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Finding Free "Abandoned Content" That You Can Use On Your Site

Finding Free “Abandoned Content” That You Can Use On Your Site

Tens of thousands of domains expire every day, but what happens to the content that’s on those sites? It just disappears into nothingness, never to be seen again… right?

What if you could magically get the content that other people have abandoned, even after it’s gone from the search engines?

You can, and I’m going to show you how!

There’s a website, Dropl.io, that saves and archives every article from expired domains on the internet. 

But (and here is where the magic happens) Google doesn’t crawl expired domains! If the original owner just let his site expire then obviously he doesn’t want it, and if it doesn’t appear anywhere in the search engines then we can use it without it being considered “duplicate content.”

Now before we go any further let’s talk about the ethics of this….

Is this stealing? It’s recycling.

No, I don’t consider it stealing. Taking unused webpages from Dropl.io is, to me, the same as taking something out of the trash. If I walked in your house and took a piece of furniture you made then that, of course, is stealing. But if I saw that same piece of furniture in your trash out by the curb then obviously you don’t want it, so taking it is fine.

I see websites the same way. Yes, the original owner created it, but if they let the site expire then they obviously don’t want it anymore, so I have no problem taking it!

So Let’s Get Started

To get started we will use ArticleMarket, it’s an awesome place to get pre-written blog articles for PBNs, blogs and more..

ArticleMarket is free to use, but you will need to create an account in order to use all the advanced features.

Once you’ve logged in to your free account the first step is to find the expired domains for your niche. Let’s say I’m looking for content for a food blog, I’ll start out by doing a search for the keyword “food.”

That gave us over 75000 results! There’s no way we can sort through that many sites, so we need to eliminate the junk domains that probably don’t have any good content.

Thankfully ArticleMarket has search filters we can use for that. To see all the filter options just hit the “Show Filter” link right above the search results.

Here are the things I look for to help me separate the junk sites from those that probably had good content.

High quality sites usually have…

  • real Domain Rating of at least 5.
  • An Alexa rank (even if it’s not a good rank).
  • A .com, .net, or .org extension.
  • Only words in the domain, no random characters.

So let’s add those filters onto our search. Under the “Common Filter” tab check the following options.

Now click the “Additional Filter” tab and choose these options…

If you want domains in other languages besides English then, of course, choose the appropriate language.

Now we can see that those 75,ooo domains have been narrowed down to 247, which is a much more manageable number.

All we have to do now to look up each domain at archive.org and see if there’s any content we can use. Yes, it will take some time, but your hard work will pay off!

Head over to archive.org and start looking up each site. Once you search for the site you’ll get a list of all the dates that site has been crawled by archive.org. The most recent ones might be “expired domain” messages, so you may have to look a few weeks or months back to get the actual site.

As you can see from the picture below I’ve found what looks to be a good expired site with some quality abandoned content, RealFoodFreaks.com.

In fact, it looks like that site has hundred of pages of unique recipes and health food related content.

But hold on! Before we start do anything else we need to make sure this content is actually abandoned. The owner could have let the site expire because they moved to a new domain, so let’s do a quick Google search using a random sentence from the page.

Everything looks good! This article isn’t found anywhere else, so it’s unique abandoned content we can use on our site.

Now it’s your turn… Try it yourself and let me know how it goes, and if you have any questions just ask them in the comment section down below.

A few extra helpful tips….

1: When you choose your random sentence to search for make sure you pick one that is at least a few paragraphs down from the top of the page. If you choose a sentence near the top of the text you’ll pick up excerpts from social media sites in the search results. Short excerpts like this are fine, and they shouldn’t stop you from using the content.

2: Never pretend to be the original author. I always include a disclaimer at the bottom of my pages that says “Originally published on whatever.com by author’s name”

3: If someone contacts you claiming to be the original author and asks you to remove the content, do it! Even though it’s abandoned it is, after all, their copyrighted work and we shouldn’t use it if they still want it.

Best Sites That Help You in Buying High Authority Expired Domains

Best Sites That Help You in Buying High Authority Expired Domains

The necessity of domain names is non-ignorable when it comes to getting an online space for your website. And for this, we do a lot with our domain names to prove our uniqueness but have we ever wondered about using the expired domain names? If not, just imagine how stress-free it could become, if we get an opportunity to buy a domain that already has amazing backlink profile and traffic. You can easily buy expired domains and can use them to harness your power on the internet.

