T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award Nominations NOW OPEN Until Friday

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARD Nominations for 2014 are now open by sending the following form to nominations@targetedtraffic.com.

Nominations will remain open until Friday, August 22nd at 6 P.M. EDT.

Only those persons or companies that receive 3 nominations from 3 different individuals will be included on the ballot.

If you see this post and vote please leave a comment to let me know if you want. You can also post your nominations.

“The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS have become the most sought-after and prestigious Domain Industry awards presented annually.  This year marks the 10th Annual Awards. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. EAST 2014, to be held at the Fabulous Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort on Saturday, November 1st.”

You may nominate one person or company in each category. Some previous winners listed. PLUS, two brand new categories.

The AWARDS are: Continue reading

New Asian Domain Conference, “World Domain Day”, Features Remotely: Mike Mann, Adam Dicker, Andee Hill ++

world-domain-dayIndian Domain Owners Association, (IDOA) the organization of leading domain investors, web entrepreneurs and service in India, is organizing the first ever international domain conference in India, called World Domain Day [WDD.2014] on 24th August 2014 at Hyderabad.
Announced speakers at the conference include Mike Mann, Andrew Rosener, Andee Hill, Adam Dicker and more.

I made this post earlier but I got some information and I wanted to confirm what this conference is all about. I talked to Andee Hill and she confirmed that she will be speaking at this conference but remotely. She mentioned that others will do the same so I assume that all US speakers will be talking remotely.

I also found out that Sedo is going to be a sponsor. So I made these additions and reposted the article. I think that this should clear most things up. Some allegations about the past of some of the people behind the conference remain.

WDD says it expects attendees from India, USA, UK, Dubai, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand etc. and says that it expects to get extensive media coverage.

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TRAFFIC South Beach Early Bird Now Open

Here is the email I got from Rick Schwartz today:

Morning Folks!!
I will keep it brief.

Early Bird deeply discounted tickets for the Miami Beach show are now on sale!
Early Bird tickets are just $995 thru May 31 or 50 tickets whichever comes first.

So for those on the fence for Las Vegas, if you buy BOTH Las Vegas and Miami Beach tickets THIS WEEK and you are one of the first 25 to do so, we will offer you a $200 credit on your Las Vegas ticket, a free room night at the Bellagio or a Limo from the airport to the show. Your choice! That is for this week only and you MUST buy BOTH tickets this week to qualify.

Prices go to $1295 on June 1st. $1495 on July 31st and $1795 after Labor Day. So act now and you can save up to $1000.

Now back to populating the panels for the Las Vegas show and working on a THIRD Keynote speaker!
Rick Schwartz

Jeff Sass of .Club domains, Keynote Video at DomainFest 2014

Jeff Sass, CMO of .Club domains, explains how the new gTLD’s will change the brand marketing landscape and create opportunities for domain investors at DomainFest 2014 held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in L.A on April 1st, 2014.

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Uniregistry to Sponsor T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 at Las Vegas

Uniregistry will be sponsoring the luncheon on May 29th at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 at Las Vegas.
Here is the announcement from Rick Schwartz:
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is excited to announce that Frank Schilling’s UNIREGISTRY will be sponsoring the luncheon on Thursday, May 29th, at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 in Las Vegas.
UNIREGISTRY recognizes the immense business potential at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. By sponsoring and exhibiting at T.R.A.F.F.I.C., registrars and registries gain visibility among the most influential domain investors in the world today.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 runs May 28 – 31 at the World Famous Bellagio Hotel.
Can you really afford to put your business on hold until 2015 just to save a few dollars? You may want to rethink that one.

3 Nights free at the Bellagio ends at 6PM TODAY!

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. offer including 2 nights at the Bellagio for $1495 ends on April 4th

I got an email from Rick Schwartz informing me that the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference current offer including 2 nights at the Bellagio for $1495 ends this week on April 4th.

Here is the email I received from Rick Schwartz:
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NameJet partners with Oversee.net and DomainFest to auction 40 domains: RealityShow.com, Truckers.com

NameJet announced that they have partnered with Oversee.net and the DomainFest conference to offer 40 premium domain names for auction. This exclusive list of premium domains is available on the NameJet auction platform and will be showcased during the upcoming DomainFest domain investor conference. All auctions close during the conference running from March 31st through April 2nd.

