SERPDrive have been extremely helpful and provided a way for y'all to test it for free here before you ever drop a dime. This means you'll be able to pickup a few domains before ever spending a dime. They've also promised to routinely look through the comments of this post, to make sure any feedback is heard and any required development updates are made.
SERPDrive has to be the best expired domain crawler I've ever used. It's not perfect, but it's just extremely easy to use and takes little time for even a beginner to get to grips with. Considering it's a brand new SaaS it has to be given some major props for what they've achieved already.
It doesn't matter if you're a pro or a complete noob at finding expired domains (for your PBNs, 301s or money sites) SERPDrive is the easiest and most cost effective solution on the market right now. It's also got a ton of development going on as well, so get in early before they jack up prices.
As always with my reviews, I start off covering all of the negative points I found first, just to get them out of the way. Don't worry, the positives FAR outweigh the negatives.
1. Backlink View
Note: After making the owners of SERPDrive aware of this flaw, they fixed it to show the best referring domains (DoFollow) rather than a sample of the best backlinks. This has fixed this negative point, and they fixed it within a matter of hours of being made aware of it. This shows how good the development team behind this crawler really are.
When you complete a crawl, you'll be given a list of available, ready to register domains. You can then expand this view to find out more details about the given domain.
One of these really useful features, but arguably as of the time I'm writing this review - one of the most flawed. Is the list of backlinks pointing to the domain.
Unfortunately SERPDrive doesn't really do a great job of showing you the standout referring domains. I manually assessed each of the domains I got back from my crawl with Ahrefs and found that some of the domains had backlinks from sites such as Wikipedia, HuffPo etc.
Yet, if I hadn't of checked this manually I'd never have known and simply deemed the domain as surplus to requirements.
2. No Ahrefs API
While the Ahrefs API is rather grossly over-priced, it's definitely something I'd of liked to have seen on SERPDrive.
The integration of the Majestic API is an absolute must-have, but to have some additional information from Ahrefs would be superb. I feel Ahrefs does a much better job of crawling the web and indexing links at the moment, and it's always good to have two sources rather than one.
Of course this isn't a hugely big deal, but it's something that I thought I'd point out as something that lets it down from my perspective as someone who uses Ahrefs over Majestic in most scenarios.
What Makes It So Good
Having pointed out the negatives, I wanted to jump right in and tell you exactly what's so good about SERPDrive and why I'll be continuing to use it as my top choice for an expired domain crawler...
Ease of Use
These guys have done an incredibly good job of making their crawler 'idiot proof'. There's literally not a single person who couldn't figure out how to use this and find domains to register.
First of all you can either choose a seed list of your own, or one that they've already got hidden away in their database. Which makes it really easy to find niche related domains.
All you need to do is tell them the niche you're looking for and go from there with the sub-niche, you select the TLDs you're targeting then you click a button to get started. You'll get an e-mail back within 2 hours when the crawl is complete.
Simple enough for anybody right?
Another huge thing about this expired domain crawler for me was that you can use an unlimited amount of seeds.
Considering you're charged per crawl, rather than on a monthly subscription basis, this means that you can create a huge seedlist and get a LOT of value for money.
Of course, anyone who has domain domain crawling will know you want to do segmented crawls based on niche.. but if you're after a ton of general domains, it'd only really cost you $12/crawl.
During the process of the crawl, SERPDrive will automatically spam check domains for evidence of misuse in the past.
It instantly filters out the garbage domains before providing you with your list of domains that you can then go and perform some additional manual checks on, before deciding whether to register them or not.
On top of that it does as I've mentioned already, automatically filtering out any domains that aren't available to register. So none of the domains you're returned are going to be auction domains or anything like that! Pure expired.
As I already mentioned, SERPDrive have the Majestic API integrated into their system to give you a good overview of statistics about each available domain they return to you.
While we could argue it might be even better with Ahrefs integrated as well, there's no doubt that the data you get back is incredibly useful for a quick overview.
Arguably the most useful part of this isn't actually the TF/CF Metrics but it's actually the topical breakdown, for me this makes it extremely easy for my agency to quickly identify domains that are topically relevant for whatever it is we're looking for at the time.
All in all just from a quick overview you get to see useful metrics such as TF, CF, RD (Volume of referring domains), BL (Total number of backlinks) and the Topical breakdown.
As well as being able to get a quick overview, you can also expand any of the domains you're returned to get a more detailed analysis of each domain.
You'll get to see some of the anchor text that's linking to the site, which is incredibly useful if you're wanting to make sure the domain is spam-free.
Next you'll get given a backlink sample, along with the corresponding trust flow of the link.
Lastly you'll get given access to a historical backlink discovery chart, which again is another great way to get an idea of whether a domain has been blasted with spammy links at some point in its history.
Quality of Domains
At this point I'm sure you're wondering whether SERPDrive is all that good at actually providing decent domains.
The answer to that is ABSOLUTELY!
The screenshots I've used in this review are all from one of their own seedlist crawls, and on average the domains I got returned were above TF 20.
I also did a crawl with one of my own seed lists, where again I was getting very consistent results. TF 25-30 on average and when I corroborated this with Ahrefs most of the domains I got returned from the crawl were above DR 30 - Which is the standard metrics most domain vendors will give you, at a price more like $12/domain than $12/crawl.
The greatest thing about SERPDrive in my opinion is the pricing... You'd expect something that's as good as it is at what it does to come at an expensive price point and maybe even bill you monthly recurring.
However it's not the case, you can use SERPDrive on an as needed basis by topping up your account with credits.
It'll cost you just $12.00 per crawl which is pretty amazing in my view. On average, you're going to get back around 100 domains from a crawl according to their FAQs, however I got a lot more than that when I used my own seed lists.
Added Benefit: Spam Checking
One of the added benefits of SERPDrive is that you can use their spam check feature to upload a list of your own domains into.
This is pretty good if you're using some other method for expired domain crawling as it'll cost you just $0.01 per domain, with a minimum of a $10.00 top up. Meaning for just 10 bucks you can check 1,000 domains at a time.
Overall I think that SERPDrive is the best expired domain crawler on the market, and for me it's become a must-have SEO tool for building out my PBNs.
I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know in the comments if you have any questions.