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After TRAFFIC & ICANN Conference Our Winner For Best Swag Award Goes To: Rook Media

October 21st, 2012 Comments off

After attending both the TRAFFIC conference and the ICANN conference and grabbing all the free giveaways or Swag I could find (all in the interest of research) we are ready to award our Best Swag Award to:  RookMedia.Net

At TRAFFIC all those who stayed at the conference hotel got an envelope slipped under their door with a very crisp $10 bill.

The accompanying letter read in part:

“Instead of buying you yet another branded USB-Stick, we decided to give you something you can actually use.

So here’s ten bucks cash.

It’s a lot like how we do business at Rook.

Instead of giving you gadgets, t-shirts you’ll never wear or a party you’ve already been to 15 times before, we focus on what you really want from a parking company; more revenue and export customer support.”"”

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and leave a lasting impression.

I will also say of all the printed material I received at both conference, this is the only one I read through in its entirety.

Well done Rook

The only improvement I can suggest next year is a crisp $100 bill.…

DOMAINfest Becomes Webfest Global, Opens Registration, Publishes Tenative Agenda & Yes There Will Be A Domain Auction

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

According to a press release out this morning has changed the name of its conference from DOMAINfest To Webfest Global and opened registration for the conference that will be held February 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

As last year the agenda shows the conference will not just be all about domain names.

The three-day Webfest Global 2013 conference will cover a variety of topics related to domain name investing, acquiring and converting online customers, and mobile monetization.

“This marks our seventh annual global conference,” said CEO Debra Domeyer.  “Over the last few years, we have received very positive feedback from attendees about how our DOMAINfest agenda has evolved.  So we’re very excited about continuing our tradition of providing content and speakers that align with the ever-broadening interests of our conference audience.  Of course, we’re also excited to be providing an atmosphere and experience that facilitates networking and deal-making.”

Online Registration Now Open

The early bird discounted registration rate of $1,095 includes full conference admission on February 5-7, 2013 to all sessions, exhibit hall, daily breakfasts, daily lunches and all official dinner networking parties. It also includes a farewell breakfast on February 8th.

Moniker|SnapNames Live Domain Name Auction

Moniker|SnapNames will be hosting a live, premium domain name auction at Webfest Global 2013 on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:00 – 5:30pm PST. An extended online domain auction will start on Tuesday, February 5th and end at 3:15pm EST on Thursday, March 8th.   For details on how to submit domains for possible inclusion in these auctions, visit The submission deadline is December 14, 2012.

Conference Hotel

The entire Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica has been reserved exclusively for the conference in order to provide attendees with an intimate, distraction-free environment that maximizes networking opportunities.  Discounted hotel room rates are available via a special online reservation portal.  For details, please visit

Here is the tentative agenda for the conference:


Tuesday Feb 5
7:00am – 7:00pm Conference Registration Desk Open (Hotel Lobby)
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast (Wilshire Room)
8:00am – 7:00pm Exhibit Hall Open (Wedgewood Ballroom)
9:00am – 9:45am Speed Networking Activity (Starlight Ballroom)
9:45am – 10:15am Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30am – 11:15am Welcome Remarks (Starlight Ballroom)
Debra Domeyer CEO,
11:15am – 12:00pm Presentation: Domain-related Topic TBD (Starlight Ballroom)
Presenter: TBD
Our opening presentation is traditionally designed to provide attendees with insights about important internet trends.

Breaking: Dot-Nxt Conference Postponed

May 23rd, 2012 Comments off

The Dot-Nxt conference organizers have just announced that it is postponing is conference, that was schedule for June 20th-22nd in London until the 3rd or 4th.

The conference was suppose to be held the week prior to the ICANN Conference in Prague.

The delay was blamed on ICANN and delay on the TAS system and the date for the “Big Reveal” which still has not been set by ICANN.

In an email today Kieren McCarthy said about the postponement of the conference:

“The reason is quite simple: the TAS delay. Although ICANN has finally opened it a month-and-a-half later, it still hasn’t provided a solid date for Reveal Day.

“At this stage, even if the information is provided on schedule, there isn’t enough time between that and our conference to get a proper feel for what we are looking at in terms of the new gTLD industry.”

This was to be the third Dot-Nxt conference, which is all about the new gTLD’s program and draws both applicants as well as consultants, back end providers, lawyers and others involved in the process.

I was schedule to speak at the conference in June.

