This article provides you with information regarding domain parking.
What is domain parking?
Put very simply, a parked domain (or parking a domain) is when you purchase a domain name such as myfuturesite.com but you don't associate it with any web services like email or web hosting. Instead, you “park” it for later use – often with a landing page or holding page.
Why you might want to park your domain name?
By definition, parking your domain means you don't intend to use it right away. Much like you might park your car ready for use later. There are plenty of good reasons why you may want to use domain parking for your new name:
- You haven't had time to start your website yet. To use your domain name, you need to be able to point it towards a web hosting account.
- You're buying domains to reserve them for later use. Parking a domain or domains that you want to use later makes sense because once you do have hosting ready, you can quickly connect them and start to create your website using the domain names – it also prevents somebody from registering them in the mean time and protects your name.
- To generate additional income. You might not have a particular idea for a website, but are instead investing in a good quality domain name. Here, you can display advertising on your parked page to earn income whenever somebody visits your page and clicks on one of the advertisements. It's very quick and easy to do, and is passive income in that you don't need to do anything for it to continue.
- You no longer need your website and are waiting for it to expire. If you have many websites, you may want to park the ones you no longer intend to keep until they expire – again, you can earn additional income from these until they have expired.
What's an alternative to domain name parking?
- This is a great way to manage your domain names if you're not ready to build your site just yet and don't want to park your domain name either.
- What we suggest is adding the domain to an already active hosting package as an addon domain.
- Then you can create a very simple index.html page with a little bit of content about the domain and, if I want to, some Google Adsense advertising.