Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Google Retiring Adsense for Domains Program

Google is retiring its Adsense for Domains program and advising domain investors to migrate to new domain parking platforms. I hosted close to 20 of my domains with the Google Adsense for Domains program but for the last months, all of them have earned me a meager $5 over several months and the type in traffic was almost non existent. Compare that to the close to 500 plus EUR that I have earned from 7 of my developed domains and it's clear Adsense for domains is not performing. Now I have to figure out new parking platforms but with the non existent type-in traffic, am not sure they are worth the while. I will probably consider developing 5 of them and let the rest drop.

Here is the email I got from Adsense:

We’re contacting you because you’re using AdSense for Domains to monetize your undeveloped domains. After evaluating the benefits of our partner network, we’ve decided to retire the Hosted domains product within AdSense. Going forward, undeveloped domains will only be served through our existing AdSense for Domains distribution network.
Our records show that xx of your Hosted domains will be affected by this upcoming change, which will follow the schedule below:
  • March 21: You’ll no longer be able to create new Hosted domains
  • April 18: Hosted domains will become inactive and it’ll no longer be possible to earn from them
  • June 27: Hosted domains will no longer be available in AdSense accounts
To continue monetizing your undeveloped domains, you can migrate your domain portfolio to any domain parking provider. note that this upcoming change won’t affect any other AdSense products you’re currently using or the availability of other products to you. In addition, reporting on your Hosted domains will remain available throughout the schedule above and for a period following the retirement.
For more information see the Help Center. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your patience as we continue to develop new features and offerings within AdSense.
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