Enjoy These Available Domains

Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2007 by clicky


While searching for some hand-reg .tv and .mobi domains today, I made a list of some available domains that I thought may interest other domainers.


As of today, all the domains below are available and can be registered at the domain register of your choice.

Enjoy and Happy New Years!
-Rudy

BEEPING.TV
BLATANT.BIZ
BLOAT.TV
CALLOUS.MOBI
CARTILAGE.MOBI
CRYBABY.TV
CIRCUMFERENCE.MOBI
CIRCUMFERENCE.TV
COMPACTDISCS.TV
DERELICT.MOBI
DRIZZLE.MOBI
DRIZZLE.TV
EXCITABLE.MOBI
EVAPORATE.TV
FACEPAINT.TV
FACEPLANT.BIZ
FACEPLANT.TV
FEASIBLE.TV
FLAKES.TV
FRIGID.BIZ
HIGHFI.MOBI
INGROWN.MOBI
LABORLAWS.TV
LATCHKEY.TV
MINIMALISTIC.MOBI
MINIMALISTIC.BIZ
MINIMALISTIC.TV
PINSTRIPE.TV
SCARTISSUE.MOBI
SEAMS.TV
SPECKLE. MOBI
SPECKLE.TV
WEEPING.TV
WHEEZE.MOBI
WHEEZE.TV
WITCHHUNT.MOBI
WITCHHUNT.TV

GoDaddy Sets Record For Charitable Donations

Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2007 by clicky


Web hosting giant’s philanthropic work for 2007 totaled $1.4 million.

Go Daddy, a Scottsdale-based company, helped organizations dedicated to a variety of causes, including domestic violence, child abuse, blind children, unwed mothers, homelessness, as well as Parkinson’s disease, Juvenile Diabetes, food banks and animal shelters.

Go Daddy’s own employees have also benefited from the company’s most successful year ever. More than $1 million was awarded to employees in 2007. Employee prizes included cash, cars, a year’s mortgage paid, a four-year college scholarship and a trip around the world that included 20 paid vacation days and $10,000 spending money.

Lord of the Rings vs. Sex-Hobbit.com

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 by clicky

                                        WIPO Decision
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Tolkien Enterprises, a division of the Saul Zaentz Company, which owns certain worldwide exclusive rights to the literary works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, has recently won a WIPO decision to obtain a hobbit-themed domain from a Netherlands cybersquatter. 

Sex-Hobbit.com was registered on Jan. 27, 2004 and evidence shows the Respondent’s website is not focused on fantasy, or midgets, or Hobbits, but simply on exploiting links to extreme pornographic sites, most probably to generate click-through income or for some other commercial benefit.

The complaint was filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center on October 11, 2007 and was officially transferred to Tolkien Enterprises on December 4, 2007.

The main reasons for the WIPO decided transfer was:
1. The contested domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights.
2. The Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name.
3. The domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.


See the official WIPO Arbitration Panel Decision here.

Hillary Clinton Registers 2 Domain Names To Smear Obama

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2007 by clicky

                                                            


Sen. Hillary Clinton has registered the names of two web sites with the express goal of attacking her cheif rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

VotingPresent.com and VotingPresent.org are domains hosted by the same IP address of official Clinton websites, such as TheHillaryIKnow.com, which was launched with much fanfare this week.

Source:
ABC News

Here's the Whois info:
Administrative Contact:
Hillary Clinton for President info@hillaryclinton.com
4420 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
US
703-469-2008 fax: 703-962-8600

Technical Contact:
Hostmaster hostmaster@cpoint.net
Counterpoint Networking
3023 N. Clark St. #328
Chicago, IL 60657-5200
US
888-627-6468

Record expires on 30-Oct-2008.
Record created on 30-Oct-2007.
Database last updated on 20-Dec-2007 11:54:41 EST.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS.CPOINT.NET 207.97.212.140
NS2.CPOINT.NET 204.10.48.76
NS3.CPOINT.NET 204.10.51.44


Cheers,
Rudy


NamePros passes 75,000 members... and growing

Posted on by clicky

                                                    Congrats!
NamePros,  one of the domain industry's most popular forums, has recently passed the 75,000 member mark. 


