August 26, 2019

Pivoting the idea

Kevin Elliott @kevinelliott

Domain registration pricing across service providers is cool. But making money solely off affiliate commissions is difficult work. Not all service providers offer an affiliation program, and it's also difficult to herd users into using your affiliate links to make their domain purchases.

Sure, I could reinforce the need for them to use our links by mentioning it all over the site, but then it feels like begging. Bringing awareness to users that they are helping continue the development by suggesting they use our links is reasonable, but at the end of the day it still feels like a hustle that doesn't reward.

As the pricing data is still useful and necessary, the pivot came in where I further analyzed my problems and needs. I manage over a thousand domains across 12 different service providers. This is a tedious and time consuming process any time I need to renew domains (I often transfer domains to cheaper service providers whenever the pricing benefits me) or needed to change WHOIS privacy information. When you have this many domains, it all just becomes unwieldy.

I've determined that once you have about 50 domains across multiple service providers, you are potentially losing money on renewal rates and losing time every year needing to manage these domains.

The pivot -- adding cross service provider domain management. One central panel to manage all of your domains.

Now to get started!

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