Rick Schwartz

Where is Rick Schwartz?


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?


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


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:

TRAFFIC Las Vegas Auction List Announced


Rick Schwartz emailed out the list of domain names that will be up for auction during the TRAFFIC conference in Las Vegas later this month. The live auction is scheduled for May 30th from 2PM-4PM. Although the reserve prices weren’t shared, half of the domain names will have no reserve prices.

Details about the actual auction weren’t included in the email. If it’s like recent TRAFFIC auctions, there won’t be an online bidding component. As someone who sells domain names (not in this auction though), it is bothersome that people won’t be able to bid online. However, I assume there will be a bidding phone line for people who wish to bid remotely.

The list of domain names up for auction is below:

TRAFFIC Conference Ticket Prices Increasing by $200 Tomorrow


I already have my TRAFFIC conference ticket purchased, and I want to give you a reminder about getting yours if you haven’t already. The current price for conference tickets is $1,595. As it gets closer to the conference date, ticket prices rise.

Rick Schwartz just announced that the price for the Las Vegas TRAFFIC conference tickets will increase by $200 tomorrow. If you know you’re going to attend, you might as well buy them before the price goes up. The conference will be held at the Bellagio Hotel from May 29 – June 1 with a few days prior to the conference set aside from private events and networking.

Here’s what Rick said in his email this morning:

TRAFFIC Auction Accepting Submissions


TRAFFIC-2013-buttonIf you are interested in having your domain name(s) listed for sale at the TRAFFIC conference auction in Las Vegas, right now is the time to submit them. Submissions are being accepted for a week (or less). The conference will be held from May 29 – June 1 at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.

Conference organizers have done away with the paid submissions in an effort to have more control over quality, and they are targeting 85%+ of the auction to be no reserve to keep things interesting and for a higher sales rate. It also appears that they are targeting one word domain names.

Here are ten aspects about the submission requirements shared by Rick Schwartz this morning:

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