Domainer Troy recently recently wrote this comment in relation to this article and he makes a very good point. Not to dismiss what these domainers have accomplished. Even without income, people such as Morgan have added fantastic content and discussion to the domaining world. We domainers hold the amount of money we make very closely to our chest. There are many reasons from NDA to going against Google’s TOS for Adsense. I think this may be something that I may have to explore, a John Chow like openeness. Here is Troy’s comment and again I thought it was worthy of it’s own post and discusssion.
Do any of us really know how successful any other “domainer” is? Especially domainers that do it only part time?
Regarding Elliot. I have to assume that he is making some decent money because he lives in NYC and does domaining full time, he obviously is making enough to live there, which takes a lot. The same assumptions regarding ML don’t necessarily have to be true. We have no idea how much he is making. I would be glad to hear he is making $5000+ a month but the truth is we simply have no idea how much he is making. He could be making $10,000+ or he could just be making less than $1000 per month. This all makes me laugh because without ANY information or without ANY transparency we are voting on “Domainers of the Year!”
Yeah, us “domainers” are a silly lot. We like giving credit and awards to one another using no more information than what they write on their blogs.
In closing I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t want anyone to succeed. On the contrary, I would love for Morgan to be successful in domaining. My only point is that we all act like there is no doubt that he is successful when really we have absolutly no way to measure whether or not he is. Its like voting on the Oscars without being able to watch any of the actors in a film. How do you know they deserve an oscar when you haven seen their movies? It is like buying a stock without knowing the income of the business.
We are silly.