I’ve recently become interested again in purchasing some high Page Rank domains to add to my domain portfolio. For SEO and link building purposes, having access to some high PR domains can be very useful. Plus, I might want to get into domain flipping in the future, and high PR domains always seem to sell well also.
One of the best places to buy these types of domain names for cheap is over at Godaddy Domain Auctions. It costs $4.99 a year to join, but once you do, you will have access to hundreds of high PR domains to bid on.
How It Works
Godaddy Domain Auctions gives you four different ways to buy a domain name using their service.
- Buy Now – If a particular domain has the Buy Now button displayed next to it, then you can buy the domain name immediately.
- Expired Domain Auction – Allows you to place a bid on an expired domain name. Whoever bids the highest gets the domain.
- Offer/Counteroffer – You can make an offer for a particular domain, and Godaddy Domain Auctions will let the seller know. The seller can then either accept your offer, or respond with their own counter offer.
- 7-Day Public Auction – Like any traditional auction. The seller can set a minimum starting price, and whoever has the highest bid after 7 days wins the domain name.
For me, I like to look at the Expired Domain Auctions. If you are patient enough, you can often pick up a PR3 for under $25 and PR4 domains for under $50.
Unfortunately, the Godaddy Domain Auctions site itself is not very good for searching for domains. While it has some advance search options, there doesn’t seem to be a way to filter the results by Page Rank. This makes identifying high PR domains to bid on quite tedious because you have to manually check each domain by hand. (Although if you must, you can use masspagerank.com).
Finding High PR Domains
Instead of using the Godaddy Domain Auctions interface, there are a couple of other services I’ve tried to find high PR domains. They are RegisterCompass and DomainFace. They’re both paid monthly services, but well worth it if you are serious about buying a lot of domain names.
I used to use RegisterCompass awhile back, when I was picking up some high PR domains for a blog network I was setting up. It as all the features you want for picking up good domains, including the ability to search for domains by Page Rank, backlinks, and several other attributes as well.
Currently though, I’m using DomainFace to search for some high PR domains. It was just recently re-launched so I thought it would be fun to test the service. It has most of the same functionality as RegisterCompass, but a fancier interface and some more advanced features like Portfolio Management and Auto-bidding.
Both these services show expired domains from a bunch of expired domain sources including Godaddy Domain Auctions, Namejet, and Flippa. Since I’m mostly interested in the domains on Godaddy, I can filter out these other sources that I’m not interested in.
If you don’t want to pay for these two services, another good alternative is to head over to dnxpert.com. This blog has daily posts that lists domains available for bid on Godaddy auctions, along with their Page Rank. Just look for the posts titled Godaddy Domain Auction – My Selection Of PageRank Domains X.
Bidding For Domains
Once I’ve identified several prospective high PR domains that I’d like to get my hands on, it’s time to start the bidding process.
There are a couple of bidding strategies I use when bidding for domains on Godaddy Auctions. If I am just looking for any old high PR domain, I might just pick a fixed price I am comfortable with, say $25 and just bid that amount immediately for each domain. If I get it that’s great, but if I don’t, no problem. There’s always another high PR domain to bid on.
If there’s a domain I really want though, then I’ll try to snipe the domain right before the end of the auction. With Godaddy Auctions, you can easily see exactly when the domain auction ends. So I’ll just set the end date in my Google calendar and have it alert me when the auction is about the end. When the time comes, I can swoop in at the last minute and win the domain.
Hopefully this post gets you more familiar with the basics of buying a high PR domain name using Godaddy Domain Auctions. It’s pretty simple to get started, if you have a little bit of money to invest. And if you do happen to win any domain auctions, save some money by using one of the available Godaddy coupons before you check out.