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Life is What U Make It

Life is What U Make It

I grew up on a cul-de-sac in suburbia. I was an idealistic kid, a dreamer and I didn’t focus well in my early years. This really concerned my parents who were worried what might become of their eldest. Who would hire me? I’m fond of telling friends that “I could never get jobs – so [...]

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Sales Observations

Sales Observations

I was just reading Sedo’s recent state of the domain report and these statistics jumped out: the lowest per quarter sales for at least the previous four quarters average sales price of $2,225 46 percent of total sales this past quarter were for domains priced below $500 $500 and $2,500 accounted for 40 percent of [...]

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Hat Trick

Hat Trick

I just returned from the TRAFFIC domain conference in South Florida last night and was quite moved to have won the prestigious Domainer of The Year Award for the third time. The REAL honor (and award) is just being nominated, but getting the hat-trick (my third win) left me feeling very proud and humbled indeed. [...]

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Lobster

Lobster

I’m not sure what it is about summer that makes time spent working, seem to inch-by so slowly. The Olympics were an additional distraction this year, a one-two punch of long days and the spectacle of competition in London may help explain why collective traffic volumes swooned so deeply this year.  Summer is always a [...]

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Lady Gaga and New TLDs – Why Google Has Assured Their Future

Lady Gaga and New TLDs – Why Google Has Assured Their Future

I was recently at the Googleplex in Mountain View, and so was Lady Gaga..  I know why I came but I’m constantly amazed by the parade of famous and not-so-famous who put on their Sunday best to kneel at the altar which is Google – a forward thinking company that has most of us either [...]

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The Government Has *Gulp*, Vanished

The Government Has *Gulp*, Vanished

A interesting note from a very smart person:   “This morning I woke up to find .gov missing. Now, I know that some people would find that an exciting, positive event. But on the net it wasn’t so positive, but it was exciting. What seems to have occurred is this: – DNSSEC keys for .gov [...]

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In New gTLDs, The Only Certainty is Change

In New gTLDs, The Only Certainty is Change

Watching the news this morning it was hard not to feel bad for our friends the Greeks. Yes, their leaders made some unwise choices. Perhaps they don’t work the same hours, or with the same zeal as their Northern neighbors. Too many Greek countrymen work for their government, effectively draining the public coffers rather than [...]

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Google in-house AFD Goes Away – Monetization of TRAFFIC at GOOG more ALIVE than Ever!

Google in-house AFD Goes Away – Monetization of TRAFFIC at GOOG more ALIVE than Ever!

Welp, its official: https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2456470&topic=23388&ctx=topic Google has shut down its in-house Domain channel. AFD direct through Google is gone!~ Before the handwringing outsiders and the misinformed begin to spout inaccuracies like “domain traffic is dead!” or “it’s a Facebook and Twitter world so abandon your names you delusional old-timers!”,  let me take this opportunity to tell [...]

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There Are No Accidents

There Are No Accidents

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog. “There are no accidents” as the wise Turtle in Kung-fu Panda once said. That statement is true of my most recent hiatus from this blog as much as it is of other serendipitous happenings in my life.  When I’m blogging, I’m not innovating.  Blogging is [...]

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Greatness in our Everyday

Greatness in our Everyday

Thinking about the domain name business and the Butterfly effect I mentioned in a recent post, I was left wondering what would have happened if I had never found this space. What would I have done for a living? There were people I encountered early in the domain-world who clearly inspired me to participate. Without [...]

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