Michael Berkens from The Domains has been around for a long time, and would have to be one of the most successful individuals in domaining history. His blog is also one of the best out there (in terms of providing news, information and insights on the domain business).
He wrote a good article overnight entitled: “No Good Domain Blogs? I Predicted It Back in 2011”
This article really resonated with me – as did some of his comments as well as those in the DomainingTips article he referenced.
Here are just a few pearls:
- Blogging is a tough deal.
- There wasn’t anyone telling you how they found success much less giving that information away for free.
- Sharing your honest opinion often involves burning bridges (I can relate to that!).
- The connections you make can be worth their weight in gold.
Whilst I’m not a good writer; I have enjoyed sharing topical thoughts and information on the domain industry – particularly as it relates to Australia. And I’m very grateful to all the guest writers we’ve had along the way – particularly Luke Summers.
This article today is the 450th that has been published since my first article back on 23/04/2015.
Domainer has always been a labour of love for me. I have never taken a cent in advertising, kick-backs or affiliate commission. My reason for not doing so is that I can never stand accused of “payment for comment”. If I endorse anyone, it’s generally because of my own personal experiences. If I have a smack at someone, it’s because I genuinely believe they deserve it. No more; no less.
But please don’t get me wrong – this blog has financially been one of the best investments in time and money that I have ever made.
How so I hear you ask?
I have bought and sold so many domains by virtue of this blog; including those where I have acted for others. My biggest single commission was a substantial 5 figure sum which I received in November.
By providing regular topical content on domaining and domain investing, I have become an “authority” in the Australian domain name space. I don’t say that to “big note” myself – it’s just what has happened. I’m not a social media expert either, but I’ve always “shared” my articles on LinkedIn – and Twitter in more recent times. This has resulted in a constant stream of enquiries.
Circumstances change though – so time will tell how long I’ll keep writing.
As always, best wishes for your online success.
Ned O’Meara – 10th January 2017