I Give Up, Google Wins
For years I have been trying various ways to make money from my thousands of domain names. I sell a few each month, but much of that money goes towards covering the annual renewal fees (I pay around $9 per domain). It used to be that I could just park my names with a domain parking company and sit back and collect the income. But then suddenly the whole domain parking industry went downhill and my revenue from it decreased by around 90%.
Because of that I decided to setup minisites on my 4000 domains in the hope that they would get listed in the search engines and get a lot more traffic than when they were parked. At least this way there was no limit to the amount of money I could make, unlike parking which even in good times never had the potential to go up much. I tried a few different custom made systems, all of which provided my domains with lots of unique content (Google loves unique content, hates copied content) such as articles, games, and stories, but Google never showed my sites much love. Traffic did go up some, but the income from the ads (ad networks and affiliate/lead programs) on the sites still was never as high as what I made from domain parking.
So after reading many articles about how great Frank Schilling’s new internettraffic.com service was, I decided to give it a try. Internettraffic.com offers a combination of domain parking and domain brokerage. It has only been 2 weeks so far, but my results have been great. I will make around $2500 this month from domain parking, as compared to around $500/month from when I was using minisites on the domains. I have not had any domain sales yet, but I have had some lowball offers. Their domain sales system is very advanced, although it is unclear if that will result in any more sales than I used to get myself.
The only thing I worry about is that soon my traffic will probably go down, because the parked pages are eventually going to get less traffic from Google than my minisite pages. I have no idea what the income will be once that happens, but I am pretty sure it will be at least the $500 I was making before, and it is much easier not to have to deal with running my 4000 minisites, so my plan is to keep my domains parked for the foreseeable future.