No, Rick is not dead. He very much alive but he has stopped blogging and I am a bit sad because of this.
It is almost 4 months that Rick Schwartz wrote his last post on his blog.
I have not met Rick in person and we have only exchanged a couple of emails and a few comments here and there but I think I know him a little by reading his posts. He was probably one of the reasons I started this blog in 2012.
Among other things, Rick taught me how to evaluate domain names based on what a company would make by using the domain and not by mere google searches or PPC revenue. I have taken my sales onto a new level because of this. So this is an opportunity to say to all domainers: don’t sell cheap. Just don’t. Stop leaving money on the table.
This is a difficult time. (Not because of domain sales that are doing very good.) And probably it is more confusing than difficult. And maybe it seems more confusing because Rick has silenced.
There are media attacking domainers for one reason or another, bad UDRP decisions, New gTLDs that are changing the domain industry one way or the other, and various shady voices that are trying to pass their own agenda.
This is the time for speaking out.
So what do you say?
His blog’s been quiet, but he’s been in a lot of videos on DomainSherpa. Maybe venting his ideas through video is quicker than writing.
He doesn’t create the agenda there. I prefer writing.
I totally agree with you. Selling domains and leaving money on table isn’t wise decision. Always try to maximize your ROI by researching about the inquirer and why they actually need the domain. I have sold some domains which merely made 1 buck a year with less than 500 exact searches and sold for high four figures. Rick is absolutely right on this. Never sell your domains based on Google searches and/or PPC revenue.
I think once Rick said about dust settling down of new gTLDs after which he will come back in action.
He did say that but he is needed now. The new gtlds will never be over.
Once the first wave is finished in the next 2 years then the 2nd wave will come.
He’s probably on a long vacation after his last major domain sale.
Rick is busy preparing his answers for the upcoming ‘roast’ at TRAFFIC 😀
That is the hard part about the roast.
He can’t prepare for it… 🙂
Rick is also having in his agenda to sell his NNN portfolio by next year as discussed in DomainSherpa. And, I agree with your thoughts on New G’s, Media & UDRPs. But, I don’t think the Domaining community is silent on this. Yours and many other domain blogs are all involved in analyzing these new trends and its effect on Domainers & Domain Industry. Are we not speaking?
I didn’t say the community is silent. Rick is and is needed right now.
He is basking in the apparent death and lack of interest in the gtlds, something he wisely predicted long ago. Their death didn’t even take one financial quarter to become apparent. Even he thought they would take a bit longer to bomb. Sorry Schilling.
He is busy buying .com portfolios in preparation of the upcoming gtld crash. Supply and demand, baby.
As a Good friend of Rick’s I wouldn’t expect to hear much more blogging from him. Instead of guessing why he stopped blogging, maybe its just a simply why not?
Rick is not the first great domain blogger we have lost.
Sahar gave it up years ago as did Frank.
At the end of the day its a huge time consuming gig, time which you can spend to make money by buying and selling domains and not talking about it.
The commentators, most of which own less and have a net worth of less than .0001% of those who stopped blogging like Rick and Frank and Sahar, can’t wait to criticize and argue with the authors telling them they don’t know what they are talking about, are wrong, are writing for some “ulterior purpose and generally suck, are a big part of the problem.
Go back and look at Ricks blog and the thousands of nasty, brutal comments people left including some quite personal and then ask would you put yourself through that and for how long?
So the question isn’t why did he stop
The question is why did he do it for so long.
(Mike I just found your comment in spam today.)
I don’t know about the others but Rick has a charisma and he had said that he was enjoying it.
I sure wish Rick would be in the Domaining blog roll…He sure is missed…As the famous saying goes, “He’s the King, maaan!!”
I think Rick is absent so that all the idiots who invested in this drek wont point fingers at him and blame him for talking down the market. He said his peace now he sits back and watches,