How To Find Good Expired Domains
July 8th, 2006
Every day thousands of domains expire and are available for anyone to register them. A good portion of these domains were once in use, which means that they have links pointing at them, they might have a Google Pagerank assigned and some might even be included in DMOZ or the Yahoo! Directory. Buying a domain with a previous history means that you might get some traffic to your new domain from the first day, without any marketing effort.
Many domainers buy dropped domains to park them and collect revenue from any visitors they may get. There are expensive tools out there which allow you to find expiring domains with potentially good traffic and such domains are usually bought through one of the drop catchers (SnapNames, Pool.com, etc). If the domain is good and several people have reserved the name there’s an auction involved. As you can see, buying excellent domains requires time and dedication.
However, even with the best dropped domains being cought by professional domain catchers, there’s a lot of domains which remain deleted and are available for buying. So, how do you find these without paying for an expensive tool? Have a look at Free Daily Deleted and Expiring Domains List. The list is organized by days, and you can list domains for each day based on your favourite search criteria, just click on the Google PR, Alexa or another link for today or another day of interest and watch the list of domains appear in front of you. Note that the best domains will already have been re-registered by domain catchers (do a Whois to find out), but there’s always quite a few of them still available. Note that the process is slow, but it’s good enough for the price (free).
Few things to note:
If you are planning on developing a domain (builiding a website for it) be aware that the Google PR might be lost during the next PR update, so IMO it’s better to look for domains with an existing Alexa rating (which indicates existing traffic) and those which are listed in the two major directories.
You have to be careful and know what you want to do with these domains since you shouldn’t expect much revenue from just parking them. More about this in another post. Until then, happy domain hunting