Make Money Online - Big Trouble in Domain Parking World
Today I, along with many thousands of other domainers, received the following e-mail :-
"Dear Parked.com customers,
We were notified today by Yahoo that all Yahoo based parking companies, including Parked.com, must begin enforcing the no arbitrage/no paid traffic general provision. As a reminder, Section 2 Subsection g. in the Parked.com Terms of Service states:
"All other types of traffic including bought traffic, traffic driven by PPC campaigns, traffic directed from hyperlinks are not permitted. If your traffic originates from any sources other than type-in and search engine traffic, you will not be entitled to payment as per this Agreement. Regular checks are carried out and we reserve the right to suspend any domain from our Service at any time, on our sole discretion, if we reasonably believe that you have violated this Agreement; for example, if we suspect that the traffic on your domain is bought, generated or redirected in any way that contravenes these terms and conditions."
For more information please see http://www.parked.com/tos/.
Accordingly, all arbitrage must stop effective 1pm PST on Thursday, February 14, 2008. Even though arbitrage will no longer be allowed, all accounts will still be paid.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your account manager.
We thank you for your business and continued support.
This is trouble for those domainers who use arbitrage and probably for those who don't either, although it may have the opposite effect for them - it's too early to say at the moment.
What is arbitrage ? It means buying adverts using schemes such as Adwords, using your ads. to direct people to a page on which there are adverts that they get paid for when people click on them. So they pay some money to get lots of visitors to their site who then make them more money than they paid in the first place. But this practice is now to be banned, so there will be a sudden and massive drop in visitors and income for some domainers.
It won't affect me much I hope, and may even have a positive effect, as I don't do arbitraging and so the playing field may be a bit leveller.
Interesting times are ahead !