The Easiest Way To Find Powerful Expired Domains


Are you taking full advantage of expired domains at the moment?

Imagine being able to buy a domain that already has an awesome backlink profile and existing targeted traffic for the same price as a brand new domain.

You can use expired domains to build out a new authority site to slingshot past the competition easily or use them to build out a powerful private blog network.

Whatever you do, you simply cannot ignore the power expired domains offer and today you are going to learn how to harness that power properly.

What You Will Learn

  • How to use expired domains to get an unfair advantage
  • The easiest way to find powerful expired domains in any niche
  • How to buy expired domains with traffic
  • How to rebuild expired websites in 1 click

What Can You Use Expired Domains For?

In a moment I am going to show you the easiest way to find powerful expired domains with traffic.

But before I do that, I want to make sure that you understand exactly what you can use expired domains for.

Personally I use them in 3 different ways-

Method #1 – Building Authority Sites

When I choose to build a new authority site or niche site, I never do it on a brand new domain.

The problem with new domains is that you have to invest in building up their authority from an SEO perspective which costs significant time & money to do.

Instead I prefer to register an expired domain that already has authority to build the site on.

That gives me a huge head start and quite often building out a content rich site on a powerful expired domain is enough to crack the first page rankings without any additional work.

You just wouldn’t have that advantage with a brand new domain!

And the best bit?

Registering an expired domains costs exactly the same as registering a brand new virgin domain.

Method #2 – Building A Private Blog Network

Without doubt, the most powerful type of link you can create is a private blog network.

In essence you are building a fleet of highly authoritative sites in a specific niche and then you use those sites to rank any site you want easily.

Private blog networks are the holy grail of link building. You have full control over content, link placement, anchor text and much more.

But all of that starts with finding expired domains in your niche that have a clean link profile and spam free history.

Method #3 – 301 Redirects

Simply take the expired domain you bought and 301 redirect it to your main site.

This will pass over a portion of the link juice and authority of the expired domain to your site immediately. Bonus points if that domain has existing traffic!

However this method comes with a warning, you can get away with doing 1 or 2 of these to your main site for a quick shortcut – but I wouldn’t recommend it as a regular link building habit.

Bonus Method – Private Web 2.0 Blog Network

Just like normal domains expire, so do sub domains from popular web 2.0 blogging services like, Blogspot & Tumblr etc

If you can find them, then that means you can easily build a powerful network of web 2.0 sites for the total price of nothing!

All you have to do is register a free account, claim the expired username/subdomain and you are done.

You can read more about this strategy here.

How To Find Powerful Expired Domains Easily

So now you know how to use expired domains to your advantage, I am going to show you the easiest way to find them.

For that I like to use a piece of software called Domain Hunter Gatherer.

Here are just a few reasons that it is awesome-

  • 5 Ways To Find Expired Domains:
    • Hunt From Keywords: Enter some keywords from your niche and the software will find expired domains with links from webpages that are currently ranking for those keywords.
    • Hunt From Websites: Crawl specific website(s) to find expired domains that they link to. Eg you could find expired domains with links from Wikipedia/The New York Times etc.
    • Reverse Hunt Domains: Enter a domain and the software will find all fo the backlinks to that domain and then scan them to find expired domains. Great for snapping up domains that also link to your competitors.
    • Auction Hunter: Enter your keywords to search 8 expired domain marketplaces & look up important metrics.
    • Web 2.0 Hunter: Find relevant expired web 2.0 domains from 20 different web 2.0 platforms.
  • No 3rd Party Services Required: The software also fetches metrics from Majestic & Moz at no additional cost which saves 100’s of dollars per month. It is an all in one solution.
  • Filtering/Sorting: You can easily sort and filter by any metric you can imagine including countries and languages. You can even filter to buy expired domains with traffic!
  • Bonus Feature: You can rebuild entire websites in just 1 click, watch the video below to learn more.

Take a look at how easy it is to use along with some of my own exclusive personal tips & advice in this video.

I’ll also share a bonus tip that shows you how to register expired domains with traffic! Watch over my shoulder as a find an expired domain with over 11,000 visitors per month in the mental health niche.

Click Here to Read the Transcript

Resources In The Video

Domain Hunter Gatherer – Easily the best tool on the market to find powerful expired domains quick & easily with no additional costs. – My preferred proxy provider, you can use the much cheaper semi-dedicated ones.
Build A Web 2.0 Network – This tutorial teaches you how to build an expired web 2.0 network of sites.
Private Blog Network Specialist – Learn how to build private blog networks that right way

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it, now you know not only how to use expired domains to your advantage but also the easiest way to find them.

Whether you want to buy expired domain with traffic or a huge SEO authority – you are armed with the knowledge you need to gain an unfair advantage.

Not only that, but you also know how to rebuild entire expired websites in 1 click which will save you a ton of money and time!

So I only have one question for you

How will you take advantage of expired domains in your business?

148 Responses

  1. 10.13.2016

    Perfect timing for this article as I am building my PBN right now, I also buy expiring domains that have lots of power.

    Thanks Matt

  2. 10.13.2016

    Great post :) you are amazing ;)

  3. 10.13.2016

    Thanks Matthew for this guide!!
    Can i sell domain on Flippa?

  4. 10.13.2016

    Great post again and nice tool we can use even for free.

    More in details… can expired domains also be one of the sources for broken backlinks outreach strategy?

    Find expired domain with backlinks -> outreach -> get backlinks?

  5. 10.13.2016

    Great post. I planned to build my PBN websites for my money site. Most of the tutorials teach me never link out more than one money site. Explain me briefly, What would you recommend?

    Thanks Matthew For your Excellent tutorials.

    • October 14th, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Can you clarify your question please

      • October 20th, 2016 at 5:42 am

        Most of PBN experts teach me, Your PBN should link out to only one money site. Please explain me how many links we can place on our PBN’s?

        • October 26th, 2016 at 2:59 pm

          Yes link to your money site only once, but you should also link out to other sites as well to camouflage things a little

          • Mark Harmon
            October 29th, 2016 at 7:25 am

            Thanks Matt For your Help…

  6. 10.13.2016

    Always love to read the blog Thanks for sharing awesome stuff i am already working with expire domain these working fine for ranking.

  7. 10.13.2016

    Hey Matthew, awesome post as always. For this seo technique i often use and after i check it with majestic seo if backlink profile is good or is spammy. Now i’m going to try this peace of software :)

    • October 14th, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Yes that works but takes a long time and you are only seeing a very narrow scope of domains where as domain hunter gatherer actually goes out and spiders the web looking for expired domains

      • October 14th, 2016 at 10:04 am

        yes of course, i’m trying domain hunter gatherer, is a very strong tool. Just yesterday i have found 3 lovely websites. Thanks to you Matthew, I’ll buy you a beer. :D

        • October 15th, 2016 at 9:39 am

          How are you finding it compared to the method?

          Thanks for the beer offer, but I am training for Ironman so no beer for me haha =D

          • October 16th, 2016 at 7:21 am

            it’s very easy to use and more actionable. This software made the hard work for me: D

          • October 17th, 2016 at 11:00 am

            My favourite kind of software :)

  8. 10.13.2016

    Thanks for the guide Matthew. I was thinking of creating PBN sites woth powerful backlinks and this article will help me a lot.

  9. 10.13.2016

    Great post Matt, just what I was looking for thank you!

  10. john

    Useful video matt I’ve been using DHG as my main tool for pbn for quite some time. I never considered checking traffic and I bet I’ve missed on some great gems. Part of my own strategy is I also use ahrefs metrics because they have a better index than moz and majestic.

    Quite a lot of the time majestic trust flow will be great but ref domains below 10 but when I check ahrefs its considerably higher for ref domains. Without ahrefs I would of passed over these domains and missed out. Worthwhile addition if your building a lot of pbns. I also use linkultra backlink for my final spam check as it checks language,site type and if backlinks are comment, profile spammed etc enabling me to check if the backlinks of the domain are solid very quick.

    • October 14th, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Yes Ahrefs have a bigger index, but I actually find the metrics from Majestic to be more reliable but as always, the more data sources you have – the better!

  11. Promo Guru

    Do you have an example authority site you have built using an ED?

  12. Brandon

    Is their a mac or online alternative for domain hunter?

    • October 14th, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I don’t think so sorry

      • October 14th, 2016 at 9:28 am

        You could try BlueChipBacklinks

        • October 14th, 2016 at 4:51 pm

          Matthew-lol. So which one is better, you find? BlueChip Or Domain Hunter? Guessing similar tools

          • October 15th, 2016 at 9:35 am

            They are similar tools in many ways, but they also have their own unique features. No matter which one you decide to use, it wouldn’t be a bad choice.

  13. 10.14.2016

    Great article but i am confuse to setup pbn domain.. for example: i got expire domain, how can i setup domain ? can i use old data from wayback machine like article etc. or use new article? what is the initial step to post the article and get backlink?

    • October 14th, 2016 at 9:27 am

      You can rebuild the site yes, but my preferred method is to build out a new site that looks like a real authority site

  14. 10.14.2016

    Hey Matthew, Really nice video. THis looks like a really handy tool. I do have a couple of questions though:
    1. I imagine you need to use proxies?
    2. This is installed on your computer right? So, how long did it take to run a search and did it slow down your computer?

    I know these are “sort of broad” questions. Indulge me? TY.

    • October 14th, 2016 at 9:27 am

      You don’t need to use proxies, but having them speeds up the process of scraping and you can use the cheap semi dedicateds from BuyProxies

      Yes this is a desktop tool which is surprisingly light on resource usage!

  15. 10.14.2016

    Very useful article, I just got to know about that how useful the expired sub domains can be for quality links.

  16. Matt

    Great tutorial. Shame there aren’t many domains with decent backlink profiles in my niche though.

  17. Gene

    Hi Matthew,
    This software is PC only.
    Where would you suggest to run it as a Mac user?
    Thanks for all your great advice!

    • October 15th, 2016 at 9:38 am

      As a mac user, you either need to buy a real computer :P or use something like BlueChipBacklinks

      • Gene
        October 15th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

        I took a look at B** and at first it sound good, but the domains they display need to be checked by Moz, Majestic and ahrefs from spamed links.
        Unless you are selling domains or need a lot of them for your clients it is cheaper to buy from a trusted seller.
        But let me insist: isn’t there any kind of server where you can install this PC software?

        • October 17th, 2016 at 11:02 am

          They provide all of those metrics in B**?

          Yes you could install this software on a Windows VPS from PowerUpHosting and have it running 24/7

  18. Navjeet

    Thats great article as expected from you, let me buy some expired domains first then back to you :)

  19. 10.14.2016

    Anything that you’d recommend that’s cloud based or for Mac OSX?

  20. 10.14.2016

    This is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for this post.

    I just got my 7 day trail of Pro hunter and playing with it. It is really easy to use and very fast results.

    Only one thing confused me, that is “Google index”. I am getting very few domains with G index from thousands of expired domain. and it is really a gamble if I buy de-indexed expired domain.

    • October 15th, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Most expired domains will not be indexed by Google anymore, because the domain is expired. Once its live again with a site on it, Google will reindex it.

  21. adrian

    what plan we need to use it this way?

  22. BCKwebsolutions

    Hey Matthew, great to see a local Cheshire guy doing so well and giving out so much great info. What’s your view on register compass? Worth the money ?

    • October 17th, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks :)

      Register Compass isn’t a bad tool by any means, but it’s not always so easy to find great domains with it.

