Rick Schwartz

TRAFFIC Prices Increase Soon

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The TRAFFIC conference in Miami in coming up in just a few weeks, and the prices for the conference pass  and the hotel are going up soon. I received an email with some details about the price increase from Rick Schwartz, and I want to share it with you so you don’t miss out on the current rate.

Here’s what Rick had to say about the conference price increases in this morning’s email:

TRAFFIC Keynote Speakers Announced

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Rick Schwartz announced the two keynote speakers for the TRAFFIC conference coming up at the end of the month, and I think both are excellent choices. Howard Lefkowitz, the former President and CEO of Vegas.com, will be speaking on Friday, May 30 at 11:30 in the morning.  Duane Forrester, Senior Product Manager at Bing, will be speaking on Thursday, May 29 at 10:15 in the morning.

You have mostly likely heard of Vegas.com. If not, it is probably the best geodomain success story. The company is an all encompassing Las Vegas travel website where you can book vacations, make dinner reservations, and read about Las Vegas tours and activities. Lefkowitz joined the company in 2001, and until then end of his tenure in 2010, he helped to grow the heck out of the company and brand. You can read more about the brand and Lefkowitz on HotelInteractive.com.

Duane Forrester is a search expert, and in his position at Bing, he helps webmasters and publishers learn about how to leverage their content to improve their visibility. He  has spoken at most of the major SEO and webmaster conferences, and his opinions and feedback are highly sought after. To give you an idea of how much Forrester’s opinions are respected, he will also be the keynote speaker at Pubcon Las Vegas in October.

As much as

Rick Schwartz Gives TRAFFIC Price and Auction Update

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I am planning to make my second trip of the year to Las Vegas for the TRAFFIC conference, which will be held May 28 to 31 at the Bellagio. This morning, Rick Schwartz shared a couple of TRAFFIC updates I want to share with you because time is of the essence.

In reference to the cost of attending, Rick announced:

Right now when you sign up for

Where is Rick Schwartz?

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I noticed that Rick Schwartz hasn’t posted an article on his blog in over a month. His last post was published on January 27, and it is pretty clear that the graphics he shared were related to domain investors having to make decisions about the new gTLD domain names. Since the article was published, it has become an active, ongoing discussion with over 125 comments to date.

Over the weekend, I reached out to Rick to check in and make sure he’s doing alright since I had not heard from him in a while. I thought perhaps he was on his annual cruise and had taken an extra long vacation. Turns out, he is not on an extended vacation, and all is well with him.

With his permission, here’s what Rick shared about why he hasn’t written anything on his blog for over a month:

After spending a year and a half articulating all the pitfalls of the GTlds, I decided once they came out, to sit on the sidelines, not say anything so no one can blame me for anything that might happen,  as some already started to do.  The pitfalls, both known and unknown that they are and will be experiencing, will be even bigger and greater than anything I have said so far.  

I am on record and I won’t say another word. I’ll let the numbers and the events speak for themselves.”

What’s Up With TargetedTrafficForum.com?

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Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 5.20.18 PMSeveral years ago, Rick Schwartz ran a popular private domain forum called  Targeted Traffic Forum. For years, it was one of the “go to” spots for good discussions with professionals who were successful in the business of domain investing. In 2008, for a variety of reasons, Rick shut down the forum.

For some reason,  TargetedTrafficForum.com looks like it’s a Japanese website that doesn’t appear to be related to domain names at all.

According to the Whois record, the domain name was created in January of this year. It is currently registered

TRAFFIC Offering One Day Passes

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I wanted to pass along the news about the TRAFFIC conference offering one day passes to those who can’t attend the entire conference or don’t wish to pay the full amount to attend. There are two options for the one day pass, which will go on sale tomorrow (Monday, May 20).

In case you are interested, here are the two single day pass options as explained by Rick Schwartz:

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