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After 7 Years, This Is Where Has Been & Where it’s Going

December 12th, 2014 Comments off
Our first post was made on December 4th, 2007 so amazingly enough we have been hard at work over here at for 7 years. I have no idea where the time has gone, but it went, and a lot of it. We have published over 7,700 posts and just under 85,000 comments. We have […]

Google Rolls Out “Contributor” Which Allows Users To Block Adsense Ads For A Fee

November 21st, 2014 Comments off
According to CBS News,  Google is rolling out a new service called “Contributor” that will allow users to block seeing AdSense ads on site  users visit for a charge. “Working with a handful of websites, including Mashable, the Onion, Science Daily, wikiHow, Imgur and Urban Dictionary, Google is offering subscriptions for $1, $2 or $3 […]

As Many As 5K .Com’s Taken Away By Sealed Court Order By Verisign Including Some Of Mine

October 2nd, 2014 Comments off
Overnight I received a notice that several domain names I owned were transferred by a sealed court from Verisign without notice and of course without the court order. The domain names just were transferred by Verisign to another domain and are now listed for sale at another marketplace. Another domainer sent me an identical notice […]

AriaSystems Is Offering Free e-book On Monetizing the Internet of Things

September 3rd, 2014 Comments off is offering a free ebook on “Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines,” an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, “the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.” “The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by […]
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DomainHoldings Launches New Ad Exchange Bidtellect; Names Lon Otremba as its CEO

February 12th, 2014 Comments off

header-logo-2 just covered Domain Holdings new ad exchange Bidtellect and the company’s new CEO Lon Otremba who previously ran the social gaming firm Tylted.

“Bidtellect is the brainchild of John Ferber, who along with his brother Scott co-founded in 2004.”

“Otremba and Ferber said they’ve built a new tech platform that can help brands buy native ads in an automated fashion, at scale. “

“That contradicts much of the conventional wisdom surrounding native ads, which depending on your definition could include branded entertainment videos, advertisers tweets or custom produced pseudo articles—things that are seemingly hard to buy in bulk.”

“Based on the history of this business, when a medium can rapidly scale is only when advertisers can buy that way. “

“That’s when things really take off,” said Otremba, who argued that most existing solutions have focused on publishers, not brands.”

“Otremba claims to have signed up several big brands and publishers to test Bidtellect. “

“The company just won’t say who. “

“It has started testing its version of native ads on generic domains it owns. “

“That points to an obvious question—whether a native ad solution will come from the world of domain selling, particularly given its direct response heritage. Otremba said he envisions both brand dollars and performance revenue coming to native.”

“We are lining up a strong offering,” said Ferber. “Even on our domains, the ads fit the form and function of the way users are experiencing it.” And if brands have doubts, he said, “I can also say I created when I was 23.”

I agree

I wouldn’t bet against Mr. Ferber.

Congrats to DomainHoldings for its new Ad exchange which  hopefully will be the next big thing in the domain space.

Also a big congrats on naming its  new CEO Mr. Lon Otremba


Here is some more information about Lon according to his Linkedin profile  :

“A veteran operating executive and adviser in the internet publishing, print, television and broadcast music industries and a well known pioneer in interactive media. A frequent commentator on interactive marketing and operating strategies, I have presented to such events as the Forbes CFO Conference, The Economist Conference, the Business Week, Internet World, Digital Hollywood, AlwaysOn, and AdTech Conferences, and have appeared on CNN and CNBC, and served on the executive board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. I also have advised and been on the boards of directors of EEI Communications,, GGL, DotMenu (acquired by GrubHub), as well as several companies in the medical technology space, including Cardium Therapeutics, Inc., Artes Medical, and Power Medical Interventions (acquired by Covidien).”


Godaddy Is Back For The 10th Consecutive Super Bowl With Two Ads; No Word On .Co

October 31st, 2013 Comments off

“For a 10th year-in-a-row, GoDaddy is going to be in the Super Bowl commercial line-up according to a press release it issued today.

