Nominations Close at 6PM for 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards

Morning Folks!!

Just a reminder that nominations must be in by 6PM today.

Ballots MUST be emailed to nominations@targetedtraffic.com to be counted. Posting here does not count.
If you sent you nominations between 8AM and 11AM on Wednesday, please resend as our mail server was down.

2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS NOMINATIONS

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARD Nominations for 2013 are now open.

Nominations will remain open until Friday. August 2nd at 6 P.M. EDT.

Just hit return and email us your picks for 2013.

We have added a few new guidelines this year to maintain the integrity of the voting process as the last 2 years were record breakers for voting.

1. Nominations must be made by a 3rd party - you cannot nominate yourself.

2. We reserve the right to limit the amount of nominees in any category.

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. 2013, to be held at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Ritz-Carlton Resort on Tuesday, October 22 2013.

You may nominate one person in each category

The AWARDS are:

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION (the NEW company with best monetizing results) Previous Winners = Sendori.com, InternetTraffic.com, DomainPower.com

I nominate ___________________________________________

 

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION (this includes Revenues, Sales, Development, etc.) Previous Winners = Moniker.com, Fabulous.com, Sedo.com

I nominate ___________________________________________

 

THE "WE GET IT" AWARD ( this goes to the brick and mortar company that understands the value of a good domain)  Previous Winners = Steve Forbes, Russian Standard Vodka, Foreclosure.com, Melville Candy Co., Citrix

I nominate __________________________________________

 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR (self-explanatory)  Previous winners = Kevin Ham, Shawn Pilfold, Rob Grant, Alan Dunne

I nominate ________________________________________

 

DOMAIN BROKER OF THE YEAR (the person or company that is the most successful in brokering the sale of domains) Previous winner, Dave Evanson

I nominate _______________________________________

 

BEST DOMAIN BLOG (the one that you can't miss)  Previous Winners = DNJournal, TheDomains.com, DomainSherpa

I nominate _______________________________________

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR (the company that really gives the best customer service)PREVIOUS WINNERS = TrafficZ, Parked.com, InternetTraffic.com, Escrow.com

I nominate ____________________________________

 

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR ( the person who stands above the rest in the domaining industry) Previous Winners = Kevin Ham, Mike Berkens, Frank Schilling

I nominate ____________________________________

 

BANDIT BERKENS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

I nominate ____________________________________
DOMAIN HALL OF FAME (two people are inducted each year, but only nominate one)

The following have already been inducted to the DOMAIN HALL OF FAME: MONTE CAHN, RICK LATONA, RON JACKSON, MIKE BERKENS, RICK SCHWARTZ, DAVID CASTILLO, MICHAEL CASTILLO, FRANK SCHILLING, YUN YE, SCOTT DAY, SAHAR SARID, HOWARD NEU, ADAM DICKER, MIKE MANN, CHAD FOLKENING

I nominate _____________________________________

Ballots MUST be emailed to nominations@targetedtraffic.com to be counted. Posting here will not count.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards Icons Now Available.

Morning Folks!!


We are in the process of creating a series of Icons for those that have been nominated for an award. They can display on their site if they wish to. Below are the first generation to get things going. But we are working on a few other things.


For example, for past winners, we will provide you with a more customized Icon with it personalized for your specific award and year. Possibly even your name!


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This is just the first generation and Danny is working on many of these so that you can find the one that suits your site the best. I will be posting more TODAY. I will post them right here as they become available.


There is no link back required but would be appreciated to TargetedTraffic.com. We often talk about 'End Users'. So the first thing to accomplish that might be to build a road to something they can educate themselves about. Just a thought.


Have a GREAT Day!

Rick Schwartz


Record 119 Nominations Received for 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards

Morning Folks!!


Looks like many found the power they had and we have received a record busting amount of nominations. If my count is correct, 119 total nominations, with 101 different nominees, spread over 9 different categories. More than 900 nominations were cast among the different categories and that beats the record set last year. I want to congratulate all the nominees and the nominators! Well done!!


Beginning in the days ahead I will start listing each category and the nominees. Normally I would release all at once but because of the amount of nominations we will be releasing 1-2 categories at a time so the nominees can all have their day in the sun and voters will have more time to digest the list and make an informed vote.


Thanks again for your participation and Good Luck to all the nominees!


And don't forget we will also present the First Annual Bandit Berkens 'Goodwill Ambassador Award' in October.