Every domain scheduled for auction is priced to sell at either a low reserve or no reserve. No reserve auctions close on April 1st, and low reserve auctions close on April 2nd.

Here is the complete list of Premium Domain Names at auction: Continue reading

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas hosts a No Reserve gTLD auction – T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 10th Anniversary in Miami Beach

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas will have a No Reserve gTLD auction with domains released directly from the registries plus 18 gTLD proponents representing as many as 2/3 of all the new extensions will be offered 5 minutes of podium time to pitch their new extensions to those that are interested.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. celebrates its 10th Anniversary year starting in Las Vegas from May 28th to May 31st at the Bellagio Hotel with the cabana networking starting on the 27th and then its 10th Anniversary show at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach from October 30th, until, November 2nd, 2014 with cabana networking starting on the 29th.

If you read this far and have not purchased your Las Vegas Tickets for $1495 (that includes 2 nights at the #1 Rated Bellagio Hotel. Less taxes, fees and personal expenses) T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is delighted to offer a special Airport Pickup Service just for signing up this week that will whisk you from the airport to the Bellagio Entrance.

Here is the complete announcement:


T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has always kept the “noise out and the business in” for a decade now. Our formula is unique and has fostered the creation of more Domain Industry business deals than anywhere else. Other shows can wind you up, but T.R.A.F.F.I.C. winds you down. It is just a different philosophy with a different outcome. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. makes the conditions conducive to making deals and doing business.

We start with relaxing at the cabanas where you have some of the best pre-show networking anywhere and do business as you wind down a bit and enjoy some of the fruits of your labor. Have a few seminars that are timely and pertinent and real. That arms you with new ideas to go home with and institute. Meals to break bread with each other and get to see old friends and meet new ones. Then parties to celebrate the business that was already done and still to come. That is the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. focus and formula and we have never tried to hide it and we won’t be changing it but we always try to improve.

Folks that come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. never go home empty-handed. They can point to specific deals that more than pay for a first class experience and keep them coming back. We wrap all that up inside a World-Class 5 star hotel and make your business double as a tax-deductible vacation for you and your family. The ROI is priceless when you look back. Memories you will have for a lifetime and a lifestyle that improves with it.

As small as the Domain Industry is, there is still plenty of room for many formulas as we see and many more will come. Some folks like the hubbub and many classes and others like a more homogenized approach focused on doing business. Don’t come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. for the parties however T.R.A.F.F.I.C. parties are legendary.

They come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to do business and make decisions. Decisions they can look back on and clearly see the importance of.  T.R.A.F.F.I.C. sets up the conditions and atmosphere that keeps you on the cutting edge as the future comes at us at warp speed. We keep it real regardless of the pressure we get.

As T.R.A.F.F.I.C. celebrates its 10th Anniversary year starting in Las Vegas from May 28th to May 31st at the Bellagio Hotel with the cabana networking starting on the 27th and then its 10th Anniversary show at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach from October 30th, until, November 2nd, 2014 with cabana networking starting on the 29th, it is an opportunity to look back as well as forward; to see that 135 person gathering in 2004 that launched an industry become the blossoming and forceful power that the Domain Investment Industry has become, is quite a journey.

Each conference has its own focus, audience and way of doing things. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. always looks to improve your networking experience and opportunities as our only focus is enhancing your business objectives not ours

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas will have a No Reserve gTLD auction with domains released directly from the registries plus 18 gTLD proponents representing as many as 2/3 of all the new extensions will be offered 5 minutes of podium time to pitch their new extensions to those that are interested.

By the end of May, there will be many gTLD’s that will be actively seeking your business and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will give them a platform to do that business. Many will relish the opportunity to sway a professional and skeptical crowd and some will not be up to or ready for that challenge. As professionals, you will take it all into account. THEY have to make the case. The burden is on them and they will have to share their visions.

This is the domain industry of which .com is the foundation and focus for most. All extensions will be examined as we have each and every time over the years as we are eager to expand if we hear a compelling case. But that does not mean we will ignore the main focus and turn the show into a gTLD event. This is their “Coming out party” and we will give them their proper time and spotlight.

Here are some of the things we will cover and as you can see most of which are universale no matter what extension you might focus on:

How to build an ecommerce site to develop into a business from your best domains while increasing the value. Concept to live in 9 days.

How to find willing partners to develop your raw domains into thriving businesses. 

Fishing for whales or fishing for minnows. Same work, same time, different outcomes.

How do you buy a domain that stands directly in the crossroads of the future?

Mining for domains or mining for Bitcoins? With so many opportunities how do you pick a path?


Quicksand or gold? Horse race or stampede? The most honest, direct and comprehensive debate and conversation about where the future leads.  

There will be plenty of room in the fabric of the Internet for alternate extensions IF the public and end user accepts them and there is something of value for them there. Those are all open questions and the answers in the next few months will begin to reveal themselves. We will discuss those revelations and what they mean regardless of where the answers lead.

In 2004, we were an unknown factor looking to take on a world stage and make the case why domain names were such a powerful and important business tool that was essential going into the future. In 2014 there is no question that domain names will lead the news and the way forward.

Welcome to the future. Domains have gone from the obscure to center stage and Domain Investors like us have been there each and every step of the way. Your expertise will have great value going forward. I dream of one day asking a CEO “What is their “Domain Strategy?” and instead of that glazed over eye look, being directed to their “Chief Domain Name Strategist”.

In 2004, the first choice for a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference was the Fontainebleau Hotel in beautiful Miami Beach. However, they did not understand the industry at the time and could not accommodate us. (Actually they would bot even talk to us) But as we have done before, we just kept trying and this time they understood what TRAFFIC was all about and welcomed us with open arms.

This will be our first weekend show and the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Premiere Party promises to be a spectacular Halloween Masquerade Ball.  The Hotel is working with us to provide a program for families of all ages, so we will be encouraging everyone to bring their kids for magical Trick or Treats and other full-time activities.

Before that, however, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. LAS VEGAS will once again be held at the Top Rated Bellagio Hotel with all the bells and whistles and time to celebrate past successes and plant the seed for your future successes.

2014 is a year to celebrate surviving the recession and looking to the future once again. Just 6 months ago we were all hearing doom and gloom as I was writing about the “Boom” that was coming. Well here it is and if you don’t get your fair share………

We look forward to seeing you there because T.R.A.F.F.I.C. means B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S.

Serious people doing serious business and having a good time doing it. That’s the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. formula.

That is our case for coming to T.R.A.F.F.I.C.  We will not bombard you with hype for the next 5 months. I think the industry will be hyped out pretty soon if not already. But you will see a very serious set of shows as we celebrate 10 years with you! See you there

If you read this far and have not purchased your Las Vegas Tickets for $1495 (that includes 2 nights at the #1 Rated Bellagio Hotel. Less taxes, fees and personal expenses) we are delighted to offer our special Airport Pickup Service just for signing up this week that will whisk you from the airport to the Bellagio Entrance. And for those companies bringing 5 or more employees, we have a special just for you. Just contact Howard with your requirements.

Lastly, sponsorships are now on sale as well. They start at just $1000. Pricing is more attractive than ever. That is the only part of our formula that has changed and you will be delighted with the new price points.

That’s it. Talk to you again in the next month or two as we prepare our agenda and make it important and pertinent to you and your businesses and your futures.

There is a lot of information and agendas out there. You can rest assured that at T.R.A.F.F.I.C., our only agenda is you and your success.

Rick, Alina, Howard and Barbara and the rest of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. crew look forward to welcoming you again in 2014. We really are family. Thank you for being part of that family for the last decade!!

Rick Schwartz

DomainSponsor Announces DomainFest Conference in Hollywood

DomainSponsor®, the online monetization business of Oversee.net® and organizer of the critically acclaimed DomainFest® series of conferences, will host its annual DomainFest conference from March 31 to April 3, 2014, at the luxurious Loews Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.

