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Adsense for Domains - Fasthosts Setup

Until recently you couldn't take advantage of Adsense for Domains if you registered a domain name with Fasthosts.  However, with the new Fasthosts control panel which now allows you to edit DNS settings, domain name owners can now earn revenue from domain names they don't currently use.

If you're familiar with Google Adsense, you may have seen the "Adsense for Domains" link on the "Adsense Setup" tab on the Adsense navigation.  Unfortunately the "Quick start guide" Google provides doesn't include instructions for Fasthosts setup and following the generic instructions doesn’t work either.

The solution

Log-in to your Fasthosts control panel and click on the “DNS” button for the domain you wish to use to park with Adsense for Domains.

Find your "unique identifier" from the Adsense for Domains page within Adsense and create a CNAME as follows:

Host Name: www

Points to: your adsense unique identifier e.g pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxafd.ghs.google.com.

Next create an A record as follows:

Host Name: leave blank

Points to: 216.239.32.21

See the screenshot below for a finished example…

fasthosts

Cybersquatters lose out after Royal break-up

Such was the certainty that Prince William and Kate Middleton were to get married that even high street stores has begun stocking their shelves with commemorative gifts. Now it's all over for the couple, I feel for all the cybersquatters that bought-up all available Kate and Wills domain names in the hope that they could cash in on what was to be the next Royal wedding. Perhaps it wasn't such easy money after all...

It's not only people in the public eye that fall foul of cybersquatting. Big organisations like Microsoft have similar problems and these squatters are cashing in on the brands and trademarks or other companies by duping users into clicking adverts on these sites after visiting them by typing in slight variations of the real URL.