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You must have seen many newbies getting involved in domain flipping business.

Why?

Because this is easy to do business. Rather than buying the backlinks for your new blogs, you can always buy the expiring domains and create a blog around them.

Today I opened a group on Facebook and saw many people offering high DA/PA domains and many other people were interested in buying expired domains.

No doubt this is a very profitable and easy business. We can find some good domains and then flip them for a good profit.

If you are selling 4-5 domains per week with little profit of $50-$100 per domain then you can easily make $200-$500 per month.

I am doing this business from the last 3-4 months and it is working great for me as I have sold domains in $500, $251, $81, $50 and few others, and this was one of the easiest businesses I did.

If you are also looking to enter in domain flipping business then here I am going to share some very crucial things before buying a domain from anyone.

First of all, let's start with a little introduction about the expired domain.

An expired domain is a domain which we don't renew. There are many people who forget to renew their domains or they don't have money to renew them again, so domain registrar gives 30 days extension to renew your domain.

If you fail to renew your domain in 30 days extension period then this domain will be declared as expired domain and domain registrar will start bidding for that domain.

Bidding will last for 7 days, and after that, the domain will be given to higher bidder, and with high bids, you can buy expired domain very easily.

And with this process, you can grab many good expiring domains.

Recently I won ProChatting.com in GoDaddy auction. I bought this domain just because of its age, as this is 15 years old domain. πŸ™‚

How can you use these domains?

An expired domain is a great property to do many interesting things. Before proceeding further, and learning how to buy an expired domain and what to see while buying, we will learn how can we use them.

1. 301 Redirect

301 redirect is an easy way to pass all link juice to a new website or a blog. Let's say, you bought a domain name which is having backlinks from TechCrunch, Mashable, Forbes, HBC or any other big websites.

You can simply 301 redirect that domain name to your money website and start seeing improvement in rankings.

2. Building an authority site on that domain

I have personally done this in the past. We bought an education niche domain and added around 100+ articles on that blog.

That domain was getting backlinks from some high authority education websites, so we didn't put any extra efforts to make backlinks for that domain.

We were surprised to see the ranking of our domain name.

Every article we used to write in that blog was ranking in Google.

Although it worked for just a few months, but we made a handsome income with the domain name.

So you can build a site around that expired domain and get the ranking from the past authority of that domain.

3. Private Blog Network (PBN)

This is another sneaky method to trick Google.

SEO experts build their own blogs to link back to their money websites. i.e a private blog network of their own.

Having an expired domain with high DA, PA, and backlinks from the big websites can be a big win here. Once you build a good site on those expired domains and give a backlink to your money website, you can improve the ranking. We recommend SeekHost PBN hosting if you are planning to build a PBN blog.

Here are the Things You Need to Know Before Buying Expired Domains.

Here are the important things you must check when you buy expired domains from any marketplace.

People are selling GoDaddy expired domains on various platforms, but they will only show you right parameters of the domain (example Good DA, PA) and hide all other important things.

make sure you read these 5 points very carefully before getting into domain flipping business.

1. Always check DA/PA of the domain before buying

Thousands of domains expire daily and you can check them on sites like Moonsy, Expired Domain, PR Drop and there are many other sites from where you can find expired/deleted domains.

PA (page authority) and DA (domain authority) are two very important factors to find the quality of any expired domain or live website. DA and PA were introduced by Moz and you can check them on Open Site Explorer. You can use these domain authority checkers to check the stats of domain you are going to buy.

If you are buying any expired domain then always check both of them and try to grab a domain with DA 25+.

2. Always check domain with Google banned checker

You may find a high PA, DA and very good-looking domain but this is of no use if Google has already banned it from search engines.

Check domain with Google banned checker and make sure it is not banned.

Note: If the domain is too good and you want to buy it in any case, even if it is banned, then you can use Google reconsideration request and request them for un-banning the domain.

3. Check Google AdSense ban

You will find hundreds of expired domains which are Google Adsense banned. So if you are thinking to build a website on an expired domain then this must be your first step before buying any domain. Because at the end we are buying a domain to make money online and if it is already banned then it is no use for us.

AdSense Sandbox Checker is such a tool that will help you to find the AdSense ban.

Simply put URL and click on preview Ads.

If all the ads are being displayed then you are in a safe zone, otherwise, it is banned.

4. Check the archive of the website

You might be aware of the above-mentioned things but this will be a new thing.

If you are buying an expired domain and want to see which type of website was running before it expired, then simply go to Archive and put your domain URL there.

Click on take me back button and you will see a screenshot link this.

