Post a project at getafreelancer.com or elance.com
Tybi if you’re looking at the WMT to find where the links are pointing to before you create the pages, then won’t they initially show up in WMT as 404 errors?
So if I understand this correctly, you first add your WMT metatag to the site to verify ownership. Then Google will display all the backlinks in WMT. Except for backlinks to the home page, I expect they’ll all show up as having 404 errors since you haven’t checked created all other the pages yet.
So then you take all the links to 404 errors and create actual pages at those locations. Then do you wait until they show up in WMT as non-404 errors? And then you redirect the whole thing to the site you’re trying to SEO?
Pro_SEO: You said "deep-redirect the whole domain to your site". When you say "deep-redirect" you mean direct it to a deep page of your website instead of your home page, right?
Take a stroll to a couple of domain auction forums and look for service providers.
Ya ok BUT:
1. you don't email the linking sites and advise them to kill the link eithers when you get them, and
2. I'm sure you can buy a PR5 domain name for $10 add a dumb template site and sell it for $1000+ at eBay (or other sources)... and the Links & PagRank will capture the interest of serious buyers (that know a little about links).
...that isn't profit?
My point here... don't snub your nose (actually don't advise other people to snub their noses) on value-added benefits for a buying/seeling a domain name worth $2-35 bucks... if the searching buyers are willing to pay a premium for a different value-added reasons than you're selling it for.
You're seriously can't be saying - "I ain't selling this domain to you because you want it for the wrong reason."
Everything is like you said untill the last move. When I see the 404's in webmaster tools there are two different things to do according to the particular situation.
1. If the domain is worth it (solid PR5 or something), create those pages, put content on them and develope the site.
2. If the domain is not worth it (PR3 or similar), redirect those 404 pages to your deep pages. Don't have to create the page before you redirect it.
fathom, am I right in assuming that for this type of linkbuilding you don't care about ownership issues? In other words your own sites are the ones that are being redirected to your site. What about hosting? Do you keep them on the same hosting account?
No - a domain with a auction placeholder website is still a website so the links are not pointing to a 404 error page.
If you buy a domain that has sat "too long" it will take a while for Google to credit the links but if they are there when you verify ownership then they are good links.
As for "deep redirect"... YES... the best thing you can do if ranks are your desire is the redirect to the best match page below the homepage.
Even if the the domain is a perfect match to the homepage you will be better of burying it. The homepage will still get the secondary benefits but priamry benefits deep in a website is reversing the flow of credits.
IF REDIRECTING via .htaccess the requested url is the same as the served-up url so "IT'S THE SAME DOMAIN/SAME IP ANYWAY" from a search engine vantagepoint.
While I have 10 servers and 32 hosting packages it would make no difference if they were all on the same.
This isn't to say you can't get into trouble if you are do shady things and dumping this on top.
Fathom, this is the most fascinating thread I have seen in a long time, thank you so very much for sharing with us all.
Now that I have picked up my PR1 domain with 3 .edu backlinks for $5 (well a test is a test after all!) is it as simple a matter as 301 redirecting the URL to the desired destination page on my target site?
If you haven't "you should"... setup a website with a few on-topic pages, and verify ownership with Google... check the backlinks immediately after you'd verified and if Google shows them - redirect away... if not:
You might coax them to show faster in the WmC by linking pages to the page that links to your new domain.
Unfortunately, it may take Google months to recredit older links - and while I haven't seen this myself (because I don't go after domains that have been expired for more than 60 days) it may never credit (remember the original reason it started to negate links from expired domains - the biggest offenders of this strategy type are porn sites.
Sidenote: When Canada3000 (an executive class ONLY airlines) went belly up here (it was a PR8 domain that almost every Canadian government website pointed to and when the domain expired (and gov webmasters are notoriously slowly on general maintenance) every patron of those thousands of website all got porn when they clicked (brings new meaning to the mile high club).
That said: if you have a problem getting them to appear - let me know - it's the one thing I've had had to deal with yet.