AdSense celebrates 10 years

AdSense started out offering only contextually-targeted text ads in 2003, and has evolved significantly since then. Click here to see a press release announcing AdSense back in 2003.Back then Google had a bout 100,000 advertisers using AdWords and this number now is more than 1.5 million.

AdSense has developed new features and products with display, video, mobile web, in-game and custom search ads. They have also added new reports, controls, and even a new interface to make it easier to manage accounts.

Click here to watch a video about the past 10 years of AdSense.

Here is what Google said about the 10 year anniversary:

Ten years ago we launched AdSense to help publishers earn money by placing relevant ads on their websites. I can still remember the excitement and anticipation as AdSense went live that first day. Our small team huddled together in a cramped conference room, and right away we saw that publishers were as excited about AdSense as we were.

Fast-forward ten years, and AdSense has become a core part of Google’s advertising business. TheAdSense community has grown to include over two million publishers, and last year alone, publishers earned over $7 billion from AdSenseAdSense is a community that thrives because of all the content creators we are so fortunate to partner with. So whether you’re a publisher that’s been with us for ten years or ten days — thank you!

Your stories inspire us to do our part to make AdSense great. On this occasion, it’s especially inspiring to hear the stories of partners who have been with us since the very beginning.  Like a retiree in New Zealandwho was able to pursue her dream of writing about her garden, a tech support expert in Colorado who can spend more time with his kids, and a a theme park reviewer who sends employees around the world to test and review rides — all thanks to money earned from AdSense.

As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we hope you’ll tune into our live Hangout on Air today at 10am PDT (5pm GMT) on the AdSense +page. I look forward to joining several of our partners to share stories from the early days of AdSense, talk about how we’ve all grown since then, and discuss the future for publishers and online advertising. And if you want even more 10th anniversary celebration, just visit our AdSense 10th anniversary page at any time.

Thank you again to the entire AdSense community. We look forward to partnering with you for many moreyears to come!

ParkLogic Partners With IP Neighborhood To Enhance Parking Platform

ParkLogic announced today that it has appointed IP Neighborhood as its exclusive provider of domain name data. ParkLogic founder Michael Gilmour made the official announcement today, at the industry tradeshow TRAFFIC in Las Vegas.

“We have partnered with IP Neighborhood to further enhance our domain management and monetization platform. Their impressive suite of domain name research and monitoring tools, coupled with an extensive API, means that we can quickly and easily get accurate and up to date data. This partnership drives real, tangible value, as tracking domain ownership and expiry dates are key to maximizing revenue for our customers.”

“We operate in a global market and ParkLogic optimizes hundreds of thousands of domain names every day. Both our revenue and our customers revenue, depend on our highly sophisticated, professional domain management system. Integrating with IP Neighborhood via the API, enables us to bring data into our core systems and further enhance our offering.”

IP Neighborhood Director, Simon Johnson said, “ParkLogic has led the parking industry for many years, particularly when it comes to innovation. This new partnership enables us to deliver high quality data to professional domain name investors worldwide. Not only will it help ParkLogic process and verify the accuracy of data, it will also improve their customer experience.”

ParkLogic founder, Michael Gilmour said, “We’re really excited to be working with Simon and the team at IP Neighborhood. The data resources that they have developed delivered through the ParkLogic domain management platform will add significant value to clients.”

About ParkLogic
ParkLogic was founded in 2007 and provides professional domain owners with the most sophisticated domain management and monetization platform in the industry.

ParkLogic was built on the foundation of treating domains as assets that need to be carefully managed like any valuable security. With this in mind the platform was developed on the SalesForce.com architecture, adopted by many of the Fortune 500, as the web services technology of choice. http://www.parklogic.com

About IP Neighborhood
IP Neighborhood provides competitive intelligence services to businesses, enabling them to identify new markets, research their competitors and protect their online reputation and intellectual property. As a leader in domain name research and monitoring, IP Neighborhood enables people to quickly and easily search multiple, global databases of domain name registrations, whois history, trademarks, IP addresses and domain sales – all in one place. http://www.ipneighborhood.com

IP Neighborhood is operated by Kikabink International Pty Ltd. Its brands include:
•    Domain Sales App – Access to arguably the largest database of domain name and website sales. Available for free via the iTunes® App Store.
•    DomainerIncome.com – One of the domain name industry’s leading blogs;
•    DotBuyer.com – The Trusted Marketplace For Domains and Websites.

Aftermarket.com starts offering domain name parking

Aftermarket.com, a domain name marketplace, announced that it will start offering domain name parking as well as being able to sell domains.

