Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Best Way to Get Great Domain Names

I'm finishing up the last details on a family DVD I'm making from our adventure in Grand Cayman last month. The Mac is just an excellent tool for this, and iMovie makes it SO easy and fun. What we did differently this time was to use the small, digital camera to make a few AVI movies as well. Compiling them with the HD video camera makes the movie look even more like a documentary.

On the Windows PC, I am running a few Firefox browsers with a PHP script that checks for great expired domains. All you do is load in around 200 expired domain names and it does the rest. It checks to see if the domain is registered. If not, then it checks to see if there are any pages in the Internet Archive. If there are, then it makes one more check, and that's to see if there are pages indexed in Google.

If the domain name passed the test, when the script ends, it lists the names for you.

What I do further is check in archive.org to see if the domain was used as a Google AdSense Spam site. You don't want to be associated with that, so even if you see your new found name has 100 backlinks and a PR of 6, skip it. Everything linked to that name will most likely be flagged and banned.

Checking two days worth of expired dot com's, (not dot nets and orgs, which are good, as well), I found around 25 PR 3's, 15 PR 4's, 8 PR 5's and even a nice PR 6!

Why do we want these parameters?

Mainly, because of the reputation of the domain name. Many of the "PR" (page rank) domains have been around a long while. I found through archive.org that most were dropped because the company simply had a new domain name and didn't need the old one. Secondly, Google favors what is already indexed. What you add to that domain will get indexed in short time.

Backlinks are a great way to get anything you add to that domain, indexed as well. And old backlinks will take a while to die out, mainly because people don't keep them up to date.

In my next post, I'll tell you where I register most of my domain names and why. And if you're interested in the PHP script, I'll be posting the link to that as well.


Anonymous said...

Where do you find the 200 expired domains you use with the script?

Dave Jackson said...

Hi there! There are several places, such as 1expired.com, but I get mine from a site that offers them in a nice list where I only have to cut and paste.

Anonymous said...

What a great article as usual!
Btw, could you please post the link to the PHP script that you used in your article? Greatly appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Do you mind sharing the name of the site that provides them in a nice list so that you can cut and paste?

Dave Jackson said...

Hi there,

You can check out http://www.seguinhost.com/expired-domains-list.php - That's the list I use. Thanks for your comment.


Dave Jackson said...

Update for those of you who may be following this methodology - I have found that since around August of 2006, using expired domains just do not hold the reputation they once did.

My advice is to use linking strategies I talk about in my blog.