Blog Relaunch and Selling More Domains – April 11th, 2017

Dismissing myself from the Domaining.com feed. I am relaunching a domaining blog, selling more domains and had a unique interview process.

1. Selling More Domains

I have a few domains on NameJet getting bids: CheerleadingOutfits.com (10 bids, high $69), RawVeganism.com (1 bid, high $69), SkiShirts.com (1 bid, high $80). Other interesting domains that I can’t believe nobody has snapped up yet: medicalmalpracticedefense.com, birdsitters.com, truckkits.com, fairywish.com, gtldinvestments.com, findwebdesigners.com, mamaville.com, customtuxedos.com, rentalcalculator.com, moneyseminars.com.

On another note: NameJet could use an interface design update. It’s difficult to list domains and keep track of them. However, I found customer service to be a pleasant experience.

2. Wrote an Article for V3B

Wrote my first marketing article for V3B about how Google is combating “fake news” and some other interesting tidbits about influencer marketing and YouTube/Facebook news. Check it out.

3. Updated Social Networks

It was time to update LinkedIn and Twitter with new information. Catch me there if you’d like.

4. Disappointed in United Airlines

Disgusting story about a doctor being physically dragged off a United flight because he didn’t want to voluntarily give up his seat on an overbooked flight. People are sick.

5. Relaunching DomainingToolkit.com

Domaining Toolkit fell by the wayside last year as I was working full time and going to school and therefore did not have time to update it. It’s being relaunched soon with new content.

6. Interesting Interview Process

I had an interview a couple of weeks ago where the interviewer had a total of 280 applicants. To eliminate these applicants, he wrote several automatic emails to send us every few days. If you were the type of person who didn’t pay attention then you would eliminate yourself as these emails contained specific instructions that if not followed, you wouldn’t make it to the next round. 230 eventually eliminated themselves by not paying attention. It was unique and fun. I felt like I was on a treasure hunt.

7. How Does Patrick Ruddell Stay So Fit??

How the hell does the Ruddell family stay fit? Patrick says he has a sweet tooth. They exercise a lot. They also own Mini Doughnut Factory. I’m jealous.

8. Off the Domaining.com Feed

I am allowing TiaWood.com to be removed from Domaining.com. I tried to change my branding logo and feed URL not too long ago (was rebranding to a different URL) and was told it would be $1,000 to do so. I was happy to offer a lower, more fair payment. Even an inflated couple hundred. But not $1k.

I know I haven’t written in awhile but bloggers are the bloodline for Domaining.com. And the other way around for some. It should be a relationship where compromise is the solution. The above doesn’t show me that.

I can no longer support Domaining.com in good conscience.

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6 Comments

VitoPosted on  8:04 am - Apr 11, 2017

Hello Tia,

I am just curious, why are you leaving domaining/com? I started a blog recently on DomainNamesMatter.com so I inquired about getting on their feed and they wanted to charge a 1k set-up fee. It isn’t worth it to me since I am not as serious as the big dogs out there. I am sure you paid your 1k set-up fee already so I am surprised you are leaving them after paying that 1k fee already. Since you are posting this, leaving them in public on your blog, it makes me curious as to why you left them?

So, the job email elimination game, kinda cool concept. Did you get the job?

and best of luck on your NameJet auctions!

    Tia WoodPosted on  8:12 am - Apr 11, 2017

    Hello, Vito. I updated the post with more information. Me and the initial bloggers did not pay to be on the site. This was years ago back when Domaining.com first started. Keep in mind this was before the traffic and readership was built up.

    I can understand why a new blog today should be charged to be on Domaining.com or maybe even charged for a branding change. Surely, the administrator can charge whatever he wants with his site.

    The point is, it should be a fair, working relationship out of the interest of continuing that relationship and benefiting each other.

    Tia WoodPosted on  8:23 am - Apr 11, 2017

    “So, the job email elimination game, kinda cool concept. Did you get the job?
    and best of luck on your NameJet auctions!”

    I actually went with another company. Thank you for the good luck! 🙂

VitoPosted on  8:21 am - Apr 11, 2017

Yeah I remember your site on there from years ago. I didn’t know it was free back then. Makes sense, get as many blogs as you can for free to build up traffic. Now I see your blog updated about them wanting to charge you 1k to just change your logo and url. Its almost as if they are treating you as a new customer. That’s not cool. You were there from the beginning and helped them build their traffic. That sucks. You should build your own domain aggregate site. You are the Pro developer. You can do that in your sleep!

Eric LyonPosted on  4:10 pm - Apr 11, 2017

The downside of not being in the domaining.com feed is that it’s very popular in the domain industry with thousands of viewers.

While I may agree that $1k setup fee is a bit extreme, I also have to keep in mind that the fee helps keep the feed full of only the most accurate and influential information. Only the most successful bloggers can usually afford the cost.

    Tia WoodPosted on  5:10 pm - Apr 11, 2017

    I understand your point. It’s something I weighed on before deciding to leave. Maybe for onboarding, while I still think $1k is much, the site has a right to charge what it wants for new blogs. It does bring traffic to bloggers.

    On the other side of that, Domaining.com’s traffic has been declining for awhile. So has other blogs attached to it if you take a look at their Alexa stats.

    The decline in traffic is not what I’m concerned about. There’s been ebbs and flows to my blogging over the years but I’ve been blogging and on the Domaining.com feed for a long time. I asked for a simple branding change.

    Again, I would be happy to pay a reasonable fee. Hell, I would even be happy to pay a set up fee PLUS a reasonable monthly fee to stay on Domaining.com. I want the site to stay alive and I want the owner to make revenue for his work over the years. That has been my position for years.

    “Only the most successful bloggers can usually afford the cost.”

    Totally agree with you. I have no problem with people supporting the site. But what happens when there are only a few blogs left? Our industry isn’t very big. The prominent, quality bloggers are few in number.

    And don’t forget, their main income isn’t blogging. It’s domain investing (plus whatever day job they might have). What happens, as we have seen in the past, when they decide to focus on something other than blogging? This has happened a lot over the years with good bloggers just simply deciding to focus on something else.

    I feel Domaining.com knows it has a problem. The $1k fee is new and unusual. It used to be $500 for new blogs. That was when traffic was way higher than it is today. How does paying more money for much less traffic make sense? And for a logo/url re-branding for a blogger who has been there since the birth of the site.

    As it has a history of doing from time to time, it is simply going about it the wrong way and in the long run, it is not helping itself.

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