I have no problem with running polls on blog, matter of fact at thedomains.com we were the first to build a polling feature into the blog, from the get go.
Over the years we have asked 127 questions, (yes I had to check) however I have never attempted to take the results and analyze them or hold them out to mean or represent anything.
For one people can vote multiple times in the poll using different names, by using different browsers; people can call their friends who know nothing about the domain space and tell to vote; the same person can vote from his desktop, laptop and cell phone.
A poll of such fashion is not scientific and its result cannot be held up to represent anything.
Most of the questions Rick asked and highlighted in his post about the results had less than 150 responses.
TheDomains gets somewhere between 3,000-7,000 readers a day.
At best if each vote is real and one person one vote the tally doesn’t even represent 10% of the readership on a low day.
More importantly, I’m not going to let some readers of the blog dictate what I write about.
I see TheDomains.com as a leader, not a follower.
TheDomains.com is not a going to be a blog whose opinion or direction is determined by the readers.
I’m not a yes man.
Nor is Rick.
Rick has been a leader a forerunner of the whole domain industry so it puzzles me why he gives a crap of what some of his reader think og what he writes about.
I’m not going to tell the masses what they want to hear.
I will write what I want to write.
I write what I think.
I write what I believe.
Sometimes I’m right.
Sometimes I’m wrong.
It only take someone getting a hit 3 times in every 10 times at bat to make it in to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
The best professional sports betters get it right less than 60% of the time.
I think my average is much higher.
So lets say this to say it.
I don’t accept money to write posts (and have been offered it and turned it down a ton of times)
I don’t accept money not to write posts (yes I have written negative posts about advertisers( i.e. Oversee, .XXX)
If people choose to read the blog they do, if they don’t, they don’t
I can only assume if they come to thedomains.com on a regular basis they find the posts either entertaining, a source of information, a source of news, a place to read my opinion on issues that they either agree with or disagree with but find some value in.
Readers motivations are their own.
I don’t need to know why they people come to thedomains.com, whether they like me or don’t, whether they think I’m right or wrong.
I’ll continue to write the blog and chat about the issues I think are important, take position on issues that require an opinion and report news about the domain industry which I find interesting.
When the day comes when I don’t want to write the blog anymore, I’ll stop.
However, I’m not going to give control over what I write about, what I think, what I believe in to a small group of readers representing based on Rick’s poll something like 5% of our readership.
Here are the poll questions in particular Rick chose to highlight in his post, which he would like me to repeat on thedomains.
While for the reasons above I will not run the poll on thedomains.com I will openly answer the poll right here, right now (although I did vote last week on the poll as well)
Rick’s Posts about gTLD’s have been Fair and has brought up good points or Unfair and has brought up invalid points
My Answer Fair and has brought up good points
Has Ricksblog.com been Beneficial to you?
How many gTLD’s will you Buy Into?
10 or more
What would you give as an overall rating of the new gTLD extensions
I certainly wouldn’t pick 1 they are not excellent but I don’t know what I expected from the new gTLD’s and I don’t think any readers knew what heir expectations where.
I think the answers should been in a grade form instead
What grade would you give the new gTLD extensions?
In that case I would choice B.
However, even an overall grade is a simple answer for a very complicated question.
How can you rate 1400 new extensions?
Are there a lot of terms you would have spent $200K to register that haven’t been registered?
Most of the natural terms were applied for.
Are there a lot of horrible new gTLD’s?
Are there other right of the dot words that would have been better than some of the one’s applied for?
gTLD’s are off to a good start, a bad start, I don’t care
My vote is off to a bad start.
I think I have made that known in my own post and comments see:
Do you think gTLD’s will Increase demand and value for dot-com or Lower demand and value for dot-com?
There are 112,000,000 .com domains and they come as short as two letters and as long as 64.
Great .com’s will go up in value, crappy domains will become worthless.
I don’t know what each new gTLD registry plans to do.
Most of the best strings, the most valuable one’s the one’s we are in contention .web might compete with .com or the winner of the auction might charge $1,000 a domain name to register one.
.music; .app.; .book; .shop.; .news all in contention and its unknown who will own the string.
Out of the 30 top new gTLD pre-reserved on 1and1.com, I think 27 are still in contention.
How can one has an opinion on how successful these will become when we don’t even know who will control them, what their business plan is, what their fees look like and how much marketing they are going to put behind it?
If you are Planning to Invest in gTLD’s, How much Money will be earmarked?
I’m not earmarking any amount.
I have no problem spending $100K or more on new gTLD domains but they have to be great domains and at a price that allows me a lot of upside.
I know I’m not going to register any premium domains that carry a premium annual renewal price.
If there are no great deals I’ll just register what I like.
Hold on for 5 years and see what happens
If you buy any of these to flip I think your going to be sadly disappointed unless you happy making a few hundred a domain.
How much of the TRAFFIC Agenda Should be Devoted to gTLD’s?
2 or 3 panels
The more time TRAFFIC Devotes to gTLD’s the more or less likely I will come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Actually there should have been a choice like it will make no difference as to whether I’m will come to TRAFFIC
That is my answer
Will the main reason you will attend a trade show in 2014 be to meet the gTLD Registries?
How many gTLD’s will be successful?
What is success?
Is a registry successful if its profitable?
Is a registry successful only if it gets a certain number of registrations?
Is a registry successful only if it gets adoption by end users.
Is a registry successful only if there is an active aftermarket where domains are resold?
Or all of the above.
Without defining what success is the question is unanswerable.
If your talking profitable ,which is what anyone goes into business for I would say more than 100 registries not companies but each string being a registry more than 100.
I don’t know how many more but more.
How many TLD’s of the 23 are unprofitable today?
Does anyone know?
If you don’t know what are you basing your answer on?
Are Bloggers views slanted because of gTLD advertisers?
Do I think the most widely read domain blogs change their opinion because of advertisers
Andrew, Kevin, Elliot, Myself
I’m I surprised most readers think blogs are slanted by advertisers?
Now I’m just asking, but do you think its possible that blogs actually turn down advertisers?
Would you believe that that at RightoftheDot.com we have turned down six figures in revenue to not work on some new gTLD’s we don’t believe in?
I’m sure you don’t, but we turned down $20,000 just yesterday.
In 2014 Rick Should: Continue to write about gTLD’s, Stop writing about gTLD’s, or Keep holding their feet to the fire?
Continue to write about gTLD’s
There you go Rick
Those are my answers to the poll questions.
What does it mean?