- Articles Page
Some of the articles and interviews with Rick
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
What’s the latest rumor?
I have no business owning a great domain like this. But the rest of the universe is still asleep at the wheel.
Another domain I have no business owning but the candy industry is still asleep at the wheel.
Just an example of a parked domain page.
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.
Headquarters for the NEXT phase.
The 20 Year Plan in the flesh
Twitter and Facebook
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 $150,000Sold in 2012
Meet.me$450,000 with 2 Partners 2011
eCruise.com to iCruise.com Cash & StockSold in 2001
235.com for $100,000Sold 2010
Men.com $1.3MMSold 2003
Property.com/Properties.com $4MM + Equity StakeSold 2011
Candy.com $3MM + Royalties + 10% Ownership +++Sold 2009
iReport.com to CNN for $750KSold 2008
ChinaTours.com $200,000Sold 2007
TokyoHotels.com $200k++Sold 2007
PartnerCash.com $110,000Sold 2006
SydneyHotels.com $100,000Sold 2009
eScore.com to Kaplan Educational $100,000Sold in 1999
273.com $50,000Sold 2006
PunchBowl.com to MyPunchbowl.com Cash & StockSold 2009
RockStars.com $180,000Sold 2011
236.com to IAC (Undisclosed)Sold 2004
RoomDividers.com $75,000Sold 2005
OnlineCasinos.com (undisclosed)Sold 2009
- Website: http://www.targetedtraffic.com
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.
Domainer of the Year, 2005
Inducted into the Domain Hall of Fame, 2006
Received the Epik.com Domain Industry “Pioneer Award”, 2010