Learn How To Find Powerful Expired Domains Step By Step

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

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

You can use expired domain names to:

  • Build out a new authority site to slingshot past the competition
  • Build out a powerful private blog network.
Whatever you do, you simply cannot ignore the power expired domain names offer and today you are going to learn how to harness that power properly.

What Can You Use Expired Domains For?

Although there are lots of things expired domain names can be used for, I personally use expired domains in 3 different ways:

  • Building authority sites
  • Building a private blog network
  • 301 redirects

In a moment I am going to show you the easiest way to find powerful expired domain names with traffic & how to check domain name availability.

But before I do that, I want to make sure that you understand exactly what you can use dropped domains for in a bit more detail.

Method #1 – Building Authority Sites

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

The problem with new domain names is that you have to invest in building up their page authority and from an SEO perspective this costs significant time & money to do.

Instead, I prefer to register an expired domain that already has high domain authority.

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 work.

I recently bought a domain name from Spamzilla and set the site up on July 2nd which won it’s first featured snippet on August 17th-

site growth using an expired domain

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

And the best bit?

Buying expired domain name costs exactly the same as registering a brand new domain. Plus, expired domains are registered at a regular domain registrar as you would a new domain. Learn more with my detailed Spamzilla review.

Method #2 – Building A Private Blog Network

In essence, you use expired domain names to build a fleet of high quality highly authoritative sites in a specific niche and then you use those sites to rank your site.

Look at how we used them to 14x search traffic for this site

14x Search Traffic SEO Case Study Infographic

But all of that starts with finding & buying expired domain names in your niche that have a clean link profile and spam-free history which is easier said than done.

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 old domain to your site immediately. Bonus points if that domain name 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.

How To Find Powerful Expired Domains Easily

Now you know how to use expired domains to your advantage, I am going to show you the easiest ways to find them.

There are 2 tools I like to use to find domain lists – a piece of software called Domain Hunter Gatherer and a web based tool called Spamzilla.

Either of these tools can be used for finding and buying expired domain names easily!

But I am going to show you how to do it with DHG (see my full Domain Hunter Gatherer review) because that’s a little be trickier to work with (Spamzilla is fairly self-explanatory)

There are a number of ways you can use it to find domains.

  • 5 Ways To Find Expired Domain Names:
    • Hunt From Keywords: Enter some keywords from your niche and the software will find expired domain names with links from webpages that are currently ranking for those keywords.
    • Hunt From Websites: Crawl specific website(s) to find dropped domains that they link to. Eg you could find expired domain names 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 domain names. Great for snapping up domain names 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 domain names 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 – all rights reserved – with traffic!

Watch over my shoulder as I find domains with over 11,000 visitors per month in the mental health niche.

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Resources In The Video

Domain Hunter Gatherer – Easily the best tool on the market to find powerful expired domains quick & easily – all rights reserved – with no additional costs.
BuyProxies.org – My preferred proxy provider, you can use the much cheaper semi-dedicated ones.

Wrapping It Up

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

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

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?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an expired domain?

An expired domain is a domain that was previously registered by a person or business that was not renewed before the expiration date. Then they can be re-registered by somebody else.

How do I find out when a domain expires?

You can find out when any domain expires easily by using one of the many free whois lookup tools like https://who.is

Tools like this will tell you an awful lot of things about the domain including precisely when it expires when it was registered, who is the current registered owner along with contact details.

Who owns a domain?

If you want to check who owns a domain, you can use Whois or websites such as Tucows or GoDaddy. All you need to do is enter the exact URL or the full domain name and you can find all the information available about that domain.

What happens when your domain expires?

If your domain expires then it will immediately become inactive. This means all the services that are attached to it also stop functioning.

You cannot make updates to an expired domain but the domain should be available for you to reactivate with your previous rate within the Expired Domain list.

Also, your domain will be declared as expired domain and domain registrar will start bidding for that domain.

Indeed, your domain will be

What is the grace period for domain renewal?

A domain renewal ‘grace period’ is the period of time that someone can renew their domain registration for the normal renewal price.

Most domain providers will offer a 40-day renewal grace period but this could vary so be sure to check out and make note of how many days you have to renew your expired domain when purchasing.

Why should I buy an expired domain name?

Buying expired domain can be a great way to:

  • Build authority sites – with solid page authority & domain authority
  • Buil a private blog network

…without investing time, effort and tons of money to do so. Indeed, buying expired domain costs the same as registering a new brand domain!