Bear with me. I usually hate reading posts about conferences or trade shows that I didn’t attend. Over 600 people did attend DOMAINfest Global in Hollywood, California, making this the largest domain conference in some time. Most of them left happy. The panels were first rate, with speakers such as Danny Sullivan and Bruce Clay from the SEO world, Hal Bailey from Google, and Steve Wozniak (Woz); as well as the usual domainer-oriented panels. There was lots of talk about new ways to monetize domains; especially focusing on development. Most domain developers are focusing on one domain at a time, but there are platforms in the works that claim to do semi-development on a larger scale. The jury is still out on whether this is a good idea.
Oversee.net, the parent company of DomainSponsor, put on the show. I was especially impressed with their inclusion of other parking and monetization companies. There were 20 diverse exhibitors and over 30 total sponsors, and domain parking companies were well-represented with the likes of Sedo, NameDrive, and Parked all in attendance.
Look for video interviews in this space in the next few weeks, along with some video clips from the conference itself. (I don’t know if the clips from the Playboy Mansion benefit will show up here, though.) Be sure to make plans to attend DOMAINfest Global next year. If it is anything like this year, you won’t regret it.