I have been a customer at DomCop for the past few months, using it to find all kinds of expired domains. In my view, this is by far the best expired domain finder available, and they have built an amazing product – you can tell a lot of work has gone into it. With a great product and excellent support, I very much recommend DomCop to find expired domains. The following is my DomCop review for 2020 outlining why I like it.
Here’s a screenshot proving I use it (I am subscribed to the “Power Plan”):
What is DomCop?
DomCop is a service used to find expired domains that may have great SEO value. DomCop looks at millions of domains that are expired each month and gives you important metrics on them, allowing you to find valuable domains that you can register. With this service you can narrow down the millions of expired domains in all kinds of ways, from looking at Domain Authority (DA) and Page Authority (PA) from Moz (the most common method), Alexa rank, language, domain extension, domain age and more. It’s awesome the number of filters they have built in – here’s all of them:
Say you are looking for a .com domain with a DA above 25 which doesn’t have dashes or digits in it, which was in English, wasn’t known for any spammy activity, and is priced less than $500 (or any arbitrary amount). You can add all those filters in and a list pops back. There are 3 different tabs, one for Expiring domains (those that haven’t yet expired but will shortly – DomCop of course tells you how long till a domain expires), Expired domains (domains that expired within the last 10 days), and Archived domains (domains that have expired beyond 10 days ago). There is no other expired domain finding service, free or paid, that has anywhere close to the metrics that DomCop has, and if you are serious about finding great expired domains it’s mandatory that you join, in my opinion.
Beyond being an excellent product, it’s worth mentioning that the support I had at DomCop was fantastic too – the support representative (Kevin) always replied within 24 hours and was knowledgeable and took the time to solve the issue I had (an issue with paying, not related to DomCop itself but the specific payment processor they were using).
Limitations of DomCop
I have absolutely no complaints about DomCop itself – it’s a fantastic service, and I’ll continue to pay to use it. However, it’s absolutely not for everyone – you really need to know what you’re doing if you are going to find great domains with it. That means having an intimate knowledge of SEO and what to look for in a great domain, which is not trivial. You need to be able to separate the trash from the treasure, and that means doing research on each domain you’re thinking of buying that DomCop finds. That means looking it up on archive.org, looking into its backlinks, checking its history and everything else. There are, without questions, some real diamonds in the rough domains that you can pick up if you know how to use DomCop to its full capabilities, and that takes time and expertise.
If you’re using DomCop to find domains for your PBN (Private Blog Network), you should read their guide on running a PBN here.
DomCop’s power plan that I subscribe to is currently $98/month: well worth it if you know what you’re doing, but a waste if you don’t know how to use it.
What to use if you don’t have $98/month to spare
Expireddomains.net has many of the features of DomCop and is free (you just have to sign up), and I recommend using that if you don’t want to pay for DomCop.
Are expired domains still worth buying for link & SEO purposes?
On June 2020 we published a piece compiling responses from SEO experts on whether PBN’s (where you buy expired domains and use them to boost search engine rankings) are still worth using. I recommend having a read through that:
The consensus there is that PBN’s these days are highly risky, but are highly effective only if you do everything right – and that’s no small task. So again, we have to emphasize that using DomCop to find expired domains for SEO experts is not for beginners.
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