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 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 WordPress.com, 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.


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.
BuyProxies.org – 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?

271 Responses

  1. Paul Leary

    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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Then you are on the right path Paul :)

    • Search Expired Domain
      April 17th, 2017 at 3:00 am

      Great, awesome post as always.
      Make sure you use different hosting and IP Class for each PBN, also set all domain WHOIS to private, so google can’t track that these are your PBN. However, google hate the PBN strategy.

    • Rayan
      May 16th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Paul,
      Mind sharing any tips on buying expiring domains? Any resources?

  2. shahid maqbool

    Great post :) you are amazing ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Shahid!

  3. Naeem

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Yes of course

  4. Matjaz

    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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Yes that would work very well as well!

    • John
      July 28th, 2017 at 12:15 am

      Can share me the free tool name for finding expired domain?

  5. Mark Harmon

    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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Can you clarify your question please

      • Mark Harmon
        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?

        • Matthew Woodward
          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. Zahid

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:32 am

      No problem Zahid!

  7. Antonio Mecca

    Hey Matthew, awesome post as always. For this seo technique i often use expireddomains.net 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 :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      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

      • Antonio Mecca
        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

        • Matthew Woodward
          October 15th, 2016 at 9:39 am

          How are you finding it compared to the expireddomains.net method?

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

          • Antonio Mecca
            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

          • Matthew Woodward
            October 17th, 2016 at 11:00 am

            My favourite kind of software :)

  8. Shafi Khan

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Good luck with your domain hunt!

  9. Mat

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:31 am

      No problem!

  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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I don’t think so sorry

      • Matthew Woodward
        October 14th, 2016 at 9:28 am

        You could try BlueChipBacklinks

        • Moon
          October 14th, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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

          • Matthew Woodward
            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. Prixca

    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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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. Moon

    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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      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. Abhi

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Yeah they are great to use and free!

  16. Matt

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:25 am

      What is your niche?

  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!

    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

        • Matthew Woodward
          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 :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 15th, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Haha thanks :)

  19. Shaheen Adibi

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 15th, 2016 at 9:36 am

      You could use BlueChipBacklinks or alternatively buy a real computer :P

      • Shaheen Adibi
        October 18th, 2016 at 10:43 am

        Hah thanks!, and fair enough!

  20. Harris

    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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 15th, 2016 at 9:35 am

      How do you mean?

  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 ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 17th, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Well if you’re not using them, ditch them :)

  24. Bharti

    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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 19th, 2016 at 8:46 am

      No problem Bharti!

  25. Tom

    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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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. Ahsan Awan

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 26th, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Yes you can do that!

  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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 26th, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      They are both great tools!

  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?


      • Matthew Woodward
        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

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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

  31. Kaushik Dutta

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:35 pm


  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.


    • Matthew Woodward
      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 archive.org, 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. Kate Walls

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      No problem Kate :)

  34. Onehalf AU

    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!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 3rd, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Page Rank is an entirely outdated metric

  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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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,

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 8th, 2016 at 10:19 am

      No problem Dennis :)

  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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 16th, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Yes that is what I use my self :)

  39. 30g30.com

    Thanks Matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 15th, 2016 at 9:12 am

      No worrys :)

  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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 16th, 2016 at 10:57 am

      That is because the Ahrefs database is bigger

  41. Joe Fury

    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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I have a full course here http://marketerseal.com/ but I’m not taking on new students for a couple of months

  42. Clint

    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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:56 am

      No problem!

  44. Gary Box

    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.


    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      No not if it was penalised

  46. Sharmeela Farooqi

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 5th, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Sure you can :)

  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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2017 at 9:47 am

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

  48. Brendon Maynze

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 10th, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      It’s an awesome tool :)

  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?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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?

        • Matthew Woodward
          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 ???

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2017 at 8:41 am

      They work great!

  51. Arvinder Singh

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2017 at 8:22 am

      That is a wise decision :)

  52. Naeem Akram

    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 :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2017 at 8:21 am

      How do you use Scrapebox to find expired domains?

      • Naeem Akram
        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. Martin

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Less time working, more time playing :)

  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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 23rd, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      No problem :)

  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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      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. Jhonny

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      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

      • Jhonny
        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. :-?

        • Matthew Woodward
          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. Jhonny

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 31st, 2017 at 10:13 am

      No problem Jhonny!

  58. GSERB

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 31st, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thanks :)

      • Tapan Patel
        February 2nd, 2017 at 5:43 am


  59. Stuart

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      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 ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      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. Viet

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

  62. Ocean Of Seo

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 8th, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      No problem :)

  63. Dori

    Hi! I found a 327$ semrush tr cost through expireddomainsnet. I ridirected to my site alawaelbooking.com 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.

    • Matthew Woodward
      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

  64. Tommy

    Nice post. One of websites I use to find good expired domains to build websites on them is http://www.expireddomains.com

    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!

    • Matthew Woodward
      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

  65. Sgraphinfotech

    Thanks for sharing the great article…

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2017 at 9:17 am

      No problem!

