Posted on 27 March 2017 by Andrei
Over the years, I’ve seen beginners get scammed time and time again. By people who sell them dreams, by registries which release fake sales (even before the new gTLD craze!), by those who sell picks&shovels despite knowing there’s no gold out there and so on. My first instinct has always been feeling sorry for them and it still is… but with a twist.
Posted on 25 March 2017 by Andrei
I have to admit there are days during which I envy those who have the comfort of 9 to 5 jobs. Even if it’s a fake sense of comfort and the idea of job safety is somewhat of a joke, it must be relieving not to feel any kind of “I wonder how much money I’ll make next month”-type pressure.
Posted on 24 March 2017 by Andrei
First and foremost, I want to make it clear that this post is written by someone who has been domaining for quite a few years but never had a “blockbuster” sale that tops the charts.
Realistically speaking, most of those who are reading this won’t have a blockbuster sale either but let me ask you: so what?
Posted on 21 March 2017 by Andrei
I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of investing in brandables.
Investing in generics? Sure. Investing in short domains? Yep. But brandables? Totally different ballgame as far as I’m concerned.
Posted on 18 March 2017 by Andrei
A short while ago, I’ve published a video about pump and dump schemes on my One Minute Economics YouTube channel and made it clear that despite people mostly using the term when talking about penny stocks (the penny stock video was published first, then the one about pump and dump schemes in general), other assets can be pumped and dumped as well.
Posted on 14 March 2017 by Andrei
As someone who has been warning domainers against investing in new gTLDs since before bashing new g’s was “cool” (2015, to be precise), I have to say I feel sorry about the drama Frank and Uniregistry are going through right now. It’s literally a feeding frenzy of hate out there and here on DomainingTips, I don’t believe in jumping on bandwagons and beating dead horses just so I can score some popularity points. Which is why I’d make a poor politician, I guess.
A lot of dramatic things have happened over the past couple of days, culminating with GoDaddy’s decision of dropping Uniregisty strings altogether (all of them, not just the ones affected by the price increase) and I believe it’s time to draw some conclusions with a clear head. Which is what I’ll be trying to do now.
Posted on 13 March 2017 by Andrei
If let’s say two years ago, someone would have said new gTLD renewal prices would go up 30 times in some cases, he would have been called a conspiracy nut. Yet it happened. As those who invested in Dot Hosting and Dot Juegos domains found out, renewal fees did in fact go up from $10-$20 all the way to $300 per year. Worst case scenarios aren’t just horror stories, they can and sometimes do materialize.
Posted on 12 March 2017 by Andrei
Earlier this month, Rick shared a few thoughts about the industry and the main conclusion we should draw (in my opinion at least) is this: growth, just like everything else in this world, doesn’t last for ever. We as domainers are fortunate or even downright spoiled because even if making money in this industry isn’t easy, it’s far easier than in other fields (as mentioned a few days ago).
Posted on 10 March 2017 by Andrei
I’ve worked on lots and lots of different projects over the years: development services, hosting businesses, a small escrow service, a 457-page book, a YouTube channel and so on. I’m also a domainer and from time to time, can’t help but make comparisons.
Specifically comparisons about how much work is involved to make a buck in our industry compared to others.
Posted on 08 March 2017 by Andrei
As much as I respect Frank, I think Uniregistry is shooting itself in the foot by increasing prices from 10-20 bucks all the way up to $300 per year for some of its extensions (Dot Hosting and Dot Juegos). With some of its other strings (Dot Audio, Dot BlackFriday, Dot Diet, Dot Flowers, Dot HipHop, Dot Guitars and Dot Property), the price is going up from 10-25 bucks to about $100 yearly, whereas for others, the increase will be less dramatic, with the minimum increase taking place with Dot Click and Dot Link ($1 – $2 extra per year).