How to Make Some Money with Expired Domains

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There are 2 main ways to use expired domains: for SEO or for Traffic that the site already has. This is going to be about finding and using expired domains that already have some traffic.

Here is the back story or how I got to one nice little method.

A few months ago I was researching about a niche that had high conversion and decent payouts. So, I end-up looking at what others were already doing and what offers they were using.
Checked top websites. Checked their traffic, links, content, social media... basically anything that could help me understand how they were promoting affiliate programs in that niche. I used semrush for traffic estimations, but ahrefs does a better job.

One thing let to another and I noticed a few pages with traffic that had links pointing to an expired domain. That domain was used as a redirect to an affiliate offer.
  1. Bought the domain,
  2. Registered for the same affiliate program used by the previous owner,
  3. Redirected domain to the offer
  4. and just watched the traffic come.
Few conversions already start to pop-up. Now I am thinking to change the affiliate program as I think I found one that could convert better.

So, if you have a little bit of time, a few bucks to buy a domain or multiple, this can be a nice alternative way to make some beer money or maybe more than that.

The downsides that I see:
1. the traffic may not convert. After all the owner let it expired either by accident or on purpose.
2. those links might get removed.

There are twists you can apply, but I let you discover those.
 

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How often can you find a domain like that?
 

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How often can you find a domain like that?
I think it depends on niche competitiveness.
I have seen a few more in related niches to mine, but I just started to test the waters. If this turns out to be more than beer money, I will consider getting more.

With so many looking for expired domains for seo use, I imagine it could be pretty hard in some if not most niches.

But, for those that already are doing niche research they can integrate this step to check for traffic estimation. Either the traffic on the actual expired domain (harder to get if the domain is not freshly expired) or to get a traffic estimation of the pages where the link is and from that to estimate how many might visit the link.
 

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can you give some tips to how to find good expired domains? really need ahefs to do this job?
Ahrefs or semrush will be essential to estimate traffic.
Otherwise, I don't know better tools to get an estimation for traffic.

Plus, you can use ahrefs to search for dead links as well. ;)
 

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Ahrefs or semrush will be essential to estimate traffic.
Otherwise, I don't know better tools to get an estimation for traffic.

Plus, you can use ahrefs to search for dead links as well. ;)

this tool is too expensive, and i dont know how to use

thanks anyways
 

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The exclusivity of finding these domains is Super Hard.
Doing a tutorial about finding these domains would be amazing :)
 

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can you give some tips to how to find good expired domains? really need ahefs to do this job?

You can find some good domain via Spamzilla or domcop. you can watch several tutorials on Youtube. Every week I am buying a similar domain
 

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This is a great share. I'm just curious how you know what affiliate program the previous owner was using.
Webarchive or sometimes it is mentioned in the article or the anchor text itself.
 

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If you don't mind, how much you spend to got the domain? And do you use software to find it?
 

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If you don't mind, how much you spend to got the domain? And do you use software to find it?
I have found a few domains starting with manual research. Looking at top website in a specific niche.
When I saw a couple of dead links, I used semrush to see traffic estimation and what keywords are ranking for those articles.


The exclusivity of finding these domains is Super Hard.
Doing a tutorial about finding these domains would be amazing :)
I might do that at some point if I decide to scale up.

What I would try is either of this options:
1 - the easiest workflow might be using ahrefs features... although expensive.

2 - another way is to get a list of keywords with decent traffic in your niche >>> extract top 5-10 results for each keyword >>> check for broken links.
To scrape and check dead links you can use a combination of softwares like: scrapebox (paid), Xenu (free) and screamingfrog (free & paid).
There might be some free softwares able to scrape google, but I don't know that for sure as I rely on scrapebox for scraping when I need that.

Once you get some hits, you can use even the semrush free account to get some traffic estimation on the pages that are ranking and that have the dead link.

So, as long as you have the motivation to test this you can do it both with paid and free tools.
I laid a simple workflow that you can adjust along the way.

Another thing is that I think you might have better odds of success if you try niches where competition is somewhat low.
Also, if helps if you know what is the conversion rate in that specific niche so you can estimate how much traffic you might need.
 
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