Here is the offical announcement:

“”Due to ongoing uncertainty over ICANN’s application process for new gTLDs, we have decided to postpone the .Nxt conference, planned for 20-22 June in London.

We would like to apologize to all those that have already registered for the conference, and will shortly be in contact with everyone that has registered, booked rooms and/or signed up as a sponsor.

We will refund in full all hotel rooms and sponsorships. All tickets purchased will be automatically extended for admittance to the new date for the conference. We will also be running a series of session webinars as details of the new gTLD process finally emerge. A Q&A below should hopefully answer any other questions you may have.

We have made this decision reluctantly but with confidence that the current problems with the process will be temporary. If you have any questions with respect to this announcement”"…

Catching Up With Sales:;; + More

May 18th, 2012 Comments off

Here are some sales from from this past week: $8,200 $6,756 $4,655 $4,402 $4,311 $4,200 $3,800 $3,800 $3,600 $3,121 $2,988 $2,300 $1,710 $1,211 $1,112 $1,010…

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Domainfest Global Domain Name Auction Nets $717,000

February 2nd, 2012 Comments off

The live domain name auction from Domainfest Global just ended resulting in $717,450 in sales. led the way selling for $325,000. sold for $135,000 and another two letter .com sold for $85,00 sold before the auction started for $36,000 sold for $62,000 after selling just a little more than 2 years ago at the TRAFFIC auction in Las Vegas in January 2010 for $41K, a 50% return.

Here are all the domain names that sold:

Domain Price $325,000 $135,000 $89,000 $61,000 $36,000 $26,000 $12,500 $4,000 $4,000 $3,700 $3,000 $2,750 $2,500 $2,400 $1,900 $1,700 $1,500 $1,500 $900 $900 $800 $700 $400 $300


The Only Thing Missing From Domainfest Speakers & Experts are Domainers

January 30th, 2012 Comments off

With Domainfest getting ready to kick off tonight, the agenda is full of very interesting people and sessions, the only thing missing seems to be any “domainers”.

In years past both Domainfest and TRAFFIC had a heavy concentration of panels full of domainers as well as others in the domain industry.

As I reviewed the agenda for Domainfest I actually don’t see one “domainer” on the schedule.

There are SEO experts, mobile search experts, representatives of companies inside the industry like Godaddy and Sedo and

Yet its actually the 1st domain show I can remember where there are no domainers on a panel.

I’m not saying not having domainers serve on any panels is bad thing, its just a new thing.

Looking at the “Dine with an Expert” series once again I don’t see one “domainer” on list of experts available to dine with.

A domain show without any domainers.


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TRAFFIC Opens For Registration & 1st 35 People Get $995 Rate

January 13th, 2012 Comments off

Just got a email from Rick Schwartz one of the organizers of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference announcing that he has opened registration for the show for $995 for the 1st 35 people that register.

It is the domain name show I have regularly attended since its inception and I already bought one of the 35 discounted tickets.

Here is the entire announcement:


“”"”T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 is coming in October!  If you presently don’t plan to attend, give me 5 minutes to possibly change your mind starting with a $995 registration fee available to the first 35 people that register and why your attendance could be life changing as that has always been our goal. Folks have been coming for 8 years because they do significant deals, have a good time and make money. A very special group sharing very special Information.

Beginning at Noon TODAY we are opening Registration for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. October 7th -10th with our Cabana Networking starting on Friday, October 5th. Our agenda? We have none, YET. However, as we have done 22 times before over the past 8 years, we will let it all unfold throughout the year. We will work each day until October to ensure that T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 will not only be as good as our last shows but even better and will continue to break new ground. We will do it all right in front of your eyes in a very transparent manner. As usual, we will tackle the toughest issues we face and share thoughts on how to navigate through it.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 starts with the best networking cocktail party in the Industry, and we do everything we can to facilitate business by bringing the “Biggest and Best” together in an atmosphere and venue conducive to doing relaxed business and wrap it up in the perfect location. Then we make it easy for you to do deals. What we sell is YOUR success and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. moves the ball forward for all who attend.  Our only goal is to further the agenda of everyone who attends and that force pushes our industry forward in a meaningful way. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is not just a show. It’s the only MAJOR Domain Industry show run by domainers for domainers. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has always done things differently and will continue to be there for you and your business because T.R.A.F.F.I.C. MEANS B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S.!

