There is a lot of talk lately about who makes lists, how many and who’s lists are the best. I occasionally look at one of the lists but only to see what kind of domains are in there. I do my own lists and keep them to myself. I have been doing this for 10 years now. If you don’t make lists then you will not get far in domaining. That is what I believe.
I understand that lists bring in a lot of traffic to domain blogs but I decided from the start of this blog that I will not be doing drop lists, not yet anyway and I will explain.
Mainly I don’t do drop/auction lists because I am still actively buying and bidding on dropped or expiring domain names in nearly all the the backorder/auction websites like Pool, Snapnames, GoDaddy, Namejet etc. I don’t want to bring any more competition to the domain names I going after myself. Whenever a see a domain I like in a list then I know I will not get it cause bids and auction prices go up. And whenever I see a domain sell for more that it is worth (to me anyway) I know it is featured in someone’s list. And it is kind of funny when I am outbid in Snapnames by a bidder named “domainlist”. 🙂
So if wanted to make lists I would only have one option. To hide the domains I am going after myself. But that would dilute the list and also my readers would be cheated. Some of the top list makes said that the domains he really wants don’t make it to his list. Well I can’t do that.
If you see me making lists then you will know that I have stopped buying names from a certain backorder service or that I have stopped buying expired or dropped domains altogether. I will not hide domains and I will not compete with my readers. Period.
Exactly. Lists that are not queried for availability e.g. lists of available NNNN.com (for example) are merely personal selections with a usually biased agenda. I recall a time when simply announcing a “hot” domain was about to expire at a forum, would get you the wrath of those already bidding on it. These days, the game has changed. But I can’t blame the list-makers, it’s a daily task they enjoy, just like any hobby.
Are you saying that these people making the lists are not full time domainers?
Nobody is making a list for enjoyment they are making a list for the almighty dollar. It brings in readers and cash which is what a domain blog is all about. There is not one blog that is written about domains that is purely to help out the next guy. If this is true than everyone take down your ads or links to some monetary advantage whether it be selling your own business(web design etc..), your own domains, other peoples domains, ads, etc…… I hate the lists but unfortunately its what its come down to.
I started my blog primarily because I wanted to share some of my thoughts and also help solve some problems in domaining that are bothering me. Like the biased UDRP policy (Or actually the biased service providers and panelists. More on this coming soon.) or some small things like the Namejet auction reserve system that is messed up. Of course if I get a sponsor or two down the line I will not say no.
Todd who are you to tell anyone anything ? Blogs are a business and of course its for money, these people should be helping other entrepreneurs for free ? Why ?