Last week, I released a podcast that I did with Hayden Miyamoto where he explained how he is pulling in $30,000 a month with small niche sites. As suspected, people loved the podcast! Hayden was able to share a lot of his “secrets” that he uses to build micro niche sites after Google Penguin in that podcast.
So, today I am releasing a new podcast interview I did a couple of days ago to dig a bit deeper on how Hayden is using expired domains to build links to his niche sites. In particular, we discuss exactly HOW and WHERE he is finding the high value expired domains. These are some advanced tactics that most people starting with niche sites are not familiar with. In fact, I didn’t even know you could find expired domains using these methods until recently.
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Before you dig into the podcast, I want to mention a couple of things. First, you do NOT need to use these practices to be successful with niche sites. These strategies are geared more towards people that are ready to scale their business up to thousands of domains, or perhaps build hundreds of sites every month.
However, if you only have a few sites or even a few dozen, this is certainly not anything required to do well with small niche sites. In fact, I have about 300 sites myself, and I’ve never used any of these tactics with expired domains. Hayden and I discuss this in the podcast, keyword research and finding the very low competition niches can allow you to build sites with very few links that still rank.
So, if some of these tactics sound a bit complex (and they are), you don’t need to worry about it, you can do just fine without them (I make a full-time income with niche sites, without using these strategies).
Second, I wanted to point out what Hayden is NOT doing. He is not talking about buying recently dropped domains or expired domains that can be purchased at auctions. The domains he is finding may have been expired for many years and are available to be registered by anyone at any domain registrar for $9 or $10. These are available domains that have been long forgotten about.
So how does someone find expired domains that once registered can have a legitimate PageRank of 5, 6, or even 7? We discuss this is detail on the podcast.
A Word of Caution
Some of the tactics covered in this podcast would not be considered “white hat”. Using your own sites to link to your other sites is essentially done to manipulate the search engines. Google is not a fan of this. But as Hayden explains, isn’t the whole point of SEO to get your site to rank higher in Google? So technically, any link building is against Google’s policies.
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In addition, Hayden also discusses selling links – this is also against Google’s policies. So, I feel like I need to warn you that Google frowns on many of the tactics discussed in this podcast – so proceed at your own risk.
What’s Covered in the Podcast
Here is a list of the topics, websites, or other items that we discussed during the podcast:
- Using expired domains to “own” your links
- Multi Class C IP hosting
- How to find high PR expired domains
- Xenu Link Sleuth
- Open Site Explorer to check links, domain authority, and MozTrust
- How to determine pagerank of an expired domain – PageRank Chart
- What is TrustRank and MozTrust?
- How to Find and Register expired Blogspot or Blogger domains
- Selling Text links on Text Link Ads
- Hayden’s tool for finding expired domains
- Hayden’s video demonstrating how to find expired domains.
As discussed in the podcast, I am going to try my hand using some of the software that Hayden is making available to me to see what kind of expired domains I can find. I’m excited to see what I can dig up. Then I plan on coming back and sharing some of my results.
And of course, Hayden has created some free videos again to give a walk through of how he is finding these expired domains. You can watch his videos here.
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