If you didn’t already know, ExpiredDomains.net is probably the best free resource for scanning, analyzing and finding good expired domains that will soon drop and become available for new registration. ExpiredDomains is great because they provide dropping domain names in a variety of extensions, and have so many different search options users are able to quickly filter out hundreds of thousands of domains in order to save excessive amounts of time when researching. In fact, there are so many different search filters on the site, some users can even become a little confused because they’re unsure what all of them actually do. That will be the purpose behind my article this afternoon. You’re going to learn what some of the most common filters are on ExpiredDomains.net and how you can use them to save more time when scanning through hundreds of thousands of domains!
Why Use ExpiredDomains.net
This comprehensive website was setup with one main purpose: To let you find both expired and already dropped domain names. Some people use the website to search through domains which have already deleted from the registry and are currently available for new registration. Others use the website to browse through domains which have already expired, but not yet dropped from the registry. Domains that haven’t dropped yet (but will soon) are ideal because these are names you’ll be able to either chase after yourself (and buy for standard registration fee), or use a backorder outlet to have them automatically try and register the names for you. Popular backorder companies like DropCatch and NameJet can chase your desired domains automatically. But, if successful then the domains may go into auction and end up costing you hundreds of dollars. That’s why I personally prefer to find domains I want, and then attempt to register them myself using the automated software DesktopCatcher. DesktopCatcher uses publicly available domain registrar API’s to automatically register your desired domains for whatever the standard fee is (For Example: You can drop catch an expired domain using the NameSilo API and only pay $8.99).
Popular Search Filters on ExpiredDomains
Listed below are some of the most commonly used filters available inside ExpiredDomains.net. Keep in mind, to use the search filters you will need to create a free account which can be done here. Once your free account is created you can login and then click the “Pending Delete” tab at the top. Pending Delete domains are names which have expired and will become available for new registration within the upcoming 5 days. Once the list has loaded you can click the red “Show Filter” link towards the top of the page. This is where you’ll see the options below.
End Date – This is probably the most important filter used when scanning domains deleting in the near future. The “end date” stands for the day it will be dropping. Selecting a specific end date (such as tomorrow’s date) will only display names that are going to become available tomorrow. You’ll want to use this filter to keep your lists in order and know exactly which day your desired domain will drop.
Word Count – Just like it says, this filter should be used if you’re wanting to limit the number of words in a domain. For example, if you want to see every 1 word domain that’s dropping tomorrow, you would select tomorrow’s date under “End Date” and then enter 1 for “Min” and 1 for “Max” under the Word Count.
Backlinks – This filter refers to the number of incoming links a domain has going to it. If you’re looking for expired domains that were previously developed then backlinks are going to be important. Enter in a small number (such as 5) for the Min and a larger number (such as 500) for the Max. Domains that have a decent amount of backlinks will likely have some search engine rankings as well!
Adwords & SEO Section – The “Adwords & SEO” tab offers several different features you can use when looking for previously developed domains that likely have some traffic coming into them because of good SEO metrics. Many of the options on this page are similar, they just use different services. For example, you’ll see Adwords, SEOKicks, SEMRush, and Majestic Million all on there. Virtually all of them have terms related to values (such as Cost and CPC) and terms related to volume (such as Traffic and SV). The fact is that Adwords, SEOkicks, SEMrush, and Majestic all pretty much do the same thing, they just have different results based on different algorithms. With that in mind, you shouldn’t be entering values into all of these at once. Instead, you should split them up and do some searches with SEMRush details entered, new searches with Adwords details entered, and other separate searches with SEOKicks details entered. This would give you domains that could have good quality scores at one place (such as SEMRush) but not at another (such as Majestic Million).
Majestic Tab – Majestic is one of the best SEO tools available, and that’s why ExpiredDomains.net has a tab dedicated to them. Under the Majestic tab, commonly used filters include “Citation Flow” and “Trust Flow” because these two numbers give an overall idea on how good the domain is (based on a number of factors from incoming links to the number of indexed URLs), “Majestic Referring Domains” because this will give users a good idea as to how many DoFollow incoming links are pointing to the domain and “Majestic Page Language” because this will let you know exactly which language the website was created in.