Category Archives: My Opinion

Referrer Spam – What it is and How and Why to Stop It

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Referrer Spam: What It Is, Why It’s Bad, and How to Stop It

Ah, spam. Once upon a time, this was merely the name for a faintly distasteful loaf of canned meat, but with the rise of the Internet, it became something else altogether. Spam, as it is officially known, is any type of inappropriate, irrelevant, fake, or otherwise obtrusive and unwelcome message sent via mass communication channels (with the Internet being far and away the most popular avenue). Of course, in the infancy of cyber culture, it wasn’t such a problem, if only because in the old days – that is, the brief period between an almost total lack of a civilian Internet and the world we live in today, wherein kids who aren’t even old enough to shave are making money on YouTube – there wasn’t much of a user base for spammers to infect. Gradually, however, the Internet’s popularity and user pool grew larger, and before long, email spam became the flagship example of this phenomenon. Now, with the new millennium well underway, email spam has mutated, and the result is referrer spam. Read on to learn what it is, why it’s bad for you, and how to defeat it.

NextGEN for WordPress

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NextGEN for WordPress

NextGEN is one of the most powerful and popular downloads for WordPress, with over 12 million people currently using its latest iteration. NextGEN for WordPress is known as a “gallery plug-in.”– What is a gallery plug-in for WordPress?A WordPress gallery plug-in is meant to display photographs in an organized fashion. From this basic function, many other things can be accomplished such as populating a blog, organizing all sorts of business records and providing aesthetically pleasing backdrops for websites of all types.NextGEN for WordPress is one of the most popular gallery plug-ins because of its extended feature set and its ability to perform the basic functions of a gallery plug-in in a streamlined fashion.– What are the different options for the NextGEN WordPress gallery plug-in?

Angela St. Julien – Taking Domaining by Storm!

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Angela St. JulienYou don’t know Angela, you say. Get used to seeing that big smile because you will know her!

I admit that after more than 15 years in this business, I’ve become jaded and cynical and sometimes a little bit bored. Then along came Angela St. Julien! It’s been a very long time since I’ve met a new comer to the industry with her drive, dedication and devotion.

I “met” Angela when one of her posts showed up on my Facebook feed. This was the first post I ever saw from her:

Hat’s Off to Rick Schwartz and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Miami 2014

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Rick, we go back a long, long ways. We’ve weathered a lot of storms together, you and I..including one true hurricane! You said it best when you said we’ve had a love hate relationship but the love part is much better and for that reason I chose not to join in the roast but man could I have done it up 🙂  I’d like to thank you for all that T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has given to the industry.

There isn’t a person in the industry who hasn’t benefited from all the hard work you and your team have done over the years.

Those who love you and those who don’t. Those who have attended T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and those who haven’t. Everyone is a winner.

I wish you the best in whatever comes next in your journey. May another Monday never pass without the MORONS GETTING IT!  Thank you, Rick!

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Domains Taken Away by Sealed Court Order – Get Yours Back

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It was reported on Mike Berkens blog that more than 5k domains were taken away by a sealed court order. That number later increased to approximately 9k when Phil of Whoisology investigated further. If some of Berkens domains weren’t taken, this whole thing might have flown under the radar. There have been some domains taken in error and the 3 of Mikes were among them. I haven’t seen either an official notice of the domain seizure or the remedy if yours was one taken in error. Thanks to TheDomains.com we do have the information. Thank you, Mike.

RookMedia.net – DomainSponsor.com

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It will come as no surprise to most of you that my first “A” list company is RookMedia.net. They may seem like the new kids on the block but they are far from it. From their website:

Rook Media is a collection of some of the most experienced domain monetization specialists in the industry coming together with one purpose: to make its customers more money.

With over 55 years of combined experience in the management and sales level of 4 different domain monetization providers, there’s no team in the industry that knows more about making money with domains.

While Rook was founded in 2011, the team already started forming years ago. Most everyone met in 2005 while working at a small internet startup called Sedo. The team left in 2006 to help found NameDrive. You’d think two parking companies in one lifetime would be enough, but you’d be wrong.

Adam Strong – Strong in Ethics – Big in Heart

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adamAdam Strong, There’s enough good to say about him that I could write a book. Of course he meets all my main criteria outlined in my first “A” List post.  All that and more!

I first met Adam way back in 1999 in either the Great Domains chat or Afternic chat. I can’t recall which one. We were both members of Ricks forum until 2007 when I opened my own. He is a well respected and active member of my forum to this day.

Even as a young man in his twenties, you could tell Adam was going places. He was always polite and friendly. He stayed out of the drama and built relationships that last to this day. He stayed focused.

Adam has been one of my “Go To” people and I have had occasion to be his 🙂 Whether it be personal or business, your conversation goes into the vault of his mind and never comes out.

I tried to lay out Adams history here myself and realized that his story is so awe inspiring and inspirational that I needed his help to do it justice.  He’s a very humble man and rarely speaks of himself so I am honored to introduce to you my friend and colleague, Adam Strong, as told in his own words:

Improvement Through Positive Reinforcement

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Improvement Through Positive Reinforcement

 If you think about all the classrooms that you have experienced in your life and all the teachers that you have had, there are surely some that stand out to you. Picture the teachers you had that made a positive influence in your life, and then think about the ones that you couldn’t stand. When asked about the qualities of the teachers that made a positive impression on students, the response is often that the teacher frequently encouraged them by providing them with positive encouragement. You will also find that many of the teachers who students hate are the ones who publicly embarrass them in front of the class as a punishment. Adults in the business world are no different. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of constant negativity. And more important, nobody wants to be around constant negativity. The only people who enjoy the company of bullies are other bullies. Here’s how to use positive reinforcement to increase the happiness and productivity of your colleagues.

Should You Use a Broker or a Brokerage House?

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The most often asked question I get in recent years is: Where is the best place to sell my domains? It’s also the question I most hate to be asked because the answer is different for each person and each domain and each portfolio.

To give my best answer, I’d have to pretty much appraise the domain and/or portfolio and that’s a place I don’t want to go. In rare cases you could pay renewals and never make a dime or get any offers and I’ll say your asking price is a dream, not reality. Then along comes a big company and sees it as brandable and offers some folding money. Waiting for that, in my opinion, is still a dream not a reality.

I don’t carry a huge portfolio to flip anymore so my sales leads are generally inbound inquiries that I hand off to a private broker.  A broker or a brokerage house? Here’s my POV.

The Dynamic Duo – The Gilberts

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We all know how important building relationships and networking is in business and life. One of the first things that catches my eye when building my personal circle is if a person comes from a place of positive energy. Do they have a “pay it forward” mentality is up there on the list too! Via social networking you get to see how people interact with others and I pay attention to posts and comments. I love to surround myself with people who are abundant in the skills I lack – which are many 🙂 – and more important are willing to share them! I love people who want to pass a smile along to others. I love people I can trust and who I can count on to have my back. People with manners are sadly difficult to find so they are considered gems to me. Kindhearted is a big check mark too. Understanding that animals are people too is a must.

Life has taught me not to negotiate on the traits I value when I call a person “friend” and I thought it would be fun to share some of the folks on my “A” list. So here is the first of many to come as time allows.

Two years ago I was blessed with what’s darned near a miracle! I found TWO! A couple! A matched set! A pair!

Meet my friends, Charlotte (Charlie) Gilbert and Brian Gilbert. A true Dynamic Duo. A force to be reckoned with. Even their own bios don’t do them justice. They meet all my personal criteria and more and their skills and histories leave me in awe of how lucky I am to have them in my life.