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I write a more in depth article here with a direct quote for the media.
Over 2000 2700 3300 comments on this COVER story at Yahoo about Cowboys.com
I write a more in depth article here with a direct quote for the media.
I have gone through many domain names and domainers have been very nice to me even when I did not select their domains. That was until tonight when a true blooded MORON emailed me.
I took the TIME to look over his domains and even explained why I could not take them. He decided he wanted to fight. So a fight he gets.
Maybe others will have a better chance of reaching this KNOW-NOTHING because he loves to accuse me of not being fair and catering to a select group of individuals when selecting domain names for the auction because I did not choose his pigeon shit.
He even used another domainers name as a reference and then crapped all over her as well. He doesn't seem to care at all. That's what makes him a moron. But then he is really worse than a moron as you will see.
The so-called 'Domainer' is a Trademark infringer with an attitude from the looks of it and as far as I can see. What do you see? I have his expressed permission to post his emails and in time that will happen. But since this is my rodeo, we'll do it the way I want and a time of my choosing.
Some feedback might be helpful for this guy who thinks he can get away with infringing on the marks below.
Here are some of his accusations and why I am even writing this. As you all know I have been about as transparent about my involvement picking each and every domain based on only a couple things. Like does the domain have value and will domainers buy them because they see an upside? But when I simply answered his email with 'Sorry, I have to be very selective at this point' I got this barrage in return:
'Yup I’m always looking for a fight…. But I can’t believe that none of these domains are of interest. I viewed many of the domains on your site and many of the ones in this list are ten times better. This is a slanted game.'
This Friday (or before) I will be cutting off submissions to the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction. You will see and continue to see a lot of 'No Reserve' auctions on more than 60% of the contests. Actually closer to 70% when you include the domains that are priced really right, I can say with a fair amount of confidence that we will sell in excess of 75% of the entire list and still aiming for the 100%.
This guarantees excitement and true market values. More than 300 domains in just 70 lots so far. 42 of those lots with no reserves and many others with reserves that are very, very low. We are going to celebrate a great success not only in an auction that will be moving at warp speed. Not only an auction that will bring back the excitement an auction should provide. Not only instilling the confidence that we started rebuilding last year. Not only that the final number will exceed last year. But because folks are going to witness what happens when there is a real auction and the auction is done in a manner that we can all look back on and point to as the model to emulate in the future.
Yes, I can have the best domains in the world. We can have the most expensive domains in the world. But for those domains you need end users and it always gets back to timing and this just is not the time. Domainers are not going to buy multi-million dollar domains at this stage. The upside for US is just not there. A domain investor has to feel confident that is purchase is worth 10x-100x what they paid. THAT is how you play the domain game and most of these domains meet that threshold along with other criteria. These are the most 'Saleable' domains available on the market that have been submitted. I saw some great names and crappy names. I rejected dozens of domains with no reserves.
As I have stated before, a domain investor starting off with this list would be in the top 10%-20% of the industry. Those that don't see it that way don't have portfolios that are better.
My motives are clear and stated. I want as many domainers walking in the room targeting specific domain names to bid on before the auction starts. This list is filled with goodies. With businesses. With desirable assets and when you have a contest you have an auction and when you have an auction the market sets the true value at that moment in time. Circumstance forces some sales. Yet others just understand what I am trying to accomplish for everyone and are stepping up and offering domains with value at either no or very low reserves.
Either way attendees are going to have a good time, have some fun and watch an auction the way I have always envisioned it running. Monday October 8th at 3PM. The first day of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. instead of the last event.
And for those complaining about no online bidding. Give me a break. First of all you have to be pre-registered to bid here or anywhere. Secondly if you don't own a phone, it disqualifies you. Thirdly phone bidding has worked for 100 some odd years and now we have text as well. So anyone that wants a domain knows there are certain steps they must follow anyways. They need to participate and we need to know who they are. Buyers don't complain, they buy!
And lastly, Internet connections at hotels.....SUCK! We have seen problems almost every time and several auctions outright cancelled because of that. Plus it is for the entertainment and BENEFIT of our attendees. Ya snooze, ya lose.
btw......on large portfolios, the buyer is not forced to transfer all domains. So if one domain on a list of 20 is the only one you want, you can cherry pick that domain if you have the highest bid. There are some sleepers on these lists.
So good luck to all the sellers and congratulations to the buyers as many are going to walk away being very happy campers. The market is down and if you see the market like I do, you buy when things are depressed.
