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T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
===T.R.A.F.F.I.C.===
On October 20 - 23, 2004, the first [[T.R.A.F.F.I.C.]]. conference took place in Delray Beach, Florida; it was the first major trade show specifically aimed at the [[domaining]] industry.<ref>[http://dnjournal.com/columns/cover102604.htm DNJournal]</ref> Rick co-founded the event with his longtime lawyer, and domaining attorney, [[Howard Neu]]. The conferences provide domaining forums, workshops, and obvious networking opportunities. The inaugural event counted some 125 attendees, by the next year this number was more than doubled to 300.<ref>[http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2005/october.htm DNJournal.com]</ref> The conference has since been held in both an East coast and West coast format, wherein a meeting takes place on each U.S. coast during the same year. It has travelled the world, going to Amsterdam and Australia in addition to a U.S. event; and it continues to go new places and be held at least once a year.<ref>[http://www.targetedtraffic.com/history/2010.welcome.php TargetedTraffic.com]</ref> The shows are not intended for day-domainers, but aim to help those that consider domaining their profession a chance to learn and meet with other successful [[domainer]]s. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences are invitation only events, in an attempt to keep the show focused and not let it fall into the category of general trade shows.<ref>[http://www.webmasterworld.com/domain_names/3382077.htm WebmasterWorld.com]</ref>
The conferences have begun to incorporate live auctions of domain names, via a partnership with [[Moniker]]; those auctions accounted for 39 of the top 100 domain sales for 2007.<ref>[http://www.webmasterworld.com/domain_names/3382077.htm WebmasterWorld.com]</ref> That year's New York T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction brought in some $12 million.<ref>[http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2008/january.htm DNJournal.com]</ref>

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