The fourth most-read post on Domain Name Wire last year.
On Friday, I published the first of five posts covering the most-read stories on Domain Name Wire last year.
Coming in at #4 is an unfortunate story: DNForum owner and prominent domain conference speaker Adam Dicker fell from grace.
It all started when Shane Bellone published an expose post about Dicker’s business activities. Bellone posted a link to it on NamePros, and that thread has over 3,400 replies and a whopping 250,000 views.
In a nutshell, Bellone alleged that Dicker was exaggerating the success of websites he developed, was behind on payments to employees and didn’t deliver when creating websites for clients.
Many former clients came out of the woodwork to say this was true. Based on slow payments to people he owed money to, it’s clear Dicker was facing a cashflow crunch. Subsequent posts on the NamePros thread identified other exaggerations on Dicker’s sites. For example, the picture for one of his domain brokers was actually a photo of Yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer.
Dicker told Domain Name Wire that he eventually paid all of his employees (before Bellone made his post). A number of people subsequently received refunds for the sites they ordered through Dicker’s business. Some were asked to remove posts on the NamePros thread as part of an arrangement to get their money back.