Since 2004, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has honored the people who, each year, have earned the respect of their peers. These individuals are presented The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award for each category in which they earn enough votes of their peers to be honored. The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards Ceremony has grown through the years to include several categories. In fact, when the first award was granted, for Domainer of the Year, that was the only category of award given.
The winner, Richard Lau, became the first recipient in a distinguished line of honorees to receive what has become a coveted citation, recognizing the hard work, dedication, business acumen, investment prowess and humanity of the people of this fine industry. Additionally, two people are voted each year to the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Hall Of Fame, although there have been two years when tie votes resulted in three honorees in this distinguished category. The Domain Hall of Fame category was established in 2006.
In 2014, we added two new categories to cover gTLDs. Those categories are "Most Promising New gTLD" and "Best Marketing Of New gTLD". Another category, for "Domainer of the Decade", was introduced as part of the 10th Anniversary of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show. Also in 2014, the "Best New Monetizing Solution" and "We Get It Award" categories were retired, and "Best Domain Blog" was renamed "Blogger Of The Year". In 2012, new categories were added for "Broker Of The Year" and the "Bandit Berkins Goodwill Ambassador Award".
Strict, new nomination requirements were introduced in 2014. All persons nominated for a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. award must receive at least three nominations from three different people to get on the final ballot. Additionally, all votes will now be verified by Escrow.com in a new audit process, which will further the integrity of the awards process.
All nominees may get and display a "NOMINEE" badge on their website. Simply request your badge from firstname.lastname@example.org.