by Chris Woodward
I’ve heard it a thousand times…parking is dead. I agree. I don’t own tens-of-thousands of domains and my parking revenue is a joke. I have a lot of domains that get type in traffic, but the clicks they do get just don’t mean anything anymore. It’s to the point that I barely bother even checking to see what I’ve made recently and when I do eventually receive a payout I like to treat myself to a free night at the bar. I’m sure most of you can relate.
I currently park at ParkLogic and while they have been by far the best of any parking company I’ve been with to this point, it certainly wouldn’t take a lot for me to try something different. So yesterday when I saw DomainConsultant’s recommendation of The Parking Place, a parking company with a different strategy than most, I decided to give it a try and move my parking over there.
The Parking Place doesn’t use PPC like most every other parking company on the planet. Instead, they redirect parked domains to those annoying survey sites…you know the type, ‘YOU’VE WON A FREE IPAD, CLICK HERE TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE!’, but when you click over you have to fill out forms, sign up for offers, etc. Once someone does click over and signs up from one of your parked domains, you make money based on what they signed up for. It’s certainly a different idea and honestly not one I’d imagine would be successful if it weren’t for DC‘s plug. The following is a quote from the DC post.
“I took a bunch of domains making less than nothing and now get $20/day out of them. Not much you may say but an extra $7,200/year is growth – that for which we strive everyday.”
Now obviously I don’t know how much a “bunch” is to him or what his domains were making on parking before, but I know I have a “bunch” of my own domains making “less than nothing” so I figured it was worth a shot. I certainly don’t expect to make $20 a day but it would be nice to see if a different format will earn something…anything. I really like The Parking Place interface so far as it seems to update very quickly, almost in real-time. The only downside is there is no way to let a visitor to the domain know that it is for sale, which is a pretty significant downside if you ask me considering the whole point is to sell domains.
This is pretty much my last attempt at parking. I was actually getting ready to forward all of my domains to a ‘Domain for Sale’ page with an offer form because even selling one domain that way would be better than any parking revenue I make. The Parking Place is worth a look though and I will let you know the results I get. I don’t plan on leaving my domains there long if I don’t see anything semi-significant though.
Does anyone have any parking recommendations for others? Does anyone have success just forwarding their domains to a ‘for sale’ page? I am interested in hearing what others do with domains they aren’t developing.