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DNForum Now Easier to Access on the Road

July 6, 2011DNForum, Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DNForum Now Easier to Access on the Road

Forum releases mobile apps for quicker and better access away from the desktop.

Earlier this week DNForum released apps for iPhone and iPad devices. A couple weeks ago it released an app for Android users.

The app makes it easier to read and respond to posts and check personal messages from your mobile device.

Apps for all platforms are priced around $5.

Screenshots of the app from the Android market show that it is based on a mobile version of forum software vBulletin.

Although many devices can access DNForum through a mobile browser, the apps should make it a lost easier.


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Adam Dicker Dishes on Domain Industry and DNForum

June 27, 2011adam dicker, DNForum, Domain Services, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Adam Dicker Dishes on Domain Industry and DNForum

DNForum founder discusses the state of domain investing and his popular forum.

I last interviewed DNForum owner Adam Dicker over five years ago. A lot has changed in the domain industry since then, so I thought it would be a good time to connect again.

DNW: Bring readers up to speed on how big the forum is now in terms of users, visitors, etc.

Adam: Dnforum.com is now up to about 106,000 members and that number grows by over 250 each day. We have over 1.7 million posts on a variety of topics. Dnforum.com is continually voted the best domain community on the web by your readers.

DNW: When I last interviewed you, you said one of the draws of the forum is that it’s a “forum where people go to do business”. Domain sales have changed a lot over the years. How have you adapted on the forum?

Dnforum.com has had to adapt to the changing industry with the focus still remaining on educating community members so that they don’t have to make the same mistakes others did when they were just starting out.

We started showcasemanager.com, a marketplace designed to offer domainers the chance to sell as many domains per year as the want for $69. Previously domainers were paying anywhere between 10%-30% of their sale price just to have a link on their parked page that said ‘this domain may be for sale’ and that’s way too much. From my experience, none of the current marketplaces are working hard to promote more eyeballs or retail customers to the their domain sales path so why pay the commission when you really don’t have to. Showcasemanager.com hasn’t even officially launched yet but we have over 300 portfolio owners signed up in the first 48 hours. We are also looking at the possibility of adding leasing domains as a feature of showcasemanager.com and I believe no other marketplace currently offers this.

Now by no means am I suggesting you don’t list your domain names for sale on other marketplaces. You should list them wherever you can to maximize exposure. The one thing I do suggest is you keep commission in mind when listing at all marketplaces.

For example, if you want to sell a domain for $1000:

You should list it at $1,000 at Showcasemanager.com because the commission level is 0%.
You should list it at $1,100 at Sedo because the commission is 10%
You should list it at $1,150 at Go Daddy Auctions because the commission is 15%
You should list it with Afternic at $1,200 because the commission is 20%
You should list it on Go Daddy Premium Listings for $1,300 because the commission is 30%

This strategy always guarantees that no matter where it sells you will get the $1,000 you want out of it.

There are three areas that seem are approaching a slow death: domain parking, domain brokerage and minisite development.

Domain parking revenues have dropped across the board to the point that if you are not making domain sales on a regular basis you will be forced to go look for full time work again soon and just do domaining as a hobby.
Domain brokerage seems to have dropped as well with everyone claiming to be a broker but it takes a real salesman to approach an end user and negotiate a sale and this industry has very few people capable of accomplishing such a feat.

With many people consolidating portfolios, there has never been a better time to invest in good solid domain names. My own personal strategy of late has been to sell three or four lower end names and spend half the revenue and get a good generic name. I am a firm believer in the .com and .ca marketplaces while most other tld’s are just domainer pipe dreams that make the registrars money.

A positive area that is taking off quickly is our expansion into selling websites through dcg.com, these are fully functional, original content websites created for the purpose of selling or promoting a product or service. Each site includes ten custom written articles that are submitted to article sites bringing back valuable targeted traffic. Some examples of sites are liberationtreatment.com, gout.ca, limo.ca and igolf.ca.

With focus on our new content development we are offering with custom content, SEO promotion and features we are generating a lot more income on our own domains through PPS then parking. Within 1 month of launching Limo.ca we began receiving over 15 real leads a day on limo rentals and receiving a 25% commission on each sale.

DNW: There were only a couple domain blogs around 5 years ago. Now it seems like one is popping up every other day. Do these new outlets for news and opinion change what people come to DNForum for?

