I’m a beginner. Where should I start?
After you read this FAQ, check out our training on How to Find Domains that Actually Help You Rank that will walk you through checking quality and avoiding spam.
Why aren’t the expired domains indexed?
If you’re buying domains from a broker or from an Auction site, its crucial that you check if the domain is indexed. However our subscription domains are Expired Domains, so they’re currently unregistered which means they will not show up in Google yet.
Make sure you spam check domains before you register them. As long as you avoid domains with spammy backlinks, most of the domains you register will get indexed within a week or two.
What is Backlink Toxicity?
It’s metric we came up with to measure how spammy the top backlinks are for a domain. Learn more about Backlink Toxicity in our Backlink Toxicity Training.
Can you transfer a domain name to me?
If the domain is in our marketplace, yes! We’ll transfer it to you within 24 hours of receiving payment.
If the domain is in the subscription lists then you can register it yourself. Select any registrar like, and if you need some suggestions, check out Where I Register Domains and Why.
Why don’t your Moz or Majestic stats match what I see at moz.com or majestic.com?
One of two reasons are likely. Either you’re looking at the wrong host, or we’re slightly out of sync with Moz and Majestic.
Moz and Majestic publish different stats for the root domain, each additional host (aka subdomains, like “www.domain.com” or “bananas.domain.com”), and each url (eg. “http://bananas.domain.com/” – the homepage url for the bananas host).
We use the stats for the Top Host – the root domain or whichever subdomain has the highest stats. We expect and recommend that you launch your PBN on the top host so that it will naturally capture as much link juice as possible from the previous site’s links.
We publish the top host that we used for our analysis on the domain information page under “Analyzed Host”.
Weekly Syncing with Moz and Majestic
To keep costs down, we also only update Moz and Majestic stats on a weekly rolling basis, whereas they update their stats daily. Usually the difference between our stats and theirs is negligible, perhaps 1 or 2 points. But there are times when domains get a little more out of sync, if Moz or Majestic make a significant algorithm change for example, or if you the site loses a few important links all at once. We do recommend double checking the most current stats for a domain before registering it just in case they’re recently changed the stats significantly for that domain.
How do you find these domains?
We’re crawling the web 24/7 for expired domains. We find LOTS of expired domains. In fact after all the quality and spam filtering, we end up only approving about 1 in every 30 the domains we find to be released on our site. And of those, we’re generally releasing only our top 1% or so.
It’s not particularly challenging to crawl the web for expired domains. You can fire up Xenu right now and start crawling from your laptop. The challenge is processing and filtering all the domains to find the gems. By using our all our filtering, you’re getting access to the best of the best domains.
Can anyone see the domains (could the Google spam team see them)? How does the privacy work in this respect?
- There’s no way for the web spam team to know who registered which domains from Hammerhead Domains lists. It could even just be someone from the public because these domains are available for worldwide registration. Google can’t go penalizing domains willy-nilly.
- Web spam team very, very rarely spends money on SEO products, so it’s extremely unlikely that they’d pay for a Pro subscription and ever get access to that list.
- They have much bigger fish to fry. (They still haven’t figured out how to take down the massive — think hundreds of thousands of blogs — SAPE network that is responsible for much of the pharma, gambling, and porn industry spam. They surely don’t care much about your random little PBN.)
When are the domains updated?
Currently all new domains are displayed between 7am and 7:31am US Pacific time daily, 7 days a week.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Yes! We have a competitive affiliate program that pays out at 25% – 35%, including lifetime recurring payments for subscription referrals.
Pro Subscription FAQs
I’m getting an error when I try to buy a Pro Subscription. What should I do?
It’s probably happening because we already have a Pro Subscription associated with your account. Paypal may have had an error when you tried to pay, or you had a trial, cancelled it, and now you’re ready to go pro.
In either case, go to your My Account Page and you’ll be able to pay for or renew your subscription.
If this doesn’t work, please submit a support request and we’ll get your issue resolved right away.
Topical Domain Lists FAQs
How many of the 50 domains will be good enough for me to register?
Most of our customers are finding at least 5-15 domains that are worth registering from their list of 50.
Some customers register all 50 and see what google indexes. Others pick and choose just a few of the best domains.
We filter the topical domain lists in the same way we filter our daily subscription lists, so you can expect similar quality. On average, users register about 10-30% of the domains we display in our daily lists, not including the domains they register from their vaults.
To put this in perspective, our closest competitor is charging $2540 for a list of 50 similar-quality, unregistered topical domains. We’re charging less than $100. Part of our pricing model is that we don’t pretend you’ll want to register all 50 domains from your topical list. If you find just 3-5 domains to register from the list of 50, it’s still a great deal!
We’re here to take care of you and support your PBN building. We want you to feel like you’re getting unreasonably good deals with us, and not ever like you’re wasting money. So we have you’re back with a no-risk guarantee, that assures you will find at least 3 domains per topical domain list that are worth registering.
What if I get a list that’s all spam or not relevant?
We’ve got you covered. We have a No-Risk Guarantee that assures you will find at least 3 domains per topical list which are worth registering. That means they’re spam free and relevant enough to your site to be worthwhile for you.
If you purchase a list and can’t register at least 3 domains, just send us a support ticket and we’ll give you a different list, help you find spam-free and relevant domains, or just give you a refund.
I only want a few domains, why should I buy a list of 50?
We sell domain names in batches of 50 to make sure you get some high-quality, relevant, and spam-free domains. If we sold you just 2-3 at a time, you may not get a good domain in the list, but with 50 you’re guaranteed to find 3 and most likely to find 5-15 domains which are high-quality and relevant.
How do you categorize topics?
We use Majestic Topical Trustflow, which is well-established in the industry as the best metric for ranking how much niche-relevant authority a domain has. We don’t look at the use history of a domain.
Learn more about how we categorize domains and how majestic topical trustflow works here.
Will a topical domain list include domains in my vault?
We’re pulling domains from our entire database so, depending on how long you’ve been a member, some of the domains may be in your vault. However, less the 10% of the domains in our database have ever been shown, so in all likelihood most of the domains in a topical list will be new.
What’s the minimum topical trustflow that I’ll get with a topic list?
Potentially you can get all the way down to a topical trust of 1 if it’s one of our top 50 domains in that niche. But you can preview all the domains and their topical trustflows before buying, so you’ll be able to see. In reality though, most of the topical trustflows seem to be about 7 and up.
Is it possible that the domains in my topical domain list have even higher topical trust in another category?
Yes. Most domains have multiple topics, so its quite possible that a domain with Topical Trustflow (TTF) 20 in business / construction would have TTF 25 in a totally unrelated topic like arts / design.