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  • Subject: Fw: False Information Regarding .jobs Scandal
  • From: Art Blackwell <aeb1barfo@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:36:22 -0700 (PDT)

I didn't help build the net ( I have a better claim to " inventing the Internet 
" than Al Gore has and I don't see why complicating things will help in the 
long run.

Net traffic is already impacted, why add more?

Art Blackwell

Network Engineer, Cray Research

--- On Wed, 7/14/10, CollegeRecruiter.com <steven@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: CollegeRecruiter.com <steven@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: False Information Regarding .jobs Scandal
To: "Arthur Blackwell" <aeb1barfo@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 11:45 AM

 Arthur Blackwell

Hopefully you've had an opportunity to read through the email that I sent to 
you a couple of days ago regarding the request being made by Employ Media to 
expand its charter over the .jobs top level domain so that it could use or 
otherwise help create hundreds of thousands and perhaps more than a million new 
job boards. 

Shortly after sending out that letter and posting a related blog article to 
CollegeRecruiter.com, I was contacted by a member of the DirectEmployers 
Association who was furious that I mistakenly wrote that the non-profit 
DirectEmployers owned the for-profit Employ Media. I took him at his word and 
corrected the blog article while talking with him and also sent out a 
correction to my 150,000+ Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn connections. Dan 
Jordan, chief counsel to DirectEmployers, then sent the attached demand letter 
to me via FedEx. As you can see, he stated that "Employ Media is not, nor ever 
has been, owned by DirectEmployers." That's good enough for me and I take him 
at his word. My apologies, Dan. 
It is clear from some on-line research that Employ Media is at least partially 
owned by Second Generation Ltd. of Cleveland, Ohio. If you're not familiar with 
them, that's likely because they don't have much of a presence in the 
employment world outside of Employ Media. A couple of their other companies are 
Partners, "a direct marketing company with over 400  salespeople coast to coast
selling matted framed art to businesses" and USA Parking, a "parking and real  
estate company."

But the point of the blog article and my email to you wasn't the ownership 
structure of DirectEmployers or Employ Media. The point was the lack of 
openness and transparency in the efforts of a number of players to 
fundamentally revolutionize the way that the .jobs domains can be used and the 
process that is being used to accomplish that dubious goal. Five years ago, 
ICANN -- the international governing body of domain names -- provided SHRM and 
Employ Media a charter to sell .jobs domains to employers such as XYZ Corp. so 
that they could tell job seekers to go to XYZCorp.jobs if they want to go 
directly to the employment information on the XYZ Corp. web site. That was a 
good idea. Unfortunately, although there are some 13 million employers in the 
U.S. alone, only 15,000 employers worldwide bought a .jobs domain and many of 
those who did just re-directed it to their already existing career page.

Although at times this month Employ Media has denied that it has a partnership 
agreement with DirectEmployers while simultaneously promoting their alliance, 
at the end of the day what matters is that the process they've followed stinks. 
Plain and simple. Even though I'm an owner of job board CollegeRecruiter.com 
and therefore will be directly impacted by Employ Media's desire to create 
hundreds of thousands and perhaps a million apparently cookie cutter job boards 
like Government.jobs, University.jobs, Nursing.jobs, Diversity.jobs, 
SeattleSoftwareEngineer.jobs, and more, I'm okay with that. I'm okay with the 
creation of new job boards because we've been around since 1996 when there were 
about 200 job boards worldwide and there are now about 100,000. I've seen that 
we can more than hold our own even though there are many new boards. What I'm 
concerned about is the process. It is clear from reading the request by Employ 
Media to expand the .jobs charter
 that it wants to take the use of the .jobs domains out of the employer 
community to which it is restricted by its current charter (the one it 
requested and was then granted five years ago) and into other communities such 
as recruiting agencies, staffing companies, job boards, career services, and 
more. I'd be fine with this if Employ Media were simply functioning as a seller 
of the .jobs domains and anyone else could buy them at the same terms as anyone 
else like happens with .com and .net addresses. But that's not what's being 
If Employ Media is granted the expansion of the charter, you'll almost 
certainly see hundreds of thousands and perhaps a million new job boards spring 
up almost overnight. Employers will be able to post their jobs to them for free 
just like they can now with many, many aggregators  such as Indeed.com, 
SimplyHired.com, JuJu.com, and LinkUp.com. Job seekers will continue to use 
Google, Bing, and other search engines to find relevant job boards and employer 
sites but now they'll have another million sites to sift through. Employ Media 
and the owners of these so-called "free" sites will charge premium pricing to 
employers who want their results to appear at the top of the search results -- 
just like Indeed, SimplyHired, JuJu, and LinkUp -- and employers who work with 
the "free" sites know that their jobs are essentially invisible unless they pay 
for those premium listings. 
If I were Employ Media, I'd be the most excited about my ability to suck in 
huge amounts of job seeker traffic using the free content I'm getting from the 
members of the DirectEmployers Association and other employers and then 
leveraging that traffic to generate revenues from on-line and other schools 
when job seekers are asked if they want to continue their education, get their 
credit ratings checked, become members of on-line survey panels, and other such 
pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per-click offers that litter many job 
boards. Those "sales," "leads," and "clicks" are sold by job boards and others 
for widely varying sums but the education leads alone are typically worth about 
$10 to $20 per pop. If the only revenue Employ Media generates are education 
leads and they generate only one per day per board, that's about $10 million 
per day or $3.65 billion per year. No wonder Employ Media wants this so badly. 
Other than the ability to post jobs for free to a bunch of new job boards, it 
is difficult for me to understand why DirectEmployers is taking such an active 
role in this process and why any organization other than Employ Media would be 
excited about this. I trust that there's no secret, financial relationship 
underlying the "alliance" between DirectEmployers and Employ Media given their 
written statement earlier this month that they have no partnership agreement. 
If this bothers you even a fraction as much as it bothers me, it is critical 
that you take action today as the deadline for ICANN comment period is 
tomorrow. Fortunately, it is very easy for you to voice your opinions. Simply 
send an email to jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx. You can even forward this 
one. Be sure to include your contact information and organization you 
represent, if any. If you want a template to follow, I posted one in my blog 
article. Oh, and please cc me on the email. That will allow me to see that my 
efforts have in some way made a difference. 

Steven Rothberg | Chief
Executive Officer


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