Free domain names

A certain domain name blogger wrote a recent post titled, “Register a FREE domain name!” in which he mentions a service called DomainLagoon.com that gives you points for filling out web surveys, and then allows you to trade those points for a domain name registration. But is it really worth your time?

The blogger writes, “It took me about 2 hours to fill out enough web offers to earn enough points for my first free domain. (9.95 points)…. What are you waiting for? Click the banner and get your free domain!”

The problem with this is that I can register a domain name for $8, so if it took the blogger two hours to fill out enough surveys to register one domain, then he is working for $4 per hour, below the U.S. minimum wage. I value my time far too much for that, and I can think of more productive ways to use two hours of my time online.

Secondly, I can see that the link on the blog is an affiliate link, and for all I know it’s a paid post as well, which means that his enthusiasm must be taken with a grain of salt.

Still, I’d say it’s a good offer for someone who perhaps lives in a poor country, has no job and no funds, and wants to try his hand with a few domain names. Also, the Domain Lagoon system requires no credit card, so it might be handy for someone with no credit card who wants to get started in domaining. If you register a reasonably good two or three word dot com, you might be able to flip it for several times the reg fee, and then you’re on your way, even if it’s a slow start.

By the way, there are no “advertorials” or paid posts on DomainerPro.com. I do have a few Adsense ads running, and I may in the future place advertisments for domain parking services or registrars, but they will clearly be ads. I will not hide affiliate links within blog posts. If I say good things about a company or product it’s because I genuinely appreciate it, not because I’m getting paid.

I do frequently mention services like Sedo.com, Moniker.com, DomainSponsor.com, etc, and I could probably make a few bucks by placing my affiliate code in the links, but that would compromise my objectivity. When you’re promoting a service because you get paid to do so, your opinion is no longer credible. Failing to disclose the sponsorship is, in my opinion, bad blogging practice.



2 Comments to “Free Domain Names, and the Question of Advertorials”

  1. Subscription | December 16th, 2007 at 9:57 am

    I’ve not seen this offer yet, but I would have thought the surveys would be for a particular country, so may not be applicable in poor countries. I’m show the company behind the affiliate scheme will not be too happy!

    Mally

  2. Domain Name Generator | December 29th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    If you do take advantage of it and are looking for available domains, you could try http://www.domainnamesoup.com

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