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What to keep in mind when buying an Expired/Auction Domain?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by This Dude, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. This Dude

    This Dude Junior Member

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    The title says it all. I am going to build some authority site and planning to buy Expired/Auction Domain to get the domain age. Is it really helpful? What to keep in mind when buying an Expired/Auction Domain?
     
  2. Kory1

    Kory1 Registered Member

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    Kinda generic advice but do your research. See what domains in that niche are selling for, which keywords to look for, etc.
     
  3. This Dude

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    What I am actually thinking is the domain penalized or any bad record or something like that.
     
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    1. Yes it can be very helpful.
    2. Chuck the domain in archive.org. If it's been re-purposed for SEO or has had multiple drops that look suspect, forget it.
    3. Check backlinks ins majestic and ahrefs. A natural backlink profile will look just that, natural. Again, if anchor text is over-optimised and contains funky Russian/Chinese wording or anything pharma-related, forget it.
    4. Check the quality/strength of the backlinks. You can only do this manually but a TrustFlow of 10+ (with a citation flow typically less than double this), 25+ referring domains, and a DA/PA of say 20+/25+ usually signals a decent domain and something worth considering - provided the backlinks aren't spammy.
    5. Pay the right price. You'll see a lot of domains up for auction at places like godaddy go for crazy prices, especially if the domain still holds some PR. Your budget will ultimately be the deciding factor, but it's important to remember that you can find a lot of great domains (often without PR) for next-to-nothing at places like expireddomains if you're willing to do a bit of manual searching.
    6. Check the status of the domain in Google. Put the domain (site:domain.com) and see what comes up. Again, look for any signs of misuse. Ideally, the root domain will be indexed, but it's not a deal-breaker if not. If everything above is in order then you should have no trouble getting the domain re-indexed upon submitting a sitemap to Google.

    That's a somewhat brief outline when it comes to checking a domain, but it should hold you in pretty good stead moving forward.
     
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  5. This Dude

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    Its very helpful thanks a lot