  66. Christian

    Thanks for the information, but most of the features you mentioned here are only available for the professional version. I will give it a try anyway.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      You can still find some good ones with the free version!

  67. Mike Hassi

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Yes that helps for sure

  68. Allen Marin

    thanks for the info matt as i some sort of idea about link building through expired domains but after reading your post now i can assure you that i know at least 60% and will try by my self :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Hahaha just take action and you’ll be fine

  69. Paul

    This was the best article I read for a long time, I did not know this technique.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 19th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      No problem Paul!

  70. alessandro

    Hi Matthew, I’ve just signed up for DHG but in the settings there is no any API key for MOZ. Have they changed premium account removing them by default? Have I to buy a monthly openapps plan? Thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 19th, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      You don’t need an account with them

  71. mohammed salah Shabaan El Sayed

    I want to know how to transfer my domain to a buyer? Also what free services can I use to check a domains backlinks and traffic?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 18th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Your domain registrar will offer transfers

  72. Erwin Pratama

    I am still afraid to buy expired domains.
    That’s because you probably do not know if the domain is already hit by google sandbox or deindex.
    How to solve this problem?

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 16th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Do your own manual checks on the backlink profile and history of the site

  73. tin

    O** i just bought and tried the PRO version because i watched your video and also it was a great way and time saving because all the metrics like majestic, ahrefs are all there in a single click ..

    BUT NO.. you have to signup for majestics API which is too expensive.. my g** what a rip off

    • tin
      May 20th, 2017 at 8:19 am

      sorry its ok now pls delete this comment.. support says i have to wait for my account to be setup now all is ok

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      No you don’t? I am not using it with the Majestic api

  74. Pritam

    Well, I build my Authority site on an expired domain,Their would be any Problem ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 29th, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      No just make sure it doesn’t have a spammy backlink profile/history

  75. shoukath

    this blog is just my mind opening I spent more than 5 hours in your blog learnt much about SEO.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 31st, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Thanks glad to have you here :)

  76. ssahni

    This post is just amazing though.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  77. Jonathan Melody

    Hello Matt

    Glad to have stumbled on this.

    Do you advise using the dom recovery for PBNs as against rebuilding from scratch?


    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:54 am

      I build from scratch personally

  78. iwan

    Hi Matthew,

    I followed your tutorial but I’m still struggling to find domains that match the critieria tf/cf 15/15 and da 15. I mean there are plenty of domains with those metrics but they are not english domains like .jp .ad are those still good to use in PBN’s even though they are in different language?


    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I would look for broader search terms first

  79. Greg

    Hey Matt,

    I was wondering what your minimum metrics are when buying a PBN domain (DA,PA, TF, CF)?

    Also, have you had much success with Domain Hunter Gatherer finding any gems? So far my results haven’t been particularly overwhelming…



    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Anything 15+

      Yes I always find good stuff!

  80. Devangi

    Hello sir !! How can find Expired domain ? Expired domain find then i can put google add in my expire domain ??

    Thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Yes just follow the video

  81. LIJIN

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m on my way to start a niche website – my second one. After working for the first one, I learnt that expired domains give a head start to the hard work I’m going to put in.
    Searching more on the topic, I came here in your website. I have few queries on this.
    I have found few domains matching my niche. But there are few issues- some have web archive history or has links from non-target countries.
    My questions are:
    1. I have expired domains which has web archive history and they are not related to my domain. The only thing is that they have my niche keyword in the domain name. Does web archive history affect the ranking? What if the expired domain is not related to my niche?
    2. What if majority of the inbound links come from countries which I’m not targeting? Most of the backlinks to these expired domains are coming from non-US countries. But I’m targeting US.

    Sorry for bit long.
    Awaiting for your reply

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:54 pm


      1) Is the history spammy in any way or only irrelevant?

      2) It would be better to come from the US but not critical

      What are the majestic CF and TF values?

  82. HP Sangha

    hello mate awesome blog. i have question is expire domain still work?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Yes of course :)

  83. Silas T Nkoana

    Hi Matthew,

    I’m ready to purchase domain hunter gatherer after seeing your video but I’m a little scared to spend money because all I need is information for South Africa and the Domains that expire for .co.za if you can do a quick check (not a long as the video ) on the features it has for .co.za and let me know id show my appreciation by purchasing immediately as this is my only concern.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      They will refund you within 30 days no problem

  84. Adwm

    Great guide for new byes Thanks Matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:47 am

      No problem Adwm!

  85. chatinow

    Great!!!!!! I really enjoyed reading this post. please don’t stop now to share your important post.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:27 am

      No problem :)

  86. Muhammad Wasiullah

    Very Nice Article Good Work

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Muhammand!

  87. Mike

    Hi Matthew,

    Great post! I tried to repurpose an expired domain to build an authority site (your method 1) – but it doesn’t rank as it should. i checked the backlink profile via majestic and archive.org and it’s clean. also checked the metrics of the competition. with the amount of trust and link juice my expired domain has vs. the competition, it should be on page 1 for those keywords. is there something i’m missing here?



