Hammerhead Domains provides free and premium lists of unregistered domains which have links and authority from previous uses. Since June 2014, we’ve been crawling the web 24/7 for unregistered domains that still have valid link juice, filtering out as much spam as possible, and giving you the lists.
Expired Domains Will Rank Your Money Sites
This has been proven again and again by folks like Hayden from No Hat, Becker from Source Wave, and many more, so I’m not going to write a whole essay about it, but as I’m writing this in November 2014, expired domains work to rank your websites.
Update Feb 2016: They still work! I can verify this from personal experience now, as I have over 20 money sites ranking for hundreds of keywords.
Obviously I’m a huge proponent of expired domains. They are almost universally cheaper than buying domains at auction, they’re just as effective, and you can start using them right away instead of waiting 10 days – 3 months for the domain to become available to you.
But, if you’re used to buying on domains on auction, there’s a few differences you should be aware of…
Expired Domains are Not Indexed Until You Register Them
Unlike buying a domain on auction or from a broker, expired domains will not be indexed in google. This isn’t because of lack of quality, it’s just that google doesn’t have any reason to keep an unregistered domain in their index.
Once you register an expired domain, it should index within about 5-7 days (sometimes more… see our spam checking guide). With good spam checking, you should find about 19 in 20 domains you register will get indexed.
Manually Spam Checking a Domain is Important
While we filter out lots spammy domains using our auto-spam filters, it’s important that you manually spam check any domain before you register it. Check out our training on How to Find Domains that Actually Help You Rank.
I Found a Domain I Want, Now What?
Once you’ve found a good domain, go to an inexpensive domain registrar which will keep your registration private and register the domain. If you’d like some suggestions, find out Where I Register Domains and Why.
Next, you’ll need to host your PBN domain. Good hosting can make or break your PBN, so don’t get stuck with a crappy provider or get onto spammy SEO hosting that will result in your new domain getting deindexed. Check out our guide to How to Safely Host PBN Domains in 2016.
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