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Make Easy Money from Your Parked Domains with Google AdSense for Domains

Make money on parked pages with Google Adsense for DomainsSome people collect stamps, others comic books or baseball cards.  Me?  I like to “collect” domain names.  The collection started in 2001 and has grown considerably over the years.  Now, I know what your thinking:  “MrGroove sounds like a CyberSquater!” but the truth is, I just have a bad habit of thinking up new business ideas with great domain names attached which “I’ll spin up when I get time…” and for just $9.99 a year, why not right????  Well, a few hundred domain names later and yeah, it has become an expensive “hobby”.  And that’s where Google AdSense for Domains comes in.

Google AdSense for Domains (GAFD) allows you to use your Google AdSense account to park an unused domain name with Google which they will happily fill up with Google Ads.  If someone clicks on those ads, similar to the AdSense program both you and Google make a little $$$.  Curious what a page looks like that’s parked with Google?  Here’s a few of mine:

Sounds great, how do I get setup and start making cash?

Although I could walk you through the setup with my standard screenshots and step-by-step, I’m not going to because Google already created a great guide for setting up AdSense for Domain.  Take a look there and let me know here or in our Forum if you still have questions.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you setup your unused domains with GAFD:

  1. Where does Traffic come from? – Domains parked with GAFD will receive fairly low page rank so you shouldn’t expect much organic search results since there is little you can do from a content or SEO standpoint.  With this in mind, most of your traffic will come from people who type your domain name in manually so don’t expect to get rich off GAFD unless you own a domain like or
  2. Customize the look of your Parked Page – To make your parked page more appealing to visitors, be sure to follow Step 3 in the Google How-To for setting up GAFD.  The options are fairly broad to customize the color, background etc…
  3. Add Keywords to Optimize Ads – There is little you can do from an SEO standpoint to get more traffic to your domain.  What you can do however is add keywords to your page through the GAFD interface to optimize the Ads displayed on your parked page.  Again, the steps for adding keywords can be found on the GAFD help page under step 4.  For more information and advice from Google on adding Keywords that match your Domain name, take a look at the GAFD Keyword Help page.
  4. Setup Tracking using Channels or not… – Just like normal AdSense Ads, you can create and assign channels to each of your Parked Domains.  That being said, the AdSense Advanced Reporting tool allows you to see reports on AdSense for Domains which are pretty granular.  That being said, if your parking a huge number of domains and want to track performance at a higher level than domain name, channels are for you.  Google Adsense for domains reporting page
  5. No Google Adwords! – Although you might be tempted to send traffic to your site through google AdWords, don’t try it.  It’s against the rules and Google will suspend your AdSense account.
  6. The more the better – Unless you have a domain like or, from my experience I’m finding that on the average I get no more than 20 impressions per parked page per day.  So the more domains you park the better.
  7. Be Patient – Period.  Google will optimize the Ads being displayed on your pages so make a few changes and wait a month to see how things change.  Play with the color as well but be sure to give changes a few months to settle in before you start making changes again.
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How much cash are you making on GAFD MrGroove?

Like I said earlier, I have A LOT of domains which I’ve collected over the years.  Back in early 2009 I parked about 2 dozen of them with Google AdSense and on the average some domains make a little and other months a few make a lot.  It really varies.  Am I getting Rich of my parked domains?  Was I stupid for not parking all my domains?  Yes.  Very!


Although originally, the program was only available to people with several hundred parked domains, back in early 2009 Google opened up the Google AdSense for Domains program to anyone with a Google AdSense account.  Being that pretty much anyone with a website can get an AdSense account (as long as they meet the Google AdSense policies) my recommendation is that if you have a domain which is parked and doing nothing, rather than let GoDaddy park you domain and get cash from the ads, YOU SHOULD PARK YOU DOMAIN with Google and if your lucky, it just might pay for the $9.99 annual fee.

What about you?  Have you ever used Google Adsense for Domains for your parked domains?  How much cash are you making?  Do you know a better way to make cash on your unused or under utilized domain names?  Drop a note in the comments and join the discussion!

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15 Responses to Make Easy Money from Your Parked Domains with Google AdSense for Domains

  1. Dinesh September 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Good information. Are you really making good money by parking? I tried with several domains with parking, but nothing worked. Getting a possible misspelled famous domain name is the key as you said but its a difficult task.

    It will be great to know how you are choosing names for parking in your experience.
    Thanks in advance

    • MrGroove September 27, 2010 at 10:17 am #

      Making “real” money, no. In other words, I would not recommend going out and buying 1000 domain names with the idea that you can park them and retire. Do I make enough money on them to pay for the annual $9.99 domain name renewal? On some domains yes. Others no.

      Would it be silly to just leave the unused domains I own parked and not pointing to anything? Yes, which is why I wrote the article. 🙂

      Good questions Dinesh and welcome to the site. BTW – Took a read on a few of your articles, nice blog!

  2. Bronson December 22, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    “I just have a bad habit of thinking up new business ideas with great domain names attached which “I’ll spin up when I get time…” and for just $9.99 a year, why not right???? ”

    I have the same problem, too many ideas and not enough time to execute, which means a lot of shelved domains. I have begun looking into parking options and like the product offering from Google – definitely going to get this sorted for a few of my domains and see how it goes.

    Thanks for the info Sir.

    • MrGroove December 22, 2010 at 11:43 am #

      No worries Bronson! Let me know how it works out for ya. The $$$ is very sporadic for me recently. Some days good, some bad. If you find something else out there that’s better, let me know!

  3. PossibleSpammer? June 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  4. MrKrytical September 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I have just parked a few domains with So we shall see how it goes. I have these three domain names listed for sale on afternic and sedo.

    Give me your opinion on the quality of these domains?

    • MrGroove September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

      You just posted them so you tell me in a few weeks 😉

  5. Tim Anderson October 16, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    Really helpful cheers, There’s no doubt that your current subscribers will probably want a good deal more writing of this nature maintain the great content.

  6. Robert Janes October 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I too have ended up with lots of extra domains over the years and have some mild success, but I think the market is pretty tough these days. I just started using GAFD and so far it’s been OK. I had a better CTR with Bodis but I like them both way more then Whypark. Anway, thanks for the good read.

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  8. GOFORITPLAYA December 10, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Good post, any updates? It seems Google has closed up shop on domain parking. What do you use now?

  9. Penguin king December 23, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Nice post very help full I have a question relating to dinesh’s earlier post about misspelling. Just recently hand regged a typo domain for a domain that recently sold for $10 million now why is it that when I posted on namepros they said they saw “no value I’m them”? Is that just standard operating procedure? I mean just recently. mortage dotCom sold for $200,000 and that was a typo. Plus every typo version of house and porn and porno dotCom is taken for 10 to 12 years or more obviously someone finds value in these typos to invest in
    Also what’s up with snobby domain brokers cherry picking only domains that will sell itself. Like coming soon sale for $800,000. Is it impossible to sell a new regged dn for top dollar? I mean 8 dot xyz sold for $45,000 and that was just reg less than month.
    Anyways. I bought WordPress robot months ago never installed it yet. What do you think about this idea? Use wprobot to create auto content from rssfeeds and then putting AdSense? Is that better?pros and cons?

    Thanks in advance. Happy holidays to you and your family

  10. epass January 30, 2016 at 1:33 am #

    adsense dropped this feature for a while ago

    Thank you

  11. GurusWebWorld February 4, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    i missed that google feature which they already dropped. right now i parked with sedo. lets see what happen?

    Thank You

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