Google GoDaddy and Expired Domain Scam
Granted Google can't be held directly accountable for all that goes on in another company. However, these articles connect expired then parked domains at GoDaddy and Google's adsense for parked domains program in uncomfortable ways.
Standard Tactics, LLC: How GoDaddy Profits from Expired Domains
Go Daddy To Shut Down Standard Tactics, LLC
This is the way it looks to me.
GoDaddy customers let names expire.
GoDaddy pulls a domain name out from customers with "invalid" contact information.
GoDaddy does not release these names into the open market, they instead either put them up for auction, or if their data shows a higher volume of traffic they push them into a sister company called Standard Tactics LLC and hide the registration data. Standard Tactics then uses the parked pages for advertising.
GoDaddy started up this practice in 2006.
In 2006 GoDaddy also partnered up with Google adsense for parked domains. As noted here by Jensense
So there is a relationship where Google adsense is taking advantage of parked domains that in my view should have been for sale on the open market. Or at minimum, purchased by GoDaddy. Google and GoDaddy are gaming the system.
If I remember correctly, a great deal of the high value domain names that were "held" or on the "no Sale List" for the .me registration fiasco were registered by none other than Standard Tactics LLC!!!
The .me registrar has taken down their whois look up page
I'm no lawyer but Jim, perhaps you can tell me why Registrars can "keep" expired domain names to monetize. Do they have to pay for them?
Last edited by Discovery : 12-18-2008 at 12:06 PM.
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