Domaining Forums – Time Well Spent or Time Wasted?

Forums are a concept that were popular in the early days of the Internet and have yet to change much. In fact forums look just about exactly the same now as they did when they were first created. I used to be a frequent forum poster about ten years ago, at that time I was mostly taking part in programming-related forums. When I started in the Domaining community back in 2007 I was fairly active on DNForum and occasionally used NamePros.

As my business took-off I found that my time was better spent developing and monetizing my names and researching and acquiring new domains. Quickly I went from a daily forum user to not visiting forums at all. Of course this was my own decision and a move I made to keep my focus where I make the most money. That being said, what’s right for me isn’t necessarily right for everyone so I thought now would be a good time to bring-up this topic.

The Domaining community has a few popular forums, DNForum is definitely the most popular followed by NamePros and DomainState which was acquired by Above.com in 2010. Our industry is also known for having one exclusive forum, DomainBoardRoom of which I am also a member but unfortunately haven’t had the time to contribute to. Of all the forums above I think DomainBoardRoom is the one I would contribute to the most if I had the time because it’s smaller and a bit more selective about who is allowed on. I have a bunch of friends on DBR and Donna who runs it is a really awesome person who I do hope to have a chance to get to know better in the future!

When I look at my time spent in the Domaining space I try to be very targeted, and like any business, focus on where the money is coming from. Right now most of my income comes from Domain Monetization but I’ve seen some nice sales lately so always looking for ways to increase liquidity as well. I also get emails at least weekly now asking me what I think about a particular discussion going on within a certain forum.

So this has caused me to ask myself the question that I am now asking all of you. Should I spent five minutes, ten minutes, maybe even thirty minutes a day on Domaining forums? I know I have a blast at conferences and really enjoy talking to people in the space, and heck if I can sell more domain names there’s nothing wrong with that either! Although my concern is that I’ll end-up wasting my time and taking-away from the activities that I do to make money in this industry.

Now it’s your turn! What do you think? Are Domaining forums a good way to spend your time or not? I’m sure there are varying viewpoints on this and I am very interested to hear from you. As always comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • jrb May 9, 2011, 11:48 am

    Domain forums have really matured in the last five years. There used to be a lot of discussion about domain appraisals, the importance of domains, where the industry will go, new extensions, etc. There is a lot less of that now, and discussion is mostly centered around domain news (eg conferences, big sales, changes in the industry). Also, lots of sales threads and to a lesser degree, domains wanted threads. It is quick to scan through a days worth of postings now at dnforum and just read the ones of interest. I think its time well spent, you can get some good ideas and from the domains wanted threads get an idea of what kind of domains are in high demand.

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  • Joe May 9, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Domain forums are a great resource for making new contacts in the industry, apart from giving you a higher chance of successfully doing quick sales when you’re in need of quickly liquidating your domains. And yes, I confirm, Donna is great!

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  • hed.co - High End Domains May 9, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Domain forum are great for discussions, quick sale at low price domain names rather than let it drop or if need fresh cash.

    So if you’re looking for real valuable names, not sure forums are the best places but sometime you can land on a gem for bargain.

    The best part of forum is:
    1- make friends
    2- learn everything domaining (This should be N1 reason for visiting forum)

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  • TeenDomainer May 9, 2011, 6:15 pm

    When I started they were a great help but now I find myself on them less and less but still ever once and a while I take a look and they have some good info.

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  • gtld May 10, 2011, 1:16 am

    I don’t think it is time wasted , it’s just over time you tend to grow out of it, but always handy to have a look at the industry news and sales threads …….pays to keep your finger in the pie somewhat

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  • Stan May 10, 2011, 7:00 am

    Forums sometimes lead to ideas which lead to a moment of inspiration which lead to new names. It’s not so much to forum or not to forum it’s more your intention when your there.

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  • Stian Eng Holtet May 10, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I was introduced to domaining in late 2006 thanks to DNForum and today flipping domains is my main living.

    So now, after 4 years, 6,833 posts and 202 trades, I can thank DNForum for all the knowledge, wisdom, profit, business and last but not least, all the new friends and domainer colleagues I’ve made. No wonder why it’s voted best domaining forum year after year. šŸ™‚

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  • Stian Eng Holtet May 10, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Eh, forgot to say that I spend at least 2-3 hours a day browsing DNForum… (Yes, I’m a fan)… šŸ˜‰

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  • Mike Normal May 10, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Time well spent – You get to learn all about the latest domain trends.
    Everything to do with domaining can be found out for free using these forums.
    Not to mentioned potential buyers šŸ™‚

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  • Midwest May 14, 2013, 9:09 am

    I posted domains for sale last year on namepros, I got some views but no buys, these were premium, I do not see a lot of Premium domains pop up for sale on the forums, so I got off of them.

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  • Stian Eng Holtet May 14, 2013, 11:40 am

    Well, everyone calls their domains “premium”, but to be honest there are very few premium domains to be found on the forums nowadays. The few posted are sold pretty fast actually (unless unreasonably overpriced), as most deals happen in the background.

    I still think DNF is a great place to buy/sell domains, you just need to be able to dig up that one pearl in a huge pile of sh**..

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