What’s your go-to search criteria for finding investment-grade expired domain names?

I was talking to a friend the other day who has been buying expired domain names a lot longer than me. Before I knew it we were sharing the specific criteria and filters that we used when looking for expired domains, we both had a ton of different one – but each of us had one go-to.

What was funny about our criteria is that we had a pretty big range across our top ten search criteria, but our go-to’s (i.e. the one we used the most) was almost exactly the same. This made me think, I wonder how many other people use similar criteria to find investment-grade expired domains.

At the same time I thought…I haven’t changed my criteria in a while, and neither had my friend, maybe we were getting old and stuck in our ways. So I thought, why not share my go-to filter/criteria for finding expired domains and then open it up to the community to share theirs.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Wait! Morgan – aren’t you giving away a secret? And why would I share mine with you in that case!”

Eh, that’s overly paranoid IMO. I don’t think we need to keep things like this a secret, honestly here are enough expired domains out there and I’d rather share and learn together than live in a vacuum. So here we go – this is the criteria I filter by when looking at expired domains.

TLD: .COM only

Dashes/Numbers included: No

Domain Age: 5 years or older

Max length: 10 characters

Max bids: 10

Ending in: Less than two days

Here’s a screenshot of these selected on Go Daddy Auctions for anyone that wants to know how to set this up themselves.


Okay, now is where I’d be very interested to hear from you. What’s your go-to search criteria for expired domains? Comment and let your voice be heard!

Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton