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Why THE Domain Conference Will Be Successful

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The TRAFFIC domain conferences have been operated by the team of Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu. Rick Schwartz recently announced his retirement, but the legacy of the TRAFFIC conferences will live on under a new moniker.

Howard Neu announced the creation of a conference called "THE Domain Conference," which is the successor to the TRAFFIC conferences. The conference is scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from September 27 – 29, 2015. There will also be pre-conference networking opportunities.

I plan to attend THE Domain Conference in September, and I hope you'll be there as well. There are several reasons why I believe THE Domain Conference will be successful, and I want to share those reasons with you: (more…) → Read More


Thoughts About TRAFFIC Conference

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I returned home yesterday morning after spending a couple of weeks on vacation and at the TRAFFIC conference in Miami. I thought I would share some thoughts about this 10th anniversary conference for those who were unable to attend. I'll break it down into three sections - Venue, Attendees, and Panels & Parties.

For those who may not know, the TRAFFIC conference was held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. In past years, the October conference (called TRAFFIC East) has been held in the south Florida area, including Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood. This was the first time the event was held at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Some of my thoughts about the conference: (more…) → Read More


Some Thoughts About TRAFFIC Awards

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Following the TRAFFIC conference awards, I had a brief discussion with a couple of friends about the voting process. The genesis of the discussion was that some nominees reached out to friends, clients, and others to ask for their support for the awards.

I think this year's TRAFFIC Award voting process was improved from prior years, and it seems to be a fair way to conduct voting. Some people may have opined that it doesn't seem like a total industry award because you have to be on the TRAFFIC email list to nominate, but I believe anyone can sign up to be on the list. I think it's smart to do it this way because it cuts down on fraud and lessens the chance that someone can stuff the ballot box. I think having a third party, Escrow.com in this case, review the votes (just like the Domainers Choice Awards used a third party service, too) was also a smart idea.

Some people may feel like industry awards (more…) → Read More


Weekend Thoughts, Updates, and Tips

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The 10th anniversary of the TRAFFIC conference is now in the books, and I am glad that I attended. As usual, the networking was good, and I had some productive meetings. I also met some people I had not met before, and that is one of the most valuable aspects of the conference. I shared some additional thoughts about the conference below.

If you called me or emailed me at some point during the last two weeks, I will try to reply to you soon. My wife and I spent a few days in Florida prior to the conference, and that was followed by several nights in Punta Cana, which was then followed by the TRAFFIC conference. Although I've been working, I have a few emails and phone calls to return.

Here are some thoughts and updates: (more…) → Read More


Sunday Updates

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I'm in the middle of a daddy-daughter weekend, as my wife went out of town for a baby shower. I think we'll do a little apple picking, apple pie making, and maybe spend some time outside depending on the weather. I hope you have as much fun as I have!

I want to share some thoughts and updates that I have been compiling from the past week. You are also welcome to share your thoughts, feedback, or anything related to domain investing: (more…) → Read More


Domain Conference Panel I Would Attend

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When I am at a domain conference, I don't generally attend the panels or keynote speeches. I go to conferences like TRAFFIC and Namescon to reconnect with friends and colleagues, meet with industry companies, and make new contacts. I very rarely attend the panels. There is one panel I would attend though: a Q/A with UDRP panelists.

A UDRP is a risk for any domain owner. Regardless of how defensible a domain name is (check out the Photo.com UDRP for an example), there aren't really any domain names that are immune to a UDRP filing. I think a UDRP on a descriptive domain name should be a "no brainer," but there are quite a few examples of a UDRP being ruled in favor of a complainant, despite the domain name's descriptive nature. Even when the correct decision is made, I think there are many UDRP decisions that are inconsistent. I suppose it is the nature of the system.

That being said, I would find it (more…) → Read More


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