    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      How long has it been and what kind of content did you place on the domain?

  88. Adam

    Beautiful Article.One thing, Matthew would you suggest building main money site on expired domain?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 18th, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Yes for sure!

  89. Kamaldeep

    If I download the content from one of the expired domain(archive) and use in our new domain then it will count duplicate content or Google will count fresh content?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Check in copyscape or with some Google searches to see if its unique first

  90. govtbharti


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      No problem!

  91. Jacob

    Thanks for sharing the method to find Expired domains. I always pay for expired domains but after reading the article I will not pay again. I will find the domain by self

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      No problem Jacob!

  92. arfan bahdim

    good information, and i will try order your PBN service for next time

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Sounds good to me Arfan

  93. mahi

    Thank you so much sir sharing this information.this post is very useful in my website.beacuase i can find expired domain in my website.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 3:04 pm


  94. Dharmendra Kumar Mishra

    Thanks you for great Post
    Help lot!!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Pleased to help

  95. Tick Blogger

    Thank You

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      No worries

  96. smm buz

    Thank you so much for sharing awesome and helpfull article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      No problem, hope it helped

  97. Sinalo

    Thanks for the tips, will try them out

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      You’d be mad not to

  98. Jessica Lee

    You have some great info here Matthew. Yes why pay when one does not need to you have some valid points

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Jessica

  99. pranav haldar

    Nice post
    It’s very helpful for me

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Cheers Pranav, glad to be of help

  100. SkyTech

    Thank for the Great Article :)

    Loved it!!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      I’m glad you liked it :)

  101. Jessica

    Yes great info i spent so much on expired domains i really appreciate the post

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 11:57 am

      No problem Jessica

  102. mozchecker

    I have developed a website http://mozchecker.com for Moz, majestic, Alexa, SEMrush data for any domain.

    If’s a free of cost. could you please share this website on your fb group page, so people can use free of cost.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 5th, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Nice tool thanks

  103. Sarfraz Khan

    thanks for these tips. But yes, it’s also difficult to find good domains.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2018 at 11:17 am

      No problem Sarfraz

  104. Russell Bowyer

    Thank you for your well written article on expired domains. I need to understand a bit more about proxies though, as that is a bit over my head, but it has given me some great ideas on what to do going forward. I may well use someone of Fiverr to do the research for me first though.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 31st, 2018 at 10:23 am

      You dont really need them on a small scale

  105. Sebi

    If i buy an expired domain and with web arhive put the same content on the expired domain, i think its better, but it really is ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 31st, 2018 at 10:19 am

      I prefer new content

  106. nee

    nice bro

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Thanks pal

  107. vinod sharma

    this is articla is very good friend nice informetion

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 1st, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks, glad you found it helpful

  108. تور استانبول

    that is great…. thanks a lot…

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 7th, 2018 at 10:05 am

      No problem, come back soon :)

  109. spamesr boi

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work
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    • Matthew Woodward
      May 14th, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Yes the comments section on my posts always seem full of other interesting ideas, it’s great!

  110. Ratish

    Hey Matthew, This is really a good article. I have been researching on how to build a PBN for some of my websites and came across this well-explained article. I will try the tool you have suggested and follow the steps that are in checklist guide. Keep up the good work Matthew :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 24th, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Hey Ratish, thanks a lot. I hope you have more success

  111. dastageer dsg

    Very helpfull thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 25th, 2018 at 11:00 am

      No problem

  112. Roshni Patil

    Thanks for the info.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 8th, 2018 at 10:14 am

      No worries

  113. Sofia Lasseter

    Worth reading! I’m about to make more PBN sites including properpbn.com. Thanks for sharing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 5th, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Hey Sofia, thanks very much, good look with your sites

  114. Bernd Kunze

    nice share thank you for very good post

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 18th, 2018 at 8:55 am

      No problem, hope it was useful.

  115. lennex koh

    Good article. Wanna try method 2. Expired Domain

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 24th, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Let me know how you get on.

  116. Sebastien

    Thanks Matthew for your good advices and tips to buy expired domains. I think i will try this tool to find cheap domains :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 27th, 2018 at 9:51 am

      No problem Sebastien. Good luck

  117. Zaheer Ul Islam

    Mice Article I’m looking for it from a long time.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 30th, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks for coming back Zaheer!

  118. Wajahat

    Great Post sir.
    I really need an article like this. Thank you for the Article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 6th, 2018 at 11:20 am

      No worries, glad to have helped.

  119. John boge

    thank you Great Content

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 15th, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Cheers John

  120. mike

    What a amazing method to build backlink if i make 10 blog with expire domain than can i rank of any website with my 10 domain backlink

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 24th, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Mike :)

  121. Yuvraj kore

    Really Powerful blog

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Thanks a lot!

  122. Nazrul Islam

    thank you Great Content for us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 10th, 2018 at 10:13 am

      No worries :)

  123. Nazrul Islam

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

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 13th, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Nazrul, glad you are enjoying my blog :)

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