Friday
Feb152013

DomainSponsor Parking Income Improving

DomainSponsor just wrapped-up their WebFest Global conference in California (formerly DomainFest Global).  Ron Jackson attended a press breakfast with Debra Domeyer, who reported that "Domeyer made was that the company saw good year over year growth in domain monetization with the average PPC revenue in 4Q-2012 coming in a little better than the same quarter a year earlier."  

I have also seen an increase in DomainSponsor income in the past few months.  I have also noriced that the domains managed by the mets-parking platform Above are migrating away from other services and toward DomainSponsor.  Your mileage may vary, or course, but it may be time to give DomainSponsor a try again.

Sunday
Nov252012

Some GoDaddy Sites Hacked




 

 

 

 

The Security Site Sophos.com has reported that some sites hosted at GoDaddy have been hacked with "ramsomware."  Users are sent to a page telling them that their computer has been locked and that they need to pay a ranson to unlock the computer.  Frasier Howard notes that "an animated GIF in this lock page to mimic the video from the user's webcam! This sort of attention to detail is what helps convince many users that the warning is legitimate."

See the full article for all of the details.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Above Domain Parking - Testing the Services

Above.com has continued to add both new features and new parking services to their basic platform.  They recently launched a "domain marketplace" putting them in competition with AfterNIC, Sedo, and GoDaddy. So far they don't have very many domains for sale, but it's a start.

Above.com is a Australian company that is part of Trellian.  Their core service is a parking management solution designed to "maximize your parking revenues and productivity when using multiple parking services." They accomplish this by rotating your traffic among several different parking companies.  Over time the companies that make you the most money get the most traffic - but they will still send a few people to other services from time-to-time in case things have changed.  One customer viewing your site may get sent to Sedo, for example, while the next customer gets sent to DomainSponsor.  You have to already have accounts at both companies, of course.  

According to Above.com their system offers the following advantages over moving domains around yourself: 
  • Running tests on new parking services, usually results in loss of revenues, as it takes time for parking services to learn and optimize their landing pages.
  • Some domains perform better, whereas others perform worse, if only you could move just the domains that would do better... but which ones are they?
  • Changing the DNS every time you wish to do a test can be time consuming and difficult, especially if you have domains with multiple registrars. Only to have to change it back a week later when the test is completed and the results are not better overall.
  • Making sense from the reporting that each parking company provides is a logistic nightmare. Do they even provide Real and Complete traffic statistics? Plus the more services you use the harder it is.
  • Making timely changes, when one parking service has issues, or a domain is blacklist, or stops paying is far too time consuming and not fast enough. Parking revenues are being wasted!
I'd have to say that I agree with most of these points.  As low as domain parking income is these days, it's nice to have a "set and forget" solution that does the work for you.

 

Thursday
Jul262012

DomainSponsor to help Improve Internet Security

Oversee.net announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement between DomainSponsor and internet security company Team Cymru to help improve security on the internet.  It seems that DomainSponsor's large number of parked domains are being leveraged as a giant honeypot - potentially attracting malicious traffic.  Team Cymru wil then analyze the traffic - incuding the malicious traffic.  According to Oversee.net:

Given the size and scope of Oversee’'s DomainSponsor traffic monetization network, it is in a uniquely advantageous position to help detect and identify potentially malicious communications to share via its relationship with Team Cymru to benefit the wider Internet Security Community.  As part of the Agreement, DomainSponsor will provide Team Cymru with information on suspected fraudulent traffic hitting its network.   After analyzing this real-time information, Team Cymru will then facilitate the communication of malicious activity to the Internet Security Community.  It is expected that this real-time “early warning system” created by Oversee and Team Cymru will help Internet Service Providers (ISPs), hosting companies and other entities take preventative steps to protect their networks from being adversely affected by malicious activity online.

Another key element of the agreement involves Team Cymru providing Oversee with tools and data that will help it take additional steps to identify and block malicious traffic on its network.
DomainSponsorSedo, and NameDrive are currently the companies still doing a fair job of monetizing parked domains.
Saturday
May052012

Google Changes Again, Mis-classifies some Websites as "Parked"

Google reported that they made 53 changes to their search algorithm in the month of April.  There were two more "panda" updates, and a "penguin" update.  These updates appear to be directed at web spam.  Many of the "mini-sites" and content sites created by domainers and parking companies are considered "web spam" - so be prepared to see traffic drop to sites that rely partly on Google for traffic.  
A temporary problem also occured in April as some sites were mis-classified as parked domains.  Google reportedly fixed this problem fairly quickly.  The explanation:
Our classifier for parked domains was reading from a couple files which mistakenly were empty. As a result, we classified some sites as parked when they weren’t.

 

I apologize for this; it looks like the issue is fixed now, and we’ll look into how to prevent this from happening again. (Matt Cutts as quoted by Danny Sullivan)

None of this is really good news for people looking for easy domain monetization solutions, but it is probably good news for people searching for meaningful sites using Google.  I don't particularly want to land on a parked page when I am trying to get reliable information using a Google search.