Domaining.com has introduced a new “star system” on the platform. Initially, bloggers who had a star next to their post received this by having a link to Domaining.com on their blog. The new star system is as follows according to an email from site owner Francois Carrillo:
1 star: You are showing a wide site link to Domaining.com in your site.
1 star: You are showing a ‘Domaining Award’ in your pages visible without having to scroll.
1 star: you are no longer a free member, you paid the annual membership.
1 star: you are part of the top 5 bloggers having created the most headlines these past 30 days.
While I don’t think the system will get me to pay for a membership or put a domaining banner above the fold in lieu of a paying advertiser, I do think it’s a pretty neat idea. I also think it’s interesting for everyone in the industry to note how difficult it can be to generate revenue from a developed website. Domaining.com has become very popular and widely visited by many people, but in my view, turning eyeballs into dollars has been elusive thus far.