Over the last few weeks I had some interesting conversations. They were with friends who flip domains, they have no real development plans, no little to nothing about SEO or branding. One of the funny things was these were separate,unrelated conversations and all three expressed their disapproval of certain blogs or bloggers in the domain industry.
They did not like posts about branding, Facebook and one got on me about my posts from time to time about Twitter. I thought it was interesting that these three guys all had the same opinion about this. I never mentioned the topics to them and they don't know one another.
They asked me why some call themselves domainers and in their opinions they were not domainers. One asked me, "What is a domainer today ?"
The name of this blog is Hybrid Domainer for the very reason that imo you need to learn a lot of different skills and have yourself participating in development, social media and other areas. If you don't have budget to compete with the big pure play domainers I think this makes sense.
I am not saying my philosophy is fact, its not its just my opinion and the basis for this blog. So with that I found these conversations all the more interesting. I pointed out in a joking way that you can block blogs on Domaining.com. These guys are friends so I am sure they read this blog as more of a favor and I am appreciative of that. It was other blogs that were the topic of the conversation and it seemed to be something that really upset them. One guy said that blocking the blog was not enough. It disgusted him it was out there.
The second thing that made me think about the business moving forward was a post by Michael Berkens and thedomains.com.
For an event called "Domain Fest" it is odd that there are no domainers speaking and sharing their expertise. Now to be fair T.R.A.F.F.I.C. put on by Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu does not take this approach and is domainers for domainers.
It seems like an industry that was just domainers has matured, with maturity some industry participants want to steer in a more broad based direction and others want to stay old school, buy, park, flip.
I think both ways are fine, its the beauty of this industry, you can go a lot of different ways and have success, there is no wrong answer. You just have to see which way the wind is blowing, for many parking has fallen out of favor, but for those with Internet Traffic .com it has not it has bounced back. Some tlds move in and out of favor with resellers, the same can be said about certain types of names. The whole key is knowing why you are regging domains and sticking to it, many have succeeded and many have failed trying everything there is to try. Just keep trying til you find what works.
Written By: RH