Entries in domain parking (40)

Thursday
Jul232015

Parking Crew and NameDrive Consolidate

NameDrive and Parking Crew announced last week that the NameDrive parking platform will now be "powered by Parking Crew."  The NameDrive announcement stated:

At the occasion of its tenth anniversary, NameDrive, one of the oldest
brands in domain parking and ParkingCrew, one of the most innovative
newcomers join their forces for the benefit of you, our customers. As of 17
July 2015 NameDrive parking will be powered by ParkingCrew.

NameDrive customers will benefit significantly from being part of the
ParkingCrew network, where customers enjoy:

•    PPC with the highest coverage and click prices worldwide
•    The highest revenue shares thanks to low overhead costs
•    The most extensive second-tier feed and broad advertiser base 
•    A clean and efficient user interface that enables optimal campaign
performance  
•    Net-15 payments; and 
•    The option to use multiple sales banners and contact forms, as well
as sales offer history

Your NameDrive domains should be showing up in ParkingCrew now - but you man need to do some manual tweaking.

Sunday
Feb222015

2015 Domain Parking Changes

TrafficZ closed its doors at the beginning of 2015.  It was the first domain parking company that I used.  I remember Kevin Vo contacting me to tell me about the service, and I remember being skeptical that I would make any money off ads.  I was wrong.  TrafficZ brought me a good income for a number of years.  Their tools allowed me to see which domains got traffic and attempt different ways to monetize those domains differently if they were not making money at TrafficZ.  

I got an email from Bodis.com on January 30th stating:

"On behalf of Bodis we are pleased to announce the acquisition of TrafficZ as our latest affirmation of commitment to expand and improve parking services to our valued users.

As part of Bodis, you will now enjoy the following features:

 

  • NET 7 Payments 
  • Fast Support 
  • Advanced Reporting 
  • Sale Options
  • and more

 

Unfortunately, we have been unable to migrate your TrafficZ account to Bodis due to missing or inaccurate contact information. We kindly ask you to register a new account with Bodis.com to benefit from the Bodis parking platform.

If you have any questions in regards to this process, please don't hesitate to contact Bodis support. We will get back to you within 24 hours!"

I tried Bodis when they first developed their service and was not initially impressed.  Since that time they have spent a good deal of effort developing the service and I hear good things about it.  I'm just not sure it is worth the effort to try them again. I'm pleased with DomainSponsor (now part of Rook Media), Sedo, and NameDrive.  I still get enough parking income to supplement my domain sales income every year, but it's not like the good old days. 

Saturday
May032014

Rook Media buys Domain Sponsor

 

On April 21st Oversee.net announced that Rook Media bought its Domain Sponsor monetization business. 
Domain Sponsor was founded in 2002 as one of the original domain parking companies.   Rook Media claims to be Europe’s largest domain monetization platform.

Last month's DomainFest was interestingly produced by Domain Sponsor, in contrast with past DomainFests which were produced by the parent company Oversee.net.  Was there already an informal deal?  

What's left of Oversee.net?  A press release by Corinne Forti stated that "Oversee can now focus on more aggressively developing its growth businesses. The company has been continually enhancing its online portfolio of web properties and mobile applications with strong brands that engage user’s passions."  

 

Saturday
Mar312012

Marchex Kills its SiteBox Domain Parking

I think I was vaguely aware that Marchex had a domain parking service.  Apparently it was started in 2006 but has been languishing lately.  As of May 1 the doors will close.  If you have domains parked there you should move them ASAP.

Marchex made news back in 2004 when it went public as one of the first domain-based Internet companies.  The company made some historic domain name purchases, and Yahoo Finance describes them as a "digital call advertising and small business marketing company" and claims that their business earns money from

200,000 of its owned and operated Web sites, and other sources. The company also delivers pay-per-click advertisements to online users in response to their keyword search queries or on pages they visit on its distribution network of search engines, shopping engines, third party vertical and local Web sites, mobile distribution, and its proprietary Web site traffic sources.

Wednesday
Dec072011

Google Officially Drops Parked Domains from their Index

Now we know why Google demands that domain parking companies use nameservers to direct traffic to their services.  It makes it very easy for Google to detect and de-list parked domains. 

It always seemed like Google's intent to not index parked domains.  You've probably had it happen to you (although not recently).  You do a search and find a result that appears promising, only to land on a page full of ads.   It's not a good user experience.  On December first Google announced that they now officially remove parked domains from the index.  They are now being very explicit about at least some of the changes they are making.  Notice the third bullet point:

  • Related query results refinements: Sometimes we fetch results for queries that are similar to the actual search you type. This change makes it less likely that these results will rank highly if the original query had a rare word that was dropped in the alternate query. For example, if you are searching for [rare red widgets], you might not be as interested in a page that only mentions “red widgets.”
  • More comprehensive indexing: This change makes more long-tail documents available in our index, so they are more likely to rank for relevant queries.
  • New “parked domain” classifier: This is a new algorithm for automatically detecting parked domains. Parked domains are placeholder sites that are seldom useful and often filled with ads. They typically don’t have valuable content for our users, so in most cases we prefer not to show them.
  • More autocomplete predictions: With autocomplete, we try to strike a balance between coming up with flexible predictions and remaining true to your intentions. This change makes our prediction algorithm a little more flexible for certain queries, without losing your original intention.
  • Fresher and more complete blog search results: We made a change to our blog search index to get coverage that is both fresher and more comprehensive.
  • Original content: We added new signals to help us make better predictions about which of two similar web pages is the original one.
  • Live results for Major League Soccer and the Canadian Football League: This change displays the latest scores & schedules from these leagues along with quick access to game recaps and box scores.
  • Image result freshness: We made a change to how we determine image freshness for news queries. This will help us find the freshest images more often.
  • Layout on tablets: We made some minor color and layout changes to improve usability on tablet devices.
  • Top result selection code rewrite: This code handles extra processing on the top set of results. For example, it ensures that we don’t show too many results from one site (“host crowding”). We rewrote the code to make it easier to understand, simpler to maintain and more flexible for future extensions.

As new parking companies spring up, some of them will temporarily miss the "classifier" - but not for long.  If you want to be in Google, then you should consider building a site with some content.  

There are some unanswered questions.  Where do content-like "parking" services such as WhyPark fit in?  You can actually host unique content-driven sites on such services