  23. Craig Cooper

    I keep telling myself I should get rid of domains and not acquire more, but you make a very tempting point for the getting more

  24. 10.19.2016

    Hey Matthew Sir,
    Thanks For This PBN And Expired Domain Guid. .
    I Am Working On Education Nice And It is very Helpful for me
    Another Best Article

  25. 10.19.2016

    I am trialing EDH pro and have entered your recommended metrics (for expired domains) as a filter, and am searching thousands of expired domains but the filter is not letting any through. Its like the metrics are set way too high.
    In 4 massive multiple keyword searches that took several hours each I found 2 domains, but then did spam check and they failed.

    I am so amped to find some gems but Im not finding it easy, what am I doing wrong?

    • October 26th, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Well I have a very high standard for the domains I buy, and there is a lot of competition for them so you can either loosen up the requirements or keep searching

  26. Francisco

    Hi Matthew,
    I tested the tool seem to be good but is not getting Moz or Majestic metrics.
    Show 0 as metrics in more than 3000 domains that the tool found.
    Do you know why?

    • October 26th, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Do any of the domains show metrics?

      I suspect the big DDOS attack that has hit the web and key DNS servers maybe responsible for the missing data

  27. 10.23.2016

    admin can you tell me can i use expire domain for event blogging this is good for seo or bad

  28. Fabio

    Hi Matt, this is a great tutorial.
    Do you think that Domain Hunter Gathered is a better choice over SerpDrive? I´m testing serpdrive and i´m very happy with it.

  29. Rick

    Hi Matthew,

    Is there a way of not gathering the metrics of domains I do not want. It finds lots of tld’s which I don’t want to use because registration is not possible, too expensive or I just don’t want those. Now the software finds them and metrics are pulled. These are eating the credits of 50.000 which you get with a subscription of DHG.

    • Rick
      October 26th, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Or when you set the filters before scraping, will DGH pass the domains in the filters for pulling the metrics?


      • October 26th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        Hey Rick,

        Not 100% sure on this one, I suggest contacting DGH support directly to check

  30. kaley

    Hai matthew,
    Nice article in perfect time. I just wanted to build my web2.0 PBN and struggling in finding expired web2.0
    Should give this tool a try

    • October 28th, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Yeah it’s a great tool for finding cheap domains!

  31. 10.29.2016

    Very detail video. can this tool be used to get expired domains having a specific keyword in domain.

  32. Charlie Street

    Loved your post as always Matt. I have a question though. You see, I’ve found an expired domain with DA 30 but I don’t know whether it’s been a victim of Google’s Manual spam action or not? Without buying that domain, can you give me an idea how to check it please? I would really be grateful.


    • November 1st, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      You have to look at all the other factors to figure that out.

      Is the backlink profile clean or heavily spammed with exact match anchors?

      Look at the domain in, was it a good site before or repurposed as someone elses private blog network at some point?

      You can even put the domain into something like SEMRush to get an idea of if it used to rank and if there were any sudden traffic drops that weren’t related to the expiry of the domain etc

  33. 11.1.2016

    This post help me a lot to get backlinks for expired domain.
    Keep up the good work Matt!

  34. 11.2.2016

    While getting a new domain name will give your site a clean slate and allow you to start a fresh marketing campaign, you may not be aware of the fact that some expired domains come with a high Page Rank value. A company that buys such a domain will not have to work so hard on website promotion and backlink building techniques. Thanks for updating this really informative post!

  35. Tony

    Hi. Matthew.

    I am really new to all this. I am about to launch my blog in the next week. I have a domain and a wordpress blog set ready to go. Clearly it will have no traffic from day one and I guess it will take a while to build up. So my question is would you advise a begginer like me to stick with the one blog for a while and build it up. Or is it worth investing the time early on to master how to find expired domains and link them to the blog?

    • November 8th, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Yes stick with one blog for now, build out a solid base of content and get your first 100 subscribers.

