The Reader Survey Results Are In!

Last week I took a survey on my blog asking readers to share their feedback on a number of different areas. I was very interested to understand which topics where most interesting to my readers and which topics bored them (or you) to death. I was also interested in understanding if there was a particular time of day and number of posts that people preferred.

The results for this survey have been incredibly helpful and allowing me to stay focused on what is of the most interest to my readers. At the end of the day whether your running a blog, a bike shop, or a Fortune 500 company understanding your customers is critical to improving over time. So here they are – the results, keep reading to learn how I’m applying this feedback to the blog – that’s right, as Dr. Frasier Crane would say, “I’m listening”


So what were my main learning from this survey and how will it change my blog?

  • It is clear that Domain Development is the topic my readers enjoy the most. I’ve been all over the place this year from development to SEO, to startups. Time to get focused and give the people what they want. Going forward you’ll find a majority of my content to be focused on Domain Development. Don’t worry, I’ll still be talking about the other topics I’m passionate about but I’ll be giving Domain Development it’s rightful fair share of focus. My Domain Development 101 post is a good example of the direction I’m going in and based on the feedback I received on that post I feel confident I’m moving in the right direction!
  • It is also clear that nobody wants to hear me talk about venture capital deals. It was quite surprising to see that this was the most disliked topic but I hear you loud and clear and posts about venture capital and companies raising millions of dollars will be few and far between going forward.
  • Posting once a day, in the morning. This year I’ve gone back-and-forth between doing one or two posts a day, and picking the right time of day to post. Based on the feedback I’ve received it looks like one really solid post in the morning is better than two posts throughout the day. I looked back ay my analytics data and you I can see in the traffic patterns as well, days with one really good post do better than those with two pretty good posts.
  • It might be time to start selling developed sites on my blog. I’ve been thinking of this one for a while, what about selling some developed websites on my blog. I could verify all the stats myself and make sure that only fully legitimate and valuable sites are listed for sale. Since this is a space I’m passionate about and very active in I think it might be a great feature to add. I’d ask what you think…but you already told me and 78.4% is a good indication that there’s an interest here.
I would like to give a huge “Thank You” to everyone who took my survey. As a reader of my blog you should always feel free to give feedback and let me know what I can do to make my blog better. I’m in this for the long haul folks. My goal is to still be running this blog twenty years from now and bringing all of you along for the adventure. I’m coming-up on my blog’s four year anniversary in October – it’s been an incredible ride and I look forward to the decades ahead. As always (and it should go without saying now) – comment and let your voice be heard!


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  • John September 29, 2011, 3:57 pm

    This all sounds Good. There are a lot of low cost Domain Development Tools out there that many of us with lots of names would love to learn about and try developing. Having developed sites from time to time sounds great as well since you are a knowledgable source. Maybe you will be able to charge a commission to the seller for finding them a buyer. Good Luck. Look Forward to Future Posts and learning about the Development Side!

  • Jason Thompson September 29, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Other bloggers could definitely learn from this survey as well. Domain development is a hot topic and its a topic that you are well versed in discussing.

  • Leonard Britt September 29, 2011, 5:31 pm

    Most of your readers are likely not at the point where they will be seeking venture capital for a startup. However, it is common among domainers to look for ways to monetize a domain portfolio – via either marketing or development. While perhaps these wouldn’t be considered real full-fledged sites, I am seeing some initial results with multi-word search phrase domains on The platform seems to work best with product domains. They offer templates for a number of verticals – real estate, education, loans, etc which probably work fine if you have type-in traffic. But for alt TLD domains you need search traffic. Yahoo/Bing seem to place heavier weight on exact-match domains so exact-match shopping domains can rank fairly well. Setup is a few minutes per domain – change the nameserver, select a title and product categories, and fill in / modify the meta description. While these microsites are only meant to be a starting point (other development services are available), I believe DomainPower could become an industry game-changer and even give entrenched players like SEDO a run.


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