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Aftermarket.com Now Offering Parking

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Aftermarket.com just announced that it will be offering parking services, and it appears that they will be offering clients a Google feed to monetize traffic. This ties in nicely with its domain sales and brokerage platform.

According to an Aftermarket.com blog article that was posted this afternoon, the company said, “we’ve been bursting-at-the-seams excited to announce our partnership with the Internet’s leading search engine and upstream provider to offer domain parking services on the Aftermarket platform.” Trafficz, a parking company operated by Thought Convergence, will

Aftermarket.com Utilizes Live Chat

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I visited a landing page that had a link to “Buy this domain name at Aftermarket.com,” which I clicked to find out more about the domain name and purchase price. The landing page looks pretty clean and it has attributes that are similar in scope to my ideal passive “domain sales platform.”

I had to walk away from my computer for a few moments, and shortly after leaving, I heard what sounded like a doorbell on my computer. when I returned to my computer, I saw a dialogue window had opened, and I was asked if I needed any help with respect to the sale listing.

I’m not sure how long the window was open before the chat screen popped up, but I think that is pretty neat. I don’t know if other companies have implemented something like this either, but I would assume this at least helps qualify buyers. For instance, if a buyer wasn’t too sure about domain name values, they could be offered information in the chat window.

This is a great offering from Aftermarket.com, and I would be interested in knowing how this increases response rate. Other companies provide phone numbers to call with questions, but having a chat window pop open is a great option, especially when there are account representatives available to discuss the domain name in question.

Update

As someone pointed out in the comment section, I wrote about BuyDomains offering a live chat in 2007. The button to chat is in the top corner of the site. I am not sure if there is a popup window that makes a noise or encourages a chat when someone lands on a inquiry page.

Did Internet Traffic Pass Domain Sponsor?

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I was looking at DomainTools’ DailyChanges.com today, and I noticed that Internet Traffic DNS now has more domain names on them than Domain Sponsor DNS. I don’t look at Daily Changes every day, so this likely did not just happen, and the number likely fluctuates.

According to Daily Changes, there are  1,242,445 domain names on InternetTraffic.com DNS and  1,124,620 domain names on DSRedirection.com as of today. Some people may use their own DNS for parking though, so this number may not be completely accurate. One other thing to keep in mind is that DailyChanges.com only counts the top 6 domain extensions, including .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, and .us.

On May 16, 2011, it was announced that Frank Schilling launched his InternetTraffic.com parking service. Unfortunately, I could not find the total number of names on Domain Sponsor DNS at the time Schilling’s parking service launched.

It’s remarkable to watch how quickly this business has grown, and the number of domain names being monetized on IT DNS continues to increase.  I wonder how Internet Traffic usage compares to other legacy parking services.

Thought Convergence Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

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One of the most successful large companies in the domain industry is Thought Convergence. TC owns and operates industry companies Trafficz, Aftermarket.com, DomainTools, and others.  Thought Convergence was founded by Ammar Kubba and Kevin Vo, the company celebrated its 10 year anniversary last night.

It’s quite amazing to look at the growth of Thought Convergence and see how it’s become an integral part in the industry. The company employs dozens of people who operate and manage the tools and services we all use every day in our day to day operations.

I wish Thought Convergence all the best as they celebrate this great milestone.

History of Trafficz: Happy 10th Anniversary

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Congratulations to Trafficz on the company’s ten year anniversary. Here’s a video created by Thought Convergence and Trafficz discussing how the company was founded and grew into one of the leading PPC service providers.

Movember Tally: Over $3,000 Raised

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Now that the calendar has turned to December, Movember is officially over for 2011. Ammar Kubba, CEO of Thought Convergence, was a moustache-growing Movember participant, which helped “raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

In total, Ammar’s commitment helped raise over $3,000 for the campaign: http://www.mobro.co/kubba  (it’s not too late to contribute to this non-profit organization).

As you can see, Ammar grew a pretty solid ‘stache in a month. I am sure he (and his girlfriend) will be happy when it’s shaved. Kudos to Ammar for getting involved in such a positive cause and sticking to it.

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