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As you can see this is a timeline graph where you can click on any year and see how the site looks like in the past.

You can click on circled numbers in the month and you will be able to see a live website of that time. πŸ™‚

Most of the expired domains are spammed to death with Chinese backlinks.

You can check this with aHrefs.

Simply put your domain name in ahrefs site explorer and go in the backlinks section.

Now you will see backlinks like this.

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If there are many Chinese backlinks and many anchor texts with different languages, always avoid that domain name.

What are the websites and marketplaces to buy high-quality deleted/expired domains?

Here are a few of the websites we personally use to buy such domains.

1. Domain Coasters

DomainCoasters is at the top of our expired domains list.

They have a great inventory of expired domains that you can use to build money sites or a powerful PBN.

dropped domains

By visiting their expired domains section, you can see various domains from various categories.

expired domains for sale

If you want to see the backlinks of any domain, simply click on the LINKS in that specific column. It will popup an image showing all the backlinks.

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2. DynaDot

DynaDot is at top of our expired domains list.

expired domain names

Here you can see some of the best domains which are going to expire very soon. You can place your bids and grab the domains if you win.

recently expired domain names

You can add the domain in your watchlist if you are interested to buy any domain name.

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3. DomCop

DomCop is the website we use to grab expiring domains. They have integrated various services with their platform so that you can check all the parameters on the site itself.

aHrefs, SEMRush, SimilarWeb, Moz, Majestic SEO are already integrated with the platform.

4. Moonsy

We are using this website since 2013.

In actual, this was the first website we found to buy high quality expired domains. We used to sit at the night and see which are the best domains expiring tonight.

We were grabbing the domains and then selling at a higher price.

5. ExpiredDomains

One of the most popular names in the domain expiring industry.

They have some amazing filters on the site which you can use to find quality domain names.

6. GoDaddy Auction

Godaddy auction is one of the most trusted places for buying quality expired domains with ease.

They put all the domains in the auction and you can grab the domains.

7. NameJet

NameJet is also very popular to buy domains that are expiring in the near future.

They have 3 prime categories to pick the domain names easily.

Hot Picks, Last Chace and Open Auction are the 3 categories to buy the domains.

They use award-winning domain name aftermarket technology that allows domain professionals, businesses, and individuals to acquire domain names including those that just expired.

8. FreshDrop

They list domains that are deleting in the near future, in retail or are in bargain.

Here you can find expired as ell as deleted domain names.

They offer a wide variety of domain names from many categories, i.e if you want to build a website in a different language, it's very easy to find different language domains which are expiring.

9. Flippa

Flippa is one of the biggest names in the industry to buy working websites, Apps and domains.

Flippa is the platform for the premium sellers.

if you are looking for a quality premium domain name for your business, Flippa is your one-stop destination.

10. SnapNames

SnapNames has an exclusive inventory of the domains.

They have daily deals, best of the drops and top categories to make everything easy for you while buying a dropped or expired domain.

11. Domain Hunter Gatherer

This is a crazy software to find all the expired domains and web 2.0 properties.

They offer 2 premium plans to use this software.

Many industry professionals are using this software to find the quality domain names which are having backlinks from the high authority websites.

12. NameCheap

NameCheap has a special section to list expired domains.

You can visit this link to find the marketplace and see which awesome domains are expiring today.

Final words.

There are few things which you must keep in your mind before buying expired domains. If you will check all the suggested things then you will be able to find very good and huge potential domains.

Check this infographic for Domain auctions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we sell these expired domains?

Yes, there are many platforms where you can sell these domains to potential buyers.

Are expired domains and dropped domains similar?

Yes. There are very high chances that the expired domain you are buying is a dropped domain too.

Can anyone buy expired domains?

Yes, anyone can buy expired domains by going to public platforms and placing the bids on expiring domains?

Where can I get cheap expired domains?

DomainCoasters is one of the most reliable source to buy expired domains at a cheaper price.

How do I bid on expired domains?

To bid on expired domains you need auction membership from the domain registrar. The most famous auction memberships are Godaddy auction and Namecheap auction.

Why can't I buy a domain that has expired?

Sometimes the domain shows expires because it is temporarily deleted from the domain registrar.

How long does it take for an expired domain to become available?

A domain typically enters a Redemption period about 45 days after its expiration date if it is not renewed or purchased by anyone. However, certain top-level domains may have different rules and timescales. From days 31 to 60 after expiration, the domain name will be prepared for deletion. After 60 days, it may become available to register again if it is not renewed or purchased by anyone.

