As much as I enjoy working within the domain industry, there are still plenty of things that annoy me on a daily basis. I want to share my top ten list of things in the domain industry that I find annoying.
There are probably plenty of others that I missed, so feel free to post a comment with some of the things that annoy you. These are in random order.
1. Scammy emails from companies offering “brand protection” if I just buy my keyword domain name in 10 ccTLDs at their registrar I’ve never heard about.
2. Domain appraisal scam emails that feign interest in a domain name I own, but are really trying to get me to buy a worthless appraisal from them for my domain name.
3. Mass inquiry emails sent to all domain owners who own a certain type of domain name (like LLL.com or geodomain names). I’ve never seen a remotely fair offer come from one of these (no, 3 letter .com names haven’t sold for $1,000 for many years).
4.Renewal letters sent to me in the mail trying to get me to agree to transfer my names for ridiculously high prices.
5. Non-buyer replies to a domain sales thread on a forum that triggers an email to me.
6. Seeing Domaining.com filled with the same news story written by five people. Sometimes it can’t be avoided when bloggers get the same exciting press release at the same time.
7. Getting information about an “exclusive” story, only to see it on four other blogs within an hour.
8. Non-paying bidders and offers that fall through while the aftermarket venue can’t or doesn’t help.
9. People who post comments on blogs and on forums whose views of the domain industry are bearish. I don’t understand why someone would spend hours a week on a business they think is dying or dead. There are plenty of people who only work in this space and live extravagantly.
10. Reading forum posts or blog articles that are interesting, but commenters feel the need to take the discussion way off track.