google retiring adsense for hosted domains???

Profile picture of the author ochaim by ochaim Posted: 02/22/2012
Anybody else get this email from google?

It says one of my undeveloped domains will not be able to earn from adsense because they arer cancelling their "hosted domain" product in adsense. Instead, undeveloped domains will "only be served through our existing adsense for domains distribution network".

So I won't be able to monetize with adsense anymore??? Then what is "existing adsense for domains"?

So confusing. And I'm in the middle of building my first MFA site LOL!

One less item on my list of to do's. On to product creation it is!

Owen
#adsense #domains #google #hosted #retiring

  • Profile picture of the author TammieJJ
    TammieJJ
    This is for parked domains only - Google has been moving away from showing parked domains in their search results, which are domains that have no content, and only display ads, for some time. That means those of us who have 30 or 40 domains sitting dormant will have to decide what we want to do with them

    It won't affect your MFA sites, as they are real websites that have been built out, have content, etc.
  • Profile picture of the author ochaim
    ochaim
    If I could thank you for your clarification, I would. With my newby account I can only report you, it seems, lol!

    Thanks, again!

    Owen
  • Profile picture of the author 1Dina
    1Dina
    I read about that this morning...is that something major to be concerned about? lol...
  • Profile picture of the author gonzotrucker
    gonzotrucker
    I got the same message, and i checked my adsense account all 3 of my sites are effected. Im going crazy now because i dont know why. All 3 accounts are built up i work on them every day. I have lots of content so why is this eng me? I need help
    with this.
  • Profile picture of the author oden
    oden
    I'm having the same issue - my domains are developed and I work on them daily.

    However, they appear under:

    My ads >> Domains >> Hosted Domains

    How do I ensure these sites will still serve adsense ads after April 18th, 2012?
  • Profile picture of the author mightiest
    mightiest
    Originally Posted by oden View Post

    I'm having the same issue - my domains are developed and I work on them daily.

    However, they appear under:

    My ads >> Domains >> Hosted Domains

    How do I ensure these sites will still serve adsense ads after April 18th, 2012?
    They're killing off Adsense for parked domains, not adsense for self-hosted domains. Real websites are not affected.
  • Profile picture of the author oden
    oden
    OK - I found a clear answer here: google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=7ea282cd34ba25c9&hl=en
  • Profile picture of the author TammieJJ
    TammieJJ
    It's just for parked domains, and will not affect sites that are built out, hosted with Hostgator, GoDaddy, etc. I have been expecting this for a couple of months, since Google started essentially paying nothing for adsense clicks on parked domains - in fact, revenue on clicks on parked domains has been reversed every single time. And, as a business owner, I certainly understand the income being reversed on the parked domains. A lucky visitory here or there was not exactly a targeted visitor.One thing that I am curious about - what will you do with your parked domains? Park them with your host, where they will typically earn nothing, let them go, or work fast to build them out? I am leaning towards doing a fast build out, with some affiliate plugins, and trying to earn a little affiliate income with mine. Even though they may not rank with Google, they will rank with the other search engines for an exact match domain.
  • Profile picture of the author Lonnie10
    Lonnie10
    Originally Posted by TammieJJ View Post

    This is for parked domains only - Google has been moving away from showing parked domains in their search results, which are domains that have no content, and only display ads, for some time. That means those of us who have 30 or 40 domains sitting dormant will have to decide what we want to do with them

    It won't affect your MFA sites, as they are real websites that have been built out, have content, etc.
    This is not how i read it Tammie. It's removing all undeveloped domains including hosted domains with content to be migrated to park domain registers.

    If you follow the links within the email and also in your adsense account under My ads, My domains, it will reveal all your sites regardless if they have content or not.

    we are to move ALL these to support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2456470&topic=23388

    and next we must... Migrate our domains to a new domain parking provider..
    support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2457159

    unless my English is getting bad, or im getting too old for this stuff or im going insane, but this is how ive read about this new adsense thingie.

    Google wants to move them to registrara that park domains and not the other way like you say.

