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07|09|2007 08:34 am EDT

The Mystery of – registrars parking your names

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

We all know that registrars have started taking ownership of names that registrants let lapse. Registrars even go through their non-resolving names and change them to point their own parking pages instead. So it is always an important task for the domain portfolio manager to keep an eye on their names and where they are pointing to.

Melbourne IT LogoOne of the latest registrars to join the club, appears to be Melbourne IT with over 21,000 names pointing to the nameservers. They might have been doing this for a while already, but it was new to me when I came across of one of the names in early May. It appears they are using a Yahoo! PPC feed.

So how long before a registry parks your “unused” names for your, out of pure “courtesy”. Well, it turns out that we don’t have to look far (more an that below). And surprise surprise, Verisign and NetworkSolutions (netsol) play a role in this play. No wonder Najafi was able to buy Netsol, the former monopoly registrar for $20 Million and $80 in assumed debt in 2003 and turn around this year and sell the company for $800 million to General Atlantic LLC.

Network Solutions LogoWith being THE original monopoly registrar, NetworkSolutions holds many valuable domain names. When the monopoly broke, it was almost the time of the bubble, and to this date NetSol holds many names that were registered for 10 years back then, some of them pointing to NetSol’s own parking page. Some of the expired ones are now listed in the whois with whois privacy, so it’s a safe bet to assume that they were taken over by there registrar.

So what do Verisign and Netsol have in common with some of those valuable names? Enter “”. The following graph (from IPWalk) shows the amount of domains pointing to the”” nameservers over the previous six months: domain graph

Originally the “” nameservers were used when a domain’s nameservers were not responding correctly. The registry would then change the nameservers on the domain and notify the registrar, so the registrar can contact the registrant. Today it appears that Network Solutions has made this their “parking nameservers” and it looks like they have been switching all of the non-resolving domains in their registrar over to them.




July 9, 2007 @ 4:07 pm EDT

This is a legal nightmare waiting to happen that I am truly amazed has not happened yet. Here’s a perfect example:

I just caught “” in a drop. It is a popular web development language, which is my interest in the name. It is also the Trademarked name of a cleaning powder. If I develop into a web development resource, no TM issues. If I register and have it pointing nowhere, no TM issues. Now what happens if, unknown to me, the registrar decides to park the name for me, the parking page shows ads for competing cleaning products and the owner or the “Ajax” TM drops a UDRP on the name and wins?

It’s only a matter of time….

DP, what a good example of complications that can be caused by this, thank you for pointing this out. A potential disaster waiting to happen. Great name, too.


lucretia clark

August 10, 2007 @ 4:23 pm EDT

please call me at NNN-NNN-NNNN it is about my web site .com so please call me


August 28, 2007 @ 8:12 am EDT

In response to DP – this is exactly what is happening. I’ve just been dealing with a couple of UDRP cases for French companies, and they seem to be winning. If your registrar redirects to a parking page, it appears to be (virtually?) all the evidence the TM owner needs to establish that your registration was made in bad faith – and you have to be very convincing to defend against it.

Not such a bad thing, IMHO, to clear up some of the countless squatted-and-forgotten domain names and get them back to people who can use them.

domain names registration

August 29, 2008 @ 4:10 pm EDT

you can make a lot of moneyparking domains if you have enough

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