Have a GREAT Day!

Rick Schwartz


More than 750 Votes Cast in T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards Balloting!!

Morning Folks!!


The heaviest voting in the history of the TRAFFIC
awards has concluded. The votes are in, all 750 of them, the results have been tabulated and the
awards will be given out at TRAFFIC in New York City on October 28th.
There were several neck and neck
races but there has been a clear winner chosen in each category.


These are your awards. You provided the nominations and did
the voting. The quality of the nominees and the winners speak for themselves! Again,
congratulations to all the nominees and eventual winners. Job well done!


SPONSOR OF THE YEAR
PARKED
HITFARM
DDC
SKENZO
DOMAINER OF THE YEAR
MIKE BERKENS
LONNIE BORCK
DAVID AND MICHAEL CASTELLO
ALAN HACK
RICK LATONA
JERRY NOLTE
SHAUN PILFOLD
RICK SCHWARTZ (Declined)
BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION
DEVHUB
FABULOUS
HAYNEEDLE
NETSHOPS
SKENZO
SEDO
DOMAIN HALL OF FAME (VOTE FOR 2)
MIKE BERKENS
MICHAEL AND DAVID CASTELLO (counts as 1 vote)
LARRY FISCHER
BRIAN GILBERT
ROB GRANT
MICHAEL MANN
HOWARD NEU
JERRY NOLTE
SHAWN STAFFORD
DIVYANK TURAKHIA
MIKE 'ZAPPY' ZAPOLIN
BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION
ABOVE.COM (TRELLIAN)
DEVHUB
THE 'WE GET IT' AWARD
BOBBLEHEADS.COM
MELVILLE CANDY / CANDY.COM
STEVE SCHAFFER
TOYS-R-US
BEST DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
RICHARD DOUGLAS
SHAUN PILFOLD
WARREN ROYAL
VERTIVE. INC.
NAT COHEN
BEST DOMAIN NEWS BLOG
RON JACKSON / DNJOURNAL.COM
MIKE BERKENS / THEDOMAINS.COM
JERRY NOLTE / DOMAINERSMAGAZINE.COM
ELLIOT'S BLOG / ELLIOTSBLOG.COM
MICHAELGILMOUR / WHIZZBANGSBLOG.COM
OWEN FRAGER / FRAGERFACTOR.COM
RICK SCHWARTZ / RICKSBLOG.COM (Declined)
APPRAISER OF THE YEAR
ANDREA MIGNOLO



Have a GREAT Day!

Rick Schwartz


Announcing: The First Annual, “Asheville Professional Domain Investor Meetup and Family Outing,” August 2019


Morning Folks!!



Before TRAFFIC was born or slightly after, I had a special dinner in Asheville. There were about 10 domainers in attendance. Was a very memorable event and very special. Mike Berkens, Roy Messer, Howard Neu, their wives, and a couple others. I had wanted to do it again, but I started TRAFFIC and the "Richmond Hill Inn," open since 1886, home of the fanciest restaurant in Asheville, burnt to the ground. (Jewish Lightning, aka Arson) But what a memory!!!



That was years before anyone really heard of Asheville as a destination. Today it is one of the coolest, hippest places in the USA and beyond. Some of the best most creative restaurants anywhere and named among America's top destinations in almost every survey done. The latest one was by Tripadvisor.com and got the #1 spot. If I tried to list all the top awards it gets as a city I would bore you. Top 100 places to live in America and dozens and dozens of others. A very special place.



I discovered Asheville by accident. I was in my early 20's and was driving from the High Point Furniture market to Knoxville, TN. Well, I hit an ice and snowstorm and got stranded in this tiny mountain town called Asheville for 2 days. Those were "Days Inn" days. I liked the place and made a note about it. (Asheville, not Days Inn)



A few years later my mom called me. They were in Atlanta with their house trailer in the summer of 1985. It was 100 degrees hot. They wanted to know if there was somewhere they could go and maybe even cool off. So I told them about Asheville. This tiny "Vermont" looking town in the southern mountains with great summer weather. They went and never left. They left their trailer there and every summer for 10 years that is where they went.



