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How Not to Get Screwed Over When Buying Expired Domains

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by xha44a, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. xha44a

    xha44a Power Member

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    Hi,

    So I thought I would post a quick blurb for people here looking for good expired domains. I've spent time on expireddomains.net (haven't we all) looking for great domains. Beginning of January I came across on which had super high PA (60+) as well as DA (50+). I was thinking of buying it - seems like that would be a great domain to beef up a PBN. Not a bad idea right? However that inner voice of reason told myself to calm down and I took a look at the links. I found a lot of different links from a lot of different domains. I mean literally hundreds of different domains. And the anchor text was the url - which I really really like. However,there's one thing you should look out for. Homepage links. Real homepage links are great for ranking. They are also hard to get. This site had hundreds of homepage links. I'm going to drop the URL here since someone has already bought this domain. Domain is p a e d dot o r g. So if you pop that into OSE or ahrefs you'll see what I'm talking about.

    For everyone who's spent any time looking for domains this is nothing new. However for all the newbies there looking for domains and trying to go off metrics - you need to watch out. People will artificially pump up the metrics to screw you over, get top dollar for a crappy domain, and then drop all the links to it. If you load that domain into ahrefs you can see the links getting dropped like a hot potato.

    Heads up to all the people getting into this - they're out to get you ;-)
     
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  2. Paulie W

    Paulie W Regular Member

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    Sorry, not sure whether I understand you right. You mean the fact that the domain had an unnaturally high percentage of homepage links made you suspicious?
     
  3. xha44a

    xha44a Power Member

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    Hi,

    Yes that is what made me suspicious. Sorry if I'm not clear it's getting late. Almost all the links I looked at (first 50) were homepage links. When I visited the sites it was pretty clear it was a network just being used to fake the stats. Enter that domain into OSE and click on the links for yourself ;-) It's something to watch out for. At least 2 of the sites had the exact same theme. The article(s) were different, but themes and links the same.
     
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  4. Smeems

    Smeems Regular Member

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    Which is exactly why 90% of people entering PBNs on BHW right now are failing.
     
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    manking Regular Member

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    That's why you do research before buying a domain. I think once you got burned, you learned
     
  6. FutureProofSeo

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    You should be concentrating on auctions, not expired domains.

    They are the only ones that keep the age credentials without refreshing the whois.

    FPS
     
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    minimo88 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Something you should also be careful:
    Redirects -
    Backlinks as OP mentioned
    Anchor text - if it has too anchors like xxx, adult, etc then skip it. Unless you are in the same niche. I wouldn't go for anything that has out of the ordinary anchor text or artificial anchor text.

    You should also read LBrown's (I think) post on finding high pr expired domains.