I just got an email from Sedo and it looks like they’re changing their policy.
Here is part of the email:
“As of January 1st 2012, Sedo will no longer pay out parking revenue for any domains parked using URL
forwarding, regardless of the advertising provider source. This is based on a decision from our primary
online advertiser, Google, who has stated that they will only monetize name-server (DNS) parked domains.”
It looks like they’re blaming Google for the change. However, I never understood why Google allowed this in the first place. Quality has always been high priority for google and when you have forwarding, it just looks like a canned site and regular even users understand that when they see that they’re being forwarded to some other url.
However, I understand why domainers used forwarding. It was an easy way to manage a lot of domains, have custom template and tracking etc. But again, if you’re creating and hosting a template, might as well use server side code to do this. I just did a basic tutorial on how easy it is in php to have a dynamic url based page. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a simple page, it could be as complicated as you want it to be.