Mar 31, 2014
Jason Thompson

The Big Day Is Here, DomainFest 2014 Kicks Off Today (A Few Thoughts)


As most of you know DomainFest 2014 kicks off today at 8 am. I’m obviously up late, so we will see if I make that wonderful breakfast scheduled from 8:00 am – 9:15 am in the Dobly Ballroom. I’ve been thinking about DomainFest and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you. I am not going to sugar coat anything, so let’s get right to it.

1. I’ve noticed that domain investors are studying this years conference very closely. When you have a competitor like NamesCon taking the industry by surprise, you tend to wonder where your money will be best spent. Minus all the glitz and glamour, conferences are about networking and from what I hear NamesCon provided plenty of that for a very affordable price.

2. Another thing that I have thought about is the turn out. How many people are actually expected to show up to DomainFest this year? If the Southern California Domainers meetup that we just held at the hotel was any indication, then I would have to say that DomainFest 2014 just might break a few records. We’ve already heard that they have more sponsors for the event than they have ever had. Hopefully the same will go for attendees.

3. The keynote speakers all seem interesting. The organizers of DomainFest obviously made a calculated decision not only to change the name from Webfest Global back to DomainFest, but they actually have someone speaking who created a name for himself using social media. On day one Gary Vaynerchuk will be the keynote. You can view all of the keynote speakers here. This proves that they are listening to the little people. Personally, I am glad they changed the name back and decided to stay away from personalities like Kim Kardashian this year. I have nothing against Kim, I just don’t think she provided a great deal of insight for those that attended the conference last year.

4. The hot topic is obviously gTLDs and the sponsors are spending a pretty penny to be a part of DomainFest. As we all know not every gTLD will be a great investment and to be honest some come off as pure snake-oil. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but domain investors deserve to hear the truth. The topic needs to be covered in its entirety at this conference. I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly. Personally, I am tired of the hype so let’s get down to the pure facts. Let’s start by talking about sales. Have there been any REAL domain investor to end-user sales? That would be a great question to start with. ;-)

5.  The sessions look awesome. I’ll be the first to say that. There are people that we have seen talk before and then there are those that I have not heard of. I think that strikes a perfect balance. The one session I am really looking forward to is Startups: Part II How Startups Can Buy Domain Names Like a Pro. This session will have Dwayne Walker (Sr. VP DomainSponsor), Morgan Linton (Founder, Linton Investments) and Tessa Holcomb (Co-Founder & CEO, It will be very interesting to see these three individuals discuss this topic together.

6. Let’s not forget about the nightlife! This city is chock full of it, so how will this year compare to those infamous times at the Playboy Mansion? Excuse me if my old Domain Pimp personality comes out, but those years at the Mansion were extremely fun. Then again, I wasn’t there the year when people got sick. Just like this industry is starting to grow up, so has the entertainment selection. In my opinion the Stone Temple Pilots seems like a decent pick and the SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Boulevard is always a safe bet.

7. Will DomainFest live up to previous years? That’s definitely something I have been thinking about and for some reason I think it will. Dwayne Walker has done a great job putting this thing together with such a short notice. He has an incredible team over at Oversee and I am pretty sure that they will knock this one out of the ball park.

8. I took this week off from work to attend DomainFest and I wouldn’t of had it any other way. For those of you that are attending DomainFest this year, let’s make sure to maximize the opportunity that this event provides all of us. I am looking forward to meeting as many people in attendance as I can this year. :-)

Now it’s time for me to get a few hours of sleep!

Mar 30, 2014
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 3-30-2014 Thank You Southern California Domainers ;-)

Last night was by far my favorite Southern California Domainers meetup. You could feel the energy flowing through the room. I found myself taking notes in my phone when it came time for Adam Dicker to give his speech. Although I filmed some of Adam’s segment, you honestly had to be there. I’ll post a recap of the meetup a little later, but first I want to thank everyone that made this event happen:

Dwayne Walker / DomainSponsor (You’ve Probably Already Met Him)
Tyler Adamson (Project Manager – DomainFest 2014)
Adam Dicker (Thanks For Speaking!)
Michael Cyger(Pick up the Domain Name Tax Guide at a discount! Promo Code: Hollywood)
Domainique (That’s Dominique’s domainer name! Thanks for supporting me during these meetups and helping capture the moment.)
Kevin Faler (He promotes like no one else does!)
George (Make sure to visit
Ammar & Omar (They have sponsored meetups in the past and we greatly appreciate it. Make sure to contact them if you want to try out Agreed for 50% off.)

