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.
DNF really need to make the redesign
Domain Investor says
All of the domain forums have lost their traffic and importance.
Years ago, DNForum would have hundreds of people actively online anytime of the day or night. Today, it is a lot less.
The forums haven’t done anything wrong. Domainers just have more choices to visit.
The forums were active in 3 categories.
1. Marketplace for domain buying and selling.
2. The ‘go to’ location for breaking news or rumors.
3. A place to ask the experts their opinion or suggestion.
Now, most of these activities have moved elsewhere.
I guess the domain conference contributed to the declined traffic on forums as well. People get to know each other and communicate directly and sell directly instead going via the forums.
Yap i think Dnforum is lot better than namepros
I have to say – that both forums have their advantages and disadvantages, but one thing you are forgetting is that statistics do lie.
You have taken a vote at DomainNameWire. More serious domainers are at DnForum, and the less serious ones are at NamePros. NamePros is home to beginners in this industry.
I’d have to say that this poll can’t be perfectly accurate because I get the feeling that most people that are on here are the more serious domainers.
You should create a follow up poll asking your users how they found out about DNW, and what their level of expertise in this field is according to them. This way you get a better understanding.
I know the poll is also inaccurate as the third one got 12%, which sounds too high for that forum.
Andrew Allemann says
@ Matt – your are correct that the survey is unscientific. However, I’d challenge your notion that DNW is mostly serious domainers. There are a lot of them, but if you look at the stats of the people who took the survey, more than half of them own fewer than 1,000 domains. # of domains is only a proxy (particularly because it doesn’t take into consideration the quality of domains), but it’s a decent proxy.
I really think all the boards are bad now…..most of the pros have left b/c there is nothing to be learned there anymore.
Too many new domainers with bad info. make the all the brains leave. It’s just a sea of incestuous passing of bad advice now.
We are going to renew some domains, over 40. They all come up for renewal in the next couple of months.
Anyway, I have found and tried go daddy coupons but none work. Anybody have a coupon they use that works?
thx in advance
is it just me or DNForum doesn’t have a free membership? or at least you can’t post with free account. No wander they will continue to lose marketplace. Who wants to pay to be on a forum ? So the ad money is not enough anymore given the fact they don’t do much, users create all the content.
DNF is probably the best place for interesting and serious discussion
Adam is doing a great job and its better to pay for something and be sure that most of the spammers are not there .
I really like the way they made it .
Adam is very active and you can feel that he’s not running only for money