Domainer’s Choice Awards – And the Winner Is…


No, we aren’t announcing it here! But, the time is getting close for the The Domainer’s Choice Awards ( See for more details) and the Domainer’s Choice Scholarship Fund! The Scholarship Fund is a non profit charity 501(c)3 which was formed to provide assistance in education to families of the domaining community. Please help support this endeavor which is the first of it’s kind designed to assist our own!

Details of the event are:

Dana Point Yacht Club
24399 Dana Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
Dinner and Ceremony
Dress: Business Casual
7pm – 11pm PST

The Domainer’s Choice Awards serve a very important  role on their own. Honoring and recognizing a company’s hard work, dedication and superb services shows your recognition of their efforts and inspires others to work harder.  The voting has ended and the nominees are listed here.

Thank you for all your support in the many, many nominations and voting. We had a 75% registered voter turn out! Give yourselves a little pat on the back for caring to choose the very best your industry has to offer! For the first time EVER the votes were handled by an independent 3rd party voting system. Thank you to for providing a terrific 3rd party platform for totally secure and confident voting.

Be sure to buy your ticket to the Domainer’s Choice Awards Dinner Event to be there when your company, your friends, your coworkers or YOU receive your award.  Get your ticket Now! Seating is limited! Your ticket is tax deductible.

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1st Ever Domain Name Conference! The Reveal! Part 3

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And here we are! I hope you have enjoyed the pictorial history in Part 1 and Part 2   But here is the REAL The 1st Domain Name Conference ever! (Courtesy of     It’s fun to look at the list of promoters and speakers. Where are they now? Most notable is Richard Lau of Namescon! Continue reading →

1st Ever Domain Name Conference! Part 2

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dean shannonDeanfest..if you attended, you’ll never forget it. If you didn’t, you’ll never stop hearing about it! It wasn’t a conference though. It was a gathering held at  the Beverly Wilshire and sponsored by Dean Shannon (left) of Dark Blue Sea. It was the unveiling of their new product – I don’t think it was dubbed Deanfest til after the gathering though. Most of the attendees were members of Ricks old private forum and though we had spent our days together in Ricks “virtual” living room, most had never met. We all returned so pumped up that all of (Ricks) board members together crowd sourced the first TRAFFIC. Cash, skills, brains, resources..they were all dumped into a pot and out came TRAFFIC. All because we wanted so badly to reproduce the magic of Deanfest!  So now you that Deanfest wasn’t a conference. You know that Ricks board members collectively built the first TRAFFIC. So was TRAFFIC the first domain conference. No! We’ll get to that, but first enjoy some pics from Deanfest. How many of them can you name? Again Courtesy of Marcia Lynn Walker df792 Roy and Scott s2Bucko, Howard, Franky and Steven
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1st Ever Domain Name Conference! Part 1

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So what was the first domain conference?

Some think that Deanfest in October 2002 was the first domain conference. It was the first time many of us actually met face to face and those of us who were lucky enough to attend still think of it as a  life changing event. We had all “known” each, corresponded via forums, both public and private, and had done business with each other. Very few of us had ever actually met another domainer.

One domainer and very good friend of mine, just wasn’t satisfied with this. Marcia Lynn Walker. So she set out on her own journey around the USA to meet some of her online friends. Here is a little bit of her story just copied in her own words except where noted with (DM).. Notice the use of handles back then..never do that again! Brand yourself! You’re going to love these old pics! Continue reading →

Domain Archaeology – Memoirs of a Domainer

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Domain Archaeology – That’s how I like to refer to it when old timers in the industry get together with new(er) people in the industry and talk about the early days of domaining. Bob Olea actually coined the phrase since many of our chats involve me telling all these stories. He said our talks were like a course in Domain here I am today, sharing some of the history from my point of view!  Continue reading →