My Gosh! It’s been a while, now hasn’t it? Instead of blabbing about what has been going on (that will be a separate update, and an exciting one!), I wanted to share with you ladies and gents (aye, ladies first 😉 ) what I have been upto, SEO-wise.
Since my last update for my own site, my rankings results have been mixed. Upon talking to my well respected internet marketer friend, Karan, we figured that I need to set up a PBN to bring this baby home. Fine, the well-respected part is dubious… jusssst kiddin’ Labra! Look at what he has accomplished in this interview I did with him last year (and yep, he’s earning shit tons more!!!): Interview: How A Young Marketer Went From $20k Debt To Earning Over $15k/Month.
In fact, it’s one thing when I know I can do this, and a whole another when your friend lays it into you, honest and raw:
Knowing Karan’s past successes and how he’s doing currently with his two websites, my ears perked up. I’m on a hunt to get this baby in top spots for the chosen keyphrases because this has the potential to change a lot of things for me.
But anyways, here we go. So, keep in mind, that you can build a private blog network for yourself, for your clients, or to make money as a business.
1. Hey Karan! So, in general, what is your process for choosing expired or dropped domains…?
I use page rank as the basic filter… anything PR 2 and above is good. Second comes the fact that the domain is still indexed in google. Third factor is the links it has… a natural link profile with 100+ links is amazing!
[Update: At the time I conducted this interview, PR could still be used. Here’s what Karan had to say recently about what he looks for: “About the PR replacement. I always relied on the “links” that the website is getting, irrespective of the PR/DA/TC/CF. Google cares about high quality contextual links, so that’s all I see when acquiring a domain name.” ]
And lastly, I check the history via web.archive.org to see if I can restore the site to it’s indexed last form…this saves me on content too.
2. Any other factors? Does it matter whether it’s dropped or expired? (and what’s the difference)?
Apart from all of that, I make sure I manually change the WhoIs information on all domains, including email (for that just use firstname.lastname@example.org) and redirect it to your main gmail account.
About hosting, I get it cheap but all different companies from: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4
I use ExpiredDomains.net to scout for domains; free account, nothing fancy.
Plus, I stick to cheap sites for now…as long as its $30 or under as the final amount, I’m good.
3. Do TLDs matter? .com or .net…?
I generally don’t care about the tlds as long as it matches all the other criteria. In case you’re not really worried about finding a strictly niche related domain, then go for .orgs… plenty of high profile domains in that TLD.
4. So, let’s say you’ve bought the domain, what’s the process like? Does it take you forever to find a domain? How quickly do you get it up and running? Do you use free or paid theme? How many pages and posts, etc.?
I generally just scout ExpiredDomain.net for half an hour every now and then, and if there’s something I like, I pick it up. Do not spend too much time as if there’s a good domain, you’re bound to find it sooner than later. Yes, I stick to niche related domains for my main sites and I try to restore 100% of the old content whenever possible. If the site’s content has been changed, Google can pick up on it.
I’ve got a few PBNs deindexed just for that :/
There was no other footprint…
5. How much do you pay on average for an expired domain?
$30. No more. I like to checkout GoDaddy closeouts. That’s $8 for the domain plus $20 something for renewals, etc.
I know I miss out on a lot of crazy good domains.
7. Now… you’ve restored content, when do you put in links pointing to your website? Do you do it in posts? Or just sneak it in the old content?
Either in the sidebar or in the old content…
With sidebar (and assuming it’s WP), so the link is from every page on the site. I try to keep it relevant to the context, that’s all. Add a new two line paragraph if required.
Just to be clear: 90% of them are contextual, 10% site-wide.
8. Our Proud Lil SEOs have now added the links! What’s next? Do you ping the site or anything? Social bookmarks?
Nothing. Just let it sit there 😉 You could definitely shoot some web 2.0s but that’s just an extra thing you could do. It’s not really necessary.
While we were chatting, I just came across [_________.com]…. PR 2, up for auction, current price $12.
[Editor’s Note: My thoughts at this point? Damnit, chump! Now he’s just showing off, ha!]
9. How much do you spend from picking up the domain to getting it up and going?
It has links from sites like shape.com…
I keep a target of $50…including domain buyout, hosting for a year, and content if necessary.
Okay, That’s It, And I Know What’s Coming…
Righto! So, keep in mind that Karan is really good at what he does, great even. This is meant to be a starting point. Many SEOs will debate the irrelevance of PR (which Google has seemingly abandoned). I like to look at overall stats like not only PR but DA, PA, TF, and CF… PLUS what Karan has shed the light on! Checking for backlink history and restored content on archive.org is MANDATORY!
Hell, want it done a bit easier? Join FB SEO forums and talk to domain brokers or rent PBN links. Do whatever you need to do! Whatever you do, be wise about it and do NOT get scammed… do not come back here and cry >:( Do due diligence before handing your money over. Keep in mind these are general guidelines and it only gets more complex from here on out.
With that said, damn right I sell PBN links. Re-load this article (refresh!) and enter your details into the pop-up. Or heck, hit me up on the Moon Hussain Ninja FB page and message me for availability. My PBN sites are clean with good stats 🙂
Catcha on the flip side, suckas 😉