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3:53 pm on Aug 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I am about to taste some domains I am interested in, quite a big quantity (about 10,000) and I wonder what parking company should I use that will give me the most accurate results.

I am looking for a service that will filter the bots visits and show only direct, real type-in traffic. Also, it would be nice if I hadn't have to add the domains manually to ther service, but simply point the DNS of the domains to the parking company and that's it.

It is highly important for me to get accurate stats as I believe I will buy quite a lot of the domains after tasting, and I don't want to find out later that those 'unique visitors' were simply robots visits.

Any other tips you can share with me will be highly appreciated..!

Thanks in advance.

7:10 pm on Aug 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello emoshe.

To eliminate the promotional spamming of the Domain Forum we don't allow threads that ask for member to suggest, vote for or recommend service providers. See Charter. [webmasterworld.com]

I can answer your question by advising that the very best way to learn which parking company works best is to move your domains from one to the other parking company, seeing which provides the greatest ROI. That's standard advice. (Not that everyone follows this advice, including myself.)

You may also benefit by segregating your domains into separate categorical portfolios. It is reported that some parking companies offer a better reward for European traffic versus USA traffic. It's really not hard to figure out who that might be since it's rationale to infer that whichever firm attracts a larger European domainer clientele should also be in a position to negotiate for a better revenue share from the feed providers. (Assuming equal quality portfolios and that the parking company "shares their greater share", that is. ;0) )

There's only a handful of major players so it's relatively easy to visit their websites, check their FAQ and email support to ask about your specific concerns. I'd advise that you do this before making a decision because it's always wise to read the details before signing on.

Lastly, there's a few newcomers to the parking business that have been using forums to spam about their services, so at this point - if I see their name(s) mentioned - I will be removing that post and locking the thread, consistent with my bridge troll anti-spam nature. (I'm not referring to you in any sense, but threads like these are magnets to promotional types.)

[edited by: Webwork at 7:18 pm (utc) on Aug. 28, 2007]

8:05 pm on Aug 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello Webwork,

Thank you very much for the reply - I am really sorry about the inconvinience my post may cause, and I ask everybody please not to mention any specific names.

As to the subject, I am less concerned at the moment as to which parking company is going to give me better results (in terms of money), but how can I taste domains in the most easy way.

Actually, I was thinking to myself - can I use some sort of script that reports the number of visitors with no reffers for each of the domains? Do you know if usually when someone tastes domains, she/he tries them with a parking company or maybe with a script that counts unique visitors? Are there other options out there I should consider?

Thanks.

8:18 pm on Aug 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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One way to get stats you trust is to point the domains to your own server (using your own DNS as well so there's no delays there).

Point them all to the same IP, and for that IP have a default web site with a single script which generates a "coming soon" page (with the domain name filled in from HTTP_HOST if you want it to look customised and in case it is crawled).

Just to clarify, don't set the actual domains up in Apache, just be sure the default website for the IP that all the domains are pointed to is the one that just has that one script.

Make sure you've turned agents and referrers on in the stats of course.

Then it's just a big log analysis job.

This is what I do for domains I intend to develop "one day" when they're not really suitable for parking. When they're ready to launch no need to move them in DNS, just define a virtual site in Apache for each one to activate it.