If you deal with domains, then chances are that you have some domains that are sitting around in cyberspace. You probably don’t have time to develop every single domain you own. I am in this same situation with most of my domains – I lack the time required (right now) to develop my domains into fully functioning sites. So what do you do? Well just about every domain investor knows about domain parking.
Domain Parking 101
According to wikipedia,
- Domain parking is the registration of an Internet domain name without using it for services such as e-mail or a website i.e without placing any content on domain. This may be done to reserve the domain name for future development, to protect against the possibility of cybersquatting, or to engage in cybersquatting. Since the domain name registrar will have set name servers for the domain, the registrar or reseller potentially has use of the domain rather than the final registrant.
Domain parking can be classified as monetized and non-monetized. In the former, advertisements are shown to visitors and the registrant gains revenue. In the latter, an “Under Construction” or a “Coming Soon” message may or may not be put up on the domain by the registrar or reseller. This is a single-page website that people see when they type the domain name or follow a link in a web browser. Domain names can be parked before a web site is ready for launching.
So where do you park your domains? Well there are literally hundreds of different places to park domains -and I am not going to list all the places – but I AM going to talk about my experience with each – ESPECIALLY the current one.
I register most of my domains at Godaddy. This was the first place I wanted to register – then I realized that they wanted to CHARGE me to park my domains. What a crock of shit – why would I pay them to park my domains? Just an FYI – Parked Domains generally DON’T make that much money – unless the site HAS constant traffic or was a developed site that has been recently taken down, or if you have a great keyword domain – which will always benefit from “type-in” traffic. GoDaddy does promise that you will get more money by parking with them – again bullshit – so that was out of the question.
My next source was Sedo – a worldwide known company. I was with sedo for a few months but did not like the fact that I was not able to customize my parked domains – and I only made about $2. I began looking for another place.
I finally came across SmartName – where my domains are parked now.
Good Domain Parking options – SHITTY Customer service
SmartName allows people to park their domains, free of charge, and actually allows 3 different parking options:
- Regular Parking
- Ecomm Store
- Content Site
There are also literally hundreds of different themes and styles to choose from. It truly is a great PARKING site – so why am I bitching? Well because the customer service blows. I usually get better service from a fast food joint – and they still manage to mess up my order!
I moved over all my domains – and everything was accepted. This was good news to me and I had some great keyword domains that I wanted to have an Ecomm store, so I submitted them – and BAM – automatically denied! WTF I thought? How did this get denied? I had Protein Shakes as 1 of my domains – PROTEIN SHAKES! how much more specific could you get? I sent an email to my manager and after a few back and forth emails I was “manually approved”. I do like the ecomm store layout – as shown below – but the acceptance process sucks!
I had some other questions which were answered quickly. GREAT – I thought – I finally found a great place to park domains and had great customer service. Well that quickly changed. I sent a few emails (about 2) the next week to my manager and didnt get a reply. I thought maybe they were busy – so I sent the email to the official contact on the site. No Luck. Still to this day I have NOT had my questions answered.
They also offer LIVE HELP! yay! I’m saved – I check their hours – Available M-F 8:30-6 PM EST. Hmm – last time I checked I have this thing called “work” just like 99% of all the other people – and I can’t really take time off my day to talk about my parked domains….
So I hope this is a wake up call to those who want to park domains – Smartname is a good company but they suck with customer service – beggars cant be choosers!