Sponsors continue to be rewarded for understanding the mindset of domain investors and providing tools and hopefully breaking new ground to assist them. That is why they roll out so many new offers at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. It comes down to one word. RESULTS! T.R.A.F.F.I.C. MEANS B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S.!

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is more affordable than ever, and in many ways a true bargain when you measure what you can accomplish as opposed to the dollars you spend. You will never waste a minute of your time or a dollar of your money! T.R.A.F.F.I.C. aims for perfection and that is why we partner with the Ritz Carlton. They stand for “Excellence” and so does T.R.A.F.F.I.C. But we have fun too and our parties are legendary.

The $995 price is in effect for only the first 35 tickets sold. We know things are tough so the early bird price is not a budget breaker if you act now! One can still pull off this entire trip for well under $2000 if you spend wisely. The first step is getting a ticket for nearly 50% off of what the price soon will be.  More tickets are sold at $1795 than any other price point. Go figure. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will be beefing up its food menu and you will get Brunches fit for a king.  At night, the dinners and cocktail parties will be over the top with open bars and more food than you dare to eat!

But even when the price goes up to $1295, your ticket will become more valuable as the year goes on. Plus, for those who miss the $995 price point, we will give you a $100 room credit when you book your room at the Ritz by Friday, January 20th. The codes to book your rooms are below. If you want any of the Suites or Residences, it would be in your best interest to reserve them as soon as you can as there are only a handful to begin with and they were all sold last year.

As I stated before, the walls of the Ritz Carlton will not get any bigger and we will cut off registration at 360 attendees.

The only way to book a room at the Ritz is via the link code here. We have booked the entire hotel and you will see on their online reservation system, those dates are sold out. The entire hotel is reserved for T.R.A.F.F.I.C.! Why? Because T.R.A.F.F.I.C. MEANS B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S. and even the Ritz Carlton now knows that!

BBEBBEA- Run of house- $265
BBEBBEE- Ocean Front King- $285
BBEBBEF- Partial/Ocean Front double- $315
BBEBBEI-  Junior Suite- $365
BBEBBEM- One Bedroom Intracoastal Residential Suite- $465
BBEBBEK- Ocean Front Suite- $595
BBEBBEQ- One Bedroom Ocean Front Residential Suite- $679
BBEBBEN- Two Bedroom Intracoastal Residential Suite- $795

What do I expect coming our way in 2012? I expect one of the best years we have seen since 2007 after a very bumpy first quarter. Domain names have finally taken center stage on Wall Street, Main Street and Government. Eventually even those on Madison Avenue wrapped up in their budget issues and egos will be figuring it out.

Those end users that gloss over their domain choice early on will be forced to revisit the issue if they expect to survive and thrive. I think the biggest unknown is whether domainers have the PATIENCE to wait up to 3 more years for this pie to be baked. Many don’t and that is what will propel some great bargains during this time.

Amazing to see just how large this industry has grown around us while the number of core domain investors have not. Much of the domain  industry is run by folks that know very little about domain names and almost nothing at all when you talk about INVESTMENT domains. There is nothing wrong with that other than domain investors not knowing it exists. The face of this industry today looks nothing like it did just a few short years ago. It has gone mainstream and they are feeling their way in our direction as they turn ignorance into knowledge and power. The knowledge many of us run on. Breathe. Have proven. Now it is our time to help fill in the blanks for them. The timing is right because they search for what we already know.

So like always, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will chase tomorrow and be there before anyone else knows the day changed. Just 1 step ahead to insure that you too are 1 step ahead.

We hope you will join us and once again be part of history as opposed to reading about it. If you are a domainer, this is a participatory sport. This is serious business at a serious time. 2012 will be as good as you make it and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is here to help get you there by bringing the best of the best together to make decisions and do deals.

Thanks for your time! Howard and I along with Howard’s wife Barbara and my wife Alina and the support of Ray, Kim, Danny and Chris will do everything in our power to make your time worthwhile. The last thing we would ever do is waste your time or your money.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Means B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S. and B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S. Means R.E.S.U.L.T.S. Results means coming to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is not an expense. It is an investment in yourself that can pay dividends for a lifetime.”"”

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Pre-Bidding For DomainFest Auction Is Underway:;;; & More

January 5th, 2012 Comments off

Online pre-bidding for the live domain name auction that will be held as part of the DomainFest conference just opened today.

The auction will be held on February 2 starting at 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

“Featured” domain names include:

Here are the domain names you can currently bid on and the reserve ranges for each.

