Parked Domain Names, Why?


I have been searching for a new domain name for a new business. I am surprised at the amount of domain names that are parked up with some basic landing page displaying some keywords relevant to that domain, hoever these sites don't have an Auction or Make Offer facility and there is no contact details.

99% of the domain names that i searched for are taken, and 90% of them are not being used... they simply seem to be parked up. Even when i search for them on GoDaddy, they are not listed as auction domains.

Can anyone explain why this is the case and what their reason is behind these type of sites. I'm sure there is a very good reason.
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Russ SuterSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
There are two main reasons for this. The first is less likely but still a real possibility.

1. The company intends to use the domain name for some future project and is willing to pay the annual registration fee to reserve it and make sure it's there when they are finally ready to use it.

2. Someone has recognized that the domain name might be valuable (i.e. people want to use it) and so they register it in the hope that someone will be willing to pay them to release it.

In the second case you might (and I mean MIGHT) be able to do something about it.
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks for reply.

If they bought it for future intent I am sure they wouldn't go to the bother of setting up one of those keyword landing pages.

If they bought it to resell, would they not put some form of communication... BUY THIS DOMAIN... MAKE AN OFFER?
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Also, someone may have registered a domain name for several years and created a web site. If the website host has not been paid, they will remove the site but the domain name is still active. When you search you should be able to find out who registered the domain name and perhaps negotiate to purchase it.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:

Can you give us an example?
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks all...

Plus many more :-(
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
One of my customers has registered over 100 domain names and only uses about 6 of them.  He did it to keep them for himself.
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
It shouldn't be allowed.

You can't register a .ie domain here in Ireland unless you submit company documentation proving you own a company that is similar to the domain name you want.

I'd say 70% of purchased domain names on the internet are just parked domains which is ridiculous.

Obviously a business in it, and i'm just the disgruntled user on the other end of it.
Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
Okay, those types of parked domains are actually revenue generators.  If you look at the source code, you will see those terms link to Cold Fusion pages along with a unique code. So what happens is the target sites are paying this company on a PPC basis.  The company registers a zillion domain names and publishes these single page sites with some keyword spam for search engines and the affiliate links. If you get a penny (or less) per click and one or two clicks per day over several thousand of these sites, it can add up to some serious money.

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented: The domain is listed for sale. Click here to inquire about this domain name. This is an active site Expiration Date: 21-jun-2016 (site timeout) Expiration Date: 28-dec-2015 (Server not found)
And these "Parked" landing pages require no effort to set up, they can be generated automatically by the registrar as a default destination if the purchaser has not redirected them to a website. There's a lot of domain squatting and domain "tasting" that goes on.
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks for explaining this. I knew there was more to it
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