NamePros is a discussion board for buyers and sellers of domain names. It is the largest forum dedicated to domain names.  You can buy or sell domains here and you can learn more about domain names as well. There is also a subforum for discussion on web design and programming, purchasing entire websites and discussions on monetization of your website. This helpful community has everything you need to setup a successful web presence. Getting an account here is free.

As of today, the forum stats are:

Registered Members: 76,076
Total Threads: 398,462
Total Posts: 2,386,202

Also, on a side note, NamePros will be celebrating their 5th year anniversary on February 7th, 2008.


Congratulations to Ron and his staff for providing domainers a professional and positive atmosphere to discuss domains.




Win 333 free domain names in the Christmas game from Triple.com

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 by clicky



Triple.com, an ICANN authorized Registrar and hosting company is running the Christmas promo game. Players can find this game on flash game sites or at the company's website. The company states that besides playing just for fun, a player can register an account with them and play for a free domain name.

According to them, the top 333 players will win a free domain name and they further add that the top 25 will get a domain name and a free Plan A hosting for 1 year.




GoDaddy signs NASCAR deal with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 by clicky



GoDaddy.com is announcing their debut into NASCAR – joining Hendrick Motorsports in a sponsorship deal. Go Daddy’s first NASCAR sponsorship teams NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with the sport's number one racing team and the world’s largest domain name registrar.


The sponsorship deal makes Go Daddy the primary sponsor for the No. 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series Chevrolets for six events in 2008 featuring Earnhardt Jr., along with Mark Martin and Ron Fellows. Go Daddy will also serve as an associate-level partner for the No. 5 cars all season.

New Domaining Tool: DNticker.com

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 by clicky

                                         NEW!
I ran into this new domaining tool today.
DNticker is a FREE downloadable browser toolbar that scrolls the latest domains for sale on popular domain selling sites.

Listings include:
-Sedo
-Afternic
-Pool
-NamePros
-eBay
-SitePoint 
-and many others.

DNticker also includes added features like domain chat, google search, and even radio!

Visit DNticker for your FREE downloadable domain brower toolbar and never miss another great deal on a domain name.


-Rudy





"How do I appraise a domain's value?"

Posted on by clicky


Submitted question:
"Rudy,  Hello. I'm new to domaining and really enjoy being involved in domain buying.
One question I can't seem to find an exact answer to is: How do I correctly appraise a domain's value?
Is there an exact formula or method or is everyone simply giving their random feedback?
Thanks, Benji"

Benji,
Thanks for your question. 
I see this question posted in a lot of different domain forums with numerous replies and opinions on exactly how to correctly appraise a domain's worth. To put it simply Benji, there is no exact formula to appraise a domain, but there are a group of things to consider before putting a value to a domain.  A majority of people will base their immediate appraisal on TLD extension, word length and keyword popularity but won't really consider backlinks, brandability or emerging trends part of the equation. There are a few factors that a person must be aware of before they can feel they have thoroughly assessed the domain and attach a valid appraisal amount. The first thing a person can do to is recognize that there are many subtle components that need to be assembled and viewed as a whole to get a comprehensive perspective on the domain.  It seems every domainer has their own method used to appraise a domain so I've listed a few factors that I feel are necessary in being considered before a domain can be appraised.

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TLD Extension
 TLD or Top-Level Domain is the ending extension attached to a domain such as .com, .net or .org.  The .com extension is considered the most sought after even though there are other TLD's that are gaining huge popularity and acceptance. CC's or Country Codes are also seeing their fair share of registrations.