Godaddy  has purchased two thirty-second spots, one in each half of the game to be broadcast on FOX February 2.

“At least one of the two spots will feature Danica Patrick, who has already been in more Super Bowl commercials than any other celebrity.”

“GoDaddy is confirming what won’t be in the new commercials — risqué innuendo. GoDaddy’s marketing has evolved with the company’s overall transformation under new CEO Blake Irving, who is committed to maintaining GoDaddy’s edge, but in a way that speaks inclusively to the customer base and demonstrates the value the company provides to small businesses and entrepreneurs. “The Super Bowl ad strategy allows us to have fun and be edgy, and demonstrate how we help the little guy kick ass,” Irving said. “2014 marks a new era for GoDaddy Super Bowl commercials.”

The announcement did say if .Co would be a part of this year’s Godaddy Super Bowl Ads.

The new Super Bowl spots are being produced by Deutsch New York, the same agency that helped GoDaddy re-launch its brand last September with the “It’s Go Time” campaign featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the “kick ass” inspiration inside every small business owner.

“Hitting the decade mark with our Super Bowl advertising is a milestone worth celebrating, it’s a new beginning and we’re celebrating the go getter,” said GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Barb Rechterman. “We’re back where we started, on Fox, where our first commercial aired in ’05. It was actually our first TV ad of any kind. It spoofed the infamous wardrobe malfunction and drove a whole lot of media attention, which was great for a young company starting out. Now, we’ve matured. We’ve evolved. Our new brand of Super Bowl commercials will make it crystal clear what we do and who we stand for. We may be changing our approach, but as we’ve always said, we don’t care what the critics think. We are all about our customers.”…

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UPDATED: Samsung Rolls Out Ad Campaign On With Lebron As Part Of $100M NBA Deal

October 29th, 2013 Comments off

Samsung has rolled out a new Ad campaign to celebrate the start of the NBA season on the domain name With Matching Twitter Hash Tag

The features Lebron James as the Miami Heat are seeking a three-peat as NBA champs.

The site allows you to upload a selfie on and the site has pictures of people that have already uploaded pictures.

Pictures can also be send via Twitter or Instagram.

Pictures will be also displayed on the outdoor screen at American Airlines Arena in Miami tonight when the Heat Play the 1st game of the NBA season.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that  The National Basketball Association has signed a  $100 million deal with Samsung to use its products calling it the Courtside Palace at its games.

Samsung will supply the courtside monitors that referees use to review calls.

The league is also expected to customize video content for Samsung devices, including televisions.

Looks like this is bigger than we first thought





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Confirmed: Has Spent Over $50 Million On Television Ads; But Are They Over?

October 29th, 2013 Comments off

Fairwinds Domain Strategy Blog has confirmed was we have been suspecting, that has spent more than $50 Million dollars on its television advertising campaign promoting pre-registrations for the new gTLD program.

“”Web hosting company 1&1 has spent over $50 million on TV, print, and online marketing for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and has increased its web traffic by 200% because of it.

1&1 officials disclosed these numbers at the Munich newdomains2013 conference held from October 27 – 29.

FairWinds Partners is on the scene.”

So finally we have confirmation of the whisper numbers I have heard for the spend of this media campaign.

However as an avid NFL watcher I can say I didn’t see any ads on any NFL games this weekend, whereby in the previous weeks saw 4-6 commercial during each game.

This past weekend might have been a week break for the advertising campaign or it could mean an end to the NFL ad campaign.

Personally I don’t think the campaign was that successful compared to a $3 Million dollar Superbowl Ad

4x normal traffic doesn’t seem like a home run for a spend of $50 Million, especially considering the frequency that the commercials ran not just on NFL but also on news and other stations in the US.

Preregistration’s grew from around 1.5 million prior to the campaign to over 3.5 million.

