Over the last week I have received a ton of emails regarding my experience with Epik or telling me their experience with Epik, SiteDepot or other eCommerce sites. In disclosure, I have one site that happens to be with Epik and have ordered $1000 more from Rob. I’ve read and re-read of all the sales and promos that have been on the domaining circuit and have a simple question. What is your experience so far?. I am curious of what others are making and I would guess so are my readers. This IS NOT an area to bash but merely to show what kind of results are you getting. Is your site moving up pagerank? Is it getting any clicks? I don’t want to hear particulars but approximate numbers. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, I just want info. I’ll give you mine. I have one site, roboticpets.com. It has moved nicely up Google to number 12 and number 1 on Yahoo for “robotic pets”. That’s the good news.
The bad news is the site makes less than a quarter a month after a few months. It also has nothing to sell. Despite the fact that the hottest toy in the world are the robotic zsu zsu hamsters, it doesn’t even offer any robotic pets to sell. Epik has chosen to not use Amazon and I am willing to let them prove to me they can do better than Amazon. So far……not so good. As I’ve said many times in the past, Rob Monster is a stand up guy and always is responsive in his communication. He tells me what I want to hear. As for my site, no doubt, lost in the shuffle at this point. It could be MUCH better but he has tens of thousands of sites to manage and I understand that. Perhaps it will get better. It will get better but I am hoping it’s with Epik and not on my own.
The other day I posted an article about Sitedepot and Epik and I received a lot of emails regarding both people and many people had sites with both. After 10 different people expressed their opinions about their sites with both people I will list my overall synopsis of their opinions. Again these are not mine but a general synopsis of a group of 10 guys. Please post any comments regarding these thoughts and add your own. Again I am not looking to bash anyone but if more people are to share their experience than we all can make better decisions.
1. Nobody is making much money. It always seems to be the same domains that are used as examples of how much money you can make
2. People like Rob and are a bit hesitant to work with Mike
3. People like the “expandiblility” of Epik sites, people like the price of SiteDepot and the fact you don’t split revenue
4. It seems like everyone is very patient with their sites and are willing to see it out (probably because they really don’t have many other choices)
5. Epik is already too big and not putting enough time into their already developed sites. More interested in taking in money to develop rather than improve existing
6. SiteDepot took all the criticism seriously and seem to be interested in customer service and making sure people are happy, Epik always has been this way
Again, this is just what I’ve taken from the conversations I’ve had. They have all been pretty consistent opinions. I’ve even seen 6 peoples’ monthly reports and nobody is making jack squat. I think it made all of us feel better that we weren’t alone. One thing I did notice though. The strong hyphen domains seems to be as good or better than weaker non hyphened. It showed that google doesn’t mind hyphens. So…… How are your domains doing?