Adam: I recently started a controversial string on dnforum.com called “Newsflash: just because you can install WordPress you are not a domain expert!” and I believe this to be true. Too many people are starting blogs and giving advice without a proven track record and the advice is dangerous and somewhat misleading to those just getting started out in the business. To this day, I read very few blogs and the ones I read all serve different purposes. Some of the best blogs are written by people that I would say are reporters turned into domainers and that includes dnjournal.com and domainnamewire.com.

As far as the effect these new blogs have on Dnforum members, I would say that it is minimal. People come to dnforum.com because they can expect to get an honest appraisal or valuation of a domain or business idea they may be thinking of starting up. Dnforum.com continues to offer valuable tips and direction to those starting out in the industry as well as seasoned veterans that sometimes need a dose of reality, sometimes we all need that.

DNW: You’re a successful domainer who also spends a lot of time running this successful forum. Yet you’ve also worked for a couple domain companies, including IREIT and then Go Daddy. With all this on your plate, what attracted you to work for these companies at the same time?

Adam: I was attracted to both companies because I wanted to share the passion that I have for this industry and make a difference where I could. Both companies have great people yet they were very different and so were my experiences. The experiences and perspectives I gained from working at both companies have helped me tremendously in my current and future endeavors.

DNW: What are some of the bigger initiatives you’re working on that forum members should look out for?

Adam: Dnforum.com will be releasing an iPhone and Android application by the end of June that will make it more convenient for our members to browse our forum easily.

Both Dnforum.com and Showcasemanager.com have great affiliate programs that allow our members to earn 25% on sales they generate.

As this industry continues to consolidate down, Dnforum.com will continue to grow and add new services and partners to benefit our members.

We have many partnerships in the works that will benefit our members both short term and long term that will be announced in the coming weeks.

I would say I still work 18 hours a day but — when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.


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Survey: DNForum is Best Domain Name Forum

February 12, 2010DNForum, Domain Services, domainboardroom, Domaining, Domainnamewire, nameprosComments Off on Survey: DNForum is Best Domain Name Forum

Rating the top domain name forums.

DNForum is the best domain name forum, according to a survey of 500 domain owners in the 5th Annual Domain Name Wire Survey.

37% of respondents who have visited a domain forum selected DNForum as the best. In the five years of the survey, DNForum has been selected top forum four times.

DNForum is owned by Adam Dicker, who until recently was also a vice president with GoDaddy. Now that he is unchained from full-time duty, you can expect to see him working on DNForum more.

In second place was NamePros.com, grabbing 28% of the vote.

DomainBoardroom.com received a respectable 12% of votes, a high number for a private forum.

DomainState, AcornDomains, and DI.pl (a Polish domain board) also received votes. DomainState was recently sold to Trellian. If the company decides to open the site up to search engines and promote it more, you can expect it to become a challenger over the next year or two.

See more survey results here.


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Survey Focus: Which Domain Name Forum is Best?

January 8, 2010DNForum, domain boardroom, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domainstate, nameprosComments Off on Survey Focus: Which Domain Name Forum is Best?

Cast your vote for the best domain name forum.

For many years, there have been two major domain forums, DNForum and NamePros. Behind that were a number of smaller forums. While that remains true, some shakeup is in progress. DomainState, a smaller forum, has been put on the auction block. Hopefully DomainState, which has a very different audience and feel than the larger forums, sticks around. It seems that bidding interest is high.

But which domain forum is best? It’s a question that has been on the Domain Name Wire survey for the past five years, and it’s always a close vote.

This year the question is the same as always, but we’ve promoted Domain Boardroom to the multiple choice selection this year. It has frequently been a top write-in vote, so it was time to add it to the list.

Cast your vote on question #16 in the 2010 Domain Name Wire Survey.


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Survey Focus: Which Domain Name Forum is Best?

January 8, 2010DNForum, domain boardroom, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, nameprosComments Off on Survey Focus: Which Domain Name Forum is Best?

Cast your vote for the best domain name forum.

For many years, there have been two major domain forums, DNForum and NamePros. Behind that were a number of smaller forums. While that remains true, some shakeup is in progress. DomainState, a smaller forum, has been put on the auction block. Hopefully DomainState, which has a very different audience and feel than the larger forums, sticks around. It seems that bidding interest is high.

But which domain forum is best? It’s a question that has been on the Domain Name Wire survey for the past five years, and it’s always a close vote.

This year the question is the same as always, but we’ve promoted Domain Boardroom to the multiple choice selection this year. It has frequently been a top write-in vote, so it was time to add it to the list.

Cast your vote on question #16 in the 2010 Domain Name Wire Survey.


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