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Idle domains

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by instantk, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. instantk

    instantk Registered Member

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    I was reading here last week where someone recommended getting your idle domains online asap for aging. It is amazing how the seemingly so obvious is ignored ... at least by me.

    What would be the best way to do this for future whitehat seo purposes?

    Thanks
     
  2. yuppy

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    PR just updated this week on some of my sites....

    Just put a wordpress blog on there with a few articles about whatever the site will eventually be about
     
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  3. instantk

    instantk Registered Member

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    Thanks. I will do that.

    Any other suggestions? Any way to monetize it?
     
  4. erickjes

    erickjes Registered Member

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    Yep, if you want to make some money, SEDO.com has free parking. Technically you are supposed to be using SEDO to sell your domains or whatever, but once you sign up they allow you to point your nameservers to their free parking. If your domains gets any traffic, you might actually make some money. It wouldn't hurt to list your domain for sale too for a huge amount. You never know if somebody is willing to pay a shit load of $ for your domain.
     
  5. Bugalugs

    Bugalugs Regular Member

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    It would not hurt to have a look at WHY PARK. They have a good set up. You can monetize several ways with them.
     
  6. scriptkiddy

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    Unless your domains are really good (a name.com that somebody may type-in to a search engine) then you may do more harm than good by parking, and you certainly won't make any money.

    Yuppy's suggestion is the best, put up a blog with a few relevant pages, have adsense, shoppingads, or whatever else you like.

    probably put the blog in folder /blog and re-direct your index page to the blog, then you can leave the blog there when you get your intended site up.
     
  7. Bugalugs

    Bugalugs Regular Member

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    Scriptkiddy

    Could you please tell me why it would do more harm than good. I would genuinely like to know. What problems do you see with parking with third parties ?

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    Rickrufus
     
  8. Bugalugs

    Bugalugs Regular Member

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    Can someone else answer this ?
     
  9. seenthelight

    seenthelight Newbie

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    In nearly 9 years of domaining, I have never heard or seen that parking a domain name hurts it in any way. In fact, in the old days, I actually had a number of parked domains getting indexed on the first 5 or so pages in the major SEs!

    Anyway, if you do want to park someplace that actually pays decently, stay away from Sedo, GoDaddy, Afternic - their payouts pretty much suck in comparison to DomainSponsor, NameDrive and Parking.com. Those 3 are your best bets, in that order. They pay *much* better, give you more options for customizing your pages, and plenty of reporting tools. Keep in mind that even with parking, your domains are still "aging".

    If you purposely *want* to sell your domains, then you may want to park them at Sedo just so you can have Sedo handle the escrow and transfer issues for you, plus you'll be charged a much lower fee for those services if your domain is already parked with them. But if you're not looking for sale right now, don't bother. It's silly to put your domain on Sedo with a high for-sale price (or any price, for that matter) if you don't understand the real market value of your domain name. If you're new to domaining, you probably don't know what your domains are *really* worth, so you'd probably shoot yourself in the foot by naming a price. Besides, if someone wants your domain, they will most likely do a Whois search to get your contact info.

    If you are putting up a website, then having the domain registered for 2 years (or more) at a time may help you in the SERPs, as the SEs will give your site a little extra weight just for the appearance of being more stable. Domains that are renewed one year at a time are viewed by the SEs with a more skeptical eye, *especially* if the domain is newly registered.

    It sounds like you expect to keep your domains for awhile (not just flipping them). If you want to allow your sites to truly age gracefully, then your best bet is to put up some relatively decent content. It doesn't have to be much and it doesn't have to be world-class, but it should have average or better quality content. Then just let 'er roll. Over time your domain/website will likely gain a little pagerank here and there and maybe even some inbound links, all without any effort on your part. As others have already mentioned, a blog would be fine too.

    Keep in mind, though, that your domains will do best if the website/blog is located on a true hosting account (not blogger.com or any other freebie "hosting" site). The freebie sites may actually do more harm than good for your aging goals (again, SEs generally take a here-today-gone-tomorrow view of freebie-hosted sites).

    Best of luck to you!
     
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  10. jts2005

    jts2005 Newbie

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    yea i must agree that parking your domain would never hurt but actually make it more valuable. i dont see the logic behind it causing any harm. Just throw a wordpress blog or build a basic site and let it sit. Hell, better yet, just use the wiki software as its great with gettign indexed in google
     
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    seenthelight Newbie

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    If you have a domain that gets type-in traffic, parking is actually a decent way to go because you get super easy PPC income, plus you have good stats to show someone who would want to buy it based on a multiple of revenues.
     
  12. Bugalugs

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    Thanks very much. I don't wish to sell my domains as I wish to develop them all. The domain names I bought because of great keywords in the titles ( they were dropped domains) and because they are of interest to me, in that I wish to develop them with quality content over a period of time. Have far too many to do quickly so they must be parked.
    I really like the look of Why Park as they allow all sorts of monetizing using your own adsense and referral Id's or you can use a sharing agreement with them for a percentage. Does anyone have a negative where they are concerned?

    But thanks very much for the answer , as I shall look at those mentioned above as well.
    Really appreciate the answers. Always better to be well researched in all that is offering.

    Rickrufus
     
  13. Bugalugs

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    I tried Parking.com and got an actual car parking company. Is that the correct URL above?
    Thanks
    Rickrufus
     
  14. elpaisito

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    Depending on the keyword you could try autoblog on some of them. If the keyword/niche/topic has enough content to be scraped, then autoblogging is a great way to feed them. Of course, you have to know some advanced spinning, posting, etc.