Expired domain names are actually the domains that were once registered by the owner but were not renewed. Such domains become useless and can be smartly used by others. Citation Flow is a metric between 0 and 100 that calculates the backlinks of the particular expired domain from unique IPs and hence makes it easy for you to compare and choose among all.

Here I bring to you the Best expired domain list and websites that help you in buying reliable and strong Expired Domains.

  • Dropl.io– An affordable tool that helps the users to find the expired domains. The expired domains are listed by this software along with its market price, traffic, number of bids and also you can place your bidding offer to buy that expired domain.By looking deep into the details, you can buy any good reputed name using this tool. It has three methods of finding expired domains, auctions, and expiring domains, first by crawling the list of website domain names, second by crawling using a related keyword and third by, endless crawling. You can easily search using the keywords and this tool will freely help you by crawling every page for every niche related keyword.
  • NameCheap Domains– Ample of domains gets expired each day. If you are one of those wise individuals who can sense the vitality of expired domain names, then this platform is must to try platform that also helps the users to avail the expired domains, deleted domains and also the new ones. It allows the users to make a choice and then offer a bid for that domain name.
  • ExpiredDomains.net- Everybody wants to gather all the information for an expired domain without wasting a penny and this platform helps us in our way. This is the one-stop solution for all your needs. You can easily get the names of expired domains and other details without even signing in. Right from the expiry date to the drop date, you can easily get all the details.
  • Domain Hunter Gathererator- There is thousands of buyers who are buying the expired domain names from domain auction to save their years of hard work. With, Domain Hunter Gatherer, all you need to pay is just the cost of registration and after this you can go ahead with your search operation of finding the desired aged domain. Links like CNN.com, Wikipedia etc. can also be found with this tool and with smaller registration fees. Name.com- Another platform that has gained immense popularity and reputation is the Name.com. You can easily get along with it for finding the desired expired domain name using search filters. It also offers easy checkout process.
  • DomCop– Reason behind mentioning this name is, part from the expired domain auction , it offers ample of other benefits like Page Rank, citation flow, traffic rate, web rank and much more, that too within a click. It offers the users a way to compare the sites to make a wise decision.
  • Domain Monster– As the name suggests, this platform works as a monster ranging from a domain registration to finding the expired domains and more. It will give you whole information about the expired domain names and also gives you the chance to bid.
  • Domainhole– This platform regularly updates the list of terminating domains as numerous domains get expired every day. Hence, you easily remain updated with this platform and can narrow your search using keywords and filters as per your choice.
  • Domainsbot.com– This is a reliable and sure shot winner when it comes to finding the expired domain names using numerous filters that can narrow down your research. Once your selection is done, you can easily purchase the desired domain.
  • NameJet– This platform helps the users to participate in the domain auctions with desired domain names which have expired. It is one of those reliable platforms that you can make investments on without giving a second thought.
  • Stuckdomains.com– This easy to check in and check out portal is perfect for the quick bees to search and evaluate the desired domain name without any registration fee. Also, the filter options are also few which makes easy for the new users to find the desired aged domain.
  • DomainPeel.com– Another helpful name in the list as it offers spam-free expired domain list, hence offers you with only authentic info. It is perfect for the beginners as well who have very less knowledge regarding this industry.

I hope the aforementioned data helps you as it did to me. All the best and grab the best-expired domain name for your new online presence.

Building the Ultimate Private Blog Network for 2015

Building the Ultimate Private Blog Network for 2015

The Ultimate Private Blog Network Guide for Dummies

PBNs or Private blog networks are currently the best and most effective way to build backlinks that stick and bring results. This is actually a sneaky tactic that top-level SEOs have been using for quite some time. It’s just been a few months since I began to explore the perks of PBNs and the unfair advantage that they provide in the SEO game.

And from what I know, PBN backlinking is the single most important SEO tactic that brings result currently. This Private Blog Network Guide I’ve made for you covers all that you need to know about building PBNs.

But what are PBNs? And why do they work so well? How do we find the best domains for PBNs? What is the right and safest way to use them?

What are PBNs?