And all of you out there that simply showed up! A big thank you!

Mar 29, 2014
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 3-29-2014 Condo Loans, Divorce Lawyer New York, Workforce Anywhere

I’m loving the quality of domains which are dropping as of late. I sure hope the majority of you are buying as you may never see an opportunity like this again. In my opinion I think there is a transfer of wealth occurring in the domaining industry right now. There are some who have over-invested and are now trying to free up a little cash. Then there are those that are directly benefiting from the quality of domains which are now available to purchase for prices which are far below what the names are worth. Today’s list includes a couple of those names, so get your money ready. :) I don’t say that often, but now is the time to get ahead in this competitive industry. Stop complaining and become one of those people that everyone talks about. ;-)

Mar 28, 2014
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 3-28-2014 Buy Gold Cheap, Health Ape, Staff My Booth

It’s good to see that some of the names that I have been dropping are getting picked up by other people. I am pretty sure the other people are domain investors. It just goes to show that even if the name doesn’t perform the way it should for me, someone else could potentially find value in it. Now only if I had the time to send all of those names to auction before they dropped! That would be the ideal situation, but unfortunately I don’t have the time so it’s better to just let them drop.

On other fronts I am seeing some amazing names dropping today. I won one auction and I am in the middle of bidding on three others. All of these names are .com domains and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is one .net in the list that I might actually bid on as I saw the .org drop a few days ago. The .org sold for around $335. I’m curious to see how high the .net will go!

Here is the list for today! Enjoy!

Mar 27, 2014
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 3-27-2014 Date Much, Landing Page Designers, Loan Rates

There is something addicting about working in a startup environment. As some of you know I work for a startup called Outspoken here in Los Angeles. I’ve been with the company almost a year and it’s been an amazing ride so far. I was promoted recently from Noc Technician to Technical Support Engineer. It’s a role which was meant for me.

My logic is if you plan on creating a startup, you should first work for one. There are too many people here in Los Angeles which have been bitten by the startup bug. The idea of creating a startup is fantasy mixed in with real world experiences. Unfortunately the fantasy tends to dictate the poor choices that some LA startup founders continue to make. I really have to attribute these mistakes to jumping right into a business model, rather than doing the proper due diligence.

Startups are fun and there are a ton of them out here now. Silicon Beach is definitely headed to bubble mode fairly soon. The investment money will eventually dry up and people will fall right out of the fantasy. This is exactly what will happen with some of the new gTLDs as well. Everyday I work for a startup, I am also gaining the best education that I could possibly ever get. I can’t fully explain it to you because you would have to be there to experience it for yourself.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve always wanted to establish your own startup, then go work for one first! You’d be amazed how many startups are out there looking for your exact skill-set!

Here is the list for today! Enjoy!

Mar 25, 2014
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 3-25-2014 Boxi, Girl Invented, Random Look, Saving Solution

I don’t really have much to say about the GoDaddy Direct Affiliate Program. It was good while it lasted and I did very well with it. I’ll most likely continue to publish links with the program until they fully retire it. I’ve never been a fan of the big affiliate companies out there, but if I need to start using them to keep publishing the list then I don’t mind doing it. I’ll probably revisit my CJ account towards the end of April to make the transition.

To all of those good people behind the GoDaddy Direct Affiliate program, thanks!

Here is the list for today! Enjoy!

Mar 22, 2014
Jason Thompson

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 3-22-2014 Deal Zoom, Forex Database, My Debt Story

We arrived at the Chumash Casino Resort last night after a 3 hour commute from Los Angeles. We weren’t able to leave LA until about 5, so we had to deal with the rush hour traffic on the 405 North. The drive out here was incredible. It just reiterates how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful state. I always tell Dominqiue about how I want to be a truck driver when I retire. There is something about the open road that puts me at ease. I love to drive and have had the pleasure of driving across this country multiple times.

We had our anniversary dinner at The Willows restaurant. Although the service was a little sparse, we felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. They surprised us with a nice dessert towards the end which said, “Happy Anniversary” on it. It’s been fun out here and I can’t wait to visit a few of the wineries a little later today. I even feel more creative out here. ;-) I’m saying that because a vacation home might be something to look at in the near future. Enough about me, let’s get to the list!


Here is the list for today! Enjoy!