This is the most aggressively priced auction the industry has ever seen. If it fails I will take 100% responsibility since I picked each and every name over the past 3 months. 3 months to get 70 entries. There was no motive to tie up thousands of domains as in past auctions. That is not our business. Our business is presenting the single most exciting domain name auction the industry has ever witnessed to our attendees. Period! 3 auctioneers and once the gavel goes down on one sale, the bidding will begin on the next. So this will also be the fastest pace auction EVER in the Domain Industry. A REAL auction with no nonsense and a result that everyone WILL be proud of.
There are still about 5 contracts out so as they come in today, I will update this list. Contracts out that are not received by tomorrow will be eliminated and slots opened to others I am holding.
Lot#100 Tumors.net (No Reserve)
Lot #101 Tumors.com (No Reserve)
Lot #102 Fibre.com ($1 Reserve)
Lot #103 3dMovie.com (Aggressively Priced)
Lot #104 DesPlaines.com ($1000 Reserve)
Lot #105 AmusementPark.com
Lot#106 gtldforum.com (No Reserve)
Lot#107 gTLD.org ($1000 Reserve)
Lot#108 AerobicExercises.com (Guaranteed Placement)
Lot#109 FixedAPR.com (Guaranteed Placement)
Lot#110 SeePrague.com (Guaranteed Placement)
Lot#111 AnsweringMachines.com (No Reserve)
Lot#112 CheapLaptops.com (Aggressively Priced)
Lot#113 gtldAttorney.com (No Reserve)
Lot#114 NavigationGlasses.com (Low Reserve)
Lot#115 SmartLawyer.com (No Reserve)
Lot#116 FinancialGoals.com (No Reserve)
Lot#117 FitnessResort.com (No Reserve)
Lot#118 TechnologyTimes.com (Priced well)
Lot#119 FanClub.com (Opportunity knocking)
Lot#120 Saws.com and MiterSaws.com 7400 August type ins (Greatly Reduced)
Lot#121 3 Business Categories with a VERY reasonable reserve
Lot#122 11 Domain Adult Portfolio (No Reserve)
WaterproofTablets.Com (No Reserve)
CashBusiness.com, (Reserve under $15k)
Lot#125 MondayNightBaseball.Com (No Reserve)
Lot#126 4 Domain Portfolio .TV (No Reserve)
investmentproperty.tv (No Reserve)
Lot#127 simplyletters.com, wholesalefruits.com (No Reserve)
Lot#128 joanna.tv, tammy.tv, kirsty.tv (No Reserve)
Lot#129 LoanOfficers.com (Reserve under $10k)
Lot#130 QuickBuck.com and QuickBucks.com (Reasonable Reserve)
Lot#131 BridalShowerRegistry.com (No Reserve)
Lot#132 JustSamples.com (No Reserve)
Lot#133 LowestTirePrices.com (No Reserve
Lot#134 RXweed.com (No Reserve)
WeddingReceptionPhoto.com (No Reserve)
Lot#136 15 Adult Domains (No Reserve)
Pu**yhub.com (No Reserve)
Lot#137 Absolving.com (No Reserve)
Lot#139 HollywoodTimes.com and HWTimes.com (Low Reserve)
Lot#140 27 Domain Portfolio (No Reserve)
ShortTermRate.com (No Reserve)
Lot#141 VisitBogota.co (No Reserve)
Lot#142 Kannabis.com (Cheap)
Lot#143 LetsFixLunch.com, LetsFixBreakfast.com (No Reserve)
Lot#144 BulletproofVest.com (Corner the Market)
Lot#145 StartInvesting.com (Bargain)
Lot#146 AdultGaming.com (Low Reserve)
Lot#147 CloudFileServers.com (No Reserve)
Lot#148 WelcometoNewOrleans.com and WelcometoChicago.com (No Reserve)
Lot#149 WarrantyCorporation.com (Low Reserve)
Lot#150 ChipCreditCard.com (No Reserve)
Lot#151 CloudFileServers.com (No Reserve)
Lot#152 AdultGaming.com (Low Reserve)
Lot#153 1800foreclosure.com Comes with Matching 800#
Lot#154 100 Geo Domains (No Reserve)
Lot#155 Teeny.tv (No Reserve)
Lot#156 24HourRental.Com (No Reserve)
Lot#157 (5 Cloud Domain lot (No Reserve)
Lot#158 TanningFoam.Com (No Reserve)
Lot#159 (Low Reserve 3 domains)
Lot#160 OrthopaedicSurgeon.com (No Reserve)
Lot#161 MedicalRepresentative.com (No Reserve)
Lot#162 Fluzi.com (No Reserve)
Lot#163 RealityShows.TV (No Reserve)
Lot#164 BuildingCredit.com (No Reserve)
Lot#165 ShortTermLoan.com (Guaranteed Placement)
Lot#166 LastLaughs.com (No Reserve)
Lot#167 GamingApps.com (No Reserve)
Lot#168 SolarBusiness.com (LOW Reserve)
Lot#171 JiffyRental.com and JiffyRentals.com
Lot#173 MobilePaymentApps.com (Low Reserve)
Lot#174 6 Domains (No Reserve)
Lot#175 Insults.TV (No Reserve)
Lot#176 3 Domains (No Reserve)
The Domain Game has changed and if you take a small step back, you will clearly see it.
