Expired domain still ranks?

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I know of a site that was optimized (on page, backlinks, video, authority site links, articles, etc...) that has expired maybe 1 month now and it is still on page 1 of google search result for specific keywords (city-level local search).

Question: is that simply indicative of non competitive keyword with low search volume?

What other factors might allow for this?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author fpforum
    You may want to try clicking the little down arrow next to the Google result and viewing the "Cached" version of it. Odds are, Google just hasn't updated yet and is still showing an old copy of the website. Once Google see's the site is down/gone/parked it will re-update and probably lose it's ranking. That doesn't mean it isn't valuable though! You just need to get it and then get some content on there again. It can probably get its rank back pretty easily if it were at the top.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamesfreddyc
      Originally Posted by fpforum View Post

      You may want to try clicking the little down arrow next to the Google result and viewing the "Cached" version of it. Odds are, Google just hasn't updated yet and is still showing an old copy of the website. Once Google see's the site is down/gone/parked it will re-update and probably lose it's ranking. That doesn't mean it isn't valuable though! You just need to get it and then get some content on there again. It can probably get its rank back pretty easily if it were at the top.
      The cached version shows the expired domain listing at the hosting site. Google says that maybe the owner is creating a site for the domain and to check back later.

      When I look at the keyword for this particular site in Keyword Planner, it doesn't even show a number because the average monthly view/click value is so low. Does that fact have an affect on why this site still shows up on page 1?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lee
    When changes are made to a website, even ones as drastic as the entire site contents disappearing, it doesn't instantly just drop from the first page. It can take a while, but it'll get removed eventually.
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  • Profile picture of the author AadhyaMehra
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    May be Google not updated. When it will get updated, your domain will have removed.
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    • Profile picture of the author SEWARRIOR
      Just that, that the keyword may be very low competitive and the other page are not enough authority to replace the expired domain (in this case the domain not expired and released, but just that hosting company taken control of the site). if site expired, dropped off and google bot tried to crawled, then for sure google remove the site. Wait for a month and if it expired and dropped sure it will be removed from serp
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