A friend of mine asked me if he could use Google Adsense without purchasing a hosting plan; the answer was obviously “yes” because Google has prepared Adsense for parked domains. In this post, general domain registration with Netfirms and Google Adsense are not taking into consideration; I am writing because Netfirms is not one of the “Common Domain Registrar” listed by Google and some of the setting might get tricky.
OK, first let’s take a look at what Google offers for the Adsense:
General speaking, Google Ads for Content, Search and Feeds are for people who has web pages or sites in where the advertisements to be displayed while Adsense for Mobile Content are for high end smart phones like Apple iPhone, either within web pages or applications. If cases like my friend who would like to register a domain but didn’t want to purchase a hosting plan, our option is to park the unused domain (domain without content) to Google Adsense for Domain.
In order to accomplish the job, we have two steps to do.
1. Add domain to Google Adsense
The instruction is quite clear HERE. Basically you just fill in the form with your target domain and add:
2. Set up domains A Record and CNAME in Netfirms
If your domain registrar is GoDaddy or whatever listed it HERE, you can easily follow the instruction to set up Google Adsense for Domains.
Obvious Netfirms is not one of them and most of my domains are with Netfirms just simply because they have lower price than others and domain privacy is free.
Once your domain is registered with Netfirms, you can log into the control panel. In this post, I will useas my example.
2a). Navigate to “Domain Manger” and unfold the menu of your domain, you should check “A Record” under “Source“:
Type in the A (address) into the 4 boxes.
2b). Then we will need to set up the CNAME, this is the tricky part that I initially didn’t get.
- The “Host Name” value is your own CNAME value obtain in the end of Step 1;
- In Step 1, Google gives you the CNAME value like this “pub-xxxxxxxxx.afd.ghs.google.com.“, but the “.” at the end will give you error when you key it into “Host Name”; so we are just going to take it off as “pub-xxxxxxxxx.afd.ghs.google.com” and it will do.
When you complete the steps, technically you are done. You should wait for about an hour or so before all the changes take in effect. When Google successfully detects your domain is linked to Adsense, you can go ahead and set up the color and keywords for this domain:
I must say that Google Adsense for domains, comparing to Google Adsense for Content, is not very effective unless you already have a domain with high traffic. If you just want to start Google Adsense with a newly registered domain, maybe it’s better to use Google Adsense for content even if you have one page of simple HTML file that you can do a bunch of stuffs with, especially registrars like Netfirms provides enough space for a simple HTML site. However, if you have a domain with no use, I don’t see why not park it to Google Adsense for Domains.