motorhaven - 7:07 pm on Feb 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think the only thing it "proves" is nothing at this point. It could be something as simple as a cost/benefit analysis for Google.
"Should be returned." So, if one buys something and does not use it... they should give it back? Isn't that anti-market in just as many ways as it is pro-market. Who is too judge what is underway for a domain or not?
In my case there are valid reasons for hanging on to domains. I sold a large site a few years ago and had projects in the works (actively being coded) for other domains. They didn't buy these domains, and the projects were shelved in the process. One by one domains have been put into use as new projects have been developed --- but since I sold the "big" site I've gone from having 6 employees to being a one-man band.
Adsense for domains was merely a matter of convenience for someone like me, allowing me to know that at least the domains *might* break even while I completed other projects (they never have), was simply easier than writing a custom page for each.
So, like I said earlier, motivation to do something with them. That was already planned but I'll have to work extra to do it sooner rather than later.
Not everyone with extra domains is a name farm.