PPC was a very passive game and why not? The money was rolling in faster than most of us could spend it. So why work? It was a really nice run and it is far from over. However it is changing.
I send all of my PPC traffic to 4 companies that did not even exist before last year. InternetTraffic.com, VooDoo.com, DomainHolding.com and the ParkingPlace.com. I am testing out JuiceCow.com, Parklogic.com and others. I am ALWAYS testing. ALWAYS!!! Plus there are 2 or 3 new companies on the horizon.
If you took a step back you would see what I was saying. Se ALL these new generation companies are run by DOMAINERS!! They started these companies because our original partners were letting us down. That's the simple truth.
See there are 100,000 folks and more in the domain industry. However there are less than 500 domainers. Maybe 350. Then we could break that group down into sectors from there.
In 2007 I earned 100% of my revenue via PPC. Today my only goal is to keep reducing that percentage. Not because I want to, but because I can no longer afford to be passive. That is what motivated all those folks above to start their own businesses. One thing about those 350, they are some of the most resourceful people in all the world. People that are DECADES ahead of the masses. That comes with a price. It's called 'Patience'.
Now things are different. No longer do we have to explain what a domain name is. No longer do we have to defend the practice of investing in domain names. No longer are we laughed at by all those that were so much smarter than us but were on a path with an end. We are just at the beginning of our path.
In the days ahead I will start to tell you about sites I have been launching all year with various partners. Sites that are not PPC or mini sites but sites that can add value and build around.
There was really no reason to be aggressive until now. 'Patience' was the main element and now that is giving way to a reality I saw on Day #1 in domaining.
I am currently leasing many domains as businesses with an exit plan. I plan to add one new one this week with one partner and add several with another. They outperform PPC and it has a growth potential which was not available before. The sites are simple. Look for leads to match with folks that need and want the business. 1+1=2. Not fancy, but effective.
What do I get for a leased domains? Anywhere from $500-$1500 per month depending on the item they sell. So at the high end it is $18k per year for a worldwide presence. Some think that is high. I don't. If you can't make the $18k/year and loads more, then don't waste your time or mine. Open a store in your local mall or on Main Street. You will burn through $18k before your doors ever open. You will pay rent of more than $18k for eternity. I have a formula that addresses what happens when the domain is developed and there is a success. An exit plan that allows the developer to share in OUR success. But if you are an under achiver and their idea or business can't make at a minimum of $50-$100 a day, why waste the time? I want guys with plans to make $1000/day and more. That understands what he needs to do. Most of the bar set way too low.
The more deals I have, the easier it is to repeat. Other domainers are doing other types of deals and they too are QUIETLY being aggressive in a manner that is paying dividends. Traffic has value. You need to start with some traffic. You can double one, but you can't do much doubling zero.
So the industry has a new face coming and it looks more and more like domainers and domaining again. I have said for many years that we would all be pulled into different directions and different orbits. Now you can see that happening. But make no mistake, the domain industry is still their gravitational strong point. Their natural point of interaction because they can still see the same things and dreams that few have ever known.
The Domain Industry will continue to change and morph and do lots of things. Unfortunately, that 350-500 core domainers will probably never grow and only consolidate in time. Expansion for that group is OVER! New speculators will continue to come in waves of new folks as the new extensions come to be. Will any join the upper group? Probably? I don't know. We will have to see. If they do, it would likely be from the same pool of 350-500 I am talking about.
Adversity is the seed of success. The thing that turns comfort and passive into passion and aggressiveness. If you are reading this, you are the lucky ones that are working just a little harder. Giving just a little more. Not looking at a calendar or a clock but looking at what needs to be done and accomplished.
You work on Sundays and holidays. You work from dawn to dusk. Work is who and what you are. But you also play and enjoy and do.
20 year plan. This is going to be like a soft landing on the moon. It is ALL coming together and I can now see it from my backyard! We are in the gravitational pull of that plan. There is no mistaking it. A generation reduced to a decade and then 5 years and when you get past 3 years you begin to count things in MONTHS!! Right now still 3 years and 3 months from that landing. But the orbit is now. The planning for the touch down is now. 3 years 3 months means only 90 days away from month counting. Long ways from a generation ago! Soon to be just 36 months from a vision to a perfect reality using hsitory as my guide.
