I thought this would be a nice little “summary” of what I hear from my domainer friends, clients and associates on what they would like to see in the year 2010:
1) No runaway prices on domain registrations. Currently, it seems ICANN is going against the current recession, allowing Verisign to raise prices on .com extensions. Hey, somebody has to be able to abuse the system!
2) Transparency in PPC services, starting with the sources (Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc). This is the “talking to a wall” segment.
3) More information from domain blog experts on all the monetization options available for their domains, including myself
4) When to sell, when to build out, when to drop, how to avoid buying a TMer domain, when does a hyphen work, etc.
5) Seeing themed domain auctions with some new faces. We’re all tired of auctions that cater only to other domainers looking for a good deal
6) More surveys and reports on which are the best registrars to buy domains, based on ease of transfer, registration fee pricing, bulk management, ease of use through total control feature sets, etc.
7) More focus on domains sold by the “little guys”, which make up 98% of all domain sales, instead of incessant vanity articles on the domain players who have already made it big (millions of $$$) by selling domains we all know would sell for big bucks. What can domainers learn from these guys we all wish to be like? Answer: “You should have been there in 2000 with $100k in your bank account” and “This industry is easy when you come in with lots of money first”.
The majority of domain investors don’t have domains that fit the “six figure and up category”, and we already know all the success stories, projects, partnerships, ad nauseum, etc. of those lucky/smart 25 domainers who own the most domains, or the best domains. Let’s focus more on the new and old domainers who survive comfortably without any fanfare by selling domains for $1000 or less, every week. (I’m curious about my friend Rob Sequin’s rise in the industry). Let’s provide data on domains sold from $300 and up (thousands of these deals happen every month), show the hard working domain site builders (just watch Elliot go!), list the end user companies “getting it”, and how we can help more end user companies become educated on the value of domains in their business. List as many “end user” businesses buying generic prodservs domains as we can, and provide this info to use to anyone contacting an end user potential buyer to prove the value of domain names.
8 ) Reports on content building websites, their ease of use, the viability of the content, ROI, simplicity of adding custom content, SEO education, notification on when their “content site” has been indexed by any SE
These are but a few of the most requested “wants” I hear. If you have any to add, now’s your chance. If you identify yourself, I will allow a linkback to your website in your comment.
I admit I have failed in writing more helpful articles for new domainers, so I will try to provide information along these lines, and include relevant points added by those commenting here.