Scrivener and OneNote both look like they might be a great tools for tracking & organizing a collection of several hundred domain names and websites. OneNote is frequently described as the most unappreciated tool in the Office Suite. Because of their marketing orientation many folks think it is only for use with the Surface Tablet. That is not the case; it is a fully integrated part of the Office Suite.
OneNote is frequently compared to Evernote. According to the reviews I read, Evernote has better clipping tools so it works better for online research where you want to save and organize web pages and links. OneNote does better at organizing meeting notes, emails, and other user generated materials,
It sounds like there is a lot of overlap between OneNote and Scrivener. I really wasn’t looking for another piece of software to learn! However, now that I know about OneNote I have been thinking about how to use it. I have been wondering if it would be a better choice for my “go to” domain management tool. I really hate to think about copying all the information I have already put into Scrivener over to OneNote. However, I don’t think I really need both of them.
I have two goals for whichever program I select:
- I REALLY need to get my domains & websites organized & under control.
- I want to use what I learn to develop online courses to help others get their networks organized.
Scrivener is mostly unknown outside the writer & author world. Even there it has a reputation for being hard to use. Lots of authors have tried to use it and given up. Lynda.com doesn’t have any tutorials for Scrivener. That means there is little or no competition for Scrivener training. Any courses I offer will probably be the only ones available.
OneNote may be “unknown” for a Microsoft product, but that’s still a potential market several orders of magnitude larger than the Scrivener world. Lynda.com has an extensive OneNote course, as does Microsoft. Amazon has books on using OneNote from all the big tech manual publishing “names”. So getting noticed will take some effort.
On the other hand, managing domains and websites with either tool seems to be a niche no one has paid attention too. Of course, that may be because no one cares
As part of the Office Suite, OneNote clearly has lots of potential for derivative training courses. Those would also be competitive markets. Scrivener also has this potential, but for smaller, less known markets such as Kindle Publishing & Create space. So there is no clear-cut winner for that criteria.
It may come down to the design objectives of the software. Differences in software design philosophy are subtle and hard to find but heavily impact the “fit” for a specific function. Feature lists and the typical software reviews never talk about them because finding them requires an actual user who spends a LOT of time on them.
Scrivener was built to help authors do everything it takes to get the next Great American Novel (or British, since the authors are Brits) ready for the publisher. They are trying to provide a tool which will let the modern author also manage the parts of the publishing process formerly handled by the publisher. The modern era of CreateSpace & Kindle are forcing non-technical writers in directions they never wanted to go. Scrivener wants to help them with that process.
OneNote, by its name, indicates it was designed for individuals & teams collecting and managing their own internal documents & research. Publishing the material, except for limited excerpts, is not important to their target users. Easy integration with other Office Suite programs is really important.
What does all this mean for domainers? It depends. For someone like me who likes to write content and build evergreen websites that will produce income for a long time, I think Scriver will remain the best choice. The pages on my sites look much like the content of several books and that is what I want to track & update.
For someone who buys & sells domains without creating content this might not be the case. For them OneNote would probably do a better job. It would let them track calls to and from potential buyers & sellers. They could record and track conversations during negotiations, etc. If they are a large enough business to have more than one employee or partner OneNote would make sharing easy. They would also have an easy way to move data to/from spreadsheets, Word documents, etc. This would be really helpful for printing out contracts, etc.