I just bought a new Giro ski helmet the other day. Giro is a helmet company owned by sports equipment conglomerate Easton-Bell Sports. As I often do when shopping for a product, I researched who owned key category domain names related to my purchase.
I was impressed when I saw that Easton-Bell Sports owned SkiingHelmets.com and SnowboardingHelmets.com. These category defining names should either be used to funnel direct navigation traffic to the company’s main site, or smaller portals can be built, using the site as either SEO plays or to drive traffic to the main site.
When I visited both sites to see what the company was doing with them, I was disappointed. Not only are they undeveloped, but the Network Solutions landing page even has “Giro” related links. They are essentially paying for visitors to click their own ads!
In looking at the historical thumbnails provided by Domain Tools, it appears that there was a site before or possibly a forward to the main site. It appears that Network Solutions is now the primary beneficiary during this high season.
It’s a good strategy for a company to acquire keyword domain names, but it’s poor execution when those domain names aren’t being used.