Oct 31, 2004, 8:54 PM
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A lot has happened here in the past few years.
New Direction #2
Our holdings have leveled out, and we've been concentrating on links-based sites, directory or hierarchical information sites. We've also started concentrating on rock/bead/hobby sites, as well as our digital imaging and postcards sites.
We have a new direction for educational sites, and have a large and expanding network for school-age children, natural sciences, home schooling, craft skills, and much, much, much... (much!) more.
Our site development has been consolodated into the UltraNerds.com site, a cooperative project of skilled Perl/CGI/MySQL programmers, using and modifying the Gossamer-Threads.com Links SQL engines for all sorts of relational informational purposes, not just a links directory.
With the demise of the free for all AfterNIC rating service, on which this forum was first based (to discuss our ratings of the posted names), we've changed the focus here.
Not much has changed on the AfterNic site though -- despite the for-profit change, and lack of the rolling appraisals by scads of bored surfers, or name holders trying to inflate their own holdings while knocking down the competition. They are still listing domains like:
StocksBroking.com min:10,000.00 asking:25,000.00
Their paid appraisals are even more off the wall, and seem to lack any foundation in "reality." How they research them, I don't know.
When an auction has a minimum price of 11,500, and the "reserve" was met at 10,500, there is something wrong with the whole process.... Makes me wonder about the offers.
Like I said, nothing's changed.
I do like the site design though :)
The bottom line is: a domain name is worth only what someone BELIEVES it's worth, or can set it up to generate an income from. Other than that, it's worthless, and just sits there. A name worth nothing to one person, might be the _exact_ thing another needs to create a multi million dollar company, or become the next MicroSoft. But, a bad name, is still a bad name. Like in real estate -- location, location, location -- but locations can change -- a little.
We registered our names because we saw a potential in them for one of the various aspects of our business, or planned expansion, or a really good pun, or brandable service, or something similar. We registered groups of names, as we thought out the development of the site -- different prefixes, endings, or variations of a word.
It's a variation of the advice they give you when picking a career. Do what you love, do what you like, and the rest will follow. Pick something you hate, and you'll never do well.
Robert S. Pataki, MD
President, PUGDOG Enterprises, Inc.