Check Your Parked Domain Names After Buying

It is the responsibility of domain owners to ensure their pay per click links are set accurately and the “for sale” link (if applicable) is working as anticipated. It is a good idea to check on this after a domain name inquiry.

Last week, I sold a domain name to another investor. When I owned the domain name, I had it parked, and I forward inquiries for almost all of my  parked domain names to an inquiry page. For some reason, when the buyer added the domain name to his parking account after I deleted it, the link to remained. I have reported this issue to the parking company.

Another issue I sometimes face is that I occasionally have domain names rejected from my parking account because they are already in someone else’s account. I am notified that the domain name listing was rejected, but I sometimes overlook the notice in the email and assume the domain name was added. When this happens and it is not corrected, I would likely not earn any income from parking nor would I receive any purchase inquiries unless the former owner sends them to me.

A final issue that is less common is setting keywords. If a domain name is parked via parking company and the buyer intends to keep it there, it is important to check on keyword settings. The former owner may have had a keyword lock to show a category of advertisements (or prevent certain keywords), and that setting may not stick when the domain name is added to a new account.

The first issue seems like a technical issue that the parking company needs to address. I am not sure if it happens elsewhere, but I think when a domain name is deleted from a parking account, the settings should all revert to a default setting. The second issue is the domain owner’s fault, but it a mistake that can be very easy to make. The final issue is also the domain owner’s responsibility to fix.

Domain parking is such an easy thing. Add a domain name to a parking account and maybe change the nameservers. Most of the time, this goes off without a hitch. On the rare occasion that there is an issue, it can be tough to spot unless you are looking for them.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. Great tips for parkers! I generally don’t have to worry about any of the parking pitfalls since I develop or create my own landing pages for my domains. Personally, I think more people should explore/test doing it in-house instead of 3rd party. At least then, you aren’t at the mercy of someone elses code/server/etc.

  2. Reverting to default parking settings for a domain after an account change – this is properly the responsibility of the parking provider, not the domain owner.

    In practice, the UI will rarely allow checking such settings except 1 domain at a time. And repetitive-motion tasks like that are impractical for portfolios larger than, say, 50 domains.

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