Obviously more will be added to the list: $10,001 – $25,000 $1,001 – $2,500 $100,001 – $250,000 $500,001 – $750,000 $500,001 – $750,000 $1MM – $5MM $100,001 – $250,000 $750,001 – $1MM $25,001 – $50,000 $50,001 – $100,000 $25,001 – $50,000 $750,001 – $1MM $1MM – $5MM $25,001 – $50,000 $250,001 – $500,000 $1MM – $5MM $100,001 – $250,000 $1MM – $5MM



There Must Have Been Two TRAFFIC Conferences This Week Because I Sure Attended A Different One Than Owen

October 19th, 2011 Comments off

When I woke up this morning I would never have thought I would have to write a post critical of another blogger.

Having come off the high of winning the blogger of the year award and accepting on behalf of all domain bloggers recognizing the time, work, commitment and criticism we voluntarily subject ourselves too, the LAST thing I wanted to do, especially today, is call another blogger out.

Oh well.

So I read Owen Frager’s post this morning about his experience at the TRAFFIC conference entitled simply, but brutally “TRAFFIC Sucked”, which was quickly endorsed by, in its post entitled “Frager  Factor calls it like it is” even though the author was NOT in attendance at TRAFFIC (confirmed with

I found Owen’s post to be internally conflictive, and very inconsistent in its statements and conclusions

Worse, actually much worse, it wasn’t just an attack on the TRAFFIC conference but on the entire domain industry.

An attack that could not go unanswered.

Owen in his post writes:

“What I witnessed was an industry defeated.”

“”Noticeably absent were many of the colorful players of the past.”

“This time it was an industry downsized.

“Vendors in booths with nothing to offer.”

“No differentiation.”

“They seem to be running on fumes.”

Owen apparently see’s the industry differently than I do.

I saw a new face in the industry on stage one who has invested over $20 million so far in the domain space and plans on investing another $20 Million next year.

His name was Stuart Lawley and he is CEO of the ICM Registry.

Yes .XXX.

Stuart by his own admission is not from the domain industry, nor is he from the adult industry.

He is a very successful self made businessman whom from very humble beginnings started a company, turned it into a public company, and cashed out for what an amount most of us could only dream of.

Stuart is a guy who could have at a young age called it a day and had a very luxurious life.

Yet Stuart decided to forgo 40 years of lying on the beach with an umbrella drink in his hand.

Stuart who could have gone into any business on earth, picked the domain business.

Stuart is excited and rightly so.

He isn’t running on fumes

Stuart is full petal to the metal just like the driver of the .XXX race boat pressing full on against choppy waters.

With ICM’s $5 Million in marketing this year, its planned $15 Million dollar spend next year added to the $10 Million .Co has spend on marketing its extension that’s $30 Million dollars in new money in the domain name industry that simply didn’t exist a year ago.

Did you happen to see the former Chairman of ICANN, Peter Dengate Thrush on stage talking about how the public company he is the Executive Director of is going to spend $10 Million dollars just in ICANN application fees to apply for 50 new Top Level Domain names?

I did

I sat next to him.

Yet Minds + Machines is just one of many very smart people I have had the honor of sitting with this year that are waiting for their chance to write a $10 Million dollar check to get into the domain name industry.

A couple of months ago I sat with a group that is investing hundreds of millions of Euro’s into the domain name business.

And that’s just to get the extensions.

There are billions of dollars entering the domain name industry.

New money, new people, new visions.

Far from a “industry defeated”

Sounds like a booming industry.

Yet Frager quickly dismisses all this new money, new investment by calling it simply a “side track”

“Once upon a time TRAFFIC was an advocate for the attendees needs. It forced companies to innovate. Now the domain industry is side tracked by the money in new extensions.”

Hey maybe the attendees of TRAFFIC just paid to figure out where the industry is heading for the next 10 years to be in front of the curve instead of playing catchup.

If you didn’t know it, if your in the domain industry, you’re in the Tech industry, an industry which is constantly changing.

If you want to be in an industry that’s going to  continue to operate in the same basic way for the next 10 years, you picked the wrong industry.

Invest in a bank or an insurance company instead.

Owen says:

TRAFFIC had “Vendors in booths with nothing to offer.”

Do you really want to tell John Ferber that he is just a “Vendor in a booth with nothing to offer”


The guy who built and sold for $500 million and is still decades younger than myself or Owen.

John is another guy who could have called it a day, go relax on a beach for the rest of his days,  but instead raised over  $3M in venture capital money with a few phone calls.

