Why Be A Blogger?

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.

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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

13 thoughts on “Why Be A Blogger?

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    January 10, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    “Whilst I’m not a good writer …”

    Sez who?

    People find your articles lucid and engrossing.  Domaining is no field for dimly lit symbolist prose poems.

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    • Ned O'Meara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:31 am
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      Thanks for the ego boost Joseph – but I wasn’t deliberately seeking that. 😉

      What I meant to say was that I’m more an “adequate” writer – certainly neither the worst; but nowhere near the best.

      In fact, you are one of the writers I really admire – you have a way with words. Andrew Allemann is also very good. Ron Jackson is “folksy” and unfailingly polite and positive. On the local front there are a couple of good writers who don’t write enough. They’ve both done articles on Domainer – Shane Moore and Luke Summers.

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    January 10, 2017 at 11:55 am
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    Whether you loved or hated him, Rick Schwartz was always a good read. He must have had thousands of followers.

    Jeff

     

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  • Luke Summers
    January 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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    Well done Ned – 450 published articles is an impressive milestone indeed! 😀

    Thanks for the shout out too 🙂

  • Scott.L
    January 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    The charity of ones domain investment strategy usually stops short of our own little secret for success. Only after many years of success one confesses it, usually when the market has lost enough money through over enthusiastic speculation resulting from the very strategy for success one employeed… 

     

     

    • Ned O'Meara
      January 12, 2017 at 7:12 am
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      @Scott – I’ve always been willing to share most (if not all) of my strategies and methods with genuine people. Other successful domainers like Greg B (Acheeva) also have a similar mindset.

      A rising tide lifts all boats …

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    January 12, 2017 at 6:10 am
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    The information here is great not only for those in Australia. I know I’ve learned a lot and so have others.

    I think after 450 posts you’ve become a great writer Ned. 🙂

     

     

     

  • tim
    January 12, 2017 at 7:38 pm
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    when you started domainer i was wondering what tact you would take with it, i think you have found a much needed niche and filled it, well done on 450

     

    tim

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    January 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm
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    Great info here Ned. I basically tell this to every client I have. Writing a blog goes a long way to show people you know what you are talking about.

    If you know what you are talking about, it’s so much easier to close the deal no matter what it may be.

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    January 30, 2017 at 7:02 am
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    Well done Ned, 450 articles shows the persistence and resilience needed to be successful in blogging.

    • Ned O'Meara
      January 30, 2017 at 8:15 am
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      Thanks Soj! You were responsible for initially giving me the means and opportunity to be a contributor. 🙂

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