Picked up an Expired Domain Did I Miss Something

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Like a lot of you I have decided to start building a small PBN. My first run through Register Compass I found a site that looked pretty solid. Here are some of the stats:

DA=31
PA=43
MozR=4.04
MozT=5.96
CitFlow=27
TruFlow=28
No Pagerank

When I was checking the backlinks I found links from a few different PR 6 pages, so I assume this site has no PR because it has had no content for over a year? It looks like it expired in 2012, was registered and parked for a year, then allowed to just expire?

The backlink profile looked clean with most of the anchor text being either the URL or the name of the site and all the top links are coming from sites in the same niche.

This being my first attempt at buying an expired domain, I can't help but think I'm missing something and I just put $20 towards my expired domain education?
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    If it's expired that long ago it dropped and thus lost the PR due to no site being there.

    According to the stats it looks like a pretty solid pick up for 20 bucks, no money thrown away there.
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    • Profile picture of the author LloydMS
      For sure it has no PR because it expired. And keep in mind that Google has not updated its public PR in almost a year, and has no plans on doing so anytime soon. So PR isn't quite as useful as it once was.

      I'm wondering if you missed something because you ONLY spent $20 on this domain. Even with a PR0, those other stats and how you describe the backlink profile suggest that it's a pretty valuable addition to a PBN.

      So you might have got yourself a real bargain. Domains like that can sell for 10-20x as much as you paid.
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    • Profile picture of the author patadeperro
      Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

      If it's expired that long ago it dropped and thus lost the PR due to no site being there.

      According to the stats it looks like a pretty solid pick up for 20 bucks, no money thrown away there.
      Sorry I mis read your coment, nik0 is right, if the backlinks are alive, once you buy the domain and get recrawled the PR will come back
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    Did you check out the old domain on the Wayback Machine - Internet Archive? It's always worth doing this as it can often show if the domain was ever used for spamming in the past and might have incurred some kind of penalty. Be on the look out for spammy links out from the archived pages related to SEO, Pharma, Adult etc.

    Edit: I know you're not indicating that there is necessarily anything wrong with the domain you've bought, I was just throwing that out there as an extra tip. I am also surprised, though, like those above, if you've managed to find such a bargain so cheap. Makes me a little suspicious, I have to say - but maybe you just got lucky!
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  • Profile picture of the author dennis09
    Is it still indexed? And did you check the Wayback Archive to see if it was used for spam in the past? There's still a chance that a domain like that was a pbn site that either lost its pr or got deindexed. All things being equal this is why I stopped using PR as a filter. Lots of gems out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
    If the links check out as legit, that's a real nice find.
    As for the worry's about spam: Just plug it into WMT now and submit a reconsideration request. If its been expired for that long, you should have no problems getting a green light from Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Waller
      Originally Posted by Kevin Maguire View Post

      If the links check out as legit, that's a real nice find.
      As for the worry's about spam: Just plug it into WMT now and submit a reconsideration request. If its been expired for that long, you should have no problems getting a green light from Google.
      I presume you use a brand new Google account for each domain that you need to submit to WMT like that? Even then, is there any issue with them knowing your IP address and linking one account to another (i.e. your PBN domain to your money site).

      Or is this taking the Google paranoia to an extreme?
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcumsales
    Thanks for all the input. I did run it through the wayback machine and it was a pretty ugly site, looked like it was build in the late 90's... lol. I got this site through GODaddy auctions for $8 plus fees, for a total of about $23 and that is why I'm skeptical that it is as clean as it appears.

    It is not currently indexed and since its been down for over a year I'm hoping all those PR6 links remain when I build my new site. I'm glad I didn't set a PR filter when I was searching or I wouldn't have found this site. With no update in almost a year, I'm not sure how much longer PR will even be relevant?

    Anyway, thanks again for the input, if anything bad pops up I'll make sure to update.
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    Old 'n ugly sites are quite often the gems. Good that you're not wigging out on PR. It could turn out to be a monster! (In a good way!)
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Before you connect the new domain to your money site/network make sure the new domain can get indexed in Google SERPs on it's own. You never know how hard old domains have been abused by previous owners. If you actually have some legit PR6 links pointing at that expired domain, you shouldn't have any problem getting pages indexed, I would even go as far as trying to rank a page ASAP on the new domain before pointing that domain/link at the rest of my own sites.

    Basically prove the new domain isn't going to cause problems.
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