PBNs or Private blog networks are aged authoritative domains that are used by search engine optimizers as feeder sites that pass along link juice to their money sites. It is similar to the concept of building out Web 2.0 properties for the sole purpose of backlinking to the money site. There are two types of domains that are used as PBN sites:

Expiring Domains: When a domain owner doesn’t renew a domain at a registrar, the domain is said to be expiring, and the owner is allowed a period of about 42 days to renew the domain and retain his ownership. If the domain owner fails to renew the domain by day 25, the domain is auctioned in an expired domain name auction such as Go Daddy auctions. In this period, those who wish to buy the domain may bid on it, and if the domain owner still fails to renew the domain by the end of day 36 when the auction ends, the domain goes to the highest bidder. Although the ownership of the domain changes, the age of the domain is not lost as the domain was renewed before it was dropped from the registry.

Expired domains: If at the end of day 36, the previous owner fails to renew the domain, and there are no bidders, the domain is released to the registry, from where you may buy it again. Such domains are called expired domains or dropped domains. Although expired domains lose their age when they are released to the registry, they retain their backlinks and authority in the eyes of the search engines.

So why do PBNs work so well?

For understanding this, let us first look into how PBN backlinking is done. PBN backlink is done in such as way that a few number of contextual links pointing to the money site are dropped in an article on the homepage of the expired or expiring domain. An authoritative expired or dropped domain has hundreds or even thousands of links from diverse referring domains pointing to it. All this link juice is thus channeled through the few links on the homepage of the PBN to the money site. Take a look at this:

private blog network guide

This is exactly what makes PBN links so powerful. A large amount of link juice flows through a PBN link, and a dozen or so such links is all that a site needs to rank.

How to find the best domains for your PBN?

There are literally thousands of domains that expire every single day. Spotting and picking up good domains for use as PBNs is a skill in itself. It is extremely time consuming to spot PBNs on expired domain auctions such as Go Daddy auctions as they simply contain hundreds of thousands of sites. There are several domain search tools in the market today such as Dropl.io Register Compass, DomCop or ExpiredDomains.net that can be used to weed out low quality domains and zero in on good domains that we can use for PBNs. Both Register Compass and DomCop are paid services, but DomCop does offer a free trial. ExpiredDomains.net is free but offers lesser number of filtering options.

On a side note, I highly recommend Register Compass. Their Domain Database is one of the largest on the internet and all their metrics are up to date. Register Compass costs 37 USD a month, but they are well worth the price. I use PBNs for nearly all my sites. I’m willing to spend 37 bucks a month for finding good sites for my private blog network which will help in my rankings. If you’re thinking about signing up for Register Compass, you can do it here.

The method that we intend to use for finding good expired domains requires three tools: the Majestic Site Explorer, Open Site Explorer by Moz, and Google search. The first step is to set the filters in the domain search tool. The important metrics of value are Moz Domain Authority (DA), Moz Page Authority (PA), Majestic Trust Flow (TF) and Citation Flow (CF). Set the minimum DA as 20, and the TF and CF as 10. If the domain search tool doesn’t have Majestic filters available, leave it out. The only way around it is to manually check the results using Majestic Site Explorer. Weed out foreign domains by selecting only .com, .net and .org tlds in the filter. Set the minimum number of referring domains as 10. You may also enter the keywords that you would like to have in the domain name. Paid services like DomCop and Register Compass offer a Topical Trust Flow Filter that brings you domains from a niche of your choice based on the Tropical Trust Flow metric in Majestic Site Explorer.

When you search with the above filters, you will obtain a select group of domains that are quite authoritative and valuable. Now the manual work begins. From the obtained results, make a Google search with the query – site:domain.com. Make sure that the domain name is stripped i.e. without an ‘http’. If the first result obtained is the homepage of the domain i.e www.domain.com or http://domain.com, then the domain is indexed in Google and visibly does not have a Google penalty.

The next step is manual backlink analysis. Backlink analysis is the single most important step in finding good expired or dropped domains for your PBNs. The better the backlinks, better the domain. Majestic Site Explorer is one of the best tools for backlink analysis. Ahrefs.com is also an excellent tool for backlink analysis, but the Trust Flow and Citation Flow metrics are an easier and better way to determine the quality of a referring domain or backlink. Initially, look at the CF:TF ratio of the domain. The CF:TF ratio should always stay below 1.5, and the lower the ratio is, the better. CF or Citation Flow is basically the number of citations that the domain has received on other websites. Trust Flow is a metric that depends upon the authority and niche relevance of the backlinks. So a CF:TF ratio or 1 or lower would mean that most of the domains that link to the PBN is relevant and authoritative.

