For our last post of the year, I thought I would out give out some credit for some of the achievements in the domain space for 2008, in no particular order:
Rick Schwartz. I have been involved with domains since 1997. If I had been blogging all along, I’m sure Rick would have made the list almost every year, and this year is no exception. Whether it’s his monster sales like ireport.com or his development deals like property.com and widgets.com, or his ability to create and operate a show bringing hundreds of domainers together a few times a year, or his insight you can find on his own blog, Rick certainly deserves some Major Props this year.
Google. Yes its the company we all love to hate, but I think Google deserves some Props for 2 moves it made in 2008. At the beginning of 2008, many thought Google would be dropping the domain channel. Towards the end of the year with its announcement of Adsense for Domains, Google has increased its presence in the domain marketplace. For opening up a direct relationship with anyone who has a domain to its parking program, Google gets a Bigup from us. The Google move that earns a BigUp is its decision to drop the proposed ad deal with Yahoo. Facing certain government anti-trust litigation, which may have opened their entire business to scrutiny and regulation, Google made the smart move to walk away from the Yahoo deal, showing that sometimes the best deal is no deal.
Philip Corwin. As the voice of the ICA in Washington, outspent and outnumbered, Phil was able to get the Snowe Bill derailed in short order. Phil also represented domain holders, in the Kentucky Seizure order and in many issues of importance to domainers.
For my money, we are very lucky to have Mr. Corwin on our side and is the major reason I continue to strongly support the ICA.
iMEGA. The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association trade group know as iMEGA, took the lead in fighting the Kentucky domain Seizure order and while groups like the ICA, the ACLU and others filed briefs with the court, the fight against the order was lead and funded by this trade group and its members. If this order was allowed to stand without challenge its long term effect would be far reaching and a problem for all domain holders. BigUps to iMEGA.
Andrew Allemann. It’s one thing to find and write about improprieties, complain and ask for change, but its quite a feat when you go from writing a post, to getting a one and one public interview with the CEO of one of the biggest corporations in our space, and then getting them to change their policy, all within less than a month, proving why Andrew’s DomainNameWire.com, is one of the most widely read blog, in this industry and on our daily must read list. Bigups to Andrew.
Godaddy.com. When it was pointed out by several publications including our’s that employees of Godaddy were bidding on TDNAM auctions, Godaddy put a stop to the practice. When it was pointed out that Godaddy was making money off of trademarked domains by having high starting bids on domains with traffic and earnings, and also on non-trademarked domains basically bidding against its customers, Godaddy stopped the practice and now starts all expired domain auctions at $10. Always on the list of the best private companies to work for, a big contributor to charities and continuously banging away with lots of commericals for domain names on television, put’s Godaddy on our list for 2008. BigUps to Godaddy.
My Wife. Wow, if I thought I spent a lot of time on the computer in 2007, nothing compared to 2008 and the time I spent now with the addition of the blog. Judi has been my support and love for over 20 years and makes all things possible. My hope for all of you, is that you have a wife, husband or significant other who gives you the love and support that I get which allows you to move succeed in your professional and family life.
If you have any other people or companies you wish to give a shout out to, feel free to add.
Finally to all the readers, I wish you a healthy and happy new year. I want to thank you all for your support in 2008, and our new Google Page rank of 6. Bigups to the all the readers and especially those who take sometime to comment.
Now out and celebrate the end of this horrible year, and I will see you all on the flip side.
Goodbye 2008, not going to miss you.