In 2004 I bought a condo there. From Realtor.com. Never even saw the place before I purchased. The realtor thought I was crazy. Maybe I was. But I used that place as a starting point to get familiar with the area and look for something more exciting. In 2005 I bought an 11-acre parcel with a large home on it. The house was owned and built by a New York to Palm Beach Socialite and her Doctor husband. They both died shortly after building this really well thought out custom home. It's a mix of North Carolina and Park Avenue. Not a good fit for a family in Asheville but a Perfect fit for me! It took 15 minutes to decide to buy it. And I have spent time there ever since.



To my amazement, a town with a handful of mediocre places to eat at best started to attract many young chefs coming out of these culinary schools like Johnson and Wales and others, and it has now become THE foodie and Farm to Table capital. It's also the microbrewery beer capital of the east as well ranked just behind Boulder, Colorado which I love too!!. But back to Asheville, it's just a fantastic place. It's also home to the largest private house in America. The Biltmore Estate. 125,000 square feet on over 8000 acres.



Asheville, a cool city with a cool summer breeze nestled in between the Smokey mountains of Western North Carolina. Famous Blue Ridge Highway goes right thru it and some of the best white water rafting is close by!


Asheville is homegrown. It's akin to Greenwich Village or Hate Ashbury but so much larger and more extensive with lots of southern hospitality. I love Asheville! Everyone falls in love with this place, and you will fall in love too! It's also a huge music town known for its history. According to Fodor's, "Their music scene is like nothing you have experienced."



Here is a NY Times article about what to do with 36 hours in Asheville. It will challenge you! There is so much to do I hope we have time for domains!!



The early evening line outside just to get into the best chocolate shop EVER!


The guy at the door allowing folks in 1 by 1.


Believe me, by Asheville standards, he is completely normal. (It's still light out)


For years I have been thinking about an Asheville, NC Domainer Meet-up. But early on nobody ever heard of the place and it's not that easy to get to. I am not looking to work or start some business, just a "Dutch Treat" event in which like-minded professional domainers can meet, brainstorm together and pay directly to the venue wherever it is held. I can set the agenda and the venue but the rest is a group effort.



Successful domain investors only who want to be more successful and talk at a higher level. This is a self-financed, non-profit event open to full-time domainers but not unlimited seating. A place with no outside NOISE!



Tentatively, it would take place during the first-week f August. The evening of August 1st ending August 3rd. .I am sure some might stay even longer and make a real vacation out of it. Break bread, party a little, talk a lot, hang out and see where it goes. I am trying to decide what number to cap it off at. Too big won't serve the purpose, and I am not looking for a job. We are talking 3-4 dozen or so (including the spouse or significant other) not hundreds. It must be an intimate event for it to be of great value to those that participate.



I know the exact location in Asheville I want to meet, but beyond domaining, there will be lots of time to explore and enjoy the company of each other as well as all Ashevilleand surrounding area has to offer! 😊



With this post, I intend to gauge the amount of interest (if any) and go from there. A couple of successful domainers are already on board (Mike Berkens, Roy Messer) Those are the only two I have asked their opinion until this post, and they are in! That was just yesterday. And if it is just the 6 of us, that's fine too! It will be great, and it will be memorable. I can't wait! Join us!



Until then, here are some more pictures of Asheville. Let's take over there city and have some great fun!!



Rick Schwartz


TRAFFIC 2013, One for the History Books!

Morning Folks!!

TRAFFIC 2013 is winding down and from all accounts, may have been one of the best TRAFFIC shows to date.  I even enjoyed it.

It was fun, light, serious, passionate and LOTS of business was done. Business you will be hearing about well into 2014.

I want to personally thank each and every attendee for coming and not only hope we met your expectation but exceeded them.

And of course I want to congratulate all the award nominees and the winners for each category. Well done!

I expect by Friday to post the Schwartz/Shilling Tag Team Match right here.

Rick Schwartz

 

Voting Ends in Less than 1 Hour. Thousands of Votes Cast!

Evening folks!!

If I told you that we had record voting today it would be an understatement. There have already been more votes cast today than the 2 previous RECORD years combined and maybe all the other years added together. Our 10th annual awards are a great success because they are YOUR CHOICES. There are THOUSANDS of votes to count. It has been quite overwhelming. Congrats to all. WELL DONE!!!!

Rick Schwartz

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Ballots Going out Tonight. Price Increase on Sunday.

Evening Folks!!

The  official T.R.A.F.F.I.C.  voting ballots for this years awards will be going out shortly after midnight tonight. You must be on our mailing list to vote or for your vote to count. Nominations were open to all and posted here a few weeks ago.

