March 9th, 2010
Congratulations to Moniker and associated parties on the sale of guns.com for $800k. I was interested in the domain as well submitting a $700k offer. Monte did a great job trying to do a deal and I can confess I almost got irritated by him sending me emails everyday if I am willing to go higher (I’m good friends with Monte, so just a joke). This is just proof how Moniker works hard to do these deals for their clients.
Why this domain really caught my attentions was a) because of the stable type-in traffic (1,000 uniques/day for years) and paradoxically b) the fact google doesn’t allow firearms ads. That’s why the true earning potential of the domain was depressed and I had a belief I could probably double to tripple the current monetization level going direct to advertisers via our zero-click model because this source of traffic is one of the few available for them to advertise on the internet.
February 20th, 2010
Rumour has it that there might be another DomainFest this year in Prague, Czech Republic. Prague happens to be my hometown so it will be very nice potentially welcoming the domainer community in Prague! I’ve had quite a few people from the domain biz over last year, they can all give you a pretty good reference about it.
I’ve been strongly lobbying for a conference in Prague with both Oversee.net and also Rick Latona, who now runs the TRAFFIC franchise, for some time. It seems I have finally been heard out with Oversee making this big push into Europe this year (they already had a private event last year in Munich, which was really nice). If it’s going to happen, it will likely be early October. Let’s wait if it gets confirmed.
In my traditional fashion, I’ll probably run a private party at my new fabulous penthouse with a roof top terrace (jacuzzi baby!) with a view of the Prague castle where I will be inviting good friends. So prepare for a pretty decadent night.
DomainFest in Prague would be a pretty nice boost for the Czech domainer community, which is very numerous. With a few friends we run these one-day domainer conferences that always attract more than 100 attendees. Although DomainFest may be a bit too pricey for them, I hope to secure some kind of discount for locals with Oversee so it’s more accessible for them.