As an observer and participant in the domaining world and a long-time Internet marketer, I am constantly surprised by the disconnect between pure domaining and search-friendly content development. Many type-in traffic domainers admittedly don’t care about search and are happy with the content-free world of parking. This is fine if your business model is thousands of names generating incremental revenue – it starts to add up nicely at that volume. However for most of us, particularly those with development skills and content writing abilities, there is another approach and it requires a basic understanding of the search model.
Search is based on two concepts, intent and relevance. The searcher broadcasts their intent by the keywords they enter into the search box. If you have the most relevant content match to their intent you rank higher on the SERP (search engine results page). This is the basis of SEO. So your first step is understand the intent of the searcher who is headed towards your site and make sure that if you rank and they click that they see that relevant content. Parking pages won’t cut it in most cases. One common measurement is that there should be at least 600 words of relevant content including headlines, bullet lists and text (not embedded in images) on the landing page for your URL.
I understand that for a lot of people the prospect of writing 600 words is intimidating. But those 600 words are going to drastically increase the conversion rate for your site and the traffic stats. It also ensures that contextual advertising like Adsense will be a lot more relevant, increasing revenue. If you can’t or won’t write, hire a writer. While I am a writer, I have a lot of other things to do so I put an ad on Craigslist offering $25 for 600 words on a specific topic. Then I edit that content, making sure it is valuable and relevant. That’s peanuts for something that can turn a url into a valuable commodity.
Writing is step one. Edit the writing to get your keywords into headlines, break up blocks of texts into lists or bullets and keep paragraphs and sentences short and sweet.
The next step is relevant monetization. Again “relevant” is the key phrase here. The beauty of Google is that they reward Adwords advertisers for relevance by giving better positioning to ads that perform better. As a publisher (and that’s what you are if you take this path) then you want Adsense ads that closely match intent. Good content makes the difference. These ads will enhance the value of your site to the visitor.
And then there are monetization strategies like API access to Amazon Web Services. With Amazon’s API (application programming interface) you can place Amazon content on your site and generate affiliate revenue, while maintaining that content as your own site content. You can choose what data to display (reviews for instance) and use keywords to automatically display products without manual selection. This means you can create shopping sites with a template and automatically populate them with relevant product offerings. Add your 600 words of advice and serve up the site on your domain.
If you’re efficient you could put these things up very quickly and see results that are much more valuable than any parking service. And once you’ve developed a portfolio of these automated content sites, you’re got a real marketable asset.