I read an article in this morning’s New York Post about a possible “air bridge” between London and New York City. While the air bridge idea wasn’t all that interesting to me right now, it did make me think about AirBridge.com to see how the domain name is being used. What I saw made me chuckle a bit:
What you will notice is a parked page with pay per click links on it. At the top, there is a message about buying the domain name, which links to a page where GoDaddy is selling its Domain Buy Service. The domain name is privately registered and has GoDaddy’s default nameservers (DOMAINCONTROL.com), indicating that the registrant likely has not done anything with the domain name yet.
What made me LOL was the disclaimer at the bottom of the landing page: “This Web page is parked FREE, courtesy of GoDaddy”
The idea that GoDaddy is doing this as a “courtesy” is humorous to me because the company is monetizing its customer’s domain name with PPC links and by charging prospective buyers “$69.99+ commission**” to utilize the Domain Buy Service to purchase the domain name. In fact, some registrants may believe this is discourteous if GoDaddy were to monetize their landing page with trademark infringing links that induce a UDRP (or worse).
Domain registrants should understand that their registrar may display pay per click links on their domain name landing pages if the registrar default nameservers are retained and used. This is not limited to GoDaddy – other registrars monetize their customers’ domain names as well. I thought it was funny that GoDaddy’s messaging comes across as if the company is doing a favor to its customers rather than the other way around.