Name Length
Now that all the 2, 3 and 4 letter .com's have been registered, the letter count on a domain is fast becoming a huge factor in a domain's worth.  The desire for a short domain is at an all time high and values are steadily climbing due to the limited supply of shorter length domains. Seems shorter names are easier to remember and with that a value increase.


Characters, Numbers and Hyphens
Hyphens  integrated between letters are often viewed as separators between keywords. Although there is much dispute whether or not the hyphens negatively impact a domain's search engine optimization, there is considerable preference that a domain not include anything extra in it's name. Number digits are beginning to see their popularity rise and can be included with relevant keywords or letters to make a great domain.

Keyword Popularity
Marketable search terms and keyword popularity are extremely relevant in appraising a domain name. The frequency of a given search term helps to indicate the brandability or popularity of the keyword. Generic word domains, such as flowers.com or poker.com are the strongest in their keyword popularity genre.

Traffic and Revenue
Traffic or visitors to a particular domain is one of the most important factors to consider when appraising a domain. More traffic usually means more revenue due to pay-per-click income and possible advertising opportunities, therefore increasing the value of the domain. 

Brandability and Trends
Any domain that is easily memorable, short and non-descript is considered brandable and therefore increases it's value. It would be easier for a person to remember TVrepair.com instead of the longer fix-my-broken-television.com . Not only is the first choice shorter and has better  word flow but also there is less of a chance of someone incorrectly typing in the URL. Also keep tuned in to current trends that may seem to increase an otherwise meaningless domain into a treasure. An example is when Apple Computers began to incorporate the letter i into their products descriptions, such as iPhone, iPod and iLife. 

Automated Domain Appraisals
This is a tricky one. Although I feel automated domain appraisal systems such as Estibot are helpful in assisting to appraise a domain, I don't feel they should be the "end all" decision used to obtain a domain's value. If used more as a reference tool, they can be one of the greatest resources that help determine an appraisal value. Any script/applications can have some bugs, especially ones with complex algorithms as Estibot.  Make automated domain appraisals one of the tools to find an appraisal, not the only tool. 

Future Potential Interest and Overall Appeal
As time goes by, new words, trends and fads explode onto the scene, and with each new word or trend created, a domain is born. Stay up with current events and become a regular visitor to news aggregate sites, such as Digg and domain industry specific DNHour to stay on the cusp of emerging potential interests.

Backlinks 
I like to keep my eye on the number and quality of backlinks to evaluate an domain appraisal. While tons of irrelevant backlinks might negatively effect a domain's search engine optimization, it can still be a positive thing for a domain names' value. With more and more domains being "parked", the links tend to lean towards relevant backlinks and therefore less likely to be bogged down in the SEO nightmare of page rank. And, it's hard to argue that backlinks don't increase traffic. 

Relevance, Region Specific and other Fuzzy Logic
As said earlier, there is no exact formula to appraise a domain name, and therefore the not-so-exact elements must come into play. An example would be that veteran domainers tend to skew their entire method of appraising when it comes to country specific or region specific domain names. Different factors are incorporated to determine non-English domain word values and domainers across the globe are becoming better in detecting future potential interests in foreign markets.  Another example is the continuously growing popularity of "long-string domaining", or stringing multiple words or keywords to achieve a brandable and memorable domain name. TacoBell has ThinkOutsideTheBun.com and Amazon has the domain BuyABook.com.  By definition, these would not be very valuable but that's when the fuzzy logic creeps in. A domain's value can be perceived in multiple ways.

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So keep in mind Benji that even though there isn't one exact correct formula being used by the domain industry to appraise domains, a reasonable appraisal can be determined by anyone if they keep all the factors in mind and how they each interact with each other. 


I'd suggest you monitor the pulse of current domain sales by frequently visiting 
DNJournal's Domain Sales Chart. This will show you weekly and even yearly to-date domain sales for the industry. And don't forget to visit the front page of Sedo to view ongoing live auctions. Each of these great resources will help you in creating your own customized method of domain appraising by seeing what domains are selling and for what amount.  