Have a GREAT Day!
The SaveMe.com Reverse Domain Hijacking Poster Boy, Marcio Mello Chaves, now has his own poster that will circulate around the Internet and hopefully follow him where ever he may go. Until there are criminal penalties for attempted Reverse Domain Name Hijacking then PUBLIC SHAME is the only way to warn others that may try similar tactics what WILL happen to them, their companies and their futures should they try and HIJACK what they are not entitled to.
Those that try and bend the system in this way are going to be marked for life! PERIOD! No matter how big or how small, anyone crossing the line will suffer the consequences just like our 'Friend' Marcio Mello Chaves. He tried to steal MY name and now I OWN HIS NAME, HIS REPUTATION and HIS FUTURE!
When I said '2 x 4 with nails', this is what I meant. Some will say let it go. NO WAY! This is not about Marcio. He is just an example to inoculate OUR assets from other like minded predators. If you are a reverse domain name hijacker or you represent a reverse domain name hijacker, you do so at your own peril. Think twice before you make that mistake. Is it worth losing your reputation? Is it worth risking your entire business? Is it worth the embarrassment when others find out? Is it worth it? Is it worth following you not only for your lifetime, but way past?
Márcio Mello Chaves aka Marcio Mello Chaves aka Convicted Reverse Domain Name Hijacker. I said I would make him famous and I am a man of my word. I am not angry at him. Quite the contrary. I have been waiting for this for 17 years. The one case that would change the world and this was a GIFT!
And let's not forget about Wall-Street.com and their Hijacking attempt. They get 'Dishonorable Mention' in each and every post I will be doing along with the 20 others I have been able to find and list.
After nearly 20 years of defending a legitimate business, a day has finally come where the label of 'Cybersquatter' meets the reality of 'Reverse Domain Name Hijackers'. Hijackers that TRY and steal what does not belong to them and without ANY legal rights! It is a deceitful and disgusting practice that could put any business owner with a dot com address in jeopardy for merely being ahead of the curve. Merely investing in the future. Merely taking a risk when nobody else would or could. Doing what folks have done for HUNDREDS of YEARS! While at the same time somebody else was either asleep at the wheel, too late to play and/or too cheap to pay!
Our 'Friend' and convicted Reverse Domain Name Hijacker Marcio Mello Chaves was a speaker at the Congress about Technology and Law in Brazil.
Mr. Chaves will also be NAME 'POSTER BOY' FOR 2012-2013, REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKER OF THE YEAR, NEXT MONTH AT T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
YOU CAN SEE THE YouTube video here. I am sure that 'Congress' must be very proud to have somebody as infamous as Marcio Mello Chaves to speak.
The law may not provide any penalties so it is our DUTY to make sure this follows him until he addresses it squarely and head on.
As more and more new companies pop up so are out dated textbooks and professors that never ran a business trying to teach business in a classroom. Teaching FLAWED business in a classroom. This is laughable but also a crime. Kids PAYING to be taught GARBAGE!
If you still have not read this post and seen last weeks episode of Shark Tank you will remain clueless. No longer will you be able to SEIZE opportunity. First because nobody showed you how to recognize it when it crosses and the other is they have no idea themselves what opportunity looks like.
So here we are. Tens of thousands of new 'Business Graduates', few with a real job. So instead of being unemployed, they are involved in some 'Start up' that probably will shut down before it starts up. An engine with no motor.
So they run out and get 'Budgets' that of course include their payroll. Money that comes from others not even earned via the business. Are you kidding me?
Then of course they have their 'Budgets' and that is where the ship SINKS! See a budget can not substitute for making good decisions. Doing it RIGHT, trumps a silly budget because the silly budget puts invisible chains around you and you become doomed to failure. Do it right first, figure out the other stuff later. When you do it right, you get dividends. That usually pays for the budgets overages and then leads to SUCCESS.
So a note to start-ups. Start something, do it right, or just go to the beach and be unemployed because budgets will put you out of business LONG before you run out of money! So for you budget hawks that are squeezing the LIFE out of your business and smothering it to death, take 43 minutes to read/watch this. It's FREE. It won't break your HOLY BUDGET! But it may teach you something more than your classroom did. Come to think of it, McDonald's will teach you more in 9 hours than a classroom can in 9 months. Plus one will be much more valuable.
Budgets Get in the Way of Just Doing it Right. Let's Just Do it Wrong Because it is CHEAPER! If you work for a company and BUDGET is their keyword.....LEAVE! Leaver as fast as you can because that budget is the ceiling that will prevent you from success.
