On this post from DomainerIncome today. I never ever want to call a person out. I would rather question a person about their thoughts and actions and see it from their view. But since this one was written so adamantly and to the point I thought I would answer in the same manner
So who determines who is the “real deal” in this industry? Is there a panel that awards you certification? I know I can make that decision on my own because I have a brain. Is a blog worth reading only because the writer has been successful in that exact field or area? How about the guys trying to achieve those same successes but not there yet? How about a person that has recently entered from another industry but is seeing it from a different angle?
Why can’t people decide who they want to read and not to read? The problem with society is the lack of self responsibility for their personal actions. If you are a person that takes action by something you read on a blog without proof or second opinions then you get what you deserve. There’s no badge of verification on the net ,television, or magazines. And even if you made 3 million dollars in the domain industry that doesn’t mean you can successfully guide others. Blogs are simple. You tell it like you see and others can decide whether to frequent it or not. The amount of readers will tell a blog owner whether or not they should continue and if they want to continue to writing to an empty forest then they have that right. To have another blog writer accuse others of having no merit is both wrong and naive.
To create content on a personal site or blog you have to draw from personal experience. The people you meet, the actions that you chose, all become daily posts. You journey to your goals are documented and arranged in a chronological little diary. You praise the good people you meet and talk of your success. Posting this doesn’t make you a lackey, it makes you human. You take care of those that take care of you. Domaining conventions ARE a big event and the fact that you take the time and money to attend DOES show that you are serious about this business. It doesn’t make you successful, but to me, going to a domain conference means you are hunting that which will make you a success.If you lost your life savings because some domain expert told you to buy certain tlds then you were not very smart to begin with. My daughter is eleven and she knows the “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” saying and what it means. As for bloggers having conflicts of interest. This industry is too small not to have any. The laws are simple. Disclose when you are being paid. This doesn’t mean you won’t be biased by people that advertise with you are give you gifts. I disclose that I AM influenced by those that do exactly that. How would I not? Money will not make me like their product but I certainly will take a look. They have a much greater chance of me liking it because I am going to try it. I would never say I love something that I don’t and I think you would be wrong to say there are a lot of bloggers that do. If that bothers you then you better sit in a dark box because every piece of media and business you see is influenced. Your government, your grocery store, your favorite little shop. Yep, they’re all being paid to promote things over other things. Things that are inferior to others but are put up front at eye level or on the front page because they paid more. I’m not saying it’s wrong or right, it’s just business and it’s not illegal nor unethical.
So here’s my advice. Read the blogs. Take what you can out of them and decide which are worth your precious time. I read for entertainment, for info, for opinion, even an occasional laugh, and I value each. I respect those that have accomplished in a field but that doesn’t mean I want to read them or take advice from them. How they accomplished their goals and achieved their wealth may not be the clear path for me or even possible today. It may also not be doable for certain people financially. Domain Investors come from all over the world. From all different financial levels. If they want to blog and give their “advice” or what I call opinion, then let them blog. I respect anyone who takes time to write.I realize how much time it takes. The people reading are not 8 year olds. They’re not impressionable, mentally challenged individuals. They are people interested in domain investing looking for more information about our industry and notice how I say OUR.
I am not full time but I guarantee I put in as much time as many full time people. If you talk to me for 10 minutes about what I’ve done, what I do, and what I plan on doing, then you would never criticize a part timer. Being part time doesn’t make me less relevant in this industry. I have my role as does everyone who wishes to partake. Remember all the “Big Time” domainers need the small time, newbie, types to make money. They are often the people that pay too much for domain. They pay too much because they dream of being the “real” domain investor blogger that talks of his millions. So I’ll give my advice and you should take it. Read whatever blog you want. Sorry DomainerIncome beta, I call Bullshit.