Don’t Buy a Domain Names Before You Do This

By: Brian Horn on: March 16th, 2011 17 Comments

Many people on the internet create their own websites from scratch building it up with content and getting it indexed with search engines.

One of the best ways to get a head start on this process, is to purchase an expired domain name.

Everyday there are many domains that are expiring and you can find one that will help grow your business with the domain alone. An expired domain name can range in price. It depends on how valuable the domain is. There are many key things to look for. Find specific websites on Google that cater to expired domains. Sign up to get a daily email list of what is expiring soon.

Here are a few sites you can start with:

  1. – gives you a list of domains that have expired on the present day. This site regularly updates with many deleted domains and they have made it easy for you to find the best one.
  2. Free Web Master Tools ( – Free Web Master Tools is a site that allows you to search their site for expired domains. They have very huge list of expired domains from which you can find the one that you like and register it. They have many domains that have hyphens.

Though there are many sites, I found these two to be really good and helped me to find some good domain names.

Choose an expired domain that fits the niche of your new website. Buy one that has positive feedback on it.

Do a Google search by typing in the name of the domain name. You can find out if there are any negative ties to the domain by reading what your search brings on. It would be a bad idea to purchase an expired domain that has a lot of negative reviews.

Look for an expired domain that is already built up with website traffic from search engines. Find out if the domain has many back links and who is actually linking to the domain. Always find out traffic statistics from the website owner if he or she is personally selling the domain before it expires.

The domain name you purchase will come along with its existing status. Purchase the expired domain as quickly as possible. There are many domain brokers eyeing up great domains to resell. Buying an expired domain can lead traffic to your business website.

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Brian Horn, of HornDog Search Marketing, is recognized by many as the "Glazer-Kennedy Secret Weapon", because of his role in helping not only Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer with search engine optimization and social media, but also many of the top Information Marketers in the world. Brian shares SEO tips for small businesses over at at his blog,

17 Responses

  1. KC says:

    Good Morning, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Glazer,
    I’ve not been in much lately but I have been reading from you. I just found out, I have a Web Site too now, and I do not know what Hosting is best for me. It’s been said that Brain is one they use, and enjoy as well. Do you know of it, and is it the way I should go, or any other way? I’m a bit lost now, so I’ve got to get my Hosting set up and then My Niche, so My Website can be built for me. I’d love any feed back, you could give to me, I’m pretty new to this part of things. This is very exciting though. Please forgive me, if your busy, I just need a little help. If you have time, please?
    Thank You, and I appreciate reading from you both, as always!!

  2. mike says:

    good stuff brian it like getting authority ,backlinks, and traffic for free..and it will boost your seo stuff greatly.. excellent tip

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  4. mark says:

    Hi Brian,

    This is an interesting idea. I did not even realize that anyone was really keeping track of domain names that would soon be available (aside from the obvious – domain name sellers).

    It looks like a great way to get a url that already has some authority without as much hassle.


  5. Karl says:

    Hi KC,

    Hosting I’ve been with Hostgator, for years, and many top Internet Marketers choose that as well. Personally I never heard of For around $19 a month with hostgator you can host unlimited websites, they have all you need, including live chat 24/7.


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