Bullsh*t?? I Love You Too Mike, So I Challenge You to Run the Same Poll.

Morning Folks!!

Seems my good buddy Mike Berkens thinks our poll is Bullsh*t and said so in a blog post yesterday. I don't think it is bullshi*t. I don't think the results are bullsh*t. I think they are the best we have and I think I have a right to interpret them the way I see fit and so do you. To take a pulse of my readers who I believe represent a good cross section of folks in the industry. Friend and foe and unknown and even who cares.

I get to see where things are at. Some can choose to ignore the results, I choose to follow them. Use them as my guide. In business my single greatest asset has been to be able to have a really good read on the pulse of things. Many of us do. In life I take the poll 1 on 1. Same result.

That said, I have a way to make it better.

So this morning I laid down a challenge to Mr. Berkens:

Here is my challenge to you and each blog out there.
Run the same poll. The wider it is the more meaningful it is.
Put it on the same 3rd party service I did so there is no control by anyone or it is not the same.
Compare the results.
You may call the results bullsh*t, but I choose to look at those results and know I have a lot more information.
It does not have to be scientific to have great value. It just needs to point you in the right direction.

I think Patrick Hipskind has it pegged the closest. (with his comments)

So this is an interesting way to get more and wider information if you dare. :-)

It MUST be conducted via Pollcode.com as the free service they offer for the results to be counted or even compared to. On the personal questions, just substitute your name and name of you blog.

Rick Schwartz

9 thoughts on “Bullsh*t?? I Love You Too Mike, So I Challenge You to Run the Same Poll.

  1. Observer

    Although a 20-dollar watch is working well, I don’t think any CEO would wear it on the wrist. This FACT can exactly be applied to the domain industry. We humans should be able to learn lessons from history and social experiences.

  2. Patrick Hipskind

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks. What you propose is a great idea. It will serve to check the reliability and validity of the results. For anyone considering investing in the new gTLDs, some data is better than no data at all even if that data may be skewed.

  3. Jeff Schneider

    Hello Rick,

    Great response by revealing the eifficacy of running a Non-rigged pole by a totally objective service that will not cook the books.

    The other blogs will never get the go ahead by their sponsors to take this challenge. Those who do will get a credibility boost and will be viewed as more of an educator for their redership, than just a shill propoganda site for the registrar Industry and all its obvious other benefactors of the, gTLD shakedown.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  4. Robbie

    Berkens needs to come out of the closet, he is buy ,horse shit, he has a consultancy firm that profits from gtlds, he has his hand in the cookie jar, he doesn’t want to buy into the results. Well the results as we all know are from a domaining side, I just went over the weekly sales reports, companies are still buying the .com, when they know .crap is upon us… some of it might work, most of it will not, as we all know most extensions do not have enough good terms to be viable… Not sure why he had to call your poll results BS, I thought they were concrete hard data from a domainers POV… let’s face it, every extension has received domainer funding to get it started…

  5. Jeff Schneider

    ” The Coming Domain Registrar Bubble Collapse ”

    ” Excessive Supply Tinges All Old, and New Market Bubbles ”

    Those who warn their readership of this coming slow moving train wreck will feel good when they look in the mirror.

    The coming Mash-Ups and Collisions caused by the gTLD experiment, will cause a massive flight of Online business owners to the Safety and Reliability of the .COM Franchise Marketing Model. Much as the Derivatives debacle of 07 sent investors to the safety and reliability of the treasury markets. (Flight To Safety)

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  6. albert yemenian

    Today at 9:37 AM
    I was a little taken back by Mike’s comments as well.
    I love his blog and the domainsherpa.com stuff, but in the end, the money speaks for everything.
    What I mean is that there many TLD’s avaialbel today (before the new rollouts) and nothing even comes close to people registering those as they do the .com’s (I almost baught a .tv domain when it origianlly came out and thankfully did not.)
    I only own less then 300 domain names (which does not make me an investor my any stretch of the imagination), and wish I could own more, but .com is king until people start dropping it and the other TLD’s pick up in registration.
    Also, I have said this before and I will say it again. Frank Schilling’s comment that the .com is basically going the way of the AM dial is the dummest thing I have heard yet.
    When FM came out, it brought a better sound to the public. When VHS went away, that was because todays’ technology brings a better viewing experiencing.
    What are the new TLD’s going to bring to the table that the .com won’t be able too???
    Granted, the expense of purchasing a dot.com, but then again, the expense of advertising a fred.horse, fred.web, or fred.sexy
    Just my two cents


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