By parking your domains on the Aftermarket nameservers, Aftermarket claims that you will maximize the monetization of your traffic, while simultaneously maximizing the conversion of leads from potential purchasers that visit your domains.  In order to accomplish this, Aftermarket has partnered with the leading search engine and upstream provider to deliver unsurpassed coverage, PPC rates, and payouts to our affiliates.  Prospective purchasers will also appreciate the ease of making offers, negotiating terms, and purchasing domains on our trusted and user-friendly platform.

The leading search engine provider that Aftermarket refers to is of course Google.

Aftermarket.com has a 10% base commission of the sale price for domain name sales. Here is Aftermarket’s fee schedule:

  • Aftermarket.com takes a 10% commission of the sale price for all transactions occurring within the Aftermarket.com marketplace.
  • Aftermarket.com takes a 15% commission of the sale price for all transactions occurring through Aftermarket.com broker assisted sales.
  • Aftermarket.com takes a 20% commission of the sale price for all transactions occurring through Aftermarket.com Brokerage.
  • Aftermarket.com takes a 15% commission of the sale price for all transactions occurring within Aftermarket.com Live Auction Events.
  • Featured listings cost $10.00 per domain.
  • Private auctions cost $20.00 per listing.

DomainNameSales.com (Internet Traffic) requires registrant identification because of Google

DomainNameSales.com (Internet Traffic) send an email today to all its users asking them to setup their parking accounts.

In an effort to improve the quality of traffic and deliver better advertising to parked domains, their upstream ad-provder, Google, has begun a domain registrant identification program which requires Domain Name Sales to maintain accurate contact information for every account. Clients that park domains with Internet Traffic must complete this step to continue using this ad feed and the enhancements earmarked for it.

DNS asks users to visit the following link and complete the requested information: http://domainnamesales.com/sales/parking/verification

All contact information will be kept private and is not displayed publicly anywhere on DNS website(s) – they only use it to identify who you are.

During the parking verification users will be asked to confirm that:

  • I agree that I will not click on the ads on my domains.

Please note that this does not affect your ability to list your domains for sale on DomainNameSales.com and is purely a requirement from Google.

Internet Traffic can’t do Paypal Masspay – Parking earnings take a 5% dive

After receiving my first payment from Internet Traffic and looking at my Paypal account, I was surprised to see that a Paypal fee had been deducted from the received payment.This is because the parking earnings payment was not send using Paypal Masspay. Paypal Masspay charges a flat fee of $1 to the sender and no fee to the receiver of the payment.

All the parking companies I have used in the past were and are using Paypal Masspay to make parking revenue payments: DomainSponsor, DomainApps (former parked.com), Sedo etc. Sedo also uses Masspay to send payments from domain name sales.

The fee deducted from my earnings was almost 5% that is almost a day and a half of my monthly earnings:

Amount received: $252.91 USD
Fee amount: -$12.69 USD
Net amount: $240.22 USD

I contacted Internet Traffic and asked them why they don’t use Paypal Masspay as all parking companies are using it. I also said that this reduces parking earnings significantly and this is not mentioned in their website.

They replied to me and told me that unfortunately due to their location (they are located in the Cayman Islands) and their Paypal account they are not able to Masspay through Paypal. They said that they would most definitely make their payments this way if they were able to. This is something that they are investigating, but at this time they are not able to Masspay through Paypal.

They suggested that I considered switching to receiving my payments by wire as the bank does not charge for incoming wires. I am certainly considering this but Paypal is very convenient for receiving payments.

I am sure that Frank Schilling will be able to Masspay enabled in his Paypal account. I have seen many people outside US/Europe do this.

Internet Traffic/DomainNameSales January Update

Frank Schilling send the January update for Internet Traffic/DomainNameSales yesterday.

On Friday the broker directory on the DomainNameSales.com site was rolled out. The broker directory will let any serious broker, any salesperson, from any platform offer their services and create relationships with clients using the ITC/DNS parking and sales platforms. An accepted broker will have the opportunity to market themselves to users on our platform, while domain portfolio owners can utilize the services of any broker they want, when they want. The DNS platform will allow sellers to split some or all of their sales inquiries from various portfolios to these individual salespeople/brokers that are accepted into the program. In order to continue to provide such cutting edge services, brokers will be required to pay a referral fee to DNS, however the price to ITC/DNS clients still remains the same, zero.

In exchange brokers and salespeople will be able to draw qualified leads from our clients who have opted-in to this service. This platform will allow the most serious and best performing salespeople and sales organizations to be identified and rewarded.

For example Frank says that he presently gets 700 sales inquiries a day… not all of those are completely sincere, but these are real inquiries which need further refining. He says that as a portfolio owner you are better off raising your prices and delegating sales leads to brokers who have some skin in the game. That is the best way I know of to increase your deal flow and volume. He estimates there are 7-10 times the number of sales inquiries as his own, across the rest of the clients using our platform… that’s 4900 – 7000 sales inquiries a day that need to be worked.