Can you renew a domain for 10 years?

Yes, most of the domain providers offer the service to renew domain for 10 years.

How long will GoDaddy hold an expired domain?

GoDaddy will typically hold an expired domain for 30-45 days from the expiration date. This period is known as the redemption period, and it is the time when you may still be able to renew or purchase the domain. After this period, the domain will be released to the public and may be registered by anyone.

How do I buy an expired GoDaddy domain?

You need to buy Godaddy auction membership to participate in expired domains bidding. When the domain expires, the maximum bid wins and the domain gets transferred to the highest bidder.

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132 Comments

  1. Hello Kulwant bro.
    I’m somewhat a newbie to domain flipping and stuffs. And from your article, I got some valuable points to consider while buying an expired domain !
    I hope it helps others the same way it helped me ! πŸ˜€
    Thanks for sharing, keep posting ! πŸ™‚

    1. Akhil, these are the things which will help you to grab good quality domains in future. Keep looking domains on the sites which I mentioned, and you can make extra money very easily.

  2. Hey , Nice Article . Just have one query . I read your article and the issue is I want to buy one expired domain which is too good but how can I fill the reconsideration request as the domain is banned . I have not purchased the domain yet because I want to purchase it when the domain gets unbanned . So if you check Google.com/webmasters/tools/reconsideration – Requesting reconsideration of: which is only showing the websites I have in the account .. So how can I add the domain name there . OR first of all I have to buy the domain add in GWT and then send reconsideration request . If that is so then I guess you should have mentioned in the article I suppose ? Let me know thanks

  3. I always check the domain at Adsense Sandbox and Archive.org. That’s the least we can do to know more about the dropped domains.

  4. Hello Kulwant,
    yeah, you are right that selling domains with PR is an easy task. we know that if we want to get PR 3 for a domain then it will take a time so its easy to start a blog with PR domain, but most of the newbie bloggers cannot maintain that PR and in the next PR update the PR drops.
    and I’m familiar with above points except #4 “Check archive of website”, and this is just awesome and Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Kulwant, these are great tips as usual. I particularly like the way to tell us to check the google pagerank in case the domain has been banned – that could lower the usefulness of the domain quite a bit. One thing though, don’t you think that buying domains is sometimes immoral? Like sometimes you accidentally buy a domain of somebody elses website who forgot to renew.

  6. Buying expired domains at low costs and selling them at higher costs is indeed a good business.The suggestions that you’ve made through this post are no doubt important …but many few people would know about it . You post would surely make them fully aware of the factors to consider while purchasing a expired domain.

  7. Thanks kulwant,
    I really don’t know about these things.We can also buy expired domain?? Oh man that’s amazing.
    Can you tell me,domain companies also sell expired domains???

  8. Google banned checking and adsense banned checking is must. Otherwise no importance of domain.. Checking PR, PA, DA are those factors that affect the price..

  9. Great data, i had a domain of mine that expired and some company bought it, it was hell for me to re cover it, well not hell, but a lot of money.

  10. Thanks for this useful info.I was thinking to buy some expired domains and start flipping them.But from now onwards I will follow each and every guideline as provided by you so that flipping makes me earn profit not pass me into debt

  11. Hi Kulwant,
    Great and informative article as usual, but you didn’t mention any other places except buy/sell group of facebook where we can sell these domains, if it is not a secret will you mind sharing it with us,
    Thanks.

  12. Most of people wants to sell and purchase domains which have good reputation in online world and you mentioned these all things in good way what to do before all these.

  13. That is a very good article. It could help a lot of people who are yet to start with domain flipping.

  14. Nice Tips , Sir
    And I Was once cheated !
    THey , told they had Pagerank 3 . I didn’t know any basic at that time !
    When i came to know , they had a pagerank 0

    Regards ,
    Rizwan @ Envy Blogging

      1. I Bet i will not lose a single penny after reading your article

        And do i have any hope of getting my guest post published at your blog
        I Am just 14 , please accept my Guest Post !

        Regards ,
        Rizwan

    1. That’s great Mr. So Called E-Marketer and Pro Blogger, You have edited my comments. Wow. Don’t even have the courage to accept your mistake. SHAME ON YOU.

  15. Great points, i was thinking to make some quick bucks by buying and than redesigning and selling some domains. thanks for great tips and different checks, they will be very useful for me. πŸ™‚

  16. Hi, nagi… Thanks for giving tips on buying domain…… Really Nagi you are Rocking in Blogsphere…. I like way of presenting different articles…..

