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Google for Domains…Who Knew?

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).

AdSense for Domain Earnings
As far as I’m concerned, the Google for Domains is a win-win scenario.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Crystal April 27, 2010, 11:12 am

    So is this why I sometimes happen across sites with no content, just ads? And some sites say “this domain available for sale” – are these parked as well? Congrats btw on your big earnings – although I can see why you feel it must be a fluke, I really hope it continues for you!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Make Money Reading Articles Online =-.

    • Felicia April 27, 2010, 11:46 am

      Some of the sites you see are parked and some are expired domains.

  • Diane April 27, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Interesting. I investigated them about a year ago and found that the general consensus was that it was hard to earn money using Google for domains. There are better options out there. I use Sedo. They allow you to fully optimize the page by choosing the keywords you want to use and which links you want to appear on your page.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Permalink to Free Pretzel From Pretzeltime and Pretzelmaker =-.

  • Diana April 27, 2010, 11:21 pm

    I should try this for my extra domains… I have two domains that are just laying around in cyberspace doing nothing. Maybe I can earn a little bit 🙂

    • Felicia April 28, 2010, 8:32 am

      Diana, you’ve got nothing to lose. 🙂

      Diane (for some reason your comment ended up in the spam folder), the only problem I have with applying SEO to a parked domain is that the parked page doesn’t offer any real content. If folks happen upon a parked page during a web search that’s one thing, but actively working to attract people to a parked page is a bit different. Just my opinion.

  • Kim @ What's That Smell? April 28, 2010, 9:11 am

    I have numerous unused domains, thanks for this, I’m going to give it a whirl. I have nothing to lose right?
    .-= Kim @ What’s That Smell?´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Having a daughter is… =-.

  • Beelissa May 6, 2010, 3:26 pm

    So it takes your un-used domain and makes it into a link farm? Well, at least you get some of the money for it. . .
    .-= Beelissa´s last blog ..New Year’s Resolution =-.

  • Allison May 20, 2010, 1:00 am

    just curious…how has this been working for you now that it has been a few weeks? I have a domain that I am considering parking.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Free Online Workspace to Manage Files, Tasks, Calendars and More =-.

    • Felicia May 20, 2010, 9:01 am

      I’ve earned a couple of pennies, but nothing too much over the past few weeks.

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