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Buying dropped domains for links

 11:52 pm on Nov 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Further to this thread:
I just came a cross a domain that has 16 links to it. The domain has been dropped probably early 2000's. It looks like it's then been picked up by a few tasters with parked pages (nothing too awful) for the last 5 years or so.

So, dropped domain, and probably not a fresh drop either. Nothing nasty in its background. 16 good quality old school links, pr4's and the like and on topic.

Any bets what happens when I put up a few pages of content?



 10:28 am on Nov 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

No idea personally, but don't forget to keep an eye on the logs for any 404s from links you haven't found.


 7:05 am on Nov 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've seen this work wonderfully to be honest. :)


 1:07 am on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Good luck with it wheel!

The only drops I've found so far had good keywords but a few to many unsavory backlinks (pron, pills, enhancement).


 2:56 am on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well, as noted, try scraping a few old niche directories. If you can find directories from like 2000, there's likely to be some old domains that show up as broken links, and some of them may have decent backlinks.


 7:33 am on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've seen this work wonderfully to be honest.

I guess it was in relation to what was to do the work about.

Links with with keywords about internal combustion will not help much to topics about Internet security.

I assume that finding a domain like OP noted should relate to what is intended to support (other existing site) unless the content will be built around old topic for AdSense or other similar purpose.

Am I missing something here?



 11:47 pm on Jan 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I make a practice of buying deleting domains with age, backlinks and PR in my area of interest. It works very well for me.

Characteristics that may be related to making it work:
the deleting domain's niche is the same as my target domain;
there is measurable real PR (not iframed FRAUDRank) indicated;
the links to the deleting domain are on live, credible sites;
the deleting domain has a keyword in its title that is relevant to my target niche;
I immediately create a blog-based site on the deleted domain which is loaded with original, unique, content relevant to my target niche.

These sites have proved very helpful in supporting rankings for client sites in my niche.


 6:57 am on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

Am I missing something here?

No, however there are different opinions in the webmaster world about the effect of buying domains and either rebranding or developing out content on the domain and trying to rerank those fairly quickly.

My experience is that so long as there have not been major issues / infractions with the domain prior, and the new content matches relevancy to the old website, the transition works well.

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