The story that got the most attention this week in domaining was the guest blog by Flippa rep Andrew Knibbe on JohnChow.com.
In the comment section Rick Schwartz left an excellent comment that follows:
"btw, you should just fix the title and then it would be accurate. Let me help you.
"Pigeon Shit Domains are Dead"
"Domains that mean nothing are dead"
"Domains without traffic and mean nothing and have no idea behind them are dead"
They always were dead. But there was a sub culture that called themselves "Domainers" that really were not and are not domainers. Like calling anyone a "Webmaster".
There are 100,000 that call themselves domainers because they post on a forum or a blog all day. Don't confuse that group with the 500 that REALLY are domainers. Certified, full time, domainers. There is a HUGE difference and that is starting to be seen now.
Now here is the rub. Some real domainers got sucked in to the easy money of pigeon shit domains and now they own liabilities. That forces them to sell some of their better domains. Guess what, I want to buy their domain. The domain is not "Stressed", they are "Stressed" and that provides a GREAT environment to buy domains for real domainers.
Some will point to Frank and say he is selling a lot of domains. Excuse me but that is only half the equation of that. They fail to see he is still buying more than he is selling. That holds true with EVERY single REAL domainer I know.
Real Estate market is down, does that mean real estate is dead??? Of course not. Domaining is a market like any other but bigger, more widespread and i=s the future. No serious business today can not have a domain name. So that is their first and sometimes most important need. That won't change for the life of anyone reading this."
Domaining is thriving, just the domainers with no valuable domains are DEAD! That's a big difference."
You can even be a top domainer and still have a lot of the pigeon poop variety.
We are getting to the time in the year where you start to think about goals for the new year and going out even further into the future.
How do you want to run your business ? What are your realistic goals ? It seems there are many things moving fast in the domain industry. The article by Flippa was biased because they have an agenda, so do domainers and we each have to figure out how are goals and the current trends line up.
There are varying degrees of success in this low tech,low barrier to entry business. Think about what road you want to go down and stay focused.