      Then worry about other stuff.

      The only thing you may want to consider right now, is to actually build your blog on an expired domain that already has strong SEO metrics.

  36. Nemesis99

    Top of the day to you Matthew.

    This article has really opened my eyes to an opportunity of not only registering my online presence but to money making opportunities as well. My question is do you have an article that explains in detail how to make money parking and selling of juicy expired domains.

    Which Domain Hunting Gatherer plan is best to subscribe to for a start?

    • November 8th, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Sorry that’s not something I have experience with myself, but for sure a marketplace of high quality domains with powerful SEO metrics would do very well!

      Start with the cheapest plan and work your way up if you need to.

  37. Auction Tips

    Hey Matthew,

    Great points on finding the right domains. Sometimes, I like to find them on auction so I know I’m getting a good deal.

    Thanks for the Web 2.0 idea as well,

  38. Rodolfo Barros

    To use the software is it possible to use the semi-dedicated proxies?

    How many proxies will it take to use it?

    What proxies need to be changed in how much time?


    Thanks Matthew

  40. انواع آموزش بافت مو

    Quite a lot of the time majestic trust flow will be great but ref domains below 10 but when I check ahrefs its considerably higher for ref domains.

  41. 11.20.2016

    Hi Matt,

    You got any more step by steps on building PBNs from the bottom up? I don’t want to get it wrong as it could hurt my rankings.

  42. 11.29.2016

    Hey there Matt,

    Domain Hunter Gatherer is pricey subscription based software, do you recommend any others that are a little bit more realistic with their pricing?

  43. Free Recharge

    Thank you so much bro for providing me best article.

  44. 12.14.2016

    Really interesting article. Whilst I realise there will be lots of work in building a PBN Domain Hunter Gatherer should at least automate some of the work.

    I’ve purchased it today. I only have 10 private proxies but searches seem to take all day. Also unlike the examples you show in your video, the results I get are generally not that great. By that I mean it’s hard to find a single domain that has decent trust rank and is not considered spammy at the same time.

    Is there something over and above what is in this article that I am missing? I do wonder why someone would just give up a domain if it had some value. I’m trying to build backlinks for domains that are quite niche with relatively small likely traffic.

    Would welcome any comments. I need to decide whether to continue with the software after initial 7 days and to judge it fairly I want to make sure I’m not missing anything. So far today I’m not convinced it will turn up anything like the examples given in this video.


    • December 15th, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Well Gary, the problem is there are lots of people scraping the web for domains so finding those golden gems is often a bit of a hunt.

      Not everyone looks at domains that are expiring with SEO in mind and websites just naturally come and go.

  45. Dai

    Hi Matt,

    Should I use an expired domain, which was penalized for building an authority site?

  46. Hey Sir… can i use expired domain for Adsense Earning or not?

  47. mark oc

    Hi Matthew, great tutorial loved it, what are your thoughts on flipping any of the domains you find? Can you find quality domains with this software to flip just the domain? Cheers mate

    • January 20th, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Yeah you can find quality domains easily and then do whatever you want with them!

  48. 1.9.2017

    This is good to know. I’ve been looking for a program that could find expired domains for me :)

  49. Stuart

    I read your review about Domain Hunter Gatherer Pro and Dom Recovery.
    I have a question if you pull up an old website with Dom Recovery and put it on the web as it was, don’t you violate copyright laws?

    • January 20th, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I don’t know what country you are from or what the law is there, nor am I qualified to advise on that.

      • Stuart
        January 25th, 2017 at 7:33 am

        In the UK would it be a copyright infringement to just take the website as is and put it on the web? from Dom Cop?
        Also, do people just sell the domains using Domain Hunter Gatherer?

        • January 31st, 2017 at 10:03 am

          I’m not qualified to say one way or the other

          Yes you could resell the domains

  50. Kashif Raza

    Hi Matthew,

    I want to know is Expired Domain tricks still works ?? As there are many news that Google is not giving extra credit of using expired domain. ?? Are those news true ???