Good luck in your domain endeavors and thanks again for your question.
Cheers,
Rudy

If you have a question  you would like answered, feel free to submit it to:
info@logistiklabs.com



DNHour

ParkingWHOIS.com

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2007 by clicky



If you're looking for a useful tool for finding out parking providers for certain domains, look no further than ParkingWHOIS.com.

The simple, "google-esque" web-based interface is easy to navigate; simply type in the name of the domain name that you want to check and in a couple of seconds you'll have your answer.

There are already over 30 domain parking programs covered and all gTLD and ccTLD are searchable.

ParkingWHOIS is the first service of it's kind and is a just one in a coming lineup of other complimentary domain name parking services set to roll out in the next few weeks.


Matt Cutts takes a bribe..... (sort of)

Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2007 by clicky

Fun video w/ Matt Cutts of Google from PubCon 2007.




More great PubCon 2007 videos at Reachd.com

Sub Domains To Be Treated As Folders By Google

Posted on by clicky



"The implications can be huge for companies. Besides for the traffic implications, companies need to also worry about reputation management issues."


More at:
http://searchengineland.com/071207-090257.php


Also check out the Spihn discussion:
http://sphinn.com/story/17696

Would You Park Your Domains For Charity?

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2007 by clicky


Last night, I was out with my fiance enjoying a nice simple dinner when I was approached by the waiter at the end of the meal and was informed that 50% of my dinner expense was going to be donated to a local charity.  Seems that on the first Thursday of every month, each patron that dines at this particular restaurant is participating in a charitable event that allows half of the dinner expense to be donated directly to a benefiting charity. I was instantly delighted. Not only did I get to enjoy a fabulous dinner with my significant other, but I was helping out an organization that helps out others... and I didn't even have to exert any extra effort or thought. Seems a win-win for both parties.


And that's when it hit me. If I could get joy out of helping those in need by simply following my regular routines and lifestyle, could this somehow be implemented into the world of domaining? As a smile slid across my face, my fiance asked me what I was thinking about. I simply responded: charity domain parking.

It would probably take tons of work, but in theory, it seems simple enough. Create a domain parking service that allows members to park their domains with the option of how much or how often the revenue generated from their natural traffic clicks would be donated to their charity of choice.  There could be a list of charitable, non-profit organizations to choose from and even the option to keep their donations on a local-city level.  Think about it. Maybe you opt to allow your domains to donate their click revenue once a month on a certain day (as the above mentioned restaurant did) to a deserving non -profit or simply opt to allow a certain percent (with a set maximum) to automatically be contributed per month. You would still profit from the domain parking service AND effortlessly endow an deserving organization with a positive financial contribution. I don't know about you, but I can almost feel the good karma that would be involved with this endeavor. 

Beyond the evident, I'm sure there would be a lot of facets and "red-tape" to be ironed out before this idea would be actually be materialized such as tax write off options, relevant advertisement stipulations and domain server management.  But to me it still seems something that could be achieved by a group of committed individuals. 

And that's the million dollar question: Would You Park Your Domains For Charity?

I'd love to hear the thoughts from some fellow domainers about this and maybe even form some sort of partnership to assist in bringing this idea to light. 

I can be contacted at: info(at)LogistikLabs.com

Cheers,

Rudy


DNHour

Mid-Week Funny

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 by clicky


Register a FREE domain name!

Posted on by clicky

Get a FREE domain name!?  Yes, you read that right.

I just received my 2nd free domain registration over at DomainLagoon.
You can too.

Domain Lagoon

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2. Sign up on their homepage
3. Begin filling out free incentive based web offers (surveys).
4. Accumulate enough points to "buy" a domain registration.
5. Register your .com, .net, .org. .biz, .name, or .us domain name.
6. Enjoy your new free domain! That's it. Simple.

It took me about 2 hours to fill out enough web offers to earn enough points for my first free domain. (9.95 points)
That means, by the end of today, you could have another domain name added to your portfolio... for free!

