The domain is the most basic thing which we need to start a new website or a blog. But have you heard about the expired domains? There are many people who do a business by buying and again selling the domains. In simple words, I can say they are doing domain name flipping. It’s a business done by many people and they earn good amount of profit too. Most of those people use expired domains to make money. If you want to buy the expired domain, then I will tell you 4 things you need to know while buying expired domains.
I have few friends who always keep posting on Facebook about the domain they have with them. What they actually do is they find a good expired domain and get it registered.
Once they have the expired domain with they sell it at a good price to people who are willing to buy them.
You may be thinking what is the profit if they just buy and again flip the domain name or sell it to other people? If you have this question in your mind then let me answer it for you.
The real task for them is to find a good one while buying expired domains. What can be the cost? It will be around $10 to $20 per year that’s it.
These days if you register a domain name with GoDaddy you can get it (.COM) for $0.99 too. If you are Indian then you can register any .COM domain name for just Rs. 99 INR only.
And after registration domain name flippers sell the same domain name for 100’s of dollars. This is how domain name flipping is a profitable business.
There are many premium domain names which are for sale at GoDaddy auctions. You can buy those domains from there but they cost you more.
If you don’t want to spend more on the expired domain you purchase they you can find good domains for free. I will tell you how you can find good domains and the things which you need to know while buying expired domains.
What are Expired Domains?
Expired domains are those domains which are expired because the previous owner of the domain has not renewed it. Sometimes the owner forgets to renew the domain and sometimes they just ignore it if they are not using it anymore.
Such domains are released in the domain pool, from where anyone can register it for them. You should note one thing and that is the registrar does not cancel the registration instantly when the domain expires.
Most of the registrars provide a grace period of 30 days within which the owner can renew the domain name. If the owner does not do that then it will be auctioned or else released in domain pool.
Where Can You Find Good Expired Domains?
As I had mentioned in the beginning part of this guide that I will tell where you can find good expired domains. There are many websites online where you can find the expired domains.
GoDaddy Auctions: You can find good domains which are highly brandable at GoDaddy auctions but you have to pay a high amount for most of the domain names listed there.
Expired Domains: Expired Domains or Expireddomains.net is a place where you can find millions of domain names which are already expired or deleted.
DomCop: Just like Expired Domains you can find good domain names at DomCop too. The filters which you get at DomCop are better than the previous website.
So these are the three places where you can find good domains now let us check out the 4 things which you need to consider when you are buying expired domains.
Things You Need to Know While Buying Expired Domains
So now let us get started with this guide and check out the 4 things which you should know before buying expired domains.
#1. Domain Authority and Page Authority
Domain authority and page authority are two metrics which are started by Moz.com. While you are buying expired domains you should consider getting the domain names which have good and as high as possible DA and PA.
We can determine the ranking potential of any domain name accordingly to the DA and PA it has. So to rank high when you start working on it you should get the domain which as high DA and PA.
You should also note that the domains which have high DA and PA can be resold at a good amount. If the domain has good metrics it adds up the price.
Actually having good Moz metrics does not mean that the domain will definitely rank high. But we can just have a rough estimate of the ranking potential of the domain name.
If you wish to know about this thing then you can read my post about Moz Domain Authority.
But how can you check the DA and PA of any domain while buying expired domains? The steps are mentioned below.
Open the Open Site Explorer of Moz, you can follow the link provided here to open it.
Enter the domain name in the space provided and click on Search button. You will get the DA and PA details of the domain name you enter there.
#2. Check If the Domain is Banned by Google
The second thing which you should check before buying expired domains is the Google ban check. Some of the webmasters just leave their domain because they have a penalty or have been banned by Google.
So if you register such domain then there is no use of it. So it is better to check if Google has banned it.
As you are getting an expired one Google should have few pages in the Google’s index. You can check it by searching site:example.com you have to replace the example.com with your domain name.
If you don’t see any results for this query then there are chances that Google has banned it.
There are few tools online which let us check if the domain name is penalized or banned by Google. One of such tool is Is My Website Penalized.
Google Domain Ban Check
You just have to enter the domain name in this tool and pass the verification and the tool will let you if it is banned or no.
But the real question is how reliable the results are?
Sadly, to know the real status of any domain is impossible until you register and add it to Google Search Console. Once you add it to search console you can check the penalty in the Manual Actions section.
This is the only problem we face while buying expired domains, but even if you register a domain with a penalty. You can use it by building a good website and submitting the reconsideration request to Google.
#3. Check If The Domain Has Been Banned By AdSense
Google not only bans the domains from appearing in the search results but also does it in the case of AdSense usage. There are any domains which are banned from using Google AdSense.
Which means even if you register such domain you can’t earn by creating ad units and displaying AdSense ads on that domain.
So before you are buying expired domains you should check if that particular domain is banned by Google AdSense.
You can easily check the Google AdSense ban check with the help of Google AdSense Sandbox.
Enter the domain name and click on Show Google Ads button. If you see ads on that page then the domain is not banned for displaying Google AdSense ads.
But in case, you don’t see any ads on that page then the domain is 100% banned by Google AdSense. And you should consider dropping your plan of registering it if you want to earn by monetizing it by AdSense.
If you have any other plan like using it for affiliate marketing or having it in your private blog network. Then you can register it.
#4. Check the History of The Domain
And now the 4th thing which you should know before buying expired domains is the history of the domain. You should know which niche it belonged when it was registered for the first time.
Every day hundreds of domains expire which are nothing but a piece of spam online. So you should avoid buying such spammy domain.
Some of the domains even include explicit content like drugs, pornography etc. so its better if you check it history before registering it for you.
But how can you check the history of the domain name?
You can do that with the help of archive.org which has archives of most of the websites. You can access this website for free and check the history of the domain.
Just open the web archive website and enter the domain name, you will get the screenshots of that website when it was up and running. If the history is clear then you can proceed further and buy that domain.
So these are the 4 things which you need to know while buying expired domains. I hope you are clear with all the information mentioned in this guide. If you have any kind of doubts in your mind then you can comment below.