  51. Arvinder Singh

    Awesome Post! Now I am starting to build my own PBN!

  52. 1.16.2017

    But people still preferring to use scrapbox, but i personally use scrapbox ,it is taking time to find expire domains.

    If i say about this video i don’t think so finding expire domains is so difficult task :)

    • January 20th, 2017 at 8:21 am

      How do you use Scrapebox to find expired domains?

      • January 20th, 2017 at 10:35 am

        I am using scrap box plugin expire domain finder. But I saw reviews about Domain Hunter Gatherer. People are not talking about this tool in 2016 but scrap box still effective. What is your point of view :)

  53. 1.20.2017

    Will have a go. It looks it might save some time:)

  54. ojasbharti

    Hello Matthew Sir,
    Thanks For This OSAM Expired Domain Article.
    I Am Working On Educational Nice And It is very Helpful for me
    Another Best Article

  55. Ben

    Your guide is great and I started with scrapebox but found all the different processes a bit confusing and very time consuming so I tried DHG, it took a while to get all the settings to suit me but I can now find high quality expired domains and web 2 in just a few clicks which makes the overall process far faster than scrapebox.

    • January 23rd, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Yeah its far quicker and much more diverse in how it finds domains rather than relying on solely GoDaddy auctions

  56. 1.22.2017

    Does this software do the same job as Domcop and Register Compass? Or is it better?

    • January 23rd, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      They help to find expire domains as well but this is desktop software that has a few unique search features

      • January 23rd, 2017 at 4:39 pm

        I found it very difficult and expensive to buy domains for PBN through auction. I’m looking for the best way to find powerful domains for my PBN. But I have found that it is no easy task. :-?

        • January 24th, 2017 at 10:24 am

          Yes that’s why it’s good to use tools like this one where you will find domains that are freely available to register with any domain registrar

  57. 1.24.2017

    Thanks for the answers Matthew :D
    And congratulations to the site. Read your content, if you learn a lot from SEO.

  58. 1.24.2017

    Awesome Post! Thanks to shearing such a useful post. Keep at up

  59. Stuart

    How does Domain Hunter Gatherer compare to Bluechip Backlinks? Which is better for finding high authority backlinked domains?

    • January 31st, 2017 at 9:59 am

      One is a desktop tool and one is a web based service. I like them both although DHG has more ways to find domains

  60. Sadi

    Nice article :)

    It is necessary to use Niche relevant Expired domain for 301 Redirect.??

    If I am working on health, but I have an expired domain on shoes can I use
    shoes domain on health site for 301 redirect ?

    • February 25th, 2017 at 7:08 am

      I wouldnt do that personally, the niche can be unrelated but they should fall under the same category at least. Eg weight lifting and yoga would be good, but baseball and used cars wouldn’t.

  61. 2.27.2017

    Dear, do you sell PBNs, i see your blog is very good. If yes please pm me via email.
    Thank you.

  62. 3.23.2017

    Hi! I found a 327$ semrush tr cost through expireddomainsnet. I ridirected to my site 3 days ago but nothing happens. I didnt check other parameters because I dont know which is better to be higher: majestic backlinks, DA, PA, mozrank?!! Can u help me? Should I by DGH or better DomCop? DomCop seems simplier.

    • April 14th, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Semrush traffic cost isn’t a metric I would consider, plus you need to wait a couple of weeks for any SEO benefits – assuming it has any SEO metrics to pass over

  63. Tommy

    Nice post. One of websites I use to find good expired domains to build websites on them is

    They provide a good list of keyword, brandable domains that will end the same day on GoDaddy Auctions and if I find something I like I’ll just check if it has any backlinks. brandable/keyword domains + backlinks is a winner!

    • April 4th, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Yes that is a great resource although a lot of manual work to get all the metrics you need

  64. Sgraphinfotech

    Thanks for sharing the great article…

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