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Would you pay a subscription to a domain blog?

Labeled as opinion in General Domain Discussion, started by Gartnet, Nov 17, 2020

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  1. Gartnet

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    I see more and more blogs in the domaining community having to use Affiliate Marketing links to survive as the pool of paid advertisers seems so low - You only have a handful of companies supporting the same old bloggers in the industry.

    If there was a blog that offered access through a subscription model with ZERO advertising / affiliate links, would you pay a nominal fee to read it?
     
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  2. Hypersot

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    I would not. I have yet to find a blog that can justify me paying to read it.

    btw. not sure if you are allowed to -being a new member- but this could use a poll
     
  3. Carolina.SC

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    Personally I would not, unless it were $1 per year or something and there were hundreds of entertaining videos.
     
  4. MapleDots

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    The internet is a big place, anytime I hit a paywall, subscription, or similar I simply put the site on my ignore list.

    It's a different story if the blog offers a service like namebio or weekly backorder listings. Anything that takes the work away from me is something I would consider paying for.

    But paying just to read a blog?....... nah, too many blogs, not enough time, I can always visit another.
     
  5. bmugford

    bmugford www.DataCube.com PRO VIP ICA Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I agree on all points.

    Brad
     
  6. Gartnet

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    Thanks everyone, Interesting to know your thoughts - I would consider it but like many have said you want news worthy content on it everyday and stories your aren't finding duplicated at a number of blogs which is hard in our small industry.
     
  7. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I run two of the most trafficked and no I would not and most people would not pay for it. I don't believe most people pay for Namebio @Michael which is an incredible resource.

    The truth of the matter domainers really don't want to and won't pay for much.

    And the top blogs are selling direct advertising the ads you see on DNW,DomainInvesting.com, TheDomains.com,TLDinvestors.com, MorganLinton.com are not based off click throughs but are sold as direct display ad campaigns.
     
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  8. Gartnet

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    Thanks @equity78 - I appreciate your answer as you know from running the two most trafficked blogs - The advertisers in most instances appear to be paying for the same eyes, as I think the niche is small with only a handful getting the most traffic.
     
  9. MapleDots

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but https://www.domaining.com/ charges a fee for blogs to get their headlines listed right?

    From all all the domaining websites I visit they are singly my most favourite site because they aggregate the domaining news for me and I don't have to go hunting around for it.

    Time is money
     
  10. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    There is a setup fee (one time fee) the price has gone up over the years with it now being $1,200 I believe. I think way back I paid $200. (Over a decade ago).
     
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  11. alcy

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    all u need is love... I mean... namepros.
     
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  12. Robbie

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    Yes, I think we paid about $500, 5 years
    or so when we listed on domaining
     
  13. CraigD

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    No I would not pay for information that is freely disseminated elsewhere.

    We have arrived at a point in history where information is essentially freely available if you are prepared to search for it.
     
  14. lock

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    Put some services behind the blog as well as advertising. People wont pay for a blog they will pay for your expertise.
     
  15. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I don't think people will pay to read articles on a domain blog. Possibly, a very nominal yearly fee might work, but I doubt even that enough would subscribe to make administration worth the effort.

    For that reason, I think we should without complaint accept reasonable advertising and affiliate links on sites with good content. From time to time I find something I had otherwise missed through advertisements, so it can even be a positive.

    It is important that the content not be influenced by advertisers, however, or if there is ever promotional content it is clearly designated.

    It is hard to monetize things these years. As some have mentioned, there may be other services or ways to make money.

    Bob
     
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  16. Gartnet

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    Thanks Bob, appreciate you taking the time to respond.
     
  17. stub

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    I echo pretty much all others here. I would not pay to access a domain blog.We can find out pretty much all we need for free. The blog would need to have good quality content not found elsewhere, for me to reconsider changing my mind. So it's unlikely.
     
  18. AEProgram

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    Very few active domainers, even if you have something good there is little audience. I really appreciate all the people into domaining that work on blogs, information, websites with domain data and so on. If they took that same dedication and applied it to almost any other industry, even if they didn't have much passion, they would make millions of dollars a year.
     
  19. MasterOfMyDomains

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    The op of this thread @Gartnet has his account closed. Disallowed.
    9 days he became an established member then gone like the wind.
    Stay on töpîç
    No
     
  20. stub

    stub DNStore.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I hope he got his answer before he got Disallowed.
     
  21. DigitalRoar

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    No because pretty much everyone has access to the same information, I never pay for blogs or news sites.
     
  22. campaignsigns

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    Yes, if it has an angle that will help me make more money flipping domains.
    Doubt you could charge much more than $99 per year and get a large audience.
    I would think you would be better off giving a free account and upsell people to paid once you deliver the goods.
     
  23. The Durfer

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    nah, stick to paid advertisement and better ads as the site becomes more popular. simple. :)
     
  24. ThatNameGuy

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    Too funny....the guy/girl who started this thread has a Blog site @Gartnet.com. However, the answer to his/her question is....it depends:xf.rolleyes: I don't pay for any blogs, but I do pay $10 a month for Namebio, $10 for Nameworth and I use a Linkedin service that I pay 59.99 a month for. I might pay a few bucks each month for a business minded blog that thinks outside the box. Unfortunately NP has a narrow minded focus, and I know from experience there's always a better way. TQM or Total Quality Management teaches the "better way" philosophy.
     
  25. MapleDots

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    I guess a little measure would be to see the proportion of paying namepros members.
    Namepros provides good services but there will always be the mentality that what is on the web should be free.

    I do not know what will have to happen to break that thought pattern in the general public but if I had to wager I would say it's a losing proposition. With Google photos, nest, ring, amazon, netflix and the hundreds of other subscription services coming the general public is going to get tired of subscriptions.

    I think it the future a one time charge is probably the key and then upgrades as the service evolves. One can stay at basic or upgrade to higher levels. Monthly subscription charges are eventually going to overwhelm everyday consumers.
     

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