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Re: Detecting parked domains

  • From: william(at)
  • Date: Wed Aug 02 17:24:17 2006

On Wed, 2 Aug 2006, Cory Whitesell wrote:

The trouble I see with this, is that legitimate web hosts commonly run several domains off one server, distinguishing by host headers.
So assuming that because 10 domains point at the same IP they must be parked, is a bad assumption.

It is. You need to have pre-determined (manually done) of what servers have these "parked" pages. Then if you see other domains pointing to
the same server, its almost always another "parked domain".

But as Randy points, just because its website is "parked" does not
mean domain is not being used in some other way. But in my opinion
this still qualifies domain as "parked" because common use of
"parked domain" term has to do with content of its website and does
not imply that domain is or is not being used in some unique way for
email or some other traffic.

william(at) wrote:

On Wed, 2 Aug 2006, Rick Wesson wrote:

 A domain hosted by a middle-man for the sole purpose of generating
 revenue from pay-per-click advertising. Characterized by having no
 content of value.

this needs to be "no original content of value"

BTW - for those who are still wondering about the question of detecting
this in semi-automated way, I recommend looking at what nameservers are used as way to determine if it is likely to be parked domain. Not perfect but you'll find large number of such domains and if that does not do it
then looking at common ip addresses of where the domain (www) is pointed
to will help determining this even more.