Saturday, January 19, 2008

Instant Targeted Traffic With Expired Domain Names

One of the best methods to get targeted traffic to your website right away is with the use of expired domain names. This is a method that is very rarely used by website owners and can literally send thousands of visitors to your website overnight.

Before you go out and buy an expired domain name you have to do some research and find out if it is worth picking up. Everyday thousands of domain names expire and are available for you to pick up at market price. Some of the really good names are snatched up by auction houses and sold for a higher price starting at $60 and up.

This is much different then buying expired traffic online from traffic brokers. This traffic is very untargeted and brings you no results. When you find a good expired domain, it can bring you very targeted traffic depending on what kind of website it use to be. Many times people have websites that they owned for years and have existing page rank and thousands of backlinks in Google. You can seriously buy it and redirect it to an affiliate program related to the content and have money pouring in. It is also an excellent way to build a mailing list.

Other things that you can do with expired domains are flip them for a higher profit on eBay or sell them on which lets you park them and earn money from advertising. You can also develop the domains into new sites and monetize them with affiliate programs and Adsense.

Where do you find expired domains?

One place where I find domains that are about to expire is at Premium Drops. They provide a list of domains about to expire and domains expiring at this moment and also give you vital stats like Alexa ranking, page rank, backlinks and Overture TLD which gives you an estimate of the type-in traffic a domain name will receive.

Good names that are about to expire are very hard to get. If you don't have a drop catching software it is probably going to get picked up by backorder sites like SnapNames. All you have to do is register with SnapNames and put in a request to backorder the domain name. If nobody else wants it you can pick it up for $60, but if other people request it, the domain goes into a private auction.

You can check out other sites like Sedo, GoDaddy, Enom who all have public auctions for expired domain names.

What do you need to look for in an expired domain?

When shopping for names about to drop, there are a couple of indicators that it is a good domain with lots of traffic.

Does it have Alexa ranking?

Anything under 1,000,000 is amazing. This is a good indicator that the site gets a lot of hits. You can go to Alexa and see charts to see if the traffic has maintained itself since expiring.

Does it have page rank?

If you can pick up a domain with existing page rank of 4 or more, you can instantly put up a site and have people pay you money for advertising. All you have to do is go to a forum and advertise one way PR4 links for sale and you will make monthly income.

Does it have a high link popularity?

You want to see that the site is well spread across the Internet in all of the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. You also want to make sure that the quality of links is from good authority sites like directories and blogs and not spam links.

If you want to learn more about the opportunity to profit from domain names and picking up expired domains for traffic I recommend checking out these two courses:

Domains Into Dollars


Domain Profiteer

They will provide you with everything you need to get started in the domain business.

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