Last year I told you about Chicago.com owner Josh Metnick finding a rich new domain monetization vein by selling Chicago.com email addresses and sub-domains (sold in teh same form as his own identity.chicago.com). Today Metnick announced another major step forward – the signing of a marketing partnership agreement with the Chicago Tribune Media Group.

The multi-year deal will bring hundreds of thousands of dotChicago domain names and @Chicago email identities to market in three auction phases. Registration for initial bidding closes on June 25, 2013.

Metnick said, “Chicagoans can now upgrade their Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL email address to get an exciting new Chicago.com email address, without needing to change their existing email provider. Additionally, we are proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the domain name auctions to benefit A Better Chicago” (a non-profit organization that helps many worthy Chicago causes.)

Bill Adee, Vice President of Digital Development and Operations at Chicago Tribune Media Group, added, “We see tremendous opportunity in offering Chicago.com’s innovative products to our loyal readers and users. Now, everyone can

Josh Metnick, Chicago.com
Co-Founder, @Identity LLC

own a small, digital piece of the greatest city in the world, while benefiting from a simple, memorable email address or website URL.”
Elsewhere, domain industry giant Oversee.net has announced major upgrades to one of their signature developed properties – AirportParking.com. The site provides an easy way for web and mobile users to find and compare rates, features and consumer reviews of money-saving off-site airport parking lots and also book reservations, locking in the rate and a reserved parking spot.

AirportParking.com announced new responsive design and navigation elements that enhance the search and booking experience for smartphone users. iPhone owners can add their AirportParking.com reservations  to their Apple Passbook, eliminating the need to carry a printed confirmation of the reservation.
Also today – congratulations are in order to Bill Sweetman, the Domain Portfolio  General Manager at Tucows. Bill will be opening his own consultancy shop a week from today (Friday, April 26) when he closes out a five and half year run with the well-known Canadian company.”I’ve never worked at any place this long, and if I could clone myself I’d stick around Tucows forever,” Sweetman told me. “However, after much reflection and soul-searching, I decided to follow my dream to do consulting work full-time under my own new brand. I will be launching a boutique domain name consulting firm later this quarter, and we will offer a variety of services to startups, entrepreneurs, and marketers, as well as individual and corporate domain name owners. More details, including

Bill Sweetman

the name of my new venture, will be announced later.” You can read more about Bill’s decision in this post on his blog.

One other note – in case you missed it – our April newsletter went out to opt-in subscribers today. It’s all about Chad Folkening’s ambitious new enterprise – VentureCamp. Chad is shooting for the stars with this one –  a unique business
start up incubator/web-based reality docu-series in which 3 teams of four entrepreneurs each will compete to build the best online business while living in a mansion with world class mentors! We have all of the details on the show that debuts in June in the full newsletter that can also be read here.

Full post is found here : http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130419.htm