Those are  YOUR nominees for the 10th Annual 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday October 22nd at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You MUST be on our mailing list to vote. It's easy to be added to the list. Just post or send me an email.

Congratulations and good luck to all nominees!!


And just a reminder that prices go up on Sunday for this years show. So register today.

Rick Schwartz

2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award Nominees for the Record

Morning Folks!!

Just a little housekeeping today. Most of you have already been informed of the nominations but need to post it here for the record. Same with the next post I will be making about the 2014 and 2015 shows. Been widely distributed, but also need to have it here on record for the record.

Last week you selected the domainers and companies that stood out over the course of the past year and beyond.

Below are YOUR nominees for the 10th Annual 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards. Official voting ballots will be emailed to you within the next few weeks and awards will be presented on Tuesday October 22nd at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You MUST be on our mailing list to vote. It's easy to be added to the list. Just post or send me an email.

Congratulations and good luck to all nominees!!

 

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION  

Nominees are:

Above.com

Bounce.io

DomainNameSales/InternetTraffic.com

DomainSponsor.com

DudaMobile

ParkLogic

Rookmedia.net

YTZ International

 

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION

Nominees are

Above.com

Afternic

DomainNameSales.com/InternetTraffic.com

Enom.com

GoDaddy

Rook Media

Sedo

 

THE "WE GET IT" AWARD

Nominees are

Amazon

BankRate.com

Coffee.org

DomainDiction

FashionMetrics

Geico

HeritageAuctions.com

L'Oreal

Major League Baseball

SalesForce.com

Trek Bicycle Corporation

 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

Nominees are

Adam Dicker

Bill Karamouzis

Bill McClure

Chuck Fleming

CitiesPlanet.com

i-Staff Inc.

Michael Cyger

NicheWebsites.com

Tia Wood

 

DOMAIN BROKER OF THE YEAR

Nominees are

Alan Hack

Afternic

Andrew Rosener

Brian Kleiner

Brian Michitti

Dave Evanson

Domain Holdings

Hunting Moon

Jay Finnan

Jeff Gabriel

Morgan Linton

Negar Hajikhani

Sedo

Toby Clements

 

BEST DOMAIN BLOG

Nominees are

DNJournal

DomainIncite.com

Domain Name Wire

DomainShane

DomainSherpa

Elliots Blog

HybridDomainer

Morgan Linton’s Blog

RicksBlog (Declined)

The Art of The Name

TheDomains.com

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

Nominees are

Afternic

Demand Media

eNom.com

Escrow.com

GoDaddy

InternetTraffic.com

Parking Crew

ParkLogic.com

Voodoo.com

 

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR

Nominees are

Adam Dicker

Andrew Reberry

Brad Mugford

Chad Wright

Daniel Negari

Elliot Silver

Eric Borgos

Frank Schilling

Mike Berkens

Richard Lau

Rick Schwartz (Declined)

 

BANDIT BERKENS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

Nominees are

Adam Dicker

Alan Hack

Barbara Neu

Elliot Silver

Gregg McNair

Merlin Kauffman

Michael Cyger

Nat Cohen

Richard Lau

Rick Schwartz (Declined)

Ron Jackson

 

DOMAIN HALL OF FAME

Nominees are

Aron Meystedt

Bill Karamouzis

Donna Mahony

Elliott Silver

Eric Borgos

Igal Lichtman, Dec’d

Jeff Gabriel

Kathy Nielsen

Larry Fischer

Merlin Kauffman

Michael Gilmour

Ray Neu

Richard Lau

Rob Grant

Roy Messer

Zappy Zapolin

Again, Congratulations and good luck to all nominees!! Well done!

Here are the past winners.

Rick Schwartz
Howard Neu

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My Websites



  • eRealEstate.com
    The first website on the net to be devoted to the future of domain names. Online since 1996.

  • T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference
    Gas it what fuels a car, TRAFFIC is what fuels the net

  • RumorMill.com
    What's the latest rumor?

  • Property.com
    I have no business owning a great domain like this. But the rest of the universe is still asleep at the wheel.

  • Candy.com
    Another domain I have no business owning but the candy industry is still asleep at the wheel.

  • HotDates.com
    Just an example of a parked domain page.

  • Widgets.com
    The domain that can be anything it wants to be. Perhaps the most generic of all domain names.