Of course there is no cost for pre-registering a new gTLD domain so in essence the company just grew its email and contact basis whereby normal traffic to the site, were for people looking to register existing domain names and to buy other products of the company.…

Starting Today, Twitter Allows You To Schedule Your Tweets For Publication Up to A Year In Advance

October 21st, 2013 Comments off

According to a blog post on, starting today, all marketers using Twitter’s Ad Products can schedule organic or Promoted Tweets for specific dates and times up to a year in advance.

These can be coordinated to go live with new or existing Promoted Tweet campaigns to enable you to plan your real-time campaigns at your convenience.

With scheduled Tweets, you can publish content at any time without having staff on-call to Tweet on evenings, weekends, holidays, or other inconvenient times.

Advertisers also gain the flexibility to plan content in advance for events like premieres and product releases.

Scheduled Tweets are available to Twitter Ads users in all supported languages.

Two ways to create scheduled Tweets

You can create and schedule new Tweets from the blue Tweet button on the top right corner of the navigation bar at

We’re also introducing a new Creatives tab for users to create and manage both scheduled Tweets and Twitter Cards in one place.

You’ll see the Creatives tab in the top navigation bar next to Campaigns and Analytics.

New Tweet box

The Compose Tweet button on the Creatives page will bring up a new Tweet Box.

Here you can compose a Tweet and add a photo, location, or card as you like.

Tweets can be delivered organically to followers, or set up to publish as part of a Promoted Tweet campaign where you can select specific targeting criteria to make sure the right users see your message.

Scheduling options

Your account’s timezone is displayed, and Tweets can be scheduled based on that time. Scheduling can be set up to one year in advance, in increments of one minute.

We’re excited to hear your feedback and hope that scheduled Tweets make it easier to plan and manage organic and Promoted Tweets.


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Internet Advertising Blows Past $20 Billion In 1st Half Of 2013; Up 18%; Check Out This Crazy Chart Starting From 1996

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

According to  the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Internet advertising revenue surged past $20 billion for an all time record in the first half of this year.

Leading the way was an “explosion in mobile ads shown by companies including Facebook and Google”.

Online ad revenue of $20.1 billion in the first half represents an increase of 18% over last year’s first-half ad revenues of $17 billion.

Mobile ad revenue soared 145% to $3 billion in the first half of 2013 representing triple-digit growth at 145 percent, from $1.2 billion in the same period last year

  • Digital video, a component of display-related advertising, took in $1.3 billion in revenue during the first six months of 2013, an uptick of 24% over the first half of 2012 at $1.1 billion
  • Search revenues in the first half of 2013 totaled $8.7 billion, up 7% from $8.1 billion in the first half of 2012
  • Display-related advertising revenues in the first half of 2013 totaled $6.1 billion, accounting for 30 percent of revenues in the time period, up 9 percent from $5.6 billion in the first half of 2012
  • The top three advertising verticals accounted for 46 percent of advertising revenue, including Retail at 20 percent, Financial Services at 14 percent and Automotive at 12 percent

Check out this crazy chart of how Internet Advertising has grown since 1996.  As a point of reference I registered my first domain in 1997.

The IAB began measurements in 1996; dollar figures are rounded and obviously a lot of zeros are left off:


Year Revenue % Growth
HY 2013 $20,066 18%
HY 2012 $17,028 14%
HY 2011 $14,941 23%
HY 2010 $12,127 11%
HY 2009 $10,900 -5%
HY 2008 $11,510 15%
HY 2007 $9,993 26%
HY 2006 $7,909 37%
HY 2005 $5,787 26%
HY 2004 $4,599 40%
HY 2003 $3,292 11%
HY 2002 $2,978 -20%
HY 2001 $3,720 -7%
HY 2000 $4,013 147%
HY 1999 $1,627 110%
HY 1998 $774 125%
HY 1997 $344 320%
HY 1996 $82


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