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Domain names. Parking and selling domains.

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What is a domain name?

A domain name is a textual version of an IP Address – the number that points to a particular website. For example, the number 206.190.60.37 is the IP Address for yahoo.com. Each domain name on the Internet corresponds to such numbers.

Without domain names, each and every website would have to be recalled by a number like this, similar to the telephone system, but much more difficult to remember. For this reason, domain names were introduced, and have made navigation on the internet much simpler.

A domain name is a unique address that can be used on the internet. It’s what you see in the address bar after the World Wide Web (WWW) in your web browser and it’s what comes after the at (@) sign in an email address.

The domain name service is basically a large database which stores on various computers all domain names which are active on the internet.

Make money with domains

You can buy domains and then sell them at a higher rate to get revenue. First and the most important part of the selling is to buy the best domain names to sell. And if you are not so experienced in selling domains, it is best to stick with some basic principles. So, begin with or stick with .com domain names. You can start selling from the other extensions such as .net or .org after you gain experience.. Usually the shorter domain, the better. And there have been just hundreds of the longer domains being sold for lots of money, but again, wait until you have experience before dabbling into these types of names.

Once you have a domain name, there are several ways you can use it to make money online. You can create a blog which you can make popular or an ecommerce web site to sell products/services. Alternatively, you can also sell your domain to someone else for a higher fee as long as the name of the domain is easy to remember so it becomes attractive for people to have interest to buy it. Now if you have a domain that is really long, doesn’t really have any keywords, and has about 5 words, you still can park it and try to sell it but you have a better chance if you have an easy to remember domain which is attractive. Other thing to keep remember is to stay away from the trademark domains. As not only will most of buyers not be interested in buying them but you may also get in trouble and also have lawsuits filed against you.

Domain parking and re-selling domains

If you purchase a domain name without having a hosting plan, you will still be able to register the domain name to yourself so that it  exclusively belongs to you. However, without a hosting provider you won’t be able to put a website together or run email services from it. Nevertheless, if you type in the URL that includes your domain name, a page will appear on the internet. This shows to the world that the domain name has been taken and is no longer available – this is also the visible evidence of domain parking. When you register your domain name, the domain name registrar will set up the name servers for your domain. Until you, as the owner, actually buy a hosting plan, your new domain name remains on the servers belonging to the domain name registrar. Consequently, the registrar is able to use your domain for advertising purposes. In many senses, this is good for you as the owner because you won’t have to pay monthly hosting fees to a hosting provider until you are ready and you could be paid a regular sum of money for visitors clicking on ads that have been placed on the website containing your domain name. Domain name parking that makes its registered owners money is also referred to as parked domain monetization and tends to be the province of internet advertising publishers and domain name registrars to take advantage of type-in traffic.

Advertising on these registered domains tend to be contextual, advertisements specific for the name of the domain. This is important as it attracts targeted visitors who are more likely to convert into paying customers. The registered domain owner gets paid according to how many clicks have been tallied per advertisement, often as much as $ 5 – 8 per click.

Re-registering expired domains is another source of monetizing domain parking. Using domains that were previously attached to websites is often quite lucrative in terms of inbound links and continuing visitors. This practice is known as dropcatching and tends to attract mixed reviews on the legitimacy of using domain name parking in this way. There are a number of companies who act as intermediaries, changing the servers from the domain registrar to their own servers and liaising with the domain name owners direct. When you consider that one of these intermediary companies can be responsible for domain name parking as many as 200,000 domain names, you can appreciate how big this business is and how lucrative it can be for the established domain sellers.

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