  17. There are other such services that help you register expired domains in addition to SnapNames. Browse our Domain Backordering section of our Domain Resources for additional companies.

  18. I have always wondered what are the preliminary checks before purchasing an expired domains. For some reason, most domains I purchase end up bombing. This should probably act as a check-list. Thank you!

  19. Such a useful article. I always check DA/PA of domain, but have’t think about adsense Ban, thanks for sharing info.

  20. I am a novice about domain flipping but from what I read here it worth venturing into as an online business, and I can see that you are really making cool money from this stuff. I may decided to venture into this soonest, thanks for sharing!

  21. Domain selling is become a professional job in modern era.. Most of the people booked top rated domain names before constructed any organization by that name…and after few period of time when the organization plan to lunch a website they buy the same domain name with that person in thousands of dollar..thanks Brother for this nice post.

  22. I am glad to see your article on the topic, via buy and sell group I thought to buy various domains but did not buy one because the reason is most of them have good PR and less DA and PA.

    This could not end on a deal, well the steps you mentioned can make a great deal for flippers.

  23. Hi Kulwant nagi,
    That’s Good see a better and much easier method to earn online. Now One can get some extra cash apart from blogging.
    Thanks For Sharing such a useful info! πŸ™‚

  24. Kulwant Ji, My own domain expired because i forget to renew it. after 2 and half month, i tried to renew then godaddy says this is in auction. But i thought i will buy after specified period . Now it says this domain is not availble. How can i buy it?

  25. I did not sold any domains but I received a request to sell one of my domains. Namely TrafficFound.com. I never used this domain and a guy was interested in buying, however I did not sell it.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

      1. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to make something on it. I bought it to make a modest traffic adnetwork, adserver based site, but at small scale, around 200K impressions a day to handle.

        However I have another project which takes a bunch of my time. Just in case you’re interested in buying to develop something on it, or to reell it this TrafficFound.com you can make me an offer dear friend.

        Have a great day! Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  26. Great article on what to look for when buying expired domains! I’ve looked at the domain and page authority of expired domains but haven’t checked if they are blocked by Google like you’ve listed. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet to purchase one (probably good that I didn’t since I didn’t do all my homework) but this will make it easier to finally go. Thanks for the great info!

  27. I just heard about this flipping buisiness and actually don’t know how it works and this post will clearify many things from flipping buisiness for me. Thank’s for this awesome post and you always rock…..

  28. Hi Kulwant, Its a good help for the people who are joining the domain flipping business. There are some important checks like Google and Adsense ban which needs to be checked before buying the domain. Adsense Sandbox Checker is something new for me, I will take a look at it…

  29. Powerful tips here I really like this post I’m interested in sellin Domains
    Can u tell me where to buy them? thanks πŸ™‚

  30. Hi Kulwant,

    The points you shared is informative for me in terms of buying expired domains. The way you mentioned your points is simple yet very beneficial, i ll definitely take care while purchasing any expired domain. I have not done yet, but will like to do it once.

  31. Thnxx For this Article Sir I really Need this Because I am Going to Buy a Domain…Thnxx A Lots Sr..

  32. thanks kulwant, honestly telling you i just buy an expired and old age domain from an auction and planing to buy another one. i learn Google Ban Checking from this post, i never know it before.

  33. Buying an expired domain may be led to successful business. If someone cares about above mentioned factors, then he or she will be protected by internet crimes. So, we must care about our privacy more than ever before. Because, try to stick to those factors.

  34. Kulwant Sir Domain business is real estate of 21 century , peoples can make their life with domaining. best of luck for your domain sales. Thanks you

  35. Yes Kulwant which topics you have put into this article is very essential and I am also following this.

  36. How i can find expired domains with Good PR? yesterday i was trying on expireddomains dot net but failed…How do you find expired domains?

  37. hi kulwnat negi I want to ask a question that is I purchased a domain but now I am fearing of PR I mean to say that my friend said me its PR can get down soon, will it dropped if yes then please suggest me what can I do.

    WAITING FOR NEXT TIPS

  38. this is what i was looking for..
    i asked this question in many forums but didnt got d answer.. now u cleared all my doubt
    i searched a domain having pr 3 but its DA was 1. why?

  39. I have a bad experience of buying used domain. So, the only thing that I have to say. Please think twice before buying.

  40. This is one good idea of a business. I haven’t tried buying expired domains yet and I guess I still have a lot to learn about this. This post surely helps a lot.

