Buying an expired domain

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Hey there,

I'm thinking of buying an expired domain, and am looking to spend no more than around 50$ or so. I've heard that by buying a domain with a lot of established quality links, (no black hat seo links), it can help in streamlining SEO efforts. Is this true?

Also, when buying an expired domain, what are the best tools to use to ensure I won't be getting ripped off?

Thank you,
Shawn.
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  • Profile picture of the author ViralMediaBoost
    I'm not sure on the first but for the second, you could try some SEO sites to check the PR and backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author clean99
    Originally Posted by kangen333 View Post

    Hey there,

    I'm thinking of buying an expired domain, and am looking to spend no more than around 50$ or so. I've heard that by buying a domain with a lot of established quality links, (no black hat seo links), it can help in streamlining SEO efforts. Is this true?

    Also, when buying an expired domain, what are the best tools to use to ensure I won't be getting ripped off?

    Thank you,
    Shawn.
    GoDaddy auction is the common place to buy expired domains. And yes, if you buy a decent site, convert it to a niche site and put link back to your main site then, it will help your main site to rank higher - this is just the basic stuff.

    But before buying make sure you understand how to pick good domains. 2 main things to find out - domain is indexed in Google, domain has strong backlinking profile.

    Then also look at:
    1. domain history through Wayback machine to make sure it wasn't a porn or a viagra site before lol
    2. check age of the domain

    Page rank hasn't been updated for a long time so there is no point of looking at that, instead you have to really analyze backlinks of the site you are trying to buy

    If you see good links the first thing you should ask yourself - are these links going to stay or is it likely that they will get deleted after some time?

    I usually use MajesticSEO to analyze backlinks btw.

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author LloydMS
    put the domain in open site explorer and look at the top anchor text. see if it is spammy. lol at the sources of the inbound links and see if they are from decent sites. in addition to above.
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  • Profile picture of the author venchito14
    You may want to check out this guide by Julie Joyce on how to buy expired domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Yes it's true, building your own private network is very important and effective when you are doing seo.
    When buying a domain, you must consider the backlinks, pages indexing, trademarks, domain name length and relevancy to the keywords ect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Waller
    One expired domain is not going to make a huge amount of difference unless you are trying to rank for a very uncompetitive niche term so don't get too excited. You'll need to build up a network of expired domains if you really want to get anywhere with decent money terms.

    But as others have said, check the waybackmachine to ensure the domain was not previously used for spammy purposes and try to work out whether the current backlinks are likely to stick. In general, if you see a page that says "last updated 2008" then the link is likely to remain there for a long time - same goes for news articles as these rarely get changed after publication.
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  • Profile picture of the author multiplecloud
    I suggest to use name.com "domain nabber" tools. Great search tool for drop domain. Be sure to check google index/backlink/PR before you register.
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  • Profile picture of the author zcrafts
    keyword of the domain can also help you with SEO, if you are looking to register the expired domain yet you can take help for snapnames.com
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