28 Nov 2012

Is Buying an Expired Domain a Good Idea? (Weekly Q&A)

Expired DomainThere’s an interesting thread over at SEOchat forums that brings us back to the “expired domains” question:

Is it still a good idea to buy expired domains?

I am sure you have heard quite a few success stories about investing into expired domains, however that’s kind of a “hit or miss” tactic:

  • It is hard to identify red-flagged sites (which were dropped out of Google index) and if you buy something with a bad record, it is not going to be easy to clean it up. For example, if the domain was once part of the grey-hat domain network, it will too hard to get rid of that reputation.
  • There’s lots of scam in that niche now: If you are not really experienced in that industry, you are likely to fall prey to some. Imagine if that domain is in the blacklist for email or forum spamming or any other illegal behavior.
  • Most metrics you use to check the domain will be outdated: The expired domains may be out of Google Index and have PR0 but still be a good valid domain. You never know especially if there has been no or little content on it for quite some time.

Conclusion: If you are buying expired domains for testing and don’t invest too much, you are good to go. Otherwise, stay away.


Tools and Further Reading

check Internet Archive and Domaintools Screenshot history are two good tools to check the quality of the website that was once hosted on the expired domain

checkHow to check expired domain names for spam (mentioning Ahrefs)

What are your thoughts?

Update: One of my followers just pinged me with this tool; I’ve never used it, but it looks cool!

Comments

  1. Danny November 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    In my experience I can surely tell that it is a good idea if you know what you`re looking for.

  2. eri December 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    i dont think buy some expired domain is a good idea. we didnt know what happen with the domain before we buy it. we didnt know how many bad links pointing to that domain, and many others bad issue. buy some fresh domain is good for us, its cleaner and we can start it over. building reputation from zero. thats my 2 cents

  3. Iftieaq Rahman December 12, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Didn’t know this before . Thanks for sharing your experience .

  4. Ricardo Main February 9, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    One of the main reasons for buying expired domain names are its backlinks. You will find that expired domains often have a number of links from various places around the web. Some expired domain names are listed in the DMOZ directory and/or the Google and Yahoo directory. These are strong links which Google looks fondly upon and if you were to build a site on the domain concerned then it will most likely help your search engine rankings. You can buy this kind of domain at domainka.com.

  5. Dave February 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Of course, the only thing but you should check if the domain have been used for spam. Take a look at: anchor texts, web.archive.org, root domain links, etc

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