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Daily Poll: Are You Going to Merge?

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The Merge conference is coming up in a little less than a month. The domain industry conference, which has tracks covering other topics, will be held in Orlando, Florida September 14-19. It looks like the heart of the event takes place September 15-18. Ron Jackson published a preview of the show yesterday.

Several weeks ago, I posted a poll asking if people are going to be attending the Merge conference. The morning I published the poll, my blog experienced some technical issues which ultimately required the full rebuild. As a result, the poll was only online for a couple of hours before being lost when the site was restored. Now that we are closer to the event, we may get more accurate results.

I will not be attending Merge this year, but I know quite a few people who have already emailed me to let me know they will be there. Are you going to Merge?


Daily Poll: Do You Rely on Parking Revenue?

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I have never made much money from domain name parking revenue. In general, I typically earn low 3 figures a month from parking revenue. It’s always nice to see the PayPal payment email from Uniregistry, but it doesn’t change or impact my business.

Some legacy domain investors have domain names that produce substantial amounts of revenue. The parking income may not be nearly as good as it was years ago, but it is still a decent or even a strong revenue stream for some. I am also sure there are pther people who operate grey area portfolios with trademark infringing names that produce decent parking revenue.

With my low PPC income, I don’t consider parking income a revenue stream for my business, and I do not rely on it. Do you rely on your parking revenue for your domain investing business?


Daily Poll: Would You Choose Your Baby’s Name Based on Domain Availability?

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The New York Post published an article about a research study sponsored by GoDaddy concerning baby names and corresponding domain names. From the NYP article this morning:

“According to the research, as many as one in five (20 percent) millennial parents said they changed or seriously considered changing their baby’s name based on what domain names were free at the time.”

This figure seems surprisingly high to me.

When my wife and I discussed baby names, I don’t recall thinking much about the corresponding domain names. I was able to buy one exact match domain name but not the second. I feel a bit badly about the second, but perhaps I will have the chance to buy it at some point in the future before he would want it. If not, I am sure he can find something suitable.

Would you change or consider changing your baby’s name (I presume before he or she was born) based on domain name availability? Share in the poll below:


Daily Poll: Do You Respond to Lowball Offers?

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I am sure everyone gets offers they would consider to be lowball offers. People from around the world, with different experiences and budgets, want to buy domain names, and many don’t have a clue about the domain name aftermarket. They know they can spend less than $20 to buy a domain name and probably think they can pick a random domain name and buy it for $20.

Just yesterday, I was offered “$14/year” for a domain name I value into the six figures and has received many 5 figure offers. There is a certain amusement I get when I receive an offer like that which follows a much more serious offer from someone else.

Depending on who the offer is from and what they say in the message field, I may or may not respond. I don’t want to waste my time, but more importantly, I don’t want to deal with someone who is angry about the fact that my company owns a domain name they want and can’t afford.

Do you respond to lowball offers?


Daily Poll: Will the “Chip” Market Make a Comeback?

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Giuseppe Graziano published his market report this week, and it wasn’t great news for Chinese Premium “Chip” domain names. Ray Hackney wrote about this yesterday.

I own a couple domain names that would be considered “Chips,” but I also think they are good for Western buyers as well. I don’t closely follow this market, so I wouldn’t speculate about its health or potential for future revitalization. I would be interested in knowing whether readers think the Chip market is primed for a comeback or if it will continue to fall. You are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section if you would like:


Daily Poll: Is Domain Investing Ethical?

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I regularly see people discuss whether certain aspects of the domain investment business are ethical. People question the ethical nature of what happens with expiring domain names, auction bidding, trademark registration, pay per click parking, affiliate marketing, and a variety of other issues and topics related to investing in domain names.

Some people outside of the domain investment business don’t think investing in domain names is ethical at all. It’s certainly legal, but some people question the ethical nature of domain name investing. I thought it would be interesting to poll domain investors to ask if their business – the domain investing business – is ethical.

Vote in today’s poll and feel free to expand with a comment:


Yesterday’s poll: Daily Poll: How Often Do You Make Purchase Inquiries and Offers?

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