Rick Schwartz published the results of the poll he took last week on topics ranging from readers thoughts of his blog, to what they thought about the new gTLD program in a post entitled Rick’s 2013-2014 Poll Results. What They Mean and Pointed Commentary.
As many as you know Mr. Schwartz and I are good friends and fellow Sherpa’s on DomainSherpa’s Live weekly show, actually there are few people in the industries opinion I value more than Rick’s but I have to call BullSh*t on the meaning Rick tried to interject into the results of his poll.
Lets be clear
I have no problem with Rick taking a poll in any manner he see’s fit
But its his reporting of the results and trying to extrapolate any meaning of the results that I have an issue with.
94% of readers voted that Rick’s Posts about gTLD’s have been Fair and has brought up good points
Of course they do.
I actually agree with the results.
Rick has a great blog full of information and opinions.
Its one of the must reads for anyone investing or thinking about investing in domain names.
I think Rick is fair.
How do you define fair?
He writes what he believes and believes what he writes.
That is the most you can ask of any blogger.
To give you their honest opinion day in and day out.
You can’t expect anyone to be right 100% of the time when a Baseball Hall of Famer only needs to get a hit 1/3 of the time.
Could you pay Rick to write positively in something he doesn’t believe in or write something negatively on something he does?
I would say the same thing for the most read domain bloggers.
Andrew, Kevin, Elliot, Myself
You can’t pay any of us enough for us to write something positively that we don’t believe in.
The only new extension that advertised on my blog in 2013 was .Pw
I didn’t register one
I didn’t suggest that anyone register one.
If you did good for you if you didn’t good for you too.
The fact that 90% of the respondents to a poll think any major stakeholder would whore themselves out for a few bucks, well its more a statement about themselves than about those that are in the business of blogging who put themselves out there everyday with their Johnson in their hand.
How many men have you heard udder a statement to the effect “if they were a women they would be the biggest whore of all time”?
I’m sure most of you have heard it.
Its easy to say but when it come down to having sex with a 300 pound guy with a $100 in his hand, just like putting your life long reputation on the line for a few bucks a $1,000 advertiser or a $25,000 advertiser its not going to happen.
Maybe you would do it but I wouldn’t and the professionals I know wouldn’t do it either.
Rick wouldn’t do it for any amount of money
Andrew, Kevin, Elliot, knowing them like I do, will tell you to go fuck off.
Do you know how many emails I have gotten over the years asking how much I would charge to write a post about them or their product?
You know how many offers I accepted?
When I went to college about 1,000 years ago I was a political science major and one of the only valuable topics they covered was the art of polling as it related to political campaigns.
When I started writing TheDomains.com I was one of the first domain blogs to start polling the readers for their opinion.
You might have noticed while I have done over 100 polls I don’t report on the results of polls and never expected a valuable majority opinion, at least one I would act on or report on.
So I found Ricks reporting on his Polling results to be problematic.
For one don’t ask your readers if they like your opinion or think your reporting is fair and balanced.
Of course they do.
No one agrees with anyone 100% of the time.
But if your a Republican your not going to watch MSNBC for hours a day, day after day, and if your a diehard liberal you’re not going to watch Hannity or Bill O’Reilly every night on Fox.
No one wants to hear or read something they wholeheartedly disagree with day after day.
Its not human nature.
So if someone watches you or reads you, they basically like what you say or at lease respect what you write about.
All the question related to Ricks Blog therefore become, well just silly.
Of course the readers think you have a reasonable opinion and are fair and balanced and a good writer.
No poll questions are necessary.
If they didn’t think that way they wouldn’t read you and certainly not the take the time to respond to a poll
As for what readers think of the new gTLD’s well the results are equally silly.
How many new gTLD’s will you buy into:
71% said none
But what if Google wins the auction for .app or .Web and then offers domains for free, like computer.web or buy.app how many domainers would not “buy into” the new gTLD and register one for free?
Every domainer, or want to be domainer on earth would register as many free new gTLD’s and quickly as they could.
Those answering the poll with a “no” would knock down their grandmother to get a great new gTLD domain for free.
Also human nature.
Don’t believe me just Google “Black Friday Walmart fights” and see what comes up.
Its not right but its human nature.
So this is the most important question Rick asked in this poll but did not refer to in his results:
So 67% of all responders to Ricks Poll own less than 1,000 domains.
Maybe 10 domains, maybe 100 domains, maybe 500 domains and maybe 999 domains.
However logic dictates, especially when people are asked to self identify themselves. they go high, not low and that 70% of those responding to the poll own just a few domains.
If you just own a few domains you should not,be a big player in the new gTLD space where pre-registrations are going for up to $12,500 a piece for an extension that doesn’t exist with an unknown value.
There are a ton of issues with Ricks Poll but I’m not going to Nick and Pick with each question and each answer.
My only issue is no one could, or should take any of the results of these questions seriously.
If your a domainer, you are going to register a great new gTLD domain name if you can.
Not one legitimate domainer in the world is going to tell me they wouldn’t register night.club or condos.nyc or joint.ventures, or visit.london or fantasy.football for a registration fee if they could.
Now shut up and get back to work.