Frank also said: “brokers who previously would have liked to act for our clients, but couldn’t, may now identify themselves in our broker directory. Once listed, they can offer their services, memorialize commission structures, and begin working our leads and those of our clients, who choose to engage them. Our clients can continue handling their own sales-leads or they can gross-up asking prices and choose the most effective brokers and salespeople from our Broker Directory to distribute some or all of their sales leads to. Once you find a broker who meets your criteria and who you feel comfortable with, you can create advanced round-robins and lead splitting, to allocate sales inquiries to those who work best for you.”

Finally Frank invited brokers and domainers to join ITC/DNS: “If you are a domainer with clean names or you know of one who could benefit by parking on our platform, this would be a very good time to invite them aboard. If you know of a broker who could benefit by tapping a well of thousands of daily inquiries this would be a good opportunity to invite them to offer their services in our Broker Directory.”

ITC/DNS will be attending Webfest in February.

Ziff Davis and Cnet are parking unused domains at Sedo and Domain Sponsor

I see Ziff Davis and Cnet parking unused domains at Sedo and Domain Sponsor and I start thinking if domain name parking is dead or not. Sure earnings have dropped in the past few years but there is still a usage and a market for it.

I was doing some domain name research and I came across the domain WindowsPro.com. I saw Sedo’s parking nameservers (sedoparking.com) at whois and the strange thing was that I saw Ziff Davis, Inc as the owner of the domain.

I made a reverse whois search DomainTools.com and discovered that the domain has been parked at Sedo since the December of 2011. The domain changed registrars sometime between September and November 2011 moving from COM LAUDE to Moniker.

In late 1998 Ziff-Davis Inc., a major publisher of computing magazines, stopped publishing 3 magazines: Internet Business, Equip and Windows Pro.

I also found out that Equip.com is parked at Domain Sponsor. The domain name Equip.com is owned by Cnet. Cnet acquired Ziff Davis in 2000 for approximately 1.6 billion dollars.

CBS Interactive that later acquired Cnet now owns many domain names that were originally created by CNET Networks, including download.com, downloads.com, upload.com, news.com, search.com, TV.com, mp3.com, chat.com, computers.com, help.com, shopper.com, radio.com, and com.com.

The 2 domains WindowsPro.com and Equip.com could be used for redirecting to some other websites of the 2 companies but aren’t. Instead they chose parking. WindowsPro.com and Equip.com are not marked for sale.

I was not able to find what was the domain name used for the Internet Business magazine.

Is Sedo Oblivious? Sedo’s review of the 2012 domain year

Sedo just published it’s 2012 domain review. It seems that Sedo is oblivious at to what is happening to their own company. I think that the highlight of this review is summed up in this statement:

Above all — and we hope you noticed it too — we have become faster at implementing changes, which is something we know you have been eager to see.

Seriously? I have been waiting for more than a month for a simple bug fix and nothing has been done. I have asked for an opt out from Sedo MLS that pushed the domains to Go Daddy auctions but that can’t be done either. Where is that speed in implementing changes?

Here is the complete report:

In 2012, the Sedo platform made some great steps forward. For our customers, some of this year’s product improvements were visible, while some were only noticeable internally. Regardless, every change over the course of the year was an important and necessary one. Above all—and we hope you noticed it too—we have become faster at implementing changes, which is something we know you have been eager to see. The reason for this was the introduction in late 2011 of an agile development process. Our sales teams and product managers have also been attending the most important conferences all year to gather your feedback and implement the changes you’ve been looking for.

We would like to thank you for helping us further develop the Sedo marketplace to better serve the needs of buyers, sellers, parkers, and partners, and to make the domain name market into a better experience for us all. Though we have plenty of changes on the table for 2013, we would like to take a moment to look back at the great strides we’ve made in 2012. Starting next month, my colleague and Sedo’s CEO Tobias Flaitz will be keeping you up to date on news and trends from the domain industry.

I wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and an exciting 2013!

 

Highlights for domain buyers

  • A revamped search tool, providing better, more specific results
  • The Domain Value Indicators tool, offering insight into the most important metrics for a domain’s value
  • Handpicked premium domains from experts for every budget and every industry with our monthly “Select 50″ mailing

Highlights for domain sellers

  • An improved domain listing process, including a wizard feature to guide new users
  • Free price suggestions for your domains with the Big Data Pricer
  • More flexible selling options with Buy Now or Best Offer to make more sales

Highlights for domain parkers

  • More clicks and more revenue with our “Auto-Select” option, and new, fresh layouts
  • Noticeably better traffic conversion with more alternative monetization methods like Zero Click
  • Effective new parking templates optimized for mobile devices
  • Exclusively at Sedo: Parking ads display in Firefox and Chrome even with ad blocking software

What will 2013 bring?

