By: Raymond Hackney
I remember hearing in 2004 we are all on the same team and thought, nothing could be further from the truth. Domaining is not a team sport imo, its not football, its golf. The one story goes that a rising tide lifts all boats. Not true. Its not like a sector that if upgraded all the stocks in the group go up. If Slots.com sells for $5.5 million it means nothing if you own myslots.cc. Every name is unique. Value is all over in the place in end users minds. The Dallas Cowboys debacle with Cowboys.com illustrates that perfectly.
Let’s look at the ICA, Michael Berkens who I respect a lot, wrote about the need. I put a thread on Namepros asking people what they thought. None felt the ICA represented the small domainer, it only supported the big domain owner. There was no interest at all in supporting the ICA.
All of this could be that there is a great divide. Saying Rick Schwartz and a guy with 500 .info domainers are serious domainers is like saying Vanilla Ice and Frank Sinatra were both entertainers. Technically its true but there is a wide divide in talent, money earned and popularity.
Now some recent threads on Namepros illustrate everyone is not drinking the same Kool Aid. While Don King is being touted as a big deal on RicksBlog, Namepros readers see it differently, alot differently.
Read for yourself here: http://www.namepros.com/681329-legendary-boxing-promoter-don-king-address-new-post.html
Maybe this thread is what prompted Ricks 80-20 thread. Read that here: http://www.ricksblog.com/my_weblog/2010/10/complainers-attackers-and-a-few-domainers80-vs-20-which-are-you.html
You read it all and formulate your opinion.
There are many agendas in this cottage industry. For some its an extension agenda for others its a platform agenda.
Now there are some great people in this industry that are successful and helpful, imo Schwartz, Berkens and Schilling with their writing provide great insight. You can get some help like a swing coach in Golf, but no one is your offensive line its up to you at the end of the day. The most important person in your domaining world is YOU. MAKE IT HAPPEN, there are many ways to get there.