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Non spammed .edu linked expired domains - any good?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by elmoisred, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. elmoisred

    elmoisred Junior Member

    Jun 6, 2011
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    Wales, UK
    hi guys, ive found a number of expired domains that have genuine .edu links rather than ones from edu spam blogs, they might only have 10-30 links with maybe 3-5 on .edu sites
    opensiteexplorer gives them on average 15-20 domain authority and 20-30 page authority - will these be ok for my PBN or are they still pretty weak?
  2. twilightofidols

    twilightofidols Power Member

    Nov 11, 2011
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    These Moz metrics are easily manipulated, and they are only based on the backlinks that Moz has crawled.

    Use DA/PA as a filter to help you find a point of reference where to look. Buy the domains based on the backlink profile, not any metric.

    If I found a web site with DA 0 and PA 0 and it had 5 .EDU backlinks with PR I'd buy the crap out of that domain. I don't care what moz, majestic, ahrefs, any of them have to say about it. What matters more than anything is the backlinks, and the archive.org history.

    Would you like those 5 .EDU links pointing at your site? If so would you pay 9 dollars for them? That's what it's going to cost you if you buy this domain.
  3. Aty

    Aty Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jan 27, 2011
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    If the .edu links are do-follow and contextual then they are valuable. Don't go for PA/DA, it's the link profile that matters.
  4. RockstarSEO

    RockstarSEO Regular Member

    May 16, 2014
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    Also have a look at the trust flow and the anchors to the site and make sure no jp or cn sites link to the domain because if thats done then its probably a spammed domain 90% of time
  5. SteveWaller

    SteveWaller Regular Member

    Feb 16, 2014
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    I'd echo the other replies and say that while metrics can give you a sense of worth, they are no substitute for a bit of common sense. You have to ask yourself: will Google, or any other search engine for that matter, look favourably on these genuine, trustworthy links?

    Saying that, the metric I tend to favour over any other is the MozTrust of the root domain.

    You can find this by going to http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/comparisons?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yourdomain.com and entering this domain instead and then scrolling to the bottom where the root domain metrics are. I like to see a score above 4 but it is by no means a deal-breaker if it's lower.
  6. DiggitySEO

    DiggitySEO Junior Member

    Jan 31, 2014
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    Like most things with SEO, it all boils down to testing to see if something is beneficial or harmful. Our speculations and rules-of-thumb are good for guidance, but the tests are the real answers.

    If they're expired, then you're just paying the registration fee. Use the Honey plug-in on Chrome to apply a coupon code and get it for $2. Set it up and point it to a test site ranking for something ridiculous like "star wars dolphins". See if it causes a positive movement on the SERPs.

    If so, you just got yourself a $2 PBN. If not, use it as a Tier 2.