To provide some insight, I have about 500 domains that are all revenue making domains. Nothing the retire on, but enough to pay some bills and cover their yearly registration fees.
I’ve primarily used Sedo and Parked for the majority of my parked domains and have been reletively happy with both Parked and Sedo for what each has to offer.
I was recently upgraded to “VIP” status on my Godaddy account and when my rep called me, he told me about how awesome Godaddy’s parking service was.
When asked if I used it, I told him that I wasn’t going to pay to park my domains, no matter the cost. After some conversation, I was able to persuade him to give me one month of free parking with Godaddy. (A $4.95 value! Woot!..kidding folks…)
So, I placed nine sites that got minimal traffic (about 20-30 uniques per day) to see what the payout was.
To try and get a sense of variety, I had the following verticals parked: adult, shoes, gaming, food, society, home and real estate.
The best performers were the adult and real estate with each earning about $.40 per click. When I had the same sites in Sedo (and I also have the Pro level account) the average clicks there were about $.35 per click.
Overall, with these test sites for the month, the payout was $11.56. Take away the monthly fee of $4.95 and the profit is $6.61. Divide the profit by nine domain registration costs (all .com) and each domain was earning $.73. Doing the math real quick, this model won’t even cover the cost to register the domains on a yearly basis.
To be fair, the adult and real estate domains made enough to cover their yearly registration costs per year if they continued on their averages. But the point I’m trying to demonstrate here is that while Godaddy might be great at advertising, and pretty good in customer service, if you are looking for a place to park your domains, Godaddy might not be the best economical choice for you.