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07|31|2013 07:34 pm EDT

New gTLD applicant Radix launches Photo Contest for Registrars

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs, Up to the Minute

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Radix Registrar Contest

It appears that the registry operators for new gTLDs have started the courting for registrars with some marketing efforts. DirectI’s Radix registry has launched a photo contest for registrars to find the best pictures representing one of their 29 new gTLD applications. The twist? The photos are to be shot with a Polaroid camera that will be provided to the registrar teams by the registry. The winning registrar will receive $1,000 USD for a day out/party. Registrars have to submit their photos by September 10, 2013.

[hat tip to Jean Guillon]

12|07|2011 12:22 pm EDT

DOMAINfest Global 2012 to Introduce Fantasy Domaining Contest

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Over the years’s DOMAINfest in LA has consistently expanded beyond domaining and has become an inclusive event for anyone who relies on domains – domainers, registries, registrars, resellers, hosting company etc. This year I even spotted Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame.

For the 2012 conference the crew behind the event is introducing a new contest – the Fantasy Domaining Contest. The winner will receive a trip to DFG 2012 that includes a travel stipend of $1,000, four nights at the hotel plus free admission to DFG. The winner will also receive a “Fantasy Domaining Champion” trophy on stage at DOMAINfest Global 2012 and all bragging rights that go with it. Second place receives a free DFG 2012 conference ticket and third place receives 50% off a DOMAINfest Global 2012 ticket

The contest roughly resembles Fantasy Football in terms of its format and rules.  Contestants “draft” their initial roster from a master list of 1,000 domains, put some in-play, substitute domains in-play, and trade domains with other contestants.  The contest is fun and provides a way for beginners and experts alike to test their skills and intuition in projecting the PPC revenue of domain names.

Each contestant will draft/select a portfolio of 35 domains from a master list of 1000 owned by The master list can be downloaded if you prefer to take some time to analyze the domains, or simply use their online search filters to find domains with desired keywords or categories. Choose domains that you think produced the most PPC revenue last year between Dec 1, 2010 and January 16, 2011. Select 25 of your 35 domains to put on your In-Play game roster. This roster’s cumulative 12/1/10 to current-date-last-year PPC revenue determines your overall ranking.

For details and a full explanation of how to play, including Official Contest Rules, and to sign-up, visit Unfortunately the contest is open only to residents of the United States.

The contest begins began on December 1, 2011 and ends January 16, 2012. The first, second and third place winners will be notified on January 18, 2012. Signing up for the contest is free. Only one entry per person is allowed.

PITCHfest Contest

The third annual PITCHfest Contest which aims to showcase new online business, service and technology ideas to the internet entrepreneurs and domain investors at the conference will take place again in 2012. This year, each finalist will be given no more than 3 minutes on stage in a rapid fire session to present their innovative idea. Presentations will take place during the PITCHfest session on Wednesday, February 1st at 4:00pm.

The winner will be the finalist who received the highest combined score from the following judges:

  • John Morris, Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel organization in the country;
  • Jeff Cohn, entrepreneur/VC involved in SoCal investment opportunities and CEO of two nationally recognized crowd-sourcing location based mapping services;
  • Scott Jarus, Director and Chairman and CEO, Ironclad Performance Wear
  • Ben Kuo, founder of SOCALTECH LLC, and the publisher of, has been active in supporting Southern California’s high tech industry.

Again, the audience will have an opportunity to vote and select their favorite product/service using a real-time text message voting system. It’s always fun to see whether the audience selects the same winner as the judges. The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2012. For more information,

12|01|2011 01:33 pm EDT

DomainTools Giving Away a Free Reverse Whois Report

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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DNN’s advertiser DomainTools is giving away a free Reverse Whois Report for up to $99 to a winner in a giveaway they launched recently. In order to enter, visit their site to send an email to Santa before January 2nd, 2011. Maybe here’s a chance to run the query you’ve been waiting to run for free…

05|05|2011 06:04 pm EDT

And the Winners of Get Rich Click! Are…

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Contests, Up to the Minute

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Thank you all for the 88 entries to win Marc Ostrofsky’s new book, Get Rich Click! (aff). If you didn’t win, make sure to buy the book now ;-) The winners were selected with the help of’s number generator. They are:

  1. Deepak Daftari, India
  2. Tony Lam, USA
  3. Cory Lamay, USA
  4. Hilary St Jonn, Sweden
  5. Rob Borhi, Canada

We will be emailing the winners for their postal addresses.

