Where to find expired domains

When building your PBNs, you will usually choose from three different types:

  • expiring domains on auctions,
  • recently expired domains,
  • expired domains.

You can of course also buy live websites but those can get expensive really fast.

Expiring Domains On Auctions

These were all the rage in 2013/14 but once PBNs went mainstream, the prices became absurd and domains started going for a few hundred dollars for really basic metrics. Since then, most SEOs look into expired domains.

Recently Expired Domains

Most expired domain tools like ExpiredDomains.net and Domcop browse expiring and recently expired domains. Recently expired domains are those that were not sold on auctions. You’ll have a hard time finding golden nuggets here since they’ve went through thousands of eyeballs. You might find a solid domain with some basic metrics but don’t hold  your breath.

Expired Domains

This is where everyone is getting their domains now. Find an authority site, scrape all outbound links and see if there are any links pointing to expired domains. There are millions and millions of domains like that and they’re all up for grabs. With a bit of luck you’ll even find a domain with metrics in your niche.

Where to go to find these domains? There are three best resources for this: The.Domain.Name, Domains.PBNHQ.com and Hammerhead Domains. You can signup for free with all of those and browse their databases.

There is no such thing as “losing link juice”

There is a myth going around SEO forums, namely to make sure “you save” your link juice and not have too many outbound links on your website.

Ever saw an authority site without outbound links? Open any big blog and you’ll have problems finding posts without links to other sites. Wikipedia has a bunch of links for every article.

It’s natural. It’s how the Internet is build.

However, that said, once you write a post and post links from it, the power of those links on that post depend on how many there are on that page. So, when you do have a link on your blog post, have one or two. But looking at your whole website, you want to have a large and diverse range of outbound links.

Here’s what our beloved Matt Cutts has to say:

Most Common Footprints That Will Get Your PBN Blogs Deindexed

People complain about deindexations and when you look at their sites, they do everything that’s been known to cause deindexations for years now.

That’s why I’m writing a quick refresh of the most common footprints you should avoid on your PBN blogs.

Outbound link patterns. Never link all your PBN blogs to all your money sites. Also, always include links to other small niche blogs.

Unique plugins and themes. Don’t use the same plugins on all your blogs or use unique custom plugins that are discoverable.

404 redirect to homepage. From August 2015 Panda 4.2 penalized websites with a large majority of redirects.

Analytics and ad codes. Really easily discoverable by a unique code. Never use it.

Sand FootprintsAnd here are some more tips on keeping your PBN blog alive and well.

Add internal links. Always cross-link your posts.

Add social bookmarks, shares and likes. Your blogs should have at least a few social shares.

Too few and too short and plain blog posts. Blog posts should be anywhere from 400 to 800 words, they should also include images and videos. And 3 are not enough. Add and schedule at least 20 blog posts over a year.

Link to other small websites. Not just authority sites but regular small niche websites.

These are the most obvious footprints and issues you’ll want to avoid with your PBN blogs.