What is an expired Domain Name?
An expired Domain Name is a Domain Name which was previously registered but the owner did not re-register it. If a Domain Name expires, it becomes available for anyone to register.
Why are Expired Domains so Popular?
One reason is that if the domain name itself has a lot of link-popularity, it will have an established source of traffic. What this means to you is if you snap up an Expired Domain with an established source of traffic, you will have a site with instant traffic.
To prove that expired Domain Names with traffic not only exist, but exist abundantly, I will show you a site which sells Traffic from Expired Domains. That’s all they do!
The site is: http://www.adbuytraffic.com and they openly state on their FAQ page where the traffic comes from. Expired Domains! Here is that page: http://www.adbuytraffic.com/faq.html#6
How to Locate Expired Domains
I will show you how to locate Expired Domains for Free and money. This money you save can be used for other things such as web hosting.
But first, just to see how all this works, check out www.bzmint.com. They will charge you a monthly fee to access their database of Expired Domains.
Now go to http://www.deleteddomains.com where you can search for Deleted and Expired Domain Names for FREE.
What Program Enables an Expired Domain Name Search?
The above sites all use some kind of Script which will search for Expired Domains. These Scripts are usually written in Perl and will run on a UNIX web host which supports Perl.
There is a couple of way to get your hands on one of these special programs.
1. Go to http://www.hotscripts.com or http://www.scriptsearch.com and search for the term "Expired Domain Name" You will get several results which contain Free and Fee scripts. Remember to try your own search terms too.
2. Go to http://www.scriptlance.com and post a project up for bid. You will get programmers from all over the world bidding on your project. The beauty about this is that you can specify exactly what you want your script to do and you will most likely pay much less for a full featured script. Plus you will own the rights to the script.
So Who Makes all The Money?
In his course, Corey Rudl explains one website model that should interest you right now. The website model goes like this:
Find a service which somebody is charging money for on the Internet.
Offer a similar service for Free and have no sales messages on the site in the early days.
Corey goes on to explain that after thousands of people link to your site, you can convert the site into some kind of profit model by selling ad space, your own product that you have created or affiliate products etc.
So clearly, the ones who make the most money from Expired Domain Names are the ones at the top of the Pecking-Order.
Will you make the most money by joining an Expired Domain names affiliate program or will you make more if you have thousands of Affiliates selling your product or service.
What would you rather do?
Pay 10 bucks a month to access a database of expired domains or pay 10 bucks a month for web hosting and own the whole deal?
What if you offered Free Expired Domain Name Search on your site but also offered Domain Name Registrations on the search results page?
To see an example of a regular Free Domain Name Search and Domain Name Registration business, go to http://www.domainsearch.com.
Always try to be at the top of the Pecking-Order.
Before you join an affiliate program, consider creating a similar product or service. Have thousands of affiliates selling YOUR products and services.
Only sell affiliate products which compliment your own products but do not compete with them.
The author, Ed Zivkovic owns his own website which contains articles with all sorts of tips for work at home webmasters. Here is the site: http://www.ezau.com