Domain name parking alternatives vary in approach, but one is a clear favorite.
In light of falling domain parking revenue a number of services have popped up that offer to develop your domain names or monetize domains without pay-per-click ads. For the first time ever, the 2009 Domain Name Wire Survey asked “Which domain parking alternative is best?”
WhyPark, a service that makes it easy to develop web sites and add content, came out on top with 49% of the vote. WhyPark charges a small fee per domain, and offers add-on services such as content writing and search engine submission.
In second place was Evolanding, which is now DevHub. DevHub released a new version of its platform this month after the survey period was closed. It will be interesting to see if it gains ground on WhyPark next year. DevHub is free and shares advertising revenue with site owners.
Other domain parking alternatives have different models. Sendori, which was recently purchased by IAC, pays domain owners based on views rather than clicks. SiteGraduate and AEIOU both offer more customized services that include original content. They also cost at least $150 per domain developed. I’ve used both services, and will provide an in-depth look at SiteGraduate soon.
In general, these services are best for domains that don’t receive much type-in traffic. The goal is to get them into search engines. But don’t expect a walk in the park. As anyone will tell you — including WhyPark and DevHub — you can’t expect to mass produce hundreds of sites and then just watch the traffic and money come in.
See more results from the 4th annual Domain Name Wire Survey.
I have not used the other services mentioned in this article, but would like to give a kudos to SiteGraduate.com for developing 2 of my domains. WestBoca.com and BasketballCamps..net. The sites have relevant content and I have moved up the search engines rankings for the key words West Boca and Basketball Camps.
@Stu…..I kinda’ like WestBoca.com.
Who did your header?
I’ve been testing DevHub and I like it, but there are still some minor bugs…..like articles when clicked just reload the page, but that seemingly has been fixed.
I also noticed when DevHub did maintenance last night that all the sites hosted with them went down with the maintenance…..that’s lost income and not too cool !
However, I like the pages enough to bare with them for awhile.
Rob Sequin says
I look forward to your review of all the alternatives.
There are two more alternatives to parking.
1. Create your own sales site and sort domains by category into separate pages. Point relevant domains to the appropriate category page with ads or domains for sale in that same category.
I use this strategy for my domain business.
2. Build one good site that is the best in a category you have. For example, say you have 20 gambling domains. Build ONE great gambling website with ads, affiliates, original content etc THEN point all relevant domains to that one site. Build more sites for each category of domains that you have.
I use this strategy for my Caribbean domain network.
Neither of these alternatives will get any of the pointing domains any search engine love but at least you have developed one landing page for all of them that you control 100%.
Give me a break. Anyone can pay and use WhyPark, but many of the other alternatives in this “survey” either has a high price or very high entry-level. It’s like asking customers at Walmart where they prefer to shop.
Like the saying goes: “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”.
Let me guess who sponsored this survey..
Andrew Allemann says
@ John – um, yeah. First of all, only two of the companies on the list have a high entry point; all the others are basically free whereas WhyPark costs money. As for suggesting WhyPark “sponsored” this, I don’t think I even need to waste time answering that.
Typical clueless domainers… LOL
It is so easy to impress domainers — all it takes is a fancy header on a site and it’s a done deal.
This is why domain parking pages are the “it” thing.
Cool headers… Yup.
Stephen Douglas says
We want to thank our users for helping WhyPark win this survey by DNW, and we also thank Dub-A for putting this “new” category up.
We would also like to encourage domainers to try out the other contenders mentioned in this survey, because putting content on your domain name is THE new future of domain monetization. Each company listed in this survey has their own features and benefits, but nothing negative can be said about any of them. Your results depend on what your needs are, your domain portfolio type, and what you can afford. Any of these companies in this survey can help you attain much better results than just parking them for a standard “landing page” (based on typein traffic, which WhyPark doesn’t compete with). Check them all out, and try and test a few domains with each company to see the value they can bring.
WhyPark has exciting news and website updates coming shortly that will greatly increase domainer benefits, so stay tuned!
Are there other parking sites out there like whypark.com that allow the user to manage the home page content text, title, description and keywords. I know parked.com does but I’m looking for more sites like whypark where you can add your own 3rd party affiliate links…
Any response would be appreciated…