Imitation? Wrong Again

Imitation? Wrong Again

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 12, 2008
  • 18 Comments

Its always an interesting thing to see your site listed elsewhere on the internet. Mine is that case since I know it isn’t the world’s most popular blog nor is it the world’s most popular MLS blog. I got several emails this afternoon telling me about a post on MLS Rumors and questioning me in why I would buy a domain similar to that name.

Yes, I did go out a couple weeks back and buy MLSrumors.net and had it point to my domain here. Mostly I saw it as a way to drive more hits to this site as rumors and gossip start to get people more interested in soccer. While I will say the Beckham-in-a-bar gossip and other things of that nature aren’t my cup of tea, I did see the value in getting more attraction to this blog. Most people should be able to understand that.

I do this blog for personal reason as most of you know. It isn’t a full time job but I treat it as one. So to make it work out better in my favor I did just that by buying a domain. Plus when I bought the domain it was dirt cheap (godaddy.com…I highly recommend sites like this if you are interested in domains and hosting…cheap plug but I mean it).

As far as it being a form of imitation to MLS Rumors. Believe me it is not; I think most of you will agree that my site is in no way shape an imitation of their site. We are both different in our own rights but similar in the love of the game. Plus I see no need to rate rumors on a grading system, that is just silly sometimes to read.

Also, I didn’t buy in hopes that it would be sold to MLS Rumors as well. I bought for the reasons above. I know they are holding out for MLSrumors.com anyways!

Just as they said in a comment, its all for the good of the game.

  • camjam

    Screw the haters. This and SBI are the only blogs i check out for my info. Keep it up

  • dan

    great site! I am a first-timer on your blog and I appreciate your writing! <br />
    <br />
    I check mlsrumors.com regularly… and no, not the same… your format is more thorough and have a better presentation… well done!

  • Aaron

    I linked to your page through the MLS Rumors blog site. I don't get why there is so much hate for that site, not only here but also on bigsoccer.com and other places. I check many sites almost daily for updates to the least plausible news and goings on in MLS. They may not all pan out but it adds a level of anticipation that we need in MLS. This type of reporting gives me an indication of just how strong the pulse is of the league. Even if the reports are just agents drumming up contracts elsewhere for there clients. That's done daily in European leagues as well. At least they are starting to use those three cursed letters &quot;MLS&quot;. I've been watching from the day Eric bent that goal in against DC and I have never had more excitement for the league then I do now. Both of your sites are great in many respects. Keep up the good work reporting and I'll keep reading.

  • MLSRumors

    Like we said, we like your blog. No problem and we look forward to corresponding with you in the future.

  • Jose

    Touch&eacute; on the title &quot;Wrong Again&quot; hahaha too funny…this is my first time on here…look at that they try to bash u guys and they end up adding a reader to ur site. Great Job!!! they went from being 1st on my bookmarks to 2nd to u guys

  • Cannon Girl

    If your site had a little more (ok … LOTS more) Joe Cannon coverage, it would be pretty close<br />
    to perfect … next to Joe's blog on the Quakes' site, of course. And what gives there anyway?<br />
    He'd been posting a blog weekly throughout February but nothing so far in March … bless his <br />
    little inconsistent heart. Oh well, that's my Joe … gotta luv him. If the Quakes defeat the Galaxy next month, it'll be soooooo sublime!<br />
    <br />
    Keep up the good work.

  • camjam

    Screw the haters. This and SBI are the only blogs i check out for my info. Keep it up

  • dan

    great site! I am a first-timer on your blog and I appreciate your writing!

    I check mlsrumors.com regularly… and no, not the same… your format is more thorough and have a better presentation… well done!

  • Jim Andruchow

    Just out of curiosity, how does increasing your traffic by a small fraction pay back the cost of registering the domain? Your affiliate ads look like an afterthought.<br />
    <br />
    Personally, I'd be more worried about serious MLS/American soccer fans thinking you are trying to ride someone else's coat tails, than the 100's of people that will stumble onto your site by accident over the course of a year.<br />
    <br />
    I read your blog and will continue to. However, if anyone gets turned off because of this they won't post why. They'll just stop coming.

  • Aaron

    I linked to your page through the MLS Rumors blog site. I don’t get why there is so much hate for that site, not only here but also on bigsoccer.com and other places. I check many sites almost daily for updates to the least plausible news and goings on in MLS. They may not all pan out but it adds a level of anticipation that we need in MLS. This type of reporting gives me an indication of just how strong the pulse is of the league. Even if the reports are just agents drumming up contracts elsewhere for there clients. That’s done daily in European leagues as well. At least they are starting to use those three cursed letters “MLS”. I’ve been watching from the day Eric bent that goal in against DC and I have never had more excitement for the league then I do now. Both of your sites are great in many respects. Keep up the good work reporting and I’ll keep reading.

  • drew.epperley

    I understand your point Jim. Honestly I think it will pay off (I got the domain for dirt cheap…believe me when I say dirt cheap). If people think I am riding someone else's coat tails that is their opinion. I know its a gamble but that is why I am doing it. Can't say I didn't try hard to get more readers if somehow I do fail.

  • Like we said, we like your blog. No problem and we look forward to corresponding with you in the future.

  • Jose

    Touché on the title “Wrong Again” hahaha too funny…this is my first time on here…look at that they try to bash u guys and they end up adding a reader to ur site. Great Job!!! they went from being 1st on my bookmarks to 2nd to u guys

  • Cannon Girl

    If your site had a little more (ok … LOTS more) Joe Cannon coverage, it would be pretty close
    to perfect … next to Joe’s blog on the Quakes’ site, of course. And what gives there anyway?
    He’d been posting a blog weekly throughout February but nothing so far in March … bless his
    little inconsistent heart. Oh well, that’s my Joe … gotta luv him. If the Quakes defeat the Galaxy next month, it’ll be soooooo sublime!

    Keep up the good work.

  • I understand your point Jim. Honestly I think it will pay off (I got the domain for dirt cheap…believe me when I say dirt cheap). If people think I am riding someone else’s coat tails that is their opinion. I know its a gamble but that is why I am doing it. Can’t say I didn’t try hard to get more readers if somehow I do fail.

  • Jim Andruchow

    Just out of curiosity, how does increasing your traffic by a small fraction pay back the cost of registering the domain? Your affiliate ads look like an afterthought.

    Personally, I’d be more worried about serious MLS/American soccer fans thinking you are trying to ride someone else’s coat tails, than the 100’s of people that will stumble onto your site by accident over the course of a year.

    I read your blog and will continue to. However, if anyone gets turned off because of this they won’t post why. They’ll just stop coming.

  • Allen

    I like the move with the domain. Good thinking.

  • I like the move with the domain. Good thinking.