Domain Aribtrage

Let’s say a certain site, blah.xyz.com, gets a ton of traffic (yes it’s a subdomain).  How many people forget to put that period in and type in blahxyz.com in their browser?  A lot.  Why let those people go to a blank page?  Spend $10, buy that entire subdomain string without the “.”  (blahxyz.com if available) and send those visitors to a landing page of your choice (perhaps related to the target site) or just park a page there at the least.  Once you buy the domain you WILL get free traffic.  No doubt about it.

You can make a lot of money with this technique.  Just do some research and find a subdomain that gets a lot of traffic, then check to see if the subdomain string without the period is available.  I’m keepin this post short because there’s really not much more to it.  There are more techniques but I’ll talk about those in a later post.

6 Responses

  1. That is a pretty cool idea. The first thing I thought of after reading this was craigslist, and sure enough if you type in [anycity]craigslist.org or even .com there is someone with a parked page there. I’m sure if you had a nice portfolio of these you could make some decent change. I am definitely going to research this a little more, thanks for the tip!

  2. I wouldn’t try this one in most circumstances. Plenty of people doing it, but US cybersquatting laws are definitely pitched against you, and you’re looking at the least a C&D from the company’s attorney.

  3. parking a domain shouldn’t be too risky… IMO. but don’t take that as legal advice.

  4. interesting.. there is a significant risk of getting UDRP complaints or being sued for trademark violation, but if you can find generic domains to base this off of it would be great.

    if you throw up a parked page of PPC ads and a search box, and your domain receives some traffic, it is a good way to gather data on the users and then find out what type of CPA landing page to build on the site.

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