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Why Are There 2 Network Solutions “Under Construction” Pages?

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Last week, I reported that there was a UDRP filed against the Oger.com domain name. One potential issue for the domain name owner is that the “under construction” landing page had pay per click (PPC) links prominently displayed next to a large photo. The owner smartly began forwarding the domain name elsewhere (likely after becoming aware of the landing page), but here’s how it looked:

oger-com-landing-page

My guess is the owner was not receiving any of the revenue generated on clicks. If that assumption is correct, this means the landing page adds risk to the owner without any reward that I can see.

Yesterday afternoon, I saw that a UDRP was filed against YouAskedForIt.com, a domain name that had been registered for quite some time. I visited the domain name to see what was there and I saw another type of “under construction” landing page from Network Solutions. As you can see, there are no pay per click advertising links or anything else on the landing page:

youaskedforit-com

Obviously having a landing page without PPC links doesn’t prevent the domain name from becoming the subject of a UDRP or other litigation (as evidenced by the UDRP filing). However, it is likely the complainant in the first UDRP will cite the PPC links and the complainant in the second wouldn’t have that type of evidence (unless the landing page rotates or changes).

I am curious about why there are two different types of under construction landing pages from Network Solutions.


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Comments (5)

    Rich

    one could be default, other active hosting

    You bring up a good point, enom once a domain expires, and others place the servers into ppc mode, very dangerous if you have a quality domain during grace period.

    December 12th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Robert

    Because NOTHING is simple at Network Solutions.

    Here is a 3rd version… https://cl.ly/0v1N0e3n2s1y

    Here is their explanation

    Under Construction page, also known as a parked or parking page is a placeholder Web page for a domain name that is not yet attached to an active website. This placeholder page notifies visitors that your website is coming soon. Network Solutions® provides customers with two types of Under Construction pages.

    The standard Under Construction page may contain promotions and advertisements for, and links to, networksolutions.com, Network Solutions products and services, third-party websites, third-party products and services, or Internet search engines.

    The generic Under Construction page contains only Network Solutions branding and may contain a Network Solutions domain name search box.

    (http://www.networksolutions.com/support/configure-under-construction-page/)

    December 12th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Garth

    Maybe YouAskedForIt.com is blocked upstream?

    December 12th, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Dan

    Just like a domainer, Network Solutions seperates good names from pigeon sh*t. The good stuff that they keep gets the parking page, the bad stuff gets the stickman with a shovel.

    December 13th, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Brad

      It’s the other was around. By default, Network Solutions assigns landing pages with advertising links. To get the “stickman with a shovel” construction page is actually a little trickier, as the option is not readily apparent in the Network Solutions set-up account page. Ironically, one has to dig around for the option to get that link-less page to display. Smart domainers that hold names, and are familiar with UDRP policy, don’t want trademark-infringing PPC links, that they can’t control, to be used against them in a UDRP proceeding.

      youaskedforit.com is a valuable name . . . interested to see what happens.

      In reply to Dan | January 18th, 2017 at 2:34 pm

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