As domain parking revenue drops, sitting around and complaining won’t do you any good.
Ask just about any domain owner and they’ll tell you domain parking revenue is down this year. There are a number of factors contributing to this, including changes by ad providers Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO). There are more changes on the way, too.
So what can you do about it? Here are five ways you can reinvigorate your domain name parking earnings.
1. Take advantage of parking company promotions. Since just about every good domain portfolio is parked, the domain parking companies are fighting between each other for your business. They’re getting creative with bonus offers. DomainSponsor has generous bonuses for people who keep their domains with them. RevenueDirect is currently offering a 100% revenue share for one month to new parking customers, too.
2. Test a different parking company. Parking companies all think they’re the best in the business, but most will admit that they can’t monetize every domain perfectly. Some domains perform better with one company compared to another. If you have foreign traffic, you’ll probably find a Google-based parking company to perform better (depending on the country). Google powers Sedo, DomainSponsor, and NameDrive among others. Regardless, try shaking things up with some of your domains that get low click-through rates by trying new keywords or testing them with a different parking company.
3. If you earn more than $200 a month, consider SedoPro. Sedo offers a special program for people parking 200 or more domains or earning $200 a month. It pays out better than the regular Sedo program. There are some cool perks, too — like attending the Sedo Pro Partner Forum each year. To join SedoPro you need an endorsement code. If you qualify, send an email to andrew (at) domainnamewire.com and I’ll send a code to you.
4. If you earn more than $10,000 a month, consider Bido’s PortfolioHelp. Bido launched a new program called PortfolioHelp that assists larger domain portfolio holders with bargaining for better payouts.
5. Try an automated site development platform. Domain parking works, but automated site development services can help you get search engine traction and potentially more revenue. Two examples are WhyPark and Evolanding.
“5. Try an automated site development platform. Domain parking works, but automated site development services can help you get search engine traction and potentially more revenue. Two examples are WhyPark and EvoLanding .”
Maybe its just me, but I have a WhyPark account which was great when you could serve up Adsense on the domains, but they now have their own network with limited relevant ads. Not too mention Google seems to be penalizing the domain once it comes off of the network. I have tried to develop some of the domains that were once on the WhyPark network, however they seem to be banned from search ranks, and the Adsense does not show up on them. Has anyone else tried to develop a previously parked WhyPark domain using adsense? I feel like my domains that I had put onto the network are now useless for personal parking development.
Patricia Kaehler (DomainBELL) says
Is the Sedo Pro Partner Forum Event held in conjunction with another Industry Event — or is it a stand alone event ??
Anyone ever gone ??
It’s standalone, although last years was right before the NYC traffic. Here’s my review of last year’s event.
Patricia Kaehler (DomainBELL) says
i’ll go right now to read your reviews…
Do you plan to attend another ??
DR. DOMAIN says
I’ve got a coupla’ hundred names parked with EVO.Not seeing real money…but the fact that they develop a site that roughly signals what I’m trying to do with the domain-gives me options to find potential end users who might be inspired to buy it now that an outline is in place.
I had one domain hosted at whypark for quite a while (I got a free one domain preview coupon way back), and its age rank 3 and ranks quite well for its search terms. It has earned more than enough to pay for not only the domain name but also the hosting. I finally pinched enough pennies away from the wife to buy the whole package.
It has only been about six weeks since I set up ~20 more domains, so no big bucks yet, but most of my sites are earning an average of $0.10 a day. Not bad considering that I haven’t created many backlinks for them yet. My first WhyPark domain is averaging $0.50 a day for the “massively competitive” keyword Fargo Wedding Planning. HAHAHAHA But seriously, 100 sites making fifty cents a day turns into some nice cash at the end of the year.
One thing I have done with my 6 weeks of learning is compile a list of advanced tips to get more out of your whypark account. If you already use whypark, check it out at http://www.timmyth.com/page.cfm/id/39785. If you are still trying to decide if WhyPark is worth it, visit http://www.timmyth.com/page.cfm/id/39708
@John – The biggest thing to earning money with WhyPark is to continue building links to it. I am able to put adsense on my sites, so I don’t know if you just missed that big box on the account setup page for you adsense code or what. It is true that google will choose not to display ads on pages that are unuasually similar to pages already in their network, but that was not directed specifically at whypark. Any website that appeared to have largely the same content as other pages took this hit. Simply build backlinks so that you appear to be a vlid resource and consider crafting your own set of templates.