CheckDuck Review

CheckDuck Review

C: Today, I have another great guest on, which is Mr. Praneet Thakur, who owns a great tool called CheckDuck. I’m sure he does a lot more and has a lot more skills to him, but for today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about CheckDuck. So welcome to the show, Praneet, and thank you very much for coming on.

C: Just to give a bit of background on you, Praneet, you’re a guy that’s very into PBNs, you’re previously focused on PBN’s and your network of websites and everything like that over the years, haven’t you?

P: Yeah, so, I’m basically into PBNs and expired domains only. So I got a blog, which is, where I share about private blog network and expired domains with the community who don’t know how these things work, because there are many people who are coming daily to SEO, and they wanted to know.

P: So, a lot of things come up into my mind, so I thought, why not start a blog where I share all this knowledge to the community?

C: Good, so for anyone watching, because I get this all the time, I love PBNs and expired domain names. People always say, “Ah, that shit doesn’t work anymore, Google will get you, and all of that kind of stuff. In your opinion, do PBNs still work very well?

Do PBNS still work?

C: So, in your opinion, do private blog networks still work? Are they still effective in 2020? Just, I love PBNs. I love expired domain names. I just want to hear your take on it. Are they still working very well for you guys?

P: Ah, so PBN (private blog network) is still effective because private blog network is the same as a simple blog. You are taking a contextual link from a blog, and nothing else. But it is owned by you and nothing else. But you have to hide that you own this blog. So until the contextual link is effective, at that time, the primary blog network is effective.

P: And why does Google say primary blog network can give you a penalty? Because it’s against Google doc and a lot, a lot, but even Google can’t detect primary blog network if it is created perfectly. So Google tells that PBN can give you a penalty, and avoid PBN.

P: PBN still works, even in 2020 or even in 2024 it would still work.

C: Yeah, and I just wanted to double-check that they still work very well, in your opinion. I still use expired domain names, PBNs as part of my strategy, but we’ll go on to the more important side of things, which is your tool. Obviously, when we are building expired domain names or looking about PBNs, we’ve got to try and find good domain names.

C: And that can be a tedious task, going manually to auctions to check out the metrics and all the other kind of random checks that you might want to make, which is, I’m assuming, why you’ve made CheckDuck. You’ve made that job easier, it pulls all the data into one dashboard, and you’re able to explore the expiring domain names from one dashboard, check the metrics, check the Wayback machine, check a whole bunch of other stuff.

Overview of CheckDuck

C: So if you would be kind enough, Praneet, if you could share your screen, just so we can see the dashboard of your tool, and then if you could potentially just talk us through some of the functions and features that are on there that are key to finding the best-expired domain names.

P: Yeah, I can show you. There we go.

P: This is the dashboard of CheckDuck. CheckDuck is an expired domain analysis tool. So basically, you can add any expired domain into Domain Explorer, and you can check out the metrics. So, if you found an expired domain, you can add into this and enter the domain, and when you hit submit it would take, analyze and would tell you all the details.

P: There is a bulk domain explorer if you’re hunting for more than one domain. It would be more than entered only, so that is Domain Explorer where you can add domains in bulk and it would analyze all the domains one-by-one.

P: And that is a Domain History tab. It would tell you all the domains analyzed, which you can check on later — their metrics and everything else.

P: And here are some bonus tools. We’ll be adding some tools daily. So here is a bulk domain availability tool, which you can check out. Let me add some domains;, and You can click on “submit domain” and, let me test.

P: There, it’s coming. Until that you can see the Google Index checker and WhoIs checker, where you can get to know who is the developer of any domain and this Domain from URL Bulk. So, what does this tool give? You can add any slash post name. You can add max 2,000, and it would give you the domain name. If you want domain names from Ahrefs or any other tools, you can just tell it to the domain and copy the list, and you can directly add it directly to the Bulk Domain Explorer, and you can hunt.

P: So, let me add some domains, some expired ones which I have bought recently. This is one of the domains. Let me search for it. So this would analyze the whole domain, and it would take a couple of seconds to analyze, depending on the Wayback data. It will call on all the Wayback data and give you a metric clean score, and on the basis of links and other anchor text and everything, there would be a metric score and a Domain Score, which you can see here. And there is the metrics, which is Links Score.

P: We have to click these metrics. And you can get each and every detail about the domain, like first Wayback data, last Wayback data, total snapshot, and so there is, you have to check Wayback whenever you find an expired domain. If you use CheckDuck, you don’t have to check the Wayback Machine, because if the clean score is above four, you don’t have to check.

C: So, above four, just to confirm, is good? Is clean?

P: Yeah, if they don’t, clean score is above four, then you can any time with this, go with that domain.