  41. Hi Kulwant bhai,

    This wonderful piece of information about buying expired domains is simply mind-blowing and I did not know about that before. It is easy for every one to understand about the topic with the pictorial representation. I feel sad that you lost around $400 due to Fake PR, but this article will surely help others save them from any sort of inconvenience.
    Thanks

  42. Really didn’t come across such things,but after seeing the Tips and Ideas in this blog it helped in giving an idea of buying an expired domain.Things which need to be verified before buying domains.Thanks for sharing this Post.

  43. Another awesome article kulwant. It was really nice to know that, you managed to earn good amount after selling expired domains. I also want to try this field. Can you tell me the way to know about the bid of expired domains by their providers?

    Looking for positive and interesting reply from your side.

  44. Great share bro …

    I used to check through points #1, 4, but not #2, 3 when buying expired domains! So, therefore to check whether the domain is banned or not, is there any specific tool available?

      1. After using this tool to check whether the domain is banned or not, I get this (plz refer screenshot i61.tinypic.com/11hcw41.png). What do I interpret from this? Is it banned from search engines (another thing is that the domain was deleted and made live again.. plz check this (i61.tinypic.com/n6ssox.png)

        Can you plz advise me whether it is safe to buy ? (I am willing to use it for a niche site)

        Thanks

          1. It’s not banned by adsense … I am able to see all the ads when I click “preview”

            Thank you for your advice!

  45. Very nice source Kulwant. But won’t u agree that a domain has high DA & low PR is much stronger than vice versa?

      1. Hi Kulwant, though a bit late but would love to thank you to show me a right guidance on expired domains. I tried it on my client site and got awesome results and now planning to have a big network of expired domain of my niche.

        Just one word for you and your blog – Awesome….

  46. This is a great tutorial, i have been searching for a way to get a new domain but expired and has a good record

  47. Thanks to sharing such as secrets with us . Kulwant , I have 2 questions to ask ,

    1-How much money will be involved in all this process ?
    2-Should not we check backlinks ?

  48. Wonderful post and you’ve shared some mind blowing tips which I’m totally unaware of.

    I really don’t know most of things listed in the post.

  49. Hi Kulwant,

    Thanks for this superb post! I didn’t knew one can make out a fortune through selling expired domains. I’m sorry for your loss of 400$ for a fake PR, but it did showed that Internet if full of crooks and fraudsters.

    Thanks for the awesome tips,
    Sid

  50. Thanks for the links to the facebook group, the fake pr checker among others! I have been buying expired domains and really, I never looked up that much.
    Thanks a lot for this!

  51. Very nice an well detailed article in which you provide all the necessary information regarding expire domains. Every blogger must know these 5 points which you highlights in your post.
    Thanks for sharing such a valuable content.

  52. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PR ON DOMAIN WE CAN BUY BCOS I AM SEEING PR3 EVERYWHERE AND WHAT IS BACKLINKS?
    THANKS.

  53. Can we buy an expiring domain without the help of auction source?? Is that possible? If so how? plz reply!

  54. Wow! This is what the information that I am looking for. As an SEO link builder buying domain to build high quality and relevant backlink is a good authority. This is what I’ve learn from successful SEO’s like Alex Becker and Mario Cimmino.

    Thank you very much for sharing. I really appreciate it. I will look for more information about buying domain names and your thoughts about it’s prices.

    Cheers,
    – Felix

    1. Felix, I have also learnt a lot of things from experts like Alex and Spencer Haws. They always suggest to make our own private blog network which can help us to get quick ranking in search engines.

      Thanks for being here and sharing your thoughts.

  55. nice kulwant bro …really you have Awesome experience in this field and i have got some useful point from this post and i will follow your all suggestion before buy any expired domain .

    thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  56. That’s awesome guide bro πŸ™‚ for buying expired domains i’m also looking for this I have many doubts but you make it clear by this awesome article !! A big Thanks to you !! πŸ™‚ keep sharing !!

  57. anyone can join the Facebook group?? and one more question, how can we know that the domain is Adsense Sandboxed?

  58. Sir I am a newbie and a lot interested in doing this business but I don’t know fron where and how to start it. How to purchase where I have to pay and how I have to pay all sort of questions are there in my mind. So sir if you could email me the details then it would be of great help. Its been months searching but I hadn’t purchased any domain yet.

  59. Hi Kulwant,

    It was a very helpful resource! Although I have never really purchased an expired domain myself, some of my friends were thinking about investing in one. I think this article will clear all their doubts and prevent them from making some big mistakes. Thanks a lot for sharing this insightful information. I learned a lot from it, and I will be passing it down in my network as well. Looking forward to reading more of your amazing work.

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