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Hi people,

I am looking for an expired domain to have my blog built on. So here comes the question:
Do I have to check "site:domain name" first in google to make sure if an expired domain I am looking for is indexed?

I often found quite some expired domains that are not indexed when I punched in site:domain name on google.
Does it mean that I don't have to consider them no matter what?

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I think you can try to see the number of backlinks and authority score. You can see various tools here dnguide.in/tools
 

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I think you can try to see the number of backlinks and authority score. You can see various tools here dnguide.in/tools
I appreciate your answer. But that doesn't answer my question though. What I am asking is to understand whether doing "site:xxx" is essential on the checklist. Thanks.
 

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it's the easiest way to know if the site is still indexed or get penalize by google.

but sometimes expired domains are deindexed because they haven't been reactivated for a long time,

if you want to make sure, you can go to archive.org and check the domain history, which means, quite time consuming.

Ahrefs is another great option to check the domain history (anchors, Pages, etc), but you need to pay tho
 

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it's the easiest way to know if the site is still indexed or get penalize by google.

but sometimes expired domains are deindexed because they haven't been reactivated for a long time,

if you want to make sure, you can go to archive.org and check the domain history, which means, quite time consuming.

Ahrefs is another great option to check the domain history (anchors, Pages, etc), but you need to pay tho
Thanks, man.
I do check on domain history.
If a domain seems nothing wrong with the history(based on archive.org) but still not being indexed on Google, does it mean that it is still worth buying?
 

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Hmmmmmmm...

I appreciate your answer. But that doesn't answer my question though. What I am asking is to understand whether doing "site:xxx" is essential on the checklist. Thanks.

It is essential, but it's just a start.

You also want to check Archive.org, the Spam Score, Ahrefs, SEMRush, Estibot, Whois, Talos reputation lookup.

And, don't forget to site: check Bing and Yahoo.
 

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I got a expired domain with decent backlink profile and thoroughly checked it through archive.org and didn't find anything bad, though it wasn't indexed but still got it.
Set up wordpress on it and it got indexed the same day. So I really think that checking if expired domain is indexed or not is not useful. But yes check thoroughly that it has a good history and nothing shady. Check semrush, ahrefs, moz spam score, archive.org etc.
 

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If a domain seems nothing wrong with the history(based on archive.org) but still not being indexed on Google, does it mean that it is still worth buying?
yes if nothing about porn or any other forbidden topics in the past, you can take it.

You may need to check the domain metrics too.
 

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I got a expired domain with decent backlink profile and thoroughly checked it through archive.org and didn't find anything bad, though it wasn't indexed but still got it.
Set up wordpress on it and it got indexed the same day. So I really think that checking if expired domain is indexed or not is not useful. But yes check thoroughly that it has a good history and nothing shady. Check semrush, ahrefs, moz spam score, archive.org etc.
It got indexed the same day. Woo. Seems that you've found a hidden gem.. Brother, are you kidding me or it is real?
 

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yes if nothing about porn or any other forbidden topics in the past, you can take it.

You may need to check the domain metrics too.
Sometimes I found some expired domain with quite decent DR (say 20-30 on ahrefs) but couldn't trace its history on archive.org or found very few snapshots of the records.
What could possibly be the reason(s)?
 

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It got indexed the same day. Woo. Seems that you've found a hidden gem.. Brother, are you kidding me or it is real?
No not kidding, when I checked "site:mydomainname" in google before buying nothing was showing up but after setting up wordpress and checking in a few hours it was showing up with my website now.
Even just searching "mydomainname" without tld my site is showing, though its not any specific keyword but rather somewhat like a brand name but still it shows up. Though my domain has a few hundred backlinks pointing to it and moz authority score of 10 so I guess that helps index it quickly. Also I submitted site to GSC right after that, so do it if you haven't already.

Sometimes I found some expired domain with quite decent DR (say 20-30 on ahrefs) but couldn't trace its history on archive.org or found very few snapshots of the records.
What could possibly be the reason(s)?
How many backlinks does it has? You must always check its anchor text in ahrefs, then check from which sites it is getting backlinks, avoid any chinese or spammy websites. Then check referring domains to backlinks ratio, avoid ratio higher than 5.

Usually if a site has dr 30-40 and is not showing in archive.org then either ahrefs stats are wrong, check semrush and moz. Or either it was a spammy website that was not crawled by archive, a dr 30 website should have been well indexed in the past if it was whitehat.
 

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No not kidding, when I checked "site:mydomainname" in google before buying nothing was showing up but after setting up wordpress and checking in a few hours it was showing up with my website now.
Even just searching "mydomainname" without tld my site is showing, though its not any specific keyword but rather somewhat like a brand name but still it shows up. Though my domain has a few hundred backlinks pointing to it and moz authority score of 10 so I guess that helps index it quickly. Also I submitted site to GSC right after that, so do it if you haven't already.


How many backlinks does it has? You must always check its anchor text in ahrefs, then check from which sites it is getting backlinks, avoid any chinese or spammy websites. Then check referring domains to backlinks ratio, avoid ratio higher than 5.

Usually if a site has dr 30-40 and is not showing in archive.org then either ahrefs stats are wrong, check semrush and moz. Or either it was a spammy website that was not crawled by archive, a dr 30 website should have been well indexed in the past if it was whitehat.
A MOZ 10+ score plus hundreds of backlinks to it can be costly, isn't it?
 

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A MOZ 10+ score plus hundreds of backlinks to it can be costly, isn't it?
Didn't got it from auction but rather expired register it now type, so got it for the price of a new domain . Took a lot of searching to find it though, not easy to find.
 

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If an expired domain is deindexed. There could be two possible cases:

1. The domain got a penalty, and Google deindexed it.
2. The domain was inactive for some time, and Google naturally removed it. (you'll get it reindexed as you build a website on it).

Whenever I see any deindexed domain, I check it for in-depth spam to minimize my risk of catching a penalized domain.

You won't know if it's penalized or naturally removed unless you purchase that domain and check for any manual action or notice in the Google Search Console.

If you're vetting the domain yourself, you should check it from many other angles, too, like backlinks, spam, anchors, Wayback archive, and a lot more.

I hope it helps.

Please feel free to ask me if you get more questions. Always happy to help! :)
 
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