You can check if a 301 Redirect has been used before

P: So, available data registered because I have registered this domain. And this Google Index yes, it’s indexed in Google. And this is a very good feature, 301 Data Found unknown. So basically we just scroll the Wayback and get data that it has been 301 data detected or not. So…

C: Can I ask a question on the 301 redirects?

P: Yeah, you can.

C: Is that scraping the Wayback machine to see if there’s ever been a 301 redirect? Or is that just the current state?

P: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s on the Wayback data, that’s everything that we call every snapshot, so we get to know about 301 data directions for that domain.

C: Yeah, so we can easily identify this 301 or not, Domain Age five years, Domain Drop Count, SGTPS, so which protocol should you wish for this domain SGTPS and domain redirection. Getting back to domain status, you should always go for a domain which is clean scored four and above, link score 1.5 and above, and domain score which is 1.3 and above.

P: And you should always go for a domain which is less than 50% spam score. Basically you have to check referring domains and total backlink score. It should be something which looks real and not a spam, just like if you caught with domain 200 and getting back in 100k it is surely spam.

P: You can just see the numbers, and you can identify if it’s spam or not. And after that, you need to check the DoFollow, NoFollow ratio. Do follow that is 91%, and you need to check. After that we also say which language it was in and in the Wayback, to which domain does the Wayback link.

Finding the top pages on the wayback machine

P: After that, we can go to Show Top Pages. It would analyze and tell us all the top pages of the domains, which the links are made, and you can see the short anchor text. It would tell all the anchor text and related. Later on that you can go to Show Back Links and check out the backlinks, match, mashable, medium, bpplans, and if we want to get a more wider view we can go show domain score, spam score, back links, how many backlinks that domain is giving to you, the other details.

P: And you can check each and every domain. This will become so handy for you when it comes to expired domain analysis. This tool gives all the details in one dashboard, and it gives more data compact to other tools which are competitors which are in the market.

C: I quite like the fact that it’s scraping the Wayback data. It’s quite important that I know a domain name’s not had a few one redirects, so I think that’s quite important. And I think being able to check some kind of formal spam score, clean scores and stuff like that helps that decision. One question that we’re always asked when we’re doing PBNs or looking at the Wayback machine, is how do you restore a website from the Wayback machine? I believe you’re bringing out some kind of tool of service that allows you to be able to quickly pull a website from there onto a domain name, yeah?

P: Yeah, yeah. So, basically, right now what we do is we just download the estimate version of the site and then edit it and upload it. But every time uploading the estimate with the site is imperfect, so basically we just churn it out into Word first. We just go and check the top pages, and we check on which permalink the links are made.

P: We realized that same permalink, and if it’s not the home page it’s some inner pages. We made the pages our page. We moved them to our page and link that page to the money site. We use that page as the power page to pass on the link juice to the money site. And after that, what we do, we get some content from Wayback machine, Wayback machine expired content, from the Wayback machine, and after that we port that expired content and set up everything.

P: We create pages like about us, contact us and about that page we add a photo, we would use fakenamegenerator dot com, add some datas like address and everything, and all the other details of a site to which you can pass citation that it belongs to some real person and we’re willing to get some images. Not a famous person but non-famous person images and we just add it to the auto-bio, and it looks like that the blog is owned by someone else

P: So you don’t have to go for any other thing, and after that what we are thinking to do is add another tool, a bonus tool for our users, that would be a premium deployer, in which we’re going to download Wayback data into our own server and from that only you can export it to any hosting company or any hosting or PBN hosting rider, and that will be some tricks like you can add them only or you can insert your main money blog url and some text can be added to the home page or any other of the power pages, which are linked, and you can at the same time to move all the unpowered domains which that Wayback data and autonomous Wayback data and all you want to keep on domains, which will be alive.

P: You can keep that alive. And then export, so it all depends upon you. That would be the bonus tool which will be added, so then expect that. So it’s become a lot easier for expired domain analyzers and the PBN buyers in the market to deploy PBNS, second analyze domains and then deploy.

Using Checkduck to get FREE Content

C: So tell me this, I could potentially use CheckDuck as a… I could look at an expired domain name, go to Show Top Pages, and I could copy and paste that content and get myself free content, right?

P: Yeah. You can go to Show Top Pages and then go to Wayback and get the content reach tool.

C: So, if I wanted to steal content from the Wayback machine

P: You can do it, you can just get it done from the Show Top Pages Wayback machine on [inaudible 00:17:13]. Just hunt down some low authority domains in your niche, and check out that Wayback data, and just copy that data and post it into your own doc, because no authorized domains wouldn’t be used as a PBN for anyone else, so they won’t be relived again.

P: If they’re used they’re better as a new blog, so it’s better to go with low authority domain to find expired content, or you can use any expired content, like and expired content or anything, so it’s like it’s all about expired domain analysis.

