[Guide] How to find good expired/dropped domains for your PBN, niche site, mini site, resale, 301, or redirect from expireddomains

CrazeWiz

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Hello BHW members!

In the spirit of BHW where I have learned so much, it is time to give back. Plus it's Christmas, it's Friday night here for me, I was naughty and got a BHW infraction for a silly mistake, and of course everyone is getting f**ked by Covid and not everyone is lucky enough to live in the UK like me where you can do zero work and the government just gives you money!

So here is the meat of the method. It is basically finding domain names (like blackhatworld.com) that someone once registered (no one really ever OWNS a domain name, you just 'rent' it for a period between 1 and 10 years) and did not renew it.

But domain names are only 'worth' as much as either someone is wiling to pay, or how much traffic they attract either because they are short and easy to remember or because they have tons of backlinks to them and have a high 'authority' score and get organic/SEO traffic.

According to GoDaddy the most expensive domain ever sold was 'CarInsurance.com' for $49.7 million, now I would expect that is because it had an entire website built on it selling car insurance. But the guy who first registered 'CarInsurance.com', probably back in the 1990s did so for the regular registration fee of around $10.

I doubt the current registers owners of 'CarInsurance.com' would forget to renew it - but if they do - FUCKING REGESITER IT RIGHT FUCKING NOW - even if it is your last $10 in the world and you won't eat for a week! Because you will own an asset worth millions of dollars!

Now the method I'm going to detail will be unlikely to net you any domains worth millions of dollars for the registration fee of $10, but I have picked up a few gems, I managed to grab one using the technique I'm going to describe below to pick up a casino domain for the reg. (registration) fee of $20, the original owner contacted me because he wanted it back and I sold it back to him for $1500 after making $500 from casino affiliate programs with the domain and a mini site.

The Method:

Step 1.


Head over to www.expireddomains.net and register for a free account.

This site is just for expired/dropped domains. It also includes auction and Buy It Now domains, but this guide is just about Deleted Domains.

Once you have registered/logged in just go to the main page 'Deleted Domains' and you should see a list like the picture below and it will show all the Deleted Domains (over 1.2 million).

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As I mentioned earlier, no one ever really OWNS a domain, you just 'register' it for a period of time between 1 and 10 years (usually just 1 or 2 years). All the domains in this list have been registered by someone at one point in time and not renewed and are now available.

However a domain has a kind of 'life cycle' . A domain registered on 1st January 2020 will not be avaiable to register on 1st January 2021 if the current 'owner' doesn't renew it, there is usually a 'grace' period of usually about a month when the pervious can renew it and no one else can register it. This gives the current 'owner' an opportunity to renew it if he/she/a company has just forgotten and doesn't want to lose it/their brand/company name. Also it means the domain registrar has an opportunity to get another year of sales.

99% of domains registered come to nothing and are worth no more than they were when they were registered a year before. But some do increase in value and these will go to auction (either by the person who registered them or the domain registrar like Namecheap/GoDaddy/123Reg). Sometimes these domains get bids and sell for a few dollars above the reg. fee, sometime for thousands, but the ones that don't sell and the ones that don't get renewed/re-registered end up in the Deleted Domains section. This is where we are going to try and find some valuable domains.

Step 2.

Filters. 99%, actually probably 99.9% of the domains here are TRASH, spammed, deindexed, worthless crap. There is a very good reason they have been dropped and not renewed - they are worthless - by using the filters we will filter out the shitty domains and find the few that might actually be worth something.

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I like to just select listings that are new 'Common' within 12/24/48 hours or 7 days, anything older and someone else will have probably found and registered them. You also want to check 'Only Avaiable Domains' (there is no point in seeing domains which have already been registered by someone else).


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Next 'Majestic' settings (I would say this is one of the most important). You can set the minium 'Citation Flow' to any number you like, but I would recommend between 5-20 (You can adjust these numbers, but going lower might result in poor quality domains and going high will limit the number of domains to choose from) . And set the 'Trust Flow' to the same value. In this case it's 10 and 10. The purpose of this is that you can build thousands or millions of spammy backlinks to a domain to drive the 'Citation Flow' really high, by setting a similar 'Trust Flow' number it will 'weed out' the spammed domains.

Now set the 'Trust Ratio' between 0.75 and 1.25, you really want it closer to 1, because a domain can be spammed with thousands of backlinks using GSA or similar software. By aiming for a 'Trust Ratio' of 1 you will weed out the spammed domains.

Hit 'Apply Filter' and you will be presented will a much smaller but much better list of domains.

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Now you can see we have a list of 353 domains out of over 1.2 million, you can now click on the columns to sort them by SRUSK (SEMRUSH ranking keywords), SRUST (SEMRUSH estimated Traffic) or SRUSC (SEMRUSH ranking Keyword cost).

