.

          If I spend $200 on a domain, not to mention the time in building it, I'm not going to risk losing it because I entered fake information when I could just spend $8 on WhoIs Privacy.
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          • Profile picture of the author davidc1
            Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

            Yeah, but ICANN is cracking down more and more. Two years ago, you never got those emails from your registrar that you had to confirm your details. Now I get them all the time. Granted, it is nothing more than a one-click confirmation, but I imagine they will get stricter down the road.

            If I spend $200 on a domain, not to mention the time in building it, I'm not going to risk losing it because I entered fake information when I could just spend $8 on WhoIs Privacy.
            bulk whois privacy on a network >>> red flag

            I also often receive emails from registrar to valid the email. The email on the whois should be valid and redirect to an email you check daily otherwise you can lose your domain.
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            • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
              Originally Posted by davidc1 View Post

              bulk whois privacy on a network >>> red flag
              I could see where that might be a problem if you have a network of 250 sites all linking to the same site. It's more of a problem with the crappy link sellers. If you are using 20-30 sites to rank one, mixed in with all the other links the site will have, not a big deal.

              Also, with people trying more and more to fight mail, phone, and email spam, WhoIs privacy on domains is becoming more common everyday.

              The other thing is where you get the WhoIs privacy can be a footprint, but that's another conversation.
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              • Profile picture of the author Paul Tovey
                They buy domains like that and then build a relevant blog to give their main money blog more backlink juice.
                Question: Does it matter what the website purchased is about?
                For example, if it's a dropped sports blog with a huge DA, would re-conditioning it to general blog be an awful idea or would you have to keep it sports related?

                Following from that, would it be bad to link a high powered sports blog to my medical website for SEO?
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                • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
                  Originally Posted by Paul Tovey View Post

                  Question: Does it matter what the website purchased is about?
                  For example, if it's a dropped sports blog with a huge DA, would re-conditioning it to general blog be an awful idea or would you have to keep it sports related?

                  Following from that, would it be bad to link a high powered sports blog to my medical website for SEO?
                  It would only matter if you try to recreate the original content on these domains and then link to your medical website. That would be weird.

                  I would build them into medical or health related websites.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Paul Tovey
                    Thanks Mike, so for this particular website.
                    • The site's anchors are the url name
                    • Lots of links from sports sites

                    My plan would be to make it a HTML site with a 404 redirect to the homepage. To make sure there are no links going to nowhere. Then post homepage links in content to the medical site, while keeping it updates with medical content every few weeks, maybe get some social media on it for a while?

                    I don't like the idea of just spamming homepage content over and over with links, would it be worthwhile linking from sub-pages? For example, '/medical-stuff' with a link? Or should I just shut up and do what everybody else is doing.
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                    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
                      Originally Posted by Paul Tovey View Post

                      Thanks Mike, so for this particular website.
                      • The site's anchors are the url name
                      • Lots of links from sports sites

                      My plan would be to make it a HTML site with a 404 redirect to the homepage. To make sure there are no links going to nowhere. Then post homepage links in content to the medical site, while keeping it updates with medical content every few weeks, maybe get some social media on it for a while?

                      I don't like the idea of just spamming homepage content over and over with links, would it be worthwhile linking from sub-pages? For example, '/medical-stuff' with a link? Or should I just shut up and do what everybody else is doing.
                      Never do something just because it's what everyone else is doing. I largely stopped building any homepage links a little over a year ago.

                      As for the redirect, I don't like redirecting dead pages to the homepage unless there are only 2-3 of them. If I was Google, that is a footprint I would look for to spot network sites.

                      Instead, I investigate the links and if I find a few good ones that were pointing to internal pages, I recreate those pages and 301 redirect them individually.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Paul Tovey
                        Haha, agreed. It's very easy to spot a PBN based website these days.
                        Do you have a good reference for me to research more?

                        I could happily ask you questions all day, but your going to get pretty damn bored of talking about PBN's. I already see you've responded to atleast 10 in the last 48 hours
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                        • Profile picture of the author accessted
                          Originally Posted by Paul Tovey View Post

                          Haha, agreed. It's very easy to spot a PBN based website these days.
                          Do you have a good reference for me to research more?

                          I could happily ask you questions all day, but your going to get pretty damn bored of talking about PBN's. I already see you've responded to atleast 10 in the last 48 hours
                          Look at Mike's signature

                          Looks like a great course..
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  • Profile picture of the author rrs007
    I would suggest against doing anything fishy, just look by going to internet wayback machine what the old site was all abt, look at the old backlinks where are they pointing to then plan accordingly. Create original valuable content and hope for the best
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Tovey
    Question: I bought two decent domains through NameJet, I imagine it would be silly to keep them all in the same place?

    For example, I have two separate hosts now. Should I send one to one and the other to the other?
    One host is mine and another is a friends, so it should be safe. Won't it be suspicious to have them both with Private Who-Is?
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    • Profile picture of the author davidc1
      Originally Posted by Paul Tovey View Post

      Question: I bought two decent domains through NameJet, I imagine it would be silly to keep them all in the same place?

      For example, I have two separate hosts now. Should I send one to one and the other to the other?
      One host is mine and another is a friends, so it should be safe. Won't it be suspicious to have them both with Private Who-Is?
      private whois + thin content is a red flag

      Use different whois and different hosts (never use seo host).
      (Same host and IP could be fine if you are on a shared host with an IP with thousands of domains)
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    You can definitely re-purpose the 'dropped domain'!

    This is actually how the SEO guys build their own blog networks!

    They buy domains like that and then build a relevant blog to give their main money blog more backlink juice.

    With an old 'dropped domain' like that - you are already ahead of many other bloggers online. It has DA and backlinks already - so you have an advantage here already!

    If you are looking to get more backlinks by building your own blog network - then you are good here.

    I hope this helps!

    I wish you the best!

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