A new look for an old friend

Name Monetizer, Domain Parking News, and Parkquick.com chronicled the domain monetization industry from the late 1990s through 2015.  During this time domain parking could be quite lucrative.  Since then Google has pushed the industry toward real meaningful content by punishing domains that are full of ads.  This benefits the Internet and most users.  It has left... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

DomainFest is Happening After All

When NamesCon was announced for the late January timeframe they took the time slot that DomainFest had used for the past few years.  DomainSponsor had not announced anything for 2014, after changing the name of their conference to "WebFest Global" in 2013.  DomainFest returns to Hollywood March 31st - April 2nd this year, and the... Continue Reading →

GoDaddy buys Afternic and SmartName from NameMedia

GoDaddy announced this week that it bought domain parking company SmartName and domain marketplace Afternic from NameMedia.  GoDaddy will apparently get business name generator NameFind as well.This leaves NameMedia with its BuyDomains unit.  It will be interesting to watch what happens as GoDaddy absorbs these businesses.  Will they charge for domain parking with SmartName? Their own... Continue Reading →

WhyPark re-branded as domainapps

WhyPark originated as an alternative to domain parking.  The catchy name attracted domain owners who were dissatisfied with their income from traditional parking companies.  Over time it probably tied them a little too closely to the domain parking world, so their new name domainapps emphasizes what they DO provide (apps), rather than what they don't provide... Continue Reading →

Tim Schumacher Steps Down at Sedo

Sedo announced this week that co-founder and CEO Tim Schumacher is stepping down at the end of January. Schumacher was one of four co-founders of Sedo in 2001.  He is resigning for personal reasons. 40-year-old Tobias Flaitz becomes the CEO and a board member on February 1, 2012. Flaitz comes to Sedo from Hubert Burda Media... Continue Reading →

No More URL Forwarding for Google-based Parking

You've probably been contacted by Google-based companies like Sedo, DomainSponsor, or NameDrive with a warning that domains you have listed with URL forwarding will no longer work after October 1st.  This is something that Google has instituted, not these individual parking companies.  Since Google-based services still seem to be paying better in general, it is... Continue Reading →

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