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When you see a domain which you think might be valuable you first need to hit the 'RL' tab which brings up a list of links. I would recommend your first two checks are that it is indexed by clicking in the 'Google site' link (this is the same as using the site: function - site:blackhatworld.com will show you every page indexed by Google - if there are zero results it probably means the site is deindexed/blacklisted by Google - you might be able to get it re-indexed but it's probably not worth the hassle, just move on to the next one.

The second check is is ACTUALLLY really available - I find Namecheap is pretty good and covers most TLDs, after that Godaddy and DynaDot or 123reg. Some TLDS like .au .cn .jp .kz can only be registered if you are a resident of that country or have a registered businesses with a similar name - I have found loads of really good .au (Australian domains) but they are almost impossible to register, unlike .com .co.uk .net etc. which anyone with $10 can snap up straight away.

Once you have found a domain that is:

1: Indexed in Google
2: Available to register


You need to do a little more research into the domain. You mainly want to check it hasn't been spammed with porn, gambling, pharmaceuticals or any Chinese text or tons of products unrelated to the site/niche (click on 'images' in Google, if loads of unrelated products come up that's a red flag it's been spammed). After you do the site:domain.com search look at the results, do they seem to match the domain? If the domain is fitness/health related but all the Google result are for dick pills, Michael Kors bags and 888 casino then it's been spammed - move on to the next one. (But of course if you are in the business of promoting dick pills, Michael Kors bags or casinos and the domain seems to be getting some organic traffic then it might be worth registering it and just redirecting (Wildcard redirect - all subdomains e.g. spammydomain.com/hugedick > BlueChew Aff offer) the traffic to your offer/site

Using the 'RL' link again you can use the 'WayBackMachine', this is great tool which takes snapshots of websites over time, try and take a look at the most recent ones (weeks/months/years) you should be able to see if the domain has always been used for the same website (good) or if it has been used to promote something totally unrelated or spammy recently (bad). Blue snapshots are good, Green snapshots indicate redirects which could mean the domain was just used to boost another domain's traffic or for some other spammy technique. (However it should be noted that while a domain is 'pending delete' it might be redirected to a domain registrar or domain auction like Namecheap or Sedo - not a red flag)

Now that you have established that the domain is:

1: Indexed in Google
2: Available to register
3: Not Spammed
4: Has some value - Can be resold, turned into a money site, niche site, used for PBN, used for 301 redirect. Some domains have high 'authority' and rank for lots of keywords but don't really have any potential. I picked up one for a LA restaurant that went bust in 2020, it has backlinks from NYtimes, Fortune, NYmag, Timeout, Telegraph.co.uk but I find it hard to rank for anything not closely related to the restaurant.


It is time to see what keywords it is actually ranking for and it's domain 'authority'. I won't get in to the details of SEO, but if a dropped domain is still ranking for keywords and has a Ahref or SEMRUSH 'authority' score or ranking then its definitely worth the $10 reg. fee.

You can sign up for a free SEMRUSH account and get 10 free searches every 24 hours to see what keywords the domain is ranking for, I find this is the best option if your budget is $0. If you have a paid Ahrefs account you can see the keywords its ranking for too. I know there are some group buy options avaiable but won't mention them by name as I don't want to risk getting another BHW warning lol!

While writing this guide up I found one good domain (using the method/technique described) which I will share (I'm not going to register it - lets see how quickly it gets snapped after I hit 'post' lol). It is a co.uk domain and is ideal for a affiliate site as it's topical having 'science' and 'gadgets' in the name and ranking for keywords. I would recommend that the lucky person who snaps this domain up should add lots of science related xmas gifts for kids/teens/adults via Amazon affiliate (remember that the Amazon aff cookie will stay on users computer, so if they click on a few products via your new site to check them out but don't buy any, and then decide to do all their xmas shopping totalling $2000 you'll still earn a % on those purchases)!

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So the last two images are of SEMRUSH showing the 'Authority' score (16/100) of the domain I found using this method and ranking keywords, I know it says the traffic is only '1' but considering this is on a dropped domain it is still ranking for 16 keywords and the domain is www.sciencegadgets.co.uk' which is very 'buyer intent' orientated domain - people coming to this type of site aren't looking for information - they are looking to BUY and SPEND money! The lucky person who registers this domain will just need to add some articles like 'The Five Best Microscopes for Kids' with aff links the products on Amazon and share it on Facebook groups that are full of parents looking for xmas gift ideas and watch the money roll in.

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals!
 
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awesome share! I did use this exact same method about 2 months ago, for like 3 or 4 days straight, but I couldn't find any good domain so I gave up (yeah, I'm a fast quitter usually :p). But, perseverance can be rewarding as it seems, so kudos to you for sticking with it :)

Thanks again for the share / reminder, and Merry Christmas!
 