Have a GREAT Day!
We put out a list of activities last month available to you on Saturday if you are going to TRAFFIC. Looks like Deep Sea Fishing was the one activity that there was universal interest in. We have a choice of a 7AM departure or 1:30 PM or BOTH if there are neough folks signing up.
So this is the LAST CALL for all DEEP SEA FISHERMAN as well as a sponosr for this event. Just contact me at domain king at gmail .com and I will arrange things. We MUST have all names and info by this Friday.
We are now in countdown mode for TRAFFIC and you will hear less and less from me as we are now in show production mode. The agenda will be complete next Friday after I announce the addition of 12 more speakers to our roster and put the finishing touches to our seminar programs. As always, we wait as long as we can to see what exactly will be the most beneficial topics to you.
With yet another Reverse Domain Hijacking decision announced against Wall-Street.com it gives us another candidate for our new award. There may no criminal penalty YET, but they have ME as a penalty until the laws catch up. I will remind the public EARLY and OFTEN about these PREDATORS!
It is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to continue to write about these SCUM long after they TRIED to HIJACK a Domain Name. The penalty needs to be SEVERE. VERY SEVERE! It has to cost them in good will and customers for it to be effective.
So Wall-Street.com is now on the radar screen for ALL the world to see just like SaveMe.com.br and all the others!
We are working on the award right now. We are thinking of a Gold Plated Pile of Shit that we display prominently. We will bring SHAME to these companies until the LAW institutes penalties for trying to STEAL things legally but unethically.
Case #1 is our Friend Scott Day of Digimedia who won a $100k+ judgment against GOFORIT ENTERTAINMENT, LLC who IS a REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKER.
Case #2 Rain.com Media Rain LLC engaged in Reverse Domain Hijacking
Case #3 CinemaCity.com Prime Pictures a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #4 CollectiveMedia.com Collective Media Inc. is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #5 Elk.com ELK Accesories Pty Ltd. of Preston, Australia is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #6 ForSale.ca Globe Media International Corporation is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #7 Mess.com Kiwi Shoe Polish Company is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #8 Goldline.com Goldline International, Inc is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #9 K2R.com k2r (Spot Remover) is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #10 CarSales.com carsales.com.au Limited of Burwood, Victoria, Australia is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #11 Proto.com Proto Software, Inc., New York, New York, United States of America, represented by Byron Binkley is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #12 TrailBlazer.com Trailblazer Learning, Inc. represented by Brett W, Caledonia, Michigan is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #13 DreamGirls.com Dreamgirls, Inc., Tampa, Florida, represented by Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP, Los Angeles
Case #14 Mexico.com Consejo de Promoción Turística de México, S.A. represented by Bello, Guzmán, Morales Y Tsuru is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Case #15 Windsor.com Windsor Fashions, Inc., Los Angeles, California, represented by Abraham M. Rudy, Esq. and Julie Waldman, Esq., Weisman, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Grodin & Evall LLP, Beverly Hills,
Case #16 Mindo.com Scandinavian Leadership AB and Mindo AB of Uppsala, Sweden, Respondent is Internet Masters of Ecuador, internally represented.
Case # 17 and Sha.com The Complainant is Albir Hills Resort, S.A. of Alfaz del Pi Alicante, Spain, represented by PADIMA, Abogados y Agentes de Propiedad Industrial, S.L., Spain.
Case # 18 etatil.com The Complainants are ÖZALTUN OTELCİLİK TURİZM VE TİCARET LTD. ŞTİ. of Istanbul, Turkey, Allstar Hotels LLC of New York, Unites States of America and Mr. Metin ALTUN of Istanbul, Turkey, represented by Istanbul Patent & Trademark Consultancy Ltd., Turkey.
Case # 19 Wall-Street.com GUILTY. RDNH. Trying to Reverse Hijack the domain WallStreet.com
Case # 20 Saveme.com.br label Reverse Domain Name Hijacker. Landmark case.
All of these companies will be 'Recognized' at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. They are going to rue the day they decided to engage in hijacking. 1000x worse than being called a cybersquatter. The tables have been turned. Deal with it!
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Want to get a 4 year education in 43 minutes. In THE most important and useful episodes of Shark Tank I have EVER seen.
Mark Cuban vs The Professor and the student. Could not illustrate the difference of how it really works better than this. And they were SCARED to actually use their own system. A bridge to nowhere. Horrible!
Later watch somebody make the right move. And another with no move. This is very educational and see which one you see the most of in you.
Here is the link to last nights season opening episode.
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