“Parking is Dead”. It may be down but it’s certainly not dead. If anything it’s more competitive than ever. There are so many companies going after domainers that it’s become a cut throat business. One thing that stuck with me is that the people that seem to have made it through all the ups and downs are the some of the nicest people in the industry. Is it chance? I don’t think so. Here’s a few of the guys (and girls) I really enjoy in the monetization industry (in no specific order). I realize the return is the most important part of monetization but if “nice” has anything to do with your choice I highly recommend the following.
Craig Rowe of WhyPark/DomainApps– Craig and I get along well because he and I have a lot in common. We both do triathlons and family is an important part of our lives. Craig does almost EVERYTHING at DomainApps. He even codes the site himself. You know you’re going to get personal attention when you work with him because he’s always smiles and really loves what he does. He may be the only guy that smiles more than me. The kind of person I want to work with in this industry.
Donny Simonton of Voodoo: Donny is one of the bigger domain investors. When I mean big, I mean physically. I actually joked that he would be my left tackle for my offensive line with Ron Wells, and Chris Stroud filling out my line. Donny’s built a heck of a platform at Voodoo and it’s actually become one of the top 3 among domainers. I’m not sure if that’s official or not, but most people I talk to have a few domains there. Donny is always good for conversation and has a great sense of humor. Donny had a medical scare that changed how he looks at life and it comes across. He comes across as positive and thankful.
Dwayne Walker of Oversee/DomainSponsor: Dwayne and I have been friends for years. Dwayne is always trying to make things better. He is always asking questions. Wanting to know other than returns, what is the parking guy looking for. Oversee has over a million names in parking so I imagine they have a pretty good idea of how to get the most out of them AND they had meetings with Google this week on enhancing their returns as well. They’ve recently added Chris Stroud (former writer at DomainShane) so I know they will continue to give good service.
Frank Schilling/ Heather Pierre (Internet Traffic) Noticed how I threw Heather in there. If you don’t know Heather, she is one of the customer service reps for Frank and she does a heck of job. Ironically, as someone was telling the story at Webfest of the article I wrote about her, she tapped me on the shoulder and said “That’s me”. She is even nicer and brighter in person. We all know Frank is a good person but his staff is hand picked to reflect that same kindness.
Victor Pitts (Above.com) Victor is another good person in this industry. They were one of the first people to support my blog. He provided some entertainment at Webfest with his scratch off cards giving users a free 10 domain parking account. We had some good fun looking at what people got. My favorite was Ron Wells getting “increased male penis” in Spanish for a domain. And surprisingly it was doing well. Above rotates a few parking companies to monetize their domains but I’m hoping they don’t shuffle the people behind the scenes.