- No credit cards are needed (yeah!)
- No email spam will be sent (not 1 spam email since I signed up)
- The domain will be registered in YOUR name.
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That's it! Consider your free domain registration an early Christmas gift from me.
What are you waiting for? Click the banner and get your free domain!

Cheers,
Rudy

The 20 Most Influential People In The Domain Industry

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2007 by clicky

2007 Edition

Meet the Executives, Entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge innovators who have positively influenced today’s domain industry business agenda.The names presented here weren’t selected on the basis of fame, net worth, or the accomplishments of yesteryears. Instead my goal was to identify people whose ideas, products, pioneering accomplishments and industry insights have or are changing the world of domaining. A remarkable who’s who of the domain industry.
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Vinton Cerf
Former ICANN Chairman/ VP and chief Internet evangelist for Google
Why He Matters: Widely known as the "Father of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.Vint Cerf serves as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf recently made headlines when he was quoted as saying “Attempts by governments to create a controlling agency for the Internet are likely to fail.”






Rick Schwartz
CEO, President and Cofounder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Why He Matters: Rick Schwartz purchased his first domain name in December 1995 when he paid $100 for LipService.com. Eight years later to the month he sold one, Men.com, for $1.32 million in a deal that was reported worldwide. As one of the early domain pioneers dating back to 1995, he was a pioneer in the history of domain names, and is generally regarded as an expert in the field of web site traffic, flow and valuation.He is also known for being one of the first people to recognize the value of "type in" web site traffic, which is also known as "direct navigation" traffic, referring to domain names that are typed in directly to a web browser's URL text box. Rick’s highly successful T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference is a premier industry event. More information about Rick Schwartz can be found at his blog.





Ron Jackson
Editor and Publisher of DNJournal
Why He Matters: The first domain Ron Jackson registered was MusicParadise.com in 1997. He came into the domain business strictly as a buyer/seller/investor, however having been a journalist, Ron soon recognized that despite this being a business where tens of millions of dollars were changing hands annually, it had no trade magazine. Ron decided to be the voice for the domain industry and put DNJournal.com online New Year’s Day 2003. Today, DNjournal.com is considered the “wall street journal” of the domaining world and Ron Jackson is one of the most highly respected journalists in the industry.





Monte Cahn
Founder and CEO of DomainSystems
Why He Matters: Monte Cahn is Founder and CEO of DomainSystems, Inc., which is the parent company of the domain traffic monetization solution TrafficClub.com, and 9 ICANN Accredited Registrars including industry leading registrar - Moniker.com. He started investing in intellectual property and domain names in 1996 and helped start the first online domain brokerage business on the Internet in 1996.Success includes participating in the industry's first domain name sale for over $1 million dollars with the sale of Wallstreet.com and the industries first $2 million dollar plus domain sale with the sale of Autos.com in 1999. Many feel that these two industry record sales were responsible for dot com buying and selling frenzy that started in late 1999. Monte is also responsible for co-developing the industry's first recognized domain appraisal system to date. Monte Cahn is the host of the new free Internet radio shows 'Domain Masters' on WebmasterRadio.fm and yNotRadio.com that broadcasts each week.





Kevin Ham
The Man Who Owns The Internet
Why He Matters: Trained as a family doctor, Kevin Ham put off medicine after discovering the riches of the domain industry. Since 2000 he has quietly cobbled together a portfolio of some 300,000 domains that, combined with several other ventures, generate an estimated $70 million a year in revenue. His sites receive 30 million unique visitors a month. Kevin is also responsible for working a deal with the government of Cameroon, which owns the .cm country code domain, to forward all non registered domains to his website agoga.com; which take advantage of users who mistakenly type .cm instead of .com.





