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I just won an auction for 10yo expiring domain with 63k YT subscribers

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by GriffonVult, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. GriffonVult

    GriffonVult Junior Member

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    Hi,

    So I accidently placed a high bid for a 10yo expiring domain which happens to have 63k subscribers on it's youtube channel and ended winning the auction

    I'm now supposed to pay over $500 for the domain name which is about 5x what I was willing to pay. Now, is it even possible to claim the youtube channel considering that I now own the domain name?

    The domain is very well branded, and it is redirected at the moment to a popular website. I could build and monetize it, but I'm not sure how long it would take to break even.

    Should I just skip paying for the domain name, considering that I would get my auctions/domain account banned?

    Anyone with experience in claiming a youtube channel? Do I have a chance?

    All feedback are welcome.


    Thanks!
     
  2. seoscientist

    seoscientist Registered Member

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    Each youtube account is assigned to a GMAIL account and each gmail is assigned to a phone number or another email address.

    It has nothing to do with your domain.

    You might want to talk directly to the previous owner.
     
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  3. GriffonVult

    GriffonVult Junior Member

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    Let's say the domain name is: mycooldomain.com

    Youtube's channel URL is this: mycooldomaindotcom

    The about section also links to the domain name, but at least the channel's URL has the domain name.
     
  4. Unknown Overlord

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    I'm not sure if you can do this with YouTube but what I would do is try and find out whether or not they used an email address associated with their domain name and forwarded that to a Gmail account.

    I've done this with other platforms and been able to get access to previous owner accounts that way.

    If they used an email from their domain name as a secondary email you can use the forget your password I'm sure and get in using an alternate id.

    I'd even try and contact YouTube and say you are the owner of the domain and are locked out of the account and are requesting access. If they question you I'd just say I am the new owner of the account
    and domain that you bought from the previous owner.

    Anythings worth a shot.

    With a good YouTube channel and a domain like that there's ways to monetize it and get back a measly $500 investment.
     
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  5. SethTurin

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    Sounds like the domain itself might not be very valuable without the YT subscribers. Do your best to get that account added to the purchase.

    "Now, is it even possible to claim the youtube channel considering that I now own the domain name?"

    Probably not via yt - but the previous / current owner might take pity on you.