C: Yeah. Well, I was just thinking of other ways that your tool could be used with my own crazy mind.

P: There are many other ways, you just need some creativity, because there are tools and everything. You just need creativity. Or you can get daily dropped domain names that come with availability, then you can add into by domain explorer. Right now it’s 200 domains, but we’re going to increase it in upcoming days, so you can click Add Domains and click Submit Domains. Let me do it right now. Let me show you.

P: We’re in Expired Let me show you like, I found some tech domains. Here is a list. I just, we’re done copying and with Domain Explorer I just paste and let’s wait for the Domain Explorer to do the job. Right now you can see this error status, which means that domain doesn’t have any Wayback data.

P: So which we work on that credit search basis, so when it shows you an error in status it means that doesn’t have any Wayback data, and credit from that site-directed from your account. So I have added 25 domains. It’s checking out everything. It would analyze each and every detail for that domain, one by one, one by one, and it would give you automatic details.

P: So let’s wait for that time until then I can tell you that, I can show you other things, like the billing section. You can head over to the billing section. You can just see Subscription Expiry, your total search, credits remaining, how much credits it says is remaining.

P: One of the best features is if you bought a subscription, 14.9, now 24.9, 34.9 dollars a month, after getting the subscription if your credits per month gets completed in inside a month it is completed, you have used all your credits, what you can do until you have a subscription, you can just buy how much you want. How much credits you want. You can click on Buy Now and buy the credits. So it’s like after getting a subscription, it’s pay as you go.

C: Yeah.

P: It’s become easy for people, so again we can see that the Expired Domain message is completed. So again we click on Pause, Refresh. Let me filter out them. So clean score four and above, link score, minimum domain score four and above. So here are the domains which I have dug it out. So let me increase my clicks so I get more good domains. Domain score two and above, but tech dot com. Let me check stats. Clean score is four, which means that domain is not quite worth the clean score. It has been 301 redirected, spam score and everything.

P: So basically this domain is 301 redirected. You can ignore this 301 redirection. The link score is above 2.5. So it’s that 301 data. Why I’m saying that you can ignore it is because once the domain is 301 data, all the link juice is passed through the main site. It starts passing the link juice. And if the link is light, which means that the domain is still receiving 301.

P: Though it has been used for 301, the link juice won’t be the same as earlier. But it can still be exchanged and pass link juice. The link score is good and domain score is good then you can go with that 301 data. Let me show you more. So it took me a couple of minutes only to find such a good domain. With a google index. So basically, it’s amazing and the price is also quite good and very low compared to any other tool which is in the market.

P: So, any other question which you wanted to ask me?

C: No, I think that keeps it simple. I don’t want to confuse the people with that, but I think overall just to recap for anyone listening to this is, basically, you can check the metrics of the domain name, you can very quickly filter down the quality domain names, and it’s all put into one dashboard. And your package price is $14.99 a month for, was that 15,000 credits?

P: Uh… 14.99 for 5,000 credits.

C: Five thousand credits. $24.99 for 15,000 and $34.99 for 30,000.

CheckDuck Conclusion

C: So, I think what you’ve clearly got here is a very good tool that helps identify those expired, quality expired domain names and gives you the opportunity to either do many other things while that’s taking content from them and, you know, check the redirects.

C: I think for me one of the biggest selling points is the Top Pages part as well, where you can check out the top pages so I think overall it’s a great tool that does a lot of great stuff, and I’m sure you are going to be adding to it as you go as well. So, I’m sure it will do a lot more and yet the thing, domain availability is working fine as well so it’s, yeah, a great tool overall. And you know, in terms of cost I think there’s no one can argue with the cost of it as well. It’s very cost-effective.

C: So, what I’ll do, I’m going to get this all transcribed as well and release it as a blog post as well so that people who are looking for finding expired domain names are able to follow this video and do all the searches that you’ve just done there. But you guys, I’m assuming, offer support to people who are maybe stuck, yeah?

P: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. We are offering chat support, so basically if they’ve got any doubt, any problems they can chat with us. If any of the users, if any of the members would be online they would just reply to you in a second. So that we would like to reply to you as soon as possible.

P: But most of the time we reply in a second only if it’s daytime. If it’s night, or sometimes not in the working hours then it would take time for us to reply. So whenever you load into the dashboard you can see the chat history. That’s not an issue if the reply is done a little late, but it will be replied to each and every one.

C: Cool. Well, that is a good round-up of CheckDuck. So you can find that on or you can reach out to them on the chat. But, Praneet, thank you very much for taking the time to come on and show us the tool and the, as I say, hopefully, all the best with it. It’s quite a new tool. It’s only been released in the past month or so, so fingers crossed that it continues to grow and evolve and become an even better tool further down the line, so I look forward to watching the progress.

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