- Hey, what's up, this is Nathan from Gotch SEO, and in this publication I'm going to show you how to find expired domains using FreshDrop. So I'm currently on FreshDrop and they actually allow you to look at domains without logging in, so you can see a lot without having to pay for their service right away, and this is a very, very valuable thing if you don't want to invest a lot of money. But if you do, this is a very high quality tool, and it's definitely worth the investment. So with that said, let me start by messing around with some of these filters. So the first thing that you want to do is set some minimums for these filters. For this trust flow filter, I'm gonna set a minimum of 10 trust flow and then for the Moz DA, I'm going to set a minimum of 10 DA. And then I'm just gonna leave all these other filters alone for now, and also make sure that the domains are indexed in Google, 'cause that's something that I personally like as a qualification step.
So I'm just gonna copy this first domain, and I'm gonna show you my mindset when I'm going through and trying to qualify an expired domain. So I'm gonna grab the domain and I'm gonna throw it into a hrefs, and then I'm gonna click on back links because I want to see what the link profile looks like. So right away I see that this domain has a .edu link, and so that is a good sign because .edu links are very high quality in most cases. Then I'm gonna go back here and see that this domain actually has a Wikipedia link as well, and so that's a really good sign. So we've found two quality links going to this domain, so now what we want to do is see if this domain has been used for spam in the past. So just go to archive.org, throw the domain in, and we'll see what this expired domain has been used for. And so, what do we find right away, is that this domain has been spammed and it isn't being used for the original purpose, and so someone used this domain to spam some sort of Chinese or something of that nature. And so this is one that would be unqualified and you wouldn't want anything to do with it.
Now keep in mind, one thing you could do is you can actually extract the links from that domain using the white hat alternative to PBNs, and avoid all that spam altogether. So that's one thing to think about.
When you find these spam domains, don't just throw 'em out the window right away. Just remember you can do some outreach and try to pull those links away from that dead domain. So now I'm gonna pull another domain and I'm gonna throw it in to a hrefs, and I'm going to analyze the link profile. So it looks like this domain does not have very high quality links. It looks like it has some bookmarks. It has a lot of links from blogspots, which are usually web 2.0s, and so this domain is not one that I'd probably want to mess around with. And also, one way to check for spam as well is look at the target URL for this link, and then look at the anchor text. Those two things, if they're not relevant to each other, there's a good chance it's being used for spam or maybe it's been negative SEO'ed or something.
But either way we know it's not something that we want to mess around with. So this opportunity is unqualified, but I'll still show you what it looks like in archive.org, and of course, it's been used for spam, so we are 0 for two. So now I'm going to get this third domain and see if we can get a quality domain out of this process. And so it looks like this domain might have some links, but it looks like they're probably not going to be high quality. And so we'll go a little bit deeper and see if we can find maybe a couple quality links, but it looks like this one's not gonna be qualified right off the bat. So this is the link that I pulled up.
Maybe, a small possibility it could be a decent link, but it looks like this is just nothing more than really a link farm or some sort of directory, not one we'd want to use, so let's keep our search going and try to find some better opportunities here. So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to grab another domain, and I'm gonna throw it into a hrefs, and see if we can hopefully find a better domain. It looks like this domain has some promise. It has some .edu links. It looks like it has some decent links going to it. Let's go ahead and check out to see what this link actually looks like, so we'll open up actually a few of these links, just see if they're live and see if they're high quality pages, and let's open up a few here and so this first one, that doesn't look right.
This looks like a great link right here. It looks like a very good site. Looks like another good site with the link on it, and another site that is high quality. So now let's do our second round of validation, which is using archive.org, so right away it looks like sort of weird download issues going on with the archive.org. But we'll keep going and see maybe if it is a legit domain, it hasn't been used for spam or anything like that. So this keeps happening.
Let's try it again, go a little bit further back in time. So it looks like this domain has not been used for spam. It does have this kind of weird download issue with the most recent archives, but it seems like this domain has a legit profile. It hasn't been used for spam based on what I've seen, so you could definitely take this domain and use it and leverage its link profile in one way or another, so if you're a little bit worried about that download issue, you could always just use the white hat alternative to PBNs, because that method is so powerful because it doesn't matter what's going on with the domain. You're really just trying to extract high quality links. And so that's what makes that one so powerful.
But if you wanted to use the merger technique, you'd want to make sure that you are very, very confident about the domain before you 301 redirected to your site. That is all there is to it, so thank you so much for watching this publication, and I hope you now know how to find expired domains using FreshDrop. All right, thanks again.