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12|28|2014 02:10 pm EDT

TrafficZ Shutting down operations on Dec 31st, 2014

by Frank Michlick in Categories: PPC industry

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According to an email sent out by TrafficZ, it will cease it operations after Dec 31st, 2014, which is a relatively short notice. We’ve reached out for confirmation to Thought Convergence and also asked them if there’s any other properties/divisions that are still active besides DomainTools.

As you no doubt have heard by now, we recently announced the sales of our Aftermarket domain marketplace and our Agreed online escrow platform. In parallel with those sales, we will be discontinuing the TrafficZ domain parking and monetization service as of December 31, 2014.

In order to facilitate a smooth and seamless transition for you, our valued clients, we recommend that you explore alternative monetization providers and options for your domain assets. Many of our friends in the industry provide excellent domain management and monetization solutions, so we’re confident that you’ll find a suitable partner in no time.

Regardless of what you decide, though, please make sure to update your nameservers by 12:00 AM PST on next Wednesday, December 31, 2014, after which time we will no longer be serving ads from our upstream providers.

On behalf of the entire TrafficZ team, we’d like to thank you for your loyalty and support over the years (since 2002!!). And, as always, we wish you luck and continued success in all of your future endeavors.

Cheers, and Happy Holidays,
Ammar Kubba & Kevin Vo

08|17|2011 04:34 am EDT

Yahoo! Introduces PPC Limits for Parked Domains on Five TLDs [updated]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: PPC industry

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According to an email sent by domain parking company TrafficZ last night, Yahoo! has introduced a daily revenue cap for parked domains in the .biz, .co, .info, .tv and .us TLDs. If a domain exceeds the revenue cap, no more paid Yahoo! ads will be displayed on the domain for another three days.

Unfortunately the announcement does not reveal the revenue cap, which could potentially be determined on a per domain basis. I would expect the parking companies that are on a Yahoo! feed to either a) implement a backup feed for those TLDs or b) ensure that a backup feed is used once Yahoo! ceases to deliver ads for those domains.

[Update]: We now have a confirmation from Parked.com & WhyPark.com that this restriction was also imposed on their Yahoo! feed. Craig Rowe told DNN via email: “Yes, this is affecting our Yahoo feed as well, and all Yahoo domain match feeds.¬† In our case, when the capping kicks in, we backfill the domain with ads from second-tier feeds.¬† So, it’s not that a domain will make no money, but rather it’ll earn less from those ads.

[Update2]: TrafficZ sent another update on Aug 17, offering “TrafficZ clients with exceptional .INFO, .US, .TV, .BIZ and/or .CO domains” to submit those domains to their account team for further review. The email goes on to say that “where appropriate, TrafficZ will work with Yahoo! to have revenue cap limits raised or removed from qualified domains, regardless of TLD“.

See the full note mailed by TrafficZ after the jump.

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05|14|2009 06:41 am EDT

Thought Convergence sues Jay Westerdal

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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Yesterday DNN received an email from Jay Westerdal saying that he was let go by Thought Convergence and they still owe one of his holding companies money. The email can be found after the jump.

Later at the end of the day Thought Convergence issued a statement as well, which can also be found after the jump. The company states that the termination is not related to the pending dispute about last year’s purchase of Name Intelligence, LLC. Domain Name Wire later revealed¬† a pending lawsuit from TCI against Jay Westerdal, his father Per Westerdal, Ray Bero and Cameron Jones. The suit is for alleged breach of securities exchange agreement, breach of employment and non-compete agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and accounting.

The suit also seeks an injunction to stop Jay from continuing his work with the DotMovie TLD project, which according to TCI violates their non-compete agreement.

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08|13|2008 01:48 pm EDT

Rick Schwartz Comments on TRAFFIC Conference Auctioning Sponsorships

by Adam Strong in Categories: Featured

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The News of Our Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated – Mark Twain

Rick Schwartz announced in an email a few days ago that the upcoming TRAFFIC show would be auctioning sponsorship positions. My gut reaction to reading this email was that it had a ring of desperation. I posted on a forum to see if I was alone. As you could expect from any good forum post about domains, and especially one involving Rick Schwartz, the topic got sidetracked. I let it rest a day or so. . . . It must have just been me. . . . (more…)

08|05|2008 04:45 pm EDT

DomainTools Aftermarket.com Launched and Taking Submissions

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Auction

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According to the Domain Tools blog, Thought Convergence, parent company to DomainTools, Domain Roundtable and TrafficZ, has officially launched the first phase of their new domain sales site, Aftermarket.com . The company is launching the site to take submissions for the upcoming TRAFFIC conference in Brooklyn.

Aftermarket.com plans to run a 90 minute auction at the TRAFFIC event and feature only 50-60 “carefully-chosen, well-priced domains”. The company will be competing for the attention of buyers and sellers against at least 3 other companies at the TRAFFIC conference. Moniker/Snapnames, Bido.com and Rick Latona will also be featuring auctions. Earlier reports indicated Sedo was also participating but there has been no further announcement or indication of their involvement from Sedo or TRAFFIC.

05|06|2008 11:25 am EDT

Confirmed: TrafficZ purchases DomainTools

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As reported earlier, Thought Convergence, parent company of TrafficZ, announced today the purchase of Name Intelligence, operator of the DomainTools.com website and Domain Roundtable event. The sale has been confirmed by Jay Westerdal with a post on his DomainTools Blog.

The rumored sales price sales price of 16-18 million USD has not been confirmed. DomainTools will continue to be lead by Ray Bero and Jay Westerdal. Westerdal will also be joining the board of Thought Convergence.

04|22|2008 09:19 am EDT

DRT: TrafficZ purchases NameIntelligence/DomainTools

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As heard by our staff at the DomainRoundtable conference in San Francisco this week, it is rumored that TrafficZ (or it’s parent company Thought Convergence) is buying NameIntelligence, the parent company of the DomainTools.com website and organizer of the DomainRoundtable conference. The price is said to be 16-18 million USD. TrafficZ also is one of the main sponsors of the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference & expo.

02|11|2008 04:02 pm EDT

TrafficZ customers targeted by phishing scam

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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According to an email by TrafficZ, customers of the parking company have been target of a phishing scam. The email entitled “TrafficZ | Domain Termination Notice” states that one of [the customer’s] domains has been deleted from [their] TrafficZ account and asks them to visit Traffiz.com within 72 hours in order for their account not to be blocked. The link in the email leads the user to TrofficZ.com instead of going to TrafficZ.com. The originators of this phishing scam are attempting to capture the usernames and passwords of the mislead users.