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Just bought my first expired domain, need advice!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by matrix79, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. matrix79

    matrix79 Junior Member

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    Hey guys,

    I just did it - bought my very first expired domain. It might be not that valuable but I decided to give it a go otherwise I will never learn :)

    Soooo, domain was first registered in 2001, changed a few owners and was abandoned for a long while. It probably doesn't have any PR but it does have some links (which is why I bought it).

    Anyway to save your time here is my question:

    I found a few live links from other sites to old internal pages on this domain. I don't really want to re-create these pages as it won't be very contextually relevant to what I want to do. The site originally was about restaurants in the UK but I want to turn it around to be health benefits of food and natural remedies site. If I simply redirect these internal pages to the homepage of this (same) domain would it be beneficial?

    Also any suggestions on where to host such sites?

    EDIT: The purpose of buying this domain is to build my own blog network to rank another 4-year-old site I already own.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Apricot

    Apricot Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Should work. Look in the hosting section for hosting, you'll just get everyone telling you who their using (Unless you want that kind of thing).

    Make Wordpress blog or something, get some ads/CPA on and drive that traffic.
     
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  3. matrix79

    matrix79 Junior Member

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    lol @ everyone will be telling what they are using. I bought this domain to build my own PBN to link to existing site I already own. It does well but I want it better. So I am trying to build my own blog network to give myself backlinks basically. Should have mentioned it in my original post.
     
  4. Gogol

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    As sgudev pointed out, I would make a blog on this domain. What you have thought out is good enuff. There are a lot of good hosts you can use like Hostgator / Hostdime / Just Host (just don't use godaddy lol).

    Edit: For PBN, you should think about getting dedicated ip too.
     
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  5. kazhkaz

    kazhkaz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I bought 5 expired domains, installed wordpress and added 3 articles to each.
    After adding links I have seen noticeable improvements so it definitely works ;)
     
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  6. matrix79

    matrix79 Junior Member

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    I thought I could use shared hosting on another host where I don't have anything. My whois si set to private. Won't this be sufficient?

    Thanks!
     
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    Edit:that's a good plan too!!
    but should be more costly ;p
     
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  8. matrix79

    matrix79 Junior Member

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    Yes I think so, especially that I probably need much more than one domain with separate hosting to see the difference, but I will figure this as I go. I am researching for cheap hosting now. Thanks for your input :)
     
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  9. bandorsson

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    I think if you don't want those inner pages then Its good idea to redirect those links to your home page. But again do you think it will still be relevant to your niche? ( health benefits of food and natural remedies )

    Also, I think share hosting is not a good idea. I must recommend to use Justhost.

     
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  10. matrix79

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    It is somewhat relevant. The domain name is something like cheese and pasta dot com and some of the links to it would be relevant. Just the inner pages that have links are dedicated to different areas in the UK. So I think it can make sense.

    Can you explain why? It will be a separate hosting with just one website on it.
     
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  11. crazyb

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    Private whois is enough if your domain isn't suspicious. Since you'll use the domain for backlinking it's worth to know that Google is, beside other things, domain registrar as well. This means that if they wish, in cooperarion with other registrars they are able to see your data behind the private whois.
     
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  12. Apricot

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    I'd just start with shared, see how your costs add up, measure growth and then decide from there. No point jumping in the deep end, spending $999,999 and then not making enough money to even cover hosting etc.
    Give it time, then expand WITH your website. (My opinion)
     
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  13. matrix79

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    I think this is the most supportive and responsive forum I have ever joined. Seriously, thank you guys!

    Web hosting sorted for only $10 for entire year (friends offer by Siteground). Name servers are propagating. Free responsive HTML template by Themeforest. I only need to redirect old links to homepage and come up with few pages that make sense and then link to my money site. $20 for both domain and hosting isn't much to pay for learning experience :p

    Any tips are always appreciated and of course I will be researching myself, but just in case someone wants to chime in...

    THANK YOU!
     
  14. SociableGuy

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    imo, i will recover those pages with live links, though rewriting the articles to make it relevant to your money site. this will then be more long lasting as some webmaster do checkbacks on their links.

    as for private network, its better to have different ips and hosting plans to diversify so it is not so likely to be tracked, as google is cracking down on private networks as i know it.

    you can research more on private networks and you will definitely learn from it as it will take some guesswork out of your learning journey
     
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  15. BusinessMagnet

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    Use Web.Archive.org. Find the old missing content on the site. Do some SEO and rank the website.

    You can also use it for a PBN.
     
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    Hi OP,

    If you have a lot of links or some high PR links to inner pages it might be worth the time & money to recreate those pages. This way it passes the link juice directly to this inner pages. If there are just some you can just install a 404 wp plugin to redirect any 404 page to the home.

    There are tons of hosting solutions ... you can use a $1/month dollar hosting (usually you have to pay 1 year upfront). Or you can try the reseller package of hostnine. I mention this one because when adding a new domain you can pick one from several (7 I think) us/europe located data center. So each time you create a new domain you can get a new ip. If you search in youtube you will see how you can do it.

    Whatever hosting service you choose, I would suggest you to use uptimerobot . com (free service) to monitor your up time server. So you know how the server is performing and if the uptime % is really what the company says.

    Good luck with your project !
     
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  17. FuryKyle

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    Don't host it on SEO hosts. Those hosts are a big red flag to Google and they're probably watching all their IPs already. Get either a cheap $1 hosting account (make sure you check the reviews first) or go with Hostnine's Reseller account if you plan to add more sites to your PBN in the near future. You can customize IP addresses with different A classes and this really minimizes cost if you have 20+ different sites.

    Download PBN friendly plugins such as 404 redirect to redirect all the dead pages to the homepage to pass on maximum juice.
     
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  18. matrix79

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    @Myre @FuryKyle and everyone, thanks for great info. I already got this domain settled for $9.95 per year hosting offer at SiteGround but the info you gave me will help me to set up other domains I am planning to buy in the future. I originally thought I should just have different IPs and different hosts, different everything that's why I looked for cheap hosting like this. I can see now there are other options too.