Now take a look at the backlinks of the domain. Check if the backlinks are from good authority domains. Take a look at the anchor text diversity. A very diverse anchor text profile is a good sign that the previous owner of the site hasn’t resorted to spamming. Avoid domains that have names of prescriptions drugs, foreign words, and adult terms in their anchor text profile at all costs. Also take a look at the referring domains tab in Majestic Site Explorer. The higher the number of referring domains, the better. A 1000 links all coming from 10 referring domains is just pure spam. If the number of backlinks is lesser than 10 for each referring domain, it is a good sign. Look out for backlinks from authority websites like Wikipedia or News Sites like Huffington Post and New York Times. Such sites are hard to come by, and make very good PBN sites if they pass through all the filters.

A good PBN site should cost anywhere between 35-50 USD. Try not to bid above this amount in an auction. Given that there is a lot of competition for auction domains, there can be a slight increase in this estimate. Finding good expired or dropped domains is a way to get much cheaper domains for your PBNs. For expired domains, the only cost incurred is the registration cost which is about 10-15 USD. Most good domains are picked up in the expiring period in auctions, so finding good expired domains may be a bit time consuming.

The right way to setup and use your PBNs

However good domains you find for setting up your PBNs, the only thing that matters is how you make use of it. There is a refined way to use PBNs for best results.

First and foremost, what you need to understand is that using PBNs for linking is a blackhat strategy. Now before you get all fired up, know that there are hundreds of internet marketers who have been using PBNs for ranking without any interference from Google for a decade now. What matters here is how well you can cover up your tracks. The golden rule here is to stay natural and maintain a low profile. Simply follow these steps and you won’t need to worry about Google de-indexing your valuable sites:

Hosting: The first way in which Google zeros in on Private blog networks is through the hosting that they are on. Imagine a site that is linked to by a dozen other sites all from the same IP address. Whenever you get a hosting account with a Hosting provider, all you get is a single IP address. So always host your PBNs on different C-class IPs. There are tons of hosting providers that offer this, but never go for SEO hosting providers. SEO hosting is used mainly for PBN domains and Google knows this too.

WHOIS data: Whenever you buy a domain for use as a PBN site, buy WHOIS privacy along with it. When all the sites linking to your money site belong to the same person, it is obvious what you are doing. Namecheap offers free WHOIS Privacy for the first year.

Content strategy: Improper and obvious content is another teller that the site is a PBN. Always have good and meaningful content on your PBN sites. The principle here is to make it look like any other blog on the internet. Always link out to your money site only twice or thrice from a single post on the homepage of the PBN site. Never link out from multiple articles to the same site. Never link out to your money site alone. Link out to authority sites like Wikipedia too once in a while. Mix up the links as contextual, non-contextual and image links. Keep in mind that only homepage links on the PBN are valuable. Never even think of selling links unless they are standalone PBN sites created solely for selling links.

Try to add some content to your PBN sites once in a while. This, apart from making the site look legitimate, can also help in retaining its authority. Create social media accounts for the sites. This helps gain trust and makes the site look legit.

CMS: Never use the same CMS or Content Management System for all you PBN sites. It is fine to stick with WordPress, but it is better to use others like Joomla or Blogger once in a while. There are a number of free CMSs in the Cpanels of most hosting providers. Also, if you stick with WordPress, never use the same plugins for all the sites as this can leave a footprint.

These are all you need to stay on a low profile and build a safe Private Blog Network to rank your sites.

Although many SEOs and internet marketing gurus point out that PBN backlinking is nothing but a blackhat strategy that can get you penalized, it is one that has been effective over a decade in ranking sites. There is no debate over the fact that excellent content, social media engagement and content strategy is the way forward for natural rankings in search engines. However, you would be losing out if you don’t use PBNs simply because they work well currently and are easy to get away with.

Now, as I always say- Just go and take action. MASSIVE IMPERFECT ACTION is the only way to success.