The editors of DomainGang wrote a piece today describing how “their” work seem to be under appreciated by Francois when it comes to the daily links provided in his daily newsletter. For some reason the comments are closed so I will “educate” the masses on how business and life works.
The beauty of owning a business is you get to do what you want when it comes to who supplies your product. There are a lot of things that are difficult to deal with from long hours, to financial worries, and often employees. With the bad come the good. One of the good is you can make the calls. Wrong or right, it’s your business and you can do whatever you want within the constraints of the law. Customers can complain, suppliers can not. That being said, if Francois wants to only put articles about cookie related domains on his feed every day he can. Nobody will sign up or read it, but he can. If he wants to drop a feed from domaining.com he can. It is his site to do whatever he wants. If someone is not happy with a business then don’t do business with them. That is YOUR right. Nobody is obligated to provide content to Domaining.com. We are not being paid in anything but traffic. To complain that it’s not enough is a bit odd to me. If you don’t like what someone is doing with the product you give them, then don’t supply it. Especially product you are giving for free.
I like the editor of Domain Gang, he is a good guy. His sense of humor simply does not appeal to many. I am one of the people that don’t understand the humor in the posts. It doesn’t make me like HIM any less, just the articles. I just don’t get them. I am one of those that is confused. As much as some people may like Greece, I would imagine that the target audience for Greek related domain humor articles to be 1 person. To call me uneducated or lacking a sense of humor because I don’t like a style of comedy is naive and wrong. I am not one of those people that is insecure in their thoughts and have to add others that share the same thoughts to my arguments. If I don’t enjoy something it is neither right nor wrong, it is merely my opinion. But there are probably others that do.
There are bloggers that are proud that most of their traffic DOESN’T come from Domaining.com. I value the Domaining.com traffic more than Google traffic and I’ll tell you why. The people that come from Domaining tend to be truly interested domain investors. They are the people I am trying to reach. The person that comes to my site because of an article I wrote about a social or popular event is not my target audience. Total numbers are for show, domain investor readers are for dough.
My last piece of advice for all bloggers would be this. Write articles for your target segment. Have a little fun and be off topic every once in a while, but try and keep it related. Writing a piece that is popular headline related and adding in “they don’t have this domain” is writing for Google not for a domain investor. The Internet is a big place. A blog gives you the privilege of reaching billions of people. It also means millions will not like your work. Many will take the time to let you know it. You will need to grow a thick skin. If you are a defensive person and lack the confidence in what you do, you are going to have some sleepless nights. People can be mean, very mean. Comment sections can be the most rewarding and the most depressing part of your site. Closing them only reiterates that you are not writing for the people but only yourself.
I’ve always said that Domain Gang is the hardest working blog on the Internet. 5 or more posts a day. Unfortunately the hard work is lost on me and Francois. That doesn’t make us wrong. It means I like a different style of comedy and Francois is trying to keep his newsletter on topic.