  • ChildPornography.com Reporting Center
    This site has been online for over 12 years. I originally got it so it would not fall into the hands of someone who would exploit the most innocent. It has been a resource for reporting child porn and make it easy to look up sex offenders by state.

  • Articles with Rick
    Just a smattering of some interviews and articles over the years.

  • DomainDevelopers.com
    Headquarters for the NEXT phase.

  • ExtraCash.com

  • HelicopterCharters.com

  • PersonalAds.com

  • JointVentures.com
    The 20 Year Plan in the flesh


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My Notable Sales $20MM+



  • Porno.com $8,888,888.88 in 2015
    4th highest recorded domain sale in history

  • 899.com $801,000 in 2015

  • 989.com $818,181.81 in 2015


  • FreeSexCams.com $150,000

    Sold in 2012


  • Meet.me

    $450,000 with 2 Partners 2011


  • eCruise.com to iCruise.com Cash & Stock

    Sold in 2001


  • 235.com for $100,000

    Sold 2010


  • Men.com $1.3MM

    Sold 2003


  • Property.com/Properties.com $4MM + Equity Stake

    Sold 2011


  • Candy.com $3MM + Royalties + 10% Ownership +++

    Sold 2009


  • iReport.com to CNN for $750K

    Sold 2008


  • ChinaTours.com $200,000

    Sold 2007


  • TokyoHotels.com $200k++

    Sold 2007


  • PartnerCash.com $110,000

    Sold 2006


  • SydneyHotels.com $100,000

    Sold 2009


  • eScore.com to Kaplan Educational $100,000

    Sold in 1999


  • 273.com $50,000

    Sold 2006


  • PunchBowl.com to MyPunchbowl.com Cash & Stock

    Sold 2009


  • RockStars.com $180,000

    Sold 2011


  • 236.com to IAC (Undisclosed)

    Sold 2004


  • RoomDividers.com $75,000

    Sold 2005


  • OnlineCasinos.com (undisclosed)

    Sold 2009


Contact



Biography


Rick Schwartz
eRealestate.com President, CEO & Founder
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. President, CEO, & Cofounder
Internet Commerce Association Founding Board Member

Rick Schwartz, aka "Domain King" and "Webfather", is the CEO, President and Cofounder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C., the premiere domain conference for the domain industry. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has held shows in the USA and venues around the world, from Milan to Amsterdam, Vancouver to Dublin and Gold Coast, Australia. More than 25 shows since 2004.

As one of the early domain pioneers dating back to 1995, Rick has a knack for predicting big trends and getting it right. He may have been the first to recognize the value of "Type in" traffic which is now commonly referred to as "direct navigation” - the most potent and targeted traffic on the net. Rick has a prime portfolio of one and two word domains, and is considered by many to be among the leading experts on domain names, traffic, website flow and valuation.

Besides owning eRealEstate.com, Candy.com, Property.com, Properties.com, Tradeshows.com, ChristmasCarols.com and some 9000 other domains, Rick is also an accomplished businessman in several other industries including furniture, lighting and advertising. He ran one of the most profitable and efficient home based businesses with no employees back in the early 1990's out of a 10 x 10 bedroom. He sold that business for over 7 figures, freeing his time to devote exclusively to the Internet in 1998. Rick also sold men.com, a domain name that he bought for $15,000 in 1997, for $1.3 million in a cash deal that was finalized in May 2004. Many attribute that sale to jump starting the domain space at a time considered the lowest point the domain business has seen. It also cemented his main theory that "Domains would go up faster in value than any commodity or asset ever know to mankind." No stock, no land, no gold, no jewel has ever gone up faster and further in value. Since that sale Rick has sold Candy.com for $3 Million plus royalty and retians 10% ownership, Property.com for $4 Million with an equity stake and ebet.com for $1.35 Million cash.

Rick also ran the first domain forum on the net in which the top domainers and sponsors in the world were invited to participate and join. His members read like the Who's who of the domain channel. It was known as the hardest website on the net to get into. While others begged for traffic, Rick and his members screened every applicant before they were accepted. The board was opened from 2000 until 2007.

RicksBlog.com opened in 2007. Many of the thoughts and posts are the original ones from back as early as 1996 and the rest deal with his strongly held opinions on day to day business issues as well as life itself.

Awards
Domainer of the Year, 2005
Inducted into the Domain Hall of Fame, 2006
Received the Epik.com Domain Industry "Pioneer Award", 2010

Interests


Success