Jon Postel
Why He Matters: He is principally known for being the Editor of the RFC document series, and for managing the creation and allocation of Top Level Domains and IP addresses in the pre-ICANN era. Postel was the RFC Editor from 1969 until his passing, and wrote and edited many important RFCs, including RFCs 0791-0793, which define the basic protocols of the Internet protocol suite. Postel served on the Internet Architecture Board and its predecessors for many years. He was the Director of the names and number assignment clearinghouse, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), from its inception. He was the first member of the Internet Society, and was on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society. He was the original and long-time .us Top-Level Domain administrator. Postel died of complications following heart valve replacement surgery in Los Angeles, on October 16, 1998.





Frank Schilling
Pioneering Domain Investor /Sevenmile.com
Why He Matters: Frank Schilling's bidding and investment activities helped expand the expiring domain name auction houses; and later, other ICANN accredited registrars selling their registry connections as a drop registrar. Frank Schilling patented the "Generic Top Level Domain Rerouting System" in 2001, financed the Caribbean's first ICANN accredited domain name registrar in 2003, joined as a member of the ICANN business constituency and co-founded the non-profit 'Internet Commerce Association' in 2006. He began domain blog Seven Mile in 2007.Frank Schilling was one of the first to administer very large portfolios of domain names for third-parties and is one of the largest generic domain-name investors in the world.



Adam Dicker
Owner, DNForum.com / Go Daddy VP of Domain Name Aftermarket
Why He Matters: Adam Dicker has built a reputation in the Internet community throughout the years by helping people earn more revenue from their domain name investments. Adam Dicker is the owner of the largest domain industry discussion forum:DNForum.com. Adam purchased his first domain in 1996 and has since become a prominent play in the domain industry. With the knowledge of domains and the power of a highly successful domaining forum under his belt, Adam has recently been hired by Go Daddy as the Vice President of Domain Name Aftermarket.


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Russell C. Horowitz
CEO, Marchex / Chairman of the Board Director
Why He Matters: Russell Horowitz is a founding officer, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer of Marchex since January 2003. Russell was previously a founder of Go2Net, which he sold for $1.6 billion. Together Russell Horowitz and Marchex have become a leader in delivering vertical and local online traffic to merchants. Marchex offers services like “feed management” that delivers advertiser listings into search engines and shopping engines. It also offers “bid management,” which helps merchants monitor performance-based search advertising on search engines and pay-per-click networks.





Yun Ye
Elusive and successful domain pioneer
Why He Matters: A onetime computer programmer, Yun Ye used his newly developed software in the late 1990’s to amass an infamous domain empire that was ultimately sold to Marchex for an astonishing $164 million. Yun ye, a Chinese citizen who lived at the time in Vancouver, British Columbia, was intensely private and dealt with the Marchex people only under the agreement that they never mention his name. To this day, Marchex execs refer to the deal by the company name Ye adopted for the transaction: Name Development.




Tim Schumacher
Co-Founder and CEO, Sedo
Why He Matters: As one of the founders and CEO of the world’s most successful domain marketplace, Sedo.com, Tim Schumacher is responsible for driving the pulse of the domain buying/selling industry with it’s record selling auctions and popular user-interface web tools. As CEO, Schumacher helped Sedo become a profitable dot-com-while maintaining rapid growth and international expansion. Sedo stands for “search engine for domain offers” and is one of the most widely used domain aftermarket websites on the Internet.



Tim Berners-Lee
Director of the World Wide Web Consortium/ WWW Inventor
Why He Matters: Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, Senior Researcher at MIT’s CSAIL, and professor of Computer Science at SouthHampton ECS. In 1989, while working at CERN laboratory, Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web, including the first HTTP client and server. In 1994 he helped establish the World Wide Web Consortium and has served as it’s Director ever since. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.