In 2013, we want to continue to be the most secure, most service-oriented domain marketplace. Our Security & Compliance team is constantly working hard to ensure that your domain name transactions are safe and efficient, and to make sure that you are getting the best revenue from your parked domains.

This year, our Customer Support teams have also created some video tutorials that are available in our FAQ section, and which explain the different settings and tools at Sedo quickly and clearly. In 2013, we will add more tutorials, and continue to expand the SedoMLS partner network in order to put your domains in front of more potential buyers than ever before.

We’re also looking forward to partnering with many new gTLD registries in order to ensure that new domain extensions come to market successfully and that they reach the right end users to ensure their success. This is something that Sedo’s gTLD product offering will help with, and we’re happy to already be partnering with many new gTLDs.

Sedo’s legal liability – Sedo’s control panel parking optimization bug

Sedo has a bug at it’s control panel. Specifically the bug is at domain management and the parking optimization section. It is not possible to make bulk changes in the domain layouts and bulk changes in the page elements of the domain names. The page elements are used for turning on or off the “related links”, the “web search” and the “pop-unders”. When you try to edit these in bulk the system appears to be starting to make the bulk the update but instead does nothing.

This is very important in order to achieve higher CTR and especially avoiding any trademark problems that might arise from displaying the wrong links in e.g. the “related links”. I use the “webarchive” keyword that produces a generic lander in order to avoid any possible trademark conflicts that might arise with the most generic domain name. If a PPC ad appears at your domain and the term of the domain is not used in the ad in the descriptive sense then you can be in trouble. I lost a domain at UDRP because of such links/ads. The domain was parked at Sedo and displaying the wrong “related links”. Since then I only use “webarchive” for most of my domains that can have other uses except for the descriptive usage. But I can’t have the “related links” and the “pop unders” appearing because these are not controlled by me and don’t want to have the “web search” because that is frequently exploited by Complainants in order to prove bad faith usage.

I don’t have many domains left at Sedo (less than 40%) because of the Go Daddy problem but I still want to be protected until I move almost 95% of my domains away from Sedo as planned.

I first pointed out the bug at Sedo on the 9th of November by emailing my contact at Sedo and explaining the problem. On the 20th I was told by Sedo:

The problem has been fixed and should be made live on our system this week.

 

On the 28th of November I was told by Sedo:

I am sorry that this bug has taken a lot longer to fix than was originally expected. I have just heard from the parking team that the fix is in the final stages and should go live this week.

Today is the 10th of December and of course nothing has been fixed. One month later and I still can’t make bulk changes. This shows a total disregard towards customers. Sedo is so unreliable that it is almost funny. This only reinforces my decision to leave Sedo and move all my domains to Internet Traffic and the Domain Name Sales team.

InternetTraffic.com Review – PPC and domain sales

For the past couple of months I have been testing the domain parking and domain sales platform at InternetTraffic.com. Results are pretty good and the only thing missing is a generic lander. Internet Traffic is accepting sign ups so anyone with a clean portfolio can submit an account request. Internet Traffic and its Domain Name Sales platform (DNS) operate a clean network of generic names for sale and monetization. Ensure that the list you submit is pre-scrubbed of any  domains that contain trademarks and any other intellectual property risk.

My PPC test sample is very small (about 60 domains) but results are good so far. Not excellent but promising. Some domains are earning more than what they used to and others need some more optimization.

I am getting some interest on the domains I have parked at InternetTraffic.com (about 10 in a month) but I have yet to receive an offer. I have tried both sending offer requests and quotes but I haven’t gotten an offer so far. My minimum offer price is set at $1000 for all domains so these buyers might get discouraged by that. Anyway, 60 domains is not a proper test sample. I will do more testing as I point more domains at IT.

InternetTraffic.com pays PPC earnings approximately net 30 from the end of a given month. For example, they will pay November earnings at the end of December. The minimum earnings to be paid is currently $100. Payment options include Paypal and Wire Transfer. InternetTraffic.com can not send ACH payments, as they are not located in the United States.

My only complaint so far is that Internet Traffic doesn’t offer a truly generic lander. If you choose the General category and the General Sub-category you end up with a lander that is mostly focused on business and financial terms:

internettraffic.com generic lander

I am looking for a lander that offers a broader range of categories like the ones offered by other parking companies:

Sedo generic lander

parkingcrew.net generic lander

The people at Internet Traffic are working on creating a category like this. My support ticket requesting a more general category will be left open by Internet Traffic support until this category is created. That is some first class support!

I am also waiting for an Android app. Internet Traffic will not create this app until the iPhone app has matured and is widely used. Iphone owners please start using the app!!!

After my post yesterday about how Go Daddy is destroying domain sales with Sedo’s help, a good alternative is needed and Internet Traffic seems like the best bet.