DomainFest returns to Hollywood at the “new” Loews Hollywood Hotel, set in the middle of iconic Hollywood landmarks. This hotel is the gateway to enjoy all that Hollywood and Highland have to offer – from the Walk of Fame to the major movie studios.

”We are bringing DomainFest back to Hollywood and its roots,” said Debra Domeyer, CEO of Oversee.net. “With a tradition of networking, learning, and getting deals done, we’re delighted to be back. Our goal is to once again deliver a great conference with excellent speakers, rich content, and fun entertainment.”

Speakers, Agenda and Evening Entertainment

Domain owners, new gTLD Name Providers, Domain Registrars, Online Marketers, Affiliates and Startups attending DomainFest can expect an agenda packed with unique learning and networking opportunities. Industry leaders will offer insights and real-world experiences that can help improve business performance and results.

“For the 9th year, we are pleased to host the DomainFest conference,” said Dwayne Walker, Senior Vice President of Advertising and Domain Services. “Once again, we are bringing together the brightest and most informed experts, attendees and investors from the Domain, Online Advertising and Online Marketing industries to explore new business opportunities, network and enjoy memorable evening entertainment.”

In February 2013 more than 600 domain name investors, registrars, hosting companies, startups, advertising providers and online marketing companies from 25 countries attended the conference.

Registration is Now Open

An early bird registration fee of $695, which includes all sessions, meals and evening parties, is available now and will end Feb. 14, 2014. On Feb. 15, 2014, the regular pre-conference rate of $995 applies. This year, a special one-day pass will be available for the first day of the conference. Priced at just $295, it encourages a broad range of participants involved in the Southern California technology scene. To register, visit http://domainfest.com.

DomainFest has arranged for discounted hotel room rates at the Loews Hollywood hotel. For reservation details, please visit: http://domainfest.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

DomainFest is an excellent and cost effective way to promote your brand to savvy investors. Information about 2014 sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is available at http://domainfest.com. Inquiries can be sent to info@domainfest.com.

Get the Latest News and Stay Informed

The DomainFest team will provide updates, information and much more via its Twitter handle @domainfest. DomainFest, DomainSponsor and conference attendees will be tweeting before and during the conference using Twitter hashtag #DomainFest. Videos, pictures, commentary and live news and information will flow on Twitter via hashtag #domainfest. Tweet us using hashtag #DomainFest.

About DomainFest

Founded by DomainSponsor®, a division of Oversee.net, DomainFest is a conference series that brings domain, registrar, hosting, advertising and online marketing professionals together to learn, network and do business. Attendees include domain owners, internet entrepreneurs and a wide range of online business executives and service providers. For more information, please visit http://domainfest.com.

About Oversee.net

Oversee.net® owns and operates a portfolio of domain, online and mobile businesses. Advanced technology and cutting-edge online marketing techniques are utilized to optimize each online business. Over 230 million unique users per month visit Oversee’s DomainSponsor.com direct navigation ad network. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Oversee also has an office in New York City. For more information, please visit http://oversee.net.

Frank Schilling encouraging all to go to NamesCon in Las Vegas – Next stop: TRAFFIC East

Frank Schilling owner of the DomainNameSales.com platform send an email to all the DNS customers encouraging them to attend NamesCon starting in a few days. John Smrekar, Eddie Mullen, and Sevan Derderian will also be in attendance to explain some of the DNS features. NamesCon will take place in Las Vegas in January 13-15 2014. The conference will have more than 450 attendees. More tickets were released after the show sold out and Flippa is running a contest to win a free ticket.

It seems that Frank Schilling and DNS will not be attending the next TRAFFIC West domain name conference happening once again in Last Vegas. (May 28-31 2014). But they will be attending TRAFFIC East in September 2014.

Here is the email:


We are looking forward to seeing you all (and encourage you all to attend) NamesCon this January. This is the last domain end-user conference we plan to attend before September?s TRAFFIC East. Myself, John Smrekar, Eddie Mullen, and Sevan Derderian will be in attendance. We will be taking this opportunity to explain some of the features of our platform, and I look forward to sharing some of our plans for making you more money. Hotel rooms at $79 and record low airfares give us no excuse. If you were thinking about coming.. This is your show. See you next week.

Warmly, Frank.