    BUT... i hope what you say is
  • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
    ldiaz117
    Deep breath man...no worries
  • Profile picture of the author Lonnie10
    Lonnie10
    Originally Posted by ldiaz117 View Post

    Deep breath man...no worries
    lol thanks for the optimism
  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    Entrecon
    I got the message too, wondered what the heck...and then realized I no longer had the domains parked there!
  • Profile picture of the author ahmiz
    ahmiz
    Originally Posted by Lonnie10 View Post

    If you follow the links within the email and also in your adsense account under My ads, My domains, it will reveal all your sites regardless if they have content or not.
    That sounds like something's wrong.

    Did you ever manually add the domains to My ads->Domains in your Adsense account? Are these domains all marked as "Active" under the "Status" column?

    For me, My ads->Domains in Adsense only shows the 3 domains which I had specifically applied for "Adsense for Domains" (I followed the instructions at this page: AdSense for domains quick start guide - AdSense Help)

    All my other domains that I hadn't specifically added to "Hosted domains" are NOT listed under My ads->Domains. They are monetised under the regular Adsense For Content.
  • Profile picture of the author kawaiian
    kawaiian
    Wow, thanks everyone for the heads up!
  • Profile picture of the author tim_buchalka
    tim_buchalka
    We had a number of people from our list contact us about this.

    So I created a short video explaining it.


    Bottom line: Not really anything to worry about for most people.
  • Profile picture of the author tim_buchalka
    tim_buchalka
    Originally Posted by ahmiz View Post

    That sounds like something's wrong.

    Did you ever manually add the domains to My ads->Domains in your Adsense account? Are these domains all marked as "Active" under the "Status" column?

    For me, My ads->Domains in Adsense only shows the 3 domains which I had specifically applied for "Adsense for Domains"
    When Adsense for domains first came out you needed to set the domains A record and CName for it to work. Later it got a lot easier and only required nameservers to be set.

    I wonder if it's the former not showing up. Even if they are no longer listed under My Ads->Domains the A record and cname would still be set meaning they are pointing to Google still.

    I'm going to get our staff to go through all our domains looking for these records, because I've no idea which domains we had under the adsense for domains module.

    Only 3 are showing for us as well.

    Cheers


    Tim
  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    cashtree
    To be honest I think this is awesome, maybe will stop all the people from buying quality domains just to toss ads on them until they get someone who'll actually use the domain to pay thousands. Domain registrars do this too...i've tested it in the past, searched for the most random domain no one would ever search for and next day it was registered...i'm talking sejsogsgsogjnsgsk style domain, so good for Google, they get a +1 from me
  • Profile picture of the author tim_buchalka
    tim_buchalka
    Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

    To be honest I think this is awesome, maybe will stop all the people from buying quality domains just to toss ads on them until they get someone who'll actually use the domain to pay thousands. Domain registrars do this too...i've tested it in the past, searched for the most random domain no one would ever search for and next day it was registered...i'm talking sejsogsgsogjnsgsk style domain, so good for Google, they get a +1 from me
    I tend to agree, it's a good thing. There was serious type in traffic though for some domains but yes in your example clearly that type of behaviour won't be missed.

    Bottom line if the type in traffic was there you would not (should not) have left it as a adsense for domains setup anyway, it would make sense to build out a real site.

    Have to say in our case it's more a case of not getting around to doing anything with the domains. This change will prompt us to do something now!
  • Profile picture of the author mightiest
    mightiest
    Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

    To be honest I think this is awesome, maybe will stop all the people from buying quality domains just to toss ads on them until they get someone who'll actually use the domain to pay thousands. Domain registrars do this too...i've tested it in the past, searched for the most random domain no one would ever search for and next day it was registered...i'm talking sejsogsgsogjnsgsk style domain, so good for Google, they get a +1 from me
    Except that Google wasn't really a big player in the parked domain advertising world like Sedo.com.
  • Profile picture of the author AnotherNoobie
    AnotherNoobie
    Originally Posted by tim_buchalka View Post

    I tend to agree, it's a good thing. There was serious type in traffic though for some domains but yes in your example clearly that type of behaviour won't be missed.

    Have to say in our case it's more a case of not getting around to doing anything with the domains. This change will prompt us to do something now!
    Have to agree with you here!! I have a bunch of sites that need to be built. Don't have adsense on them. Parked pages have always annoyed me, especially when a great domain has been taken and totally unused. My dormant sites all have a splash page on them, but now I will get around to working on my own stuff instead of everyone elses!!

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