Money from Parked Domains
Making Money from Parked Domains
Let me tell you a true story. A friend of my who likes to collect
domain names was describing a few that he had acquired. While he
has a wide range of domains in various categories, these particular
domains were all related to web hosting.
Some of the domain names were similar to existing web hosting company
names (or derivatives of web hosting company names). Others simply
had ‘hosting’, ‘host’, or a related term
in the domain itself.
So my friend and I were talking and he said something like, “Yeah,
it’s a shame – if only I had the time to develop
some content for some of these domains then I might make some money
form them”. It turns out that he had no content on any
of the domains – just parked pages, or no content at all.
When I investigated the domains, it turned out that there was a
small but steady traffic stream that visited these domains. Some
simply typed in the domain, others apparently found the domain through
a search engine that had categorized the parked page.
So I suggested the following to him – why not use a service
that will take the domain as is – with no content whatsoever
– and suggest search options that generate revenue for each
click? He took my advice, grudgingly I might add, and guess what?
He made $50 the first month from just a few of his domains.
He was so excited that he asked what he might do to further increase
his revenues from his domain names. I suggested that he use his
parking pages (these can be customized with some hosts) to test
banners from affiliate programs with the highest paying hosting
He placed only three banners at the top of his pages –
with a brief description of the company’s product offerings
taken straight from their web sites. This also proved to be a great
success – and his revenue stream increased.
My friend has since invested some time and energy in monetizing
his other domains. He has either pointed the domains to a pay per
click search engine, or listed affiliate links on almost every
This has turned a lackluster domain speculation business into a
profit generating pay per click and affiliate business that requires
almost no effort to maintain. Needless to say, my friend has taken
my out to lunch a couple of times since then.
If you have parked domains and what to try getting paid for search
results on those pages, check out this service offered by Sedo
(there are others out there as well):
Good luck in transforming your parked domains into cold, hard cash!
About the Author
Derek Vaughan has been
actively marketing on the Internet since 1995. Mr. Vaughan
has marketed products at the Walt Disney Company as the online
marketing manager of ecommerce for ESPN.com. Mr. Vaughan is also
the founder of www.CheapHostingDirectory.Com - a web hosting review
site, a part of TechPad Agency's network of web hosting portals.