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I have a few domains parked - these are getting indexed and show up in Google SERPS - but they only show up for a search on Keyword1Keyword2 or Keyword1Keyword2.com
The reason for this is that the title tag just shows my domain name in the form ...
"Welcome to Keyword1Keyword2.com"
If anyone types in "Keyword1 Keyword2" the domain does not show anywhere - quite understandibly, since the phrase (with a space between the two words) appears nowhere in the title or site content.
If I could edit the title so that it showed the actual target phrase "Keyword1 Keyword2", I'm sure I would get quite a few visitors - instead of the almost zero visitors I get now!
So my question is - which domain parking programs will allow me to edit the title tag?
There's only half a dozen major players in the parking business.
Why don't you do us a favor: Visit their sites and see if they answer the question. If they don't then email them and ask.
When you're don't I invite you to report back here. We'll call it an exception to the rules since it's of some benefit to cover the topic.
P.S. DomainSponsor/Revenue.net once allowed this and some folks cough cough gag gasp invested considerable time and effort in optimizing titles, etc. - only to find that the system was "adjusted" to turn off this function. Not good. My guess was that a certain search engine, what was feeding ads, may have had a distaste for what it was being fed on the other side of the search engine business model.
If I could edit the title so that it showed the actual target phrase "Keyword1 Keyword2", I'm sure I would get quite a few visitors
I don't know if I'm missing something here, however, if you are prepared to do a little work and actually edit the information then why don't you just create a custom-made single page targetting precisely the keywords etc that you want to?
It's so simple I do not comprehend why more do not do it rather than paying someone else to host the domain and cream off any crappy earnings you may possibly get.
"Thinks!"..."Is this a new business venture for me advising people just how to do this?" :-)
why don't you just create a custom-made single page targetting precisely the keywords etc that you want to?
I agree 100% - and I have created several one page mini sites - the results are far better than parking - even if I could edit the title of the parked page.
Problem is, it takes time - sure the basic admin of creating a site and uploading it can be done in about 20 minutes - but I'm not comfortable putting a basic template loaded with keywords online.
If I create a one page site, it has to have some real, valuable content - which can involve several hours of research and writing - and at the moment I have around 80 domains sitting around doing nothing.
The parking companies are able to get around these issues because they participate in Adsense for Domains.
However, I've also been reading that there may be some risk in google applying penalties to parked domains - so I'm now a bit wary.
The amount I will earn from parking is not worth it if there is any risk attached - I want to develop all of my domains eventually (although it might take about 10 years with the number of projects I've got in mind!)
[edited by: Webwork at 1:22 pm (utc) on July 21, 2007]
[edit reason] Tidying up - See Sticky [/edit]
Why can't I just build one page a load it up with Adsense?
Arguably, roll-your-own parking with original content (ie "minisites") could be seen as creating low-quality content with the sole intention of placing ads.
I think the key is what kind of content you have on the sites. If its unique and offers something of quality to your visitors, then I can't see it being a problem - even if its only a couple of pages.
Lately I've seen a lot of domainers putting up "minisites" which are nothing but article bank content or something like this:
This site is about widgets. Widgets are great. I like widgets. Everybody needs widgets. Lots of people buy widgets. We know the best places to buy widgets ...
Google may be allowing Adsense on this kind of content for now (or they're flying under the radar), but personally I'd rather not walk that close to the line.
I care about TOS (most times), but I agree this is not the place to discuss Google TOS!
Lets be clear - I'm talking plenty of genuine, useful content - a million miles away from a DIY parking page with just keywords on it - or a thin, useless MFA site
Actually, I could probably split the content up into 2-3 small pages quite easily and then I have a 3-4 page minisite (including the contact page) - but I didn't do it because I never considered that there may be a problem with 1 page sites.
This is the only way I can monetize my domains until I get around to putting a full scale site on them - none of my domains gets more than 1-2 "type in" visitors a year - so normal parking is earning me nothing.
Are you saying you have mini (two page) site and you're making money?
I have parked a vacation rental site (4 word domain) and I'm getting very little traffic (20 unique per day) and so far (2 weeks parked) I have made .43 cents. YUK! Should I go back to the original site (very nice looking) and put more adwords on the site and try to boost the domain's value?
In addition, are there rentals site that offer a partnership (affiliate program)?
Any advice is helpful.
When I create a mini site it is really just with 2 objectives in mind ...
1 Cover the reg fees so that I can happily sit on that domain for the next ten years if necessary - until I'm ready to develop a proper income producing site.
2 Probably most important - it gets the site nicely indexed and 'matured' - so when I'm ready to roll out a proper website it is off to a flying start on day 1 :-)
Most of my mini pages or sites generate only $5-10 per month - but that is fine - I make the money when the site is developed fully
After managing to find a parking provider who allowed me to edit the title tag, one of my domains is now ranking #1 in google for a search in quotes of "Keyword Phrase"
Previously it only appeared for a search on "keywordphrase.com"
Let's hope I earn a bit of money out of it now :-)
The other domains I parked as part of this test have not updated yet - they still show the old unedited title - once they update I will have a good idea of how well this works.