John Berryhill
Patent Attorney and UDRP legal specialist
Why He Matter: Dr. John Berryhill has represented domain name registrants and trademark claimants in numerous UDRP proceedings and federal court proceedings. John has been a longtime advocate for the rights of domain registrants in ICANN working groups and task forces relating to intellectual property and other domain policy issues, and is a representative in the Registrar Constituency. Having earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, John maintains a "nerds-eye view" of issues affecting technology and media companies interested in securing and defending their rights in cyberspace. John Berryhill was a guest speaker at DomainFest in 2007.



Chris Chena
Pioneering Spanish domainer
Why He Matters: Chris Chena, a pioneering Paraguayan domainer that has acquired gems in the Spanish domain industry such as Vlajes.com (trips), Clasificados.com (classified), amistad.com (friendship), and Paraguay.com. Chris has become a premier player in the IDN marketplace and has recently purchased 80% of the popular Paraguayan TV channel, Canal 13. Chris decided to acquire Spanish generic domain names when the rest of the world was scrambling to obtain English generic domains.




Bob Parsons
CEO, Go Daddy
Why He Matters: In 1997, Parsons founded GoDaddy.com, which quickly carved out a niche as an affordable alternative to the larger companies that monopolized the early Internet domain registration market. Ever since then, Bob Parsons and Go Daddy has become the world’s most popular domain name registrar with over 22 million domains registered. Along with controversial promotional ads and provocative television commercials, Bob Parsons is fast becoming the face of registrar domaining.



Craig Nine
Founder, IDN Forums
Why He Matters: The first domain Craig Nine registered was J99.com. Since that day back in 1999, the 32-year-old SEO consultant and web developer living in Japan – first became interested in IDNs, he didn’t just register a couple of domains to test the waters, he dove in headfirst. Nine is not only the owner of one of the strongest Japanese IDN portfolios, he is also the owner and founder of IDNForums.com, the premier IDN discussion and sales forum, and one of the top sites about Internationalized Domain Names.
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Sahar Sarid
Co-founder Recall Media Group/ Conceptualist.com
Why He Matters: With only determination and his sister’s credit card, Sahar Sarid, Co-Founder of Recall Media Group, successfully began his journey into professional domaining and has become an iconic knowledgeable resource to many in the domain industry. Along with his popular blog, The Conceptualist, Sahar educates his readers with domain specific information and industry news. His current project involves a site called "Assista " which is a search engine powered by asking questions instead of using keywords.




Ron James
Founder, NamePros.com/ Director 1Plus.net
Why He Matters: Ron James founded NamePros in February 2003 and has used his skills to create one of the fastest growing domain forum communities on the Internet. Ron and his staff have created a positive and educational resource forum for the domain industry with no signs of slowing down. Ron James registered his first domain in 1997 and has been actively buying and selling on the domain aftermarket since 1998.



Rick Latona
Founder, DigiPawn
Why He Matters: Rick Latona has been in the Internet business since the beginning. Rick’s popular Sick Site Network controls over 5 million daily unique visitors. He currently owns over 10,000 .com names and is highly respected in the industry. Rick Latona is founder of DigiPawn, the first Internet pawnshop that specializes in lending money to domain name owners that use their domains as collateral. It is pioneering endeavors like this, which are pushing the domain industry to new levels.


You
Future of the Domain Industry
Why You Matter: The future of domaining has fast become highly publicized due to recent world record sales and industry advertising. It seems every TV, radio and print commercial advertisement is now tagged with the website address of the company sponsoring the ad in hopes of driving traffic towards the site. Domain names are no longer a collecting hobby, but a multi-billion-dollar industry that has taken the world by storm. As a domainer, we have dedicated ourselves to searching trends, market influences, future potential interest and overall market appeal of domain names that would be highly sought for purchase or traffic monetization. We are the driving force behind the exploding media behind the domain industry and without you being a part of the frenzy, there would be no frenzy. I would like to thank everyone for your positive influences to our emerging industry and I look forward to adding some new faces to the 2008 edition of the 20 Most Influential People In The Domain Industry. Please be kind in critiquing the choices I have made. These are just one guy's opinion.

Cheers,
Rudy Hernandez


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