The Only Thing Missing From Domainfest Speakers & Experts are Domainers

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.


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

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

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.”””

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

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

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



Next up: conference in Munich 9/26-27

More conferences!  Following on the heels of a very successful F8 conference with Facebook, I am now on to Munich for the conference.

New Top Level Domains are coming into focus and it is the time to be preparing for them.  I have connected up with a constellation of experts in a company called Sedari, which provides expert consulting and operational excellence for these new domains that are on the horizon.  It is a great group of people, and we’re really knowledgeable about the process and every facet of them.

ICANN’s new Top Level Domain website is launched and the applicant guidebook published. The communications program is already under way with ICANN gatherings in numerous parts of Europe to announce and provide Q&A about the new Top Level Domain application process.

United Domains have timed a conference perfectly with all of these events, called  I am good friends with the conference organizer, and he’s expressed to me that he is immensely pleased not only about the attendance levels, but in particular just how many of those attendees are from brands, and also how many are new or unrecognized names, which illustrates to me that the interest in new top level domains is brewing.

There will be a keynote from Steve Crocker, the Chairman of the Board of directors of ICANN, and the conference is packed with fantastic sessions that will benefit participants of any level of experience, from beginner to advanced.

I am speaking in a session called “ask the experts” along with my friends and respected experts Peter Dengate Thrush, Tina Dam, and Dan Schindler on 9/26 from 16:30 – 17:25 Munich time (10:30 am Eastern / 7:30 am Pacific).

My good friend and the CEO of Sedari, Dr. Liz Williams, will be on a panel just before hand with Richard Wein of, Sarah Langstone of VeriSign, Jim Rogers of Neustar, Elmar Knipp from Knipp Medien & Kommunikation GmbH (who have an interesting platform called Tango) and Peter Hupfauer of

I look forward to seeing you there!

About the conference:

Conference URL:

Organized by :



Live Blogging will be being done by Jennie-Marie Larsen, also of Sedari either at under blog or @sedarinews on twitter

DotMobi has created a mobile friendly calendar and event site at








Next up: .nxt Conference in San Francisco, August 24-26, 2011

New TLDs are covered in depth and precise focus in San Francisco in August.  This is a great opportunity for Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that might be interested to find out a bit more information in and around the recently  announced plans that will shift the internet from the .COM era.

Register now for the next .nxt conference, which will be at the San Francisco InterContinental
24-26 August | sponsorship opportunities availablevenue