Language. Domain Investors live all over the world and with that comes a ton of different languages. The language of choice tends to be English which fortunately for me is my native tongue. Unfortunately, many buyers and sellers don’t speak the same language and it leads to communication problems.
I’m certainly not a member of the grammar police and I always have been a hurried and error filled writer. I applaud the non English speaking domain investors that do their best to post on English forums and blog in English, despite not being fluent. I think Francois of Domaining.com would be the first to say that not speaking fluent English has made it difficult to regularly update and build his sites. I have many times sent him the proper wording for his sites because the words he chose didn’t quite translate the way he thought. The improper wording on sites doesn’t bother me because I know and trust Francois but what if I didn’t.
I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say that when Internet users come to a site that is not in proper English they lose a little trust. Whether warranted or not, they feel there is a higher chance that this site or person may take their money. The lack of proper English makes the person or company appear farther away and lets the user know it’s being operated from a distant country is not regulated or operates under the same laws that we are used to in the US and offers no legal recourse if something goes wrong. And if it did, would you even be able to communicate your problem?
The same can be said of emails and communication. Right or wrong, I can tell within 5 words whether an email is foreign. I shouldn’t, but I immediately assume the rest of the email is going to be someone trying to sell me a junk domain or putting in a lowball offer on one of my domains.
So does this mean non English speaking people aren’t valuable domain investors? Absolutely not. It merely show that by not speaking the native language of the buyer, seller, or website users you are at a disadvantage. I am fortunate to live in a college town with access to a liason/interpreter for most languages. My best friends speaks 5 and helps me with my transactions. His services more than pay for themselves as I find transactions go quicker and the other side seems more comfortable. And as you know comfortable means better prices for me. It also means opening up new avenues for buying and selling that others may be afraid to tackle such as my recent Chinese number domain website adventures. So learn a language you’ll not only be able to make some money but you’ll learn a culture and meet new people which is even more valuable than money.