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I forgot to mention that you can use WayBackMachine (best for visual layout of site) or Smartial (best for written/text content) to retrieve the content that was previously on the site and re-publish it instead of starting from scratch - there is always a good chance the person who created the site created good content, but knew nothing about SEO, simply by properly formatting the content using titles, meta descriptions, tags, image alt tags/descriptions, interlinking, site structure etc. you could rank for even more keywords, or rank higher than before, and as all the content came from that domain/site before there won't be any duplicate content issues.
 

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Great guide but getting good expired domains is getting harder day by day. Even clean dropped domains with a DA of about 20 - 25 being sold a year back were priced between $400 to 1000 but now the prices have tripled or quadrupled. Can you post a guide on how to get cheaper clean auction/dropped domains.
 

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Thanks, I never thought of using the semrush metrics
 

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awesome share! I did use this exact same method about 2 months ago, for like 3 or 4 days straight, but I couldn't find any good domain so I gave up (yeah, I'm a fast quitter usually :p). But, perseverance can be rewarding as it seems, so kudos to you for sticking with it :)

Thanks again for the share / reminder, and Merry Christmas!
Trying to sort the 'wheat from the chaff' is very time consuming and tedious, I hope this guide will make the process far quicker.
 

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But the guy who first registered 'CarInsurance.com', probably back in the 1990s did so for the regular registration fee of around $10.
It was quite a bit more than that back in the day, $100 a pop. Around 96 I knew a couple of guys in the US who were spending around $5k per month buying up every domain they thought might be worth something, telling me to do the same. Too deep for my pockets but I look at the cost of some of the domains I let drop from back then and it makes my eyes water at how much they go for now!

Nice guide though, cheers.
 

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Great guide but getting good expired domains is getting harder day by day. Even clean dropped domains with a DA of about 20 - 25 being sold a year back were priced between $400 to 1000 but now the prices have tripled or quadrupled. Can you post a guide on how to get cheaper clean auction/dropped domains.
Dropped domains are basically the same as deleted domains.

The process for auction domains is very similar, but the people who bid on auction domains (just like any auction) probably know the market and have done their research - you want to check the domain is still indexed and ranking for some keywords - but with an auction there is always the risk that the price will be inflated artificially by shill bidders or inexperienced bidders who place a bid without understanding the true value (if any) or just keep bidding up the price because they see other people have placed a bid and assume the domain is 'valuable'. i.e. It might be worth $10-$50, but it's not worth getting in to a bidding war and paying hundreds of $$$.
 

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well explained!
I have done the same some months ago but no success at all!

Thanks for bringing in my mind, will give another try! Maybe im lucky this time
 

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You said "I picked up one for a LA restaurant that went bust in 2020, it has backlinks from NYtimes, Fortune, NYmag, Timeout, Telegraph.co.uk but I find it hard to rank for anything not closely related to the restaurant."

Maybe. Maybe not.

Restaurant means food

Turn it into a "Virtual Restaurant". With food recipes, links to cooking courses, and Amazon restaurant store
with food, cooking stuff, cooking clothes and TShirts, etc

Then go to GPLDL and get the "Advanced Ads Pro" plugin and sell ads to LA Restaurants that you contact

Then join PLRDatabase.net and give away the Vegan Diet or Vegan Warrior PLR course to build your list

It has to work

Sincerely,

The Eye
 

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I might have joined a little late but this is exactly the guide I was looking for.

Thanks for taking the time to craft this @CrazeWiz! Killer share of 2021. ;)
 

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You said "I picked up one for a LA restaurant that went bust in 2020, it has backlinks from NYtimes, Fortune, NYmag, Timeout, Telegraph.co.uk but I find it hard to rank for anything not closely related to the restaurant."

Maybe. Maybe not.

Restaurant means food

Turn it into a "Virtual Restaurant". With food recipes, links to cooking courses, and Amazon restaurant store
with food, cooking stuff, cooking clothes and TShirts, etc

Then go to GPLDL and get the "Advanced Ads Pro" plugin and sell ads to LA Restaurants that you contact

Then join PLRDatabase.net and give away the Vegan Diet or Vegan Warrior PLR course to build your list

It has to work

Sincerely,

The Eye
Hey, Yeah probably going down the route of 'cooking restaurant style food at home (to avoid Corona) and here are the things you will need to buy on Amazon to do it' is a good idea!
 

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I might have joined a little late but this is exactly the guide I was looking for.

Thanks for taking the time to craft this @CrazeWiz! Killer share of 2021. ;)
It's never too late, there are thousands of dropped domains everyday. January/February is actually probably a good time because lots of domains which were registered when people decided to start a new business/venture in Jan/Feb last year but gave up and now the domain is avaible but with some backlinks already built.
 

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well explained!
I have done the same some months ago but no success at all!

Thanks for bringing in my mind, will give another try! Maybe im lucky this time
Thanks!

Hopefully this guide will help you filter out the worthless domains and find the golden nuggets!
 
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