05|02|2011 05:55 am EDT

Win a Free Copy of Get Rich Click!

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Contests, Miscellaneous

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Photo of Marc Ostrofsky, by AndyBernsteinPhotography.comAs promised yesterday when we published the free excerpt of Marc Ostrofsky’s new book, Get Rich Click! (aff), we’re we were giving away five copies of the book.

In order to win, just fill out the form after the jump. The winners will were be picked at random on the morning of Thursday, May 5th by about 10am EDT. Void where prohibited. Good luck.

Winners are listed here.

10|05|2010 04:38 pm EDT

Voting For .INFO Awards Has Started

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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.INFO Registry Afilias Reveals 10 Expert Reviews, Voters have chance to win an Apple iPad

The jury of 7 representing the different regions of the world nominated 10 sites from 130 total submissions from over 20 countries. The public can now pick the top three spots, which in return receive $7,500, $5,000 and $3,000 USD. One of the voters will win an Apply iPad.

Click Here to VOTE NOW for the best .INFO website of 2010 and be entered to win a FREE iPad.

Here are the 10 nominated sites:

Voting closes November 2nd, 2011.

Disclaimer: Afilias is an advertiser on DNN.

See the full press release after the jump.


11|20|2009 04:00 pm EDT

DomainFest Introduces Two Pitch Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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DOMAINFest Global 2010, which will be held by in Santa Monica from January 26-28th, 2009,  in  has just announced the addition of PITCHfest and LAUNCHfest.

PITCHfest allows five pre-selected finalists to make 5 minute presentations of their new products ideas to the audience and a panel of judges. While the audience will be able to select their favorite by voting via text-messages, the winner will be picked by the judges.

With LAUNCHfest the pre-selected applicants get to present their vision how to develop one of ten given domain names. Again the winner will be selected on a point based system by a panel of judges and the audience gets to show their choice as well. The winner will be able to lease/purchase his selected domain name and start development on the project. The names in this contest are:

Domain Name options Annual Lease Purchase Price $25,000 $125,000 $25,000 $125,000 $15,000 $75,000 $15,000 $75,000 $10,000 $50,000 $10,000 $50,000 $5,000 $25,000 $5,000 $25,000 $2,000 $10,000 $2,000 $10,000

Editor’s comment:

At the first DOMAINFest GLOBAL, the conference already had a similar event where participants where able to pitch Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame with a business idea and receive candid 1-on-1 feedback. Peter Ejtel and myself took this amazing opportunity to gather feedback on our then new startup SharedReviews.

Unfortunately it seems that this time the contests are limited to US participants, considering this is DOMAINfest GLOBAL, but most likely this is necessary due to the different contest laws worldwide  ;-)

05|29|2008 09:30 am EDT

Final Day for The Domain Game Trivia Contest

by Adam Strong in Categories: Contests

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It’s the final day of our contest. Congrats to the current winners : Steven, Liz, Paul and now Ross. The questions and answers from the past days are on our entry form page if you want to check it out.

The final Domain Game question for Day 5 :
What was the name of the posh hotel where one of the first organized domainer get-togethers took place in late 2002, reportedly later inspiring Rick Schwartz to start TRAFFIC ?

Enter your answer on our contest page here. DONT POST IN THE COMMENTS!!

Congrats to the Day 4 Winner : Ross C. !!
The answer was Milbank Roy and Ari Bayme

05|23|2008 11:30 am EDT

The Domain Game Contest! Win a Copy of the Book

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The Domain Game bookWith the release of The Domain Game this week, we thought it might be fun to play our own Domain Game and give away a few copies of the book at the same time. Domain Name News will be giving away 1 signed hardback copy of the book every day for the next five days. We’ve already put in our order with directly with the author which means you might be one of the firsts to read it.

The game will be a simple trivia game with questions inspired by the book. You will probably be able to find some of the information online and some might only be available in the book, but could be guessed.

The question for today (Thursday) is : How much money did Frank Schilling use to begin his investment in domain names ? Submit your answer or best guesses and sign-up for our newsletter (not required) here.

(Hint : This is an easy one. It can be found on another popular domain blog.)