It seems there is a lot of talk about lists and domain blogs lately. Shane Cultra included a little piece about it in a well written article that had to do with another topic. In the post he expressed that he was not sure who voted on the award and handed it to the site that was making the claim.
Then of course it was a joke, maybe, maybe not. I have found a lot of times in this industry more than most that people make claims then when someone questions it like Shane did, it was a joke. Again let me make clear I don’t know if it was a joke or not and will take the person at their word.
So then Elliot has put up a post with a poll that was going to be a neutral playing field. That vote has been tight back and forth between Shane and Bill from AvailableDomainNames.com. It is interesting that the choice of none has gotten 25 votes which probably is the camp that don’t like these lists.
There is a thread at Namepros that I started to get the crowd over there to give their opinion. So far that thread does not have a big enough sample size with only 7 votes and 5 are for indifferent. Those who commented in the thread did say they appreciate the lists.
OnlineDomain.com weighed in with a post about why he is not doing lists and one of the comments there pointed out that no one does this except for money. I am pretty sure that is the reason why most domain bloggers blog. I don’t think anyone who is in the top 10 or 15 traffic wise has ever implied differently. I have read Elliot say on more than one occasion to a commenter that he blogs to make money and if not for his advertisers he probably would not be blogging.
RobbiesBlog.com made a post tonight as well with his first effort into domain lists. Good for him. Obviously like any other business if people see people making money they want to get in on that. That is kind of how domaining started right ? There were plenty of people who never thought of regging domains for resale that were reading stories in DN Journal and wanted in.
We publish lists not as often as I would like and the person who has done them has other things going on and I may bring someone else on.
What makes a good list is the question I always wonder ? I try to look at it from two sides, from an affiliate standpoint you want someone clicking a link on your blog that will be for a big number. Within the first two weeks of joining NameJet Affiliate program we had two $90 plus commissions, so those were names that went in the $900 range. It would be great to have the buyer of social.org buy through your link obviously.
On the flipside, I think about the domainers who cannot afford to get into auction battles with Berkens or Schilling. The names with no bids that if someone likes because of our research may get picked up for one big $69, $6.90 to the publisher. That’s great too, I want people to have found value in the pick and get a name they can make money with. Most small domainers cannot spend $3000 on an auction, and sometimes the person who does spend that much may have become the end user without knowing it. The name is fully priced.
So if you like lists and I know some don’t, what do you like to see ? Under the radar picks or the mid tier where there is 10 to 20 bidders but not 100 bidders and a pre auction bid of $1000 ?