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Monetize your unused domains

You may be like me, having some unused domain names. They might be used to generate some money or at least use the natural traffic of the domain.
There’s many parking systems … but I choosed to use the most know one sedo, which requires you either to change you domain name servers to sedo ones or to set up url forwarding. This is what I’m gonna speak about.

I won’t detail how you should register an account on sedo or how you should add you domain to sedo. This is your job.

This tutorial is based on FreeBSD, but it’s not really important as the configuration is done on apache, and the syntax is common to every OS.

Installing And Configuring Apache

To setup the url forwarding, you can either choose to redirect the page to the destination url (which is http://www.sedoparking.com/domain.tld) which implies the disadvantage that your domain name is referenced as moved for indexing robots; or to setup reverse proxying on a virtual host which is transparent for indexing robots.

If you didn’t setup your apache yet, here’s what you’ll have to do :

# changing to ports directory
cd /usr/ports/www/apache22
make config

Select everything you need, and add for this howto the following options :

PROXY
PROXY_HTTP

Then, make and install

make install clean

Then go to the apache configuration directory and modify httpd.conf to add references to proxy modules :

vim /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf
	 LoadModule proxy_module libexec/apache22/mod_proxy.so
	 LoadModule proxy_http_module libexec/apache22/mod_proxy.so

Now, create the appropriate NameVirtualHost :

<VirtualHost *:80>
	ServerName wer.me
	ServerAlias *.wer.me
	ProxyRequests off # This is important
	ProxyPass / http://www.sedoparking.com/wer.me
</VirtualHost> 

And restart apache, you’re done.

Article originally posted on my old website at this url

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