Google to Retire Hosted Domains Product within AdSense
Google has decided to retire the “hosted domains” product that they have through the Google AdSense program. According to an email directly from the Google AdSense team, they have evaluated the benefits of their partner network and decided to retire the Hosted Domains program with Google AdSense.
In the future, undeveloped domain names will only be served through their existing Google AdSense for Domains distribution network. I personally don’t recall having any of my parked domain names using this program, but apparently I have 4 domain names that use or used this program.
Here is a copy of the email from Google. If you’d like to learn more about migrating, the link to their migration guide is below.
We’re contacting you because you’re using AdSense for Domains to monetize your undeveloped domains. After evaluating the benefits of our partner network, we’ve decided to retire the Hosted domains product within AdSense. Going forward, undeveloped domains will only be served through our existing AdSense for Domains distribution network.
Our records show that 4 of your Hosted domains will be affected by this upcoming change, which will follow the schedule below:
March 21: You’ll no longer be able to create new Hosted domains
April 18: Hosted domains will become inactive and it’ll no longer be possible to earn from them
June 27: Hosted domains will no longer be available in AdSense accounts
To continue monetizing your undeveloped domains, you can migrate your domain portfolio to any domain parking provider. Find out how in our Migration Guide:
Please note that this upcoming change won’t affect any other AdSense products you’re currently using or the availability of other products to you. In addition, reporting on your Hosted domains will remain available throughout the schedule above and for a period following the retirement.
For more information see the Help Center. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your patience as we continue to develop new features and offerings within AdSense.
The Google AdSense Team
So, for whatever reason, Google has decided to retire this program, and am recommending that your domains in the program be moved to another domain parking provider.
My buddy Barry has more information about the closure of this program.