This may be old hat for a lot of you, but for some reason I was totally oblivious to Google for Domains. Apparently the feature has been available for awhile and the link has been on my Google AdSense account, but I never paid it any mind.
Yesterday, I decided to look into it. I didn’t feel like writing yesterday so I decided to call my wandering around AdSense for Domains research.
A minor digression: The good thing about being a freelance writer is that any time you don’t feel like writing, anything you do (and I mean anything), can be called research.
Ok, back to Google for Domains. I have a few domains that I registered some time ago with visions of creating great websites or blogs. A few of them got out of the starting gate, while others barely made it to the starting line. The domains have been sitting there not earning money and not offering anything of value.
Enter Google for Domains
While reading up on this feature, I found that I can take those dormant domains and park them on Google for Domains and potentially earn a few bucks (or pennies). The setup process is pretty easy (although they didn’t have step-by-step directions for parking a HostGator registered domain) I managed to get it done (I also managed to write up step-by-step instructions on how to park a HostGator registered domain on Google for Domains).
Set it and Forget it.
Once the parked domains are accepted by Google, there’s nothing else to do. You can track the visits, clicks and searches via the Google AdSense account. So, when I’m in a particularly stat happy mood, I can view my Google for Domain stats at the same time I over analyze my other stats.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my stats and saw that my Google for Domain site earned $4.62! It must be a fluke or an accounting error on Google’s part, but I was shocked and amazed that a dormant site can bring in money in such a short time. It’s only been parked for 1 day (for some reason, I don’t think the earning trend will continue).