John like Stuart could have went into any business he wanted to but chose the domain name industry.

John’s vision for his company to be a game changer.

What Game does John want to change?

The same game that Owen says no one is trying to change:

“”We are at the mercy of Google because even knowing what’s coming for 10 years, no one is addressing the issue.”

DomainHoldings is addressing the issue.

They are pouring millions behind addressing the issue and have hired over 25 talented people to change it up. is trying too, well I had three meetings with them and while I can’t tell you what they have, they have something.

Its new, different, innovative.

Will any of them change the game?

Hell I don’t know.

If I knew what Apple would be trading at a year from now I wouldn’t need to know anything else. I could just chuck all our money in and buy or short Apple stock and call it a day.

Unfortunately I don’t have a crystal ball.

But I have eyes and can see what people are trying to do.

But to say no one is trying, is completely false and insulting to those who have invested millions in changing the game.

Matter of fact, Owen just a few sentences after saying:

“We are at the mercy of Google because even knowing what’s coming for 10 years, no one is addressing the issue.”

Owen goes on to say Frank Schilling “Swept most of the (TRAFFIC) awards and deservedly so.”

“For a select group of invited participants he has improved their results and is introducing sales and marketing tools that should do a better job of closing sales than throwing your name in a list of millions.”

“One award Frank didn’t receive that he should have was for disrupting an entire industry.”

How can you say that NO ONE is addressing or trying to change the domain industry and then a few sentences later praise Mr. Schilling for doing exactly that by “disrupting an entire industry.”?

Owen goes on to say that the “The industry lacks leadership and focus at the top.”

Well what the hell do you call someone who starts a brand new business,  which is able to take a substantial market share, just a couple of months after launch and “disrupts an entire industry” if not a leader?

Is that not the definition of a leader?

Yes the faces change.

Leaders become laggards.

Its a brutal economy.

People lose their jobs, companies lose there way.

Some of the companies that lead the way just a few years ago are on the verge of collapse.

This is business.

Owen goes on to say although the TRAFFIC show sucked, “”most attendees left with great return on their investment. From the new relationships they opened, existing relationships nurtured and the face time with people that would not be possible any other way. Business was done. Money will be made.”

Good return on investment.

New relationships

Business was done

Money was made

and yet it sucked?

Its clear Owen is disenchanted with the domain name business

“”Hence those with great names, but in need of cash, will call one of the big players and sell the domain for squat. And thus the once thriving wholesale market is gone. Big players with infinite capitalization can pick up domains on the cheap on the drop”

and how exactly is this the TRAFFIC show organizers fault?

Yes if you need cash and only have a watch or a guitar or a TV to your name, you might have to go to a pawn shop and take whatever your offered.

Such is life and if that’s the situation you find yourself in I’m sorry because

That’s what sucks.

Was it a perfect conference?


I personally missed having a sit down lunch especially with sessions running until 7pm, when the parties starting at 8, also without sit down meals.

The auction would have been better if there was online bidding.

There are other issues we can pick at but I’ve have never ran a conference, nor do I have any desire to do so.

It’s a ton of work, planning, not to mention the expense and risk capital involved if no one shows up.

Dealing with hundreds of people and personalities all who have an opinion of how it could be run better.

On top of it all, then comes a blogger who puts up a post with a headline blaring “the show sucked” which is then picked up by Google news even though the author thought the attendees got a “great return on their investment”.

What a nightmare.


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Thanks To All, As Wins The Best Blog Award At TRAFFIC

October 19th, 2011 Comments off

Just a quick note to thank all of you our readers; the commentators; and all of you that voted as the Best Domain Blog at TRAFFIC yesterday.

Both Judi and I are quite touched to receive the honor.

Special thanks to the organizers of the TRAFFIC show Rick, Howard and to Barbara and Alina, Ray and Kim without whose very hard work the TRAFFIC show would not be possible.

Also a special shout out to Adam Matuzich and Ray Neu, who keep the blog up and running and all of our advertisers who support us.

Finally we want to congratulate  all the bloggers who received a nomination.

Publishing a material daily for 330 out of 365 days a years, is as you would image a huge amount of work as is moderating the tens of thousands of comments our readers generously contribute, but as Adam Dicker, one of the Domain Hall of Fame inductees this year stated so eloquently “If you love what you do you never will work a day in your life.”

You can see a list of all the nominee’s and winners of the TRAFFIC award on