Domain Name Interviews

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Tutorial: How to Find the Most Valuable Domains in New TLDs in 10 Minutes (With Template)

Tutorial: How to Find the Most Valuable Domains in New TLDs in 10 Minutes (With Template)

New top-level domains are launching every week for the next couple of years.

Can you figure out the next most valuable domain name that hasn’t been reserved by the registry and register it before other investors or end users?

This tutorial walks you through one process for finding valuable domain names for registration using keyword search volume and advertiser competition.

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How a Fishmonger Lost $300K Learning the Domain Name Ropes – With Andrew Rosener

How a Fishmonger Lost $300K Learning the Domain Name Ropes – With Andrew Rosener

We all lose money when first starting out in domain name investing, because part of the process of figuring things out inevitably includes buying worthless or undesirable domain names.

The same was true for today’s guest.

But instead of just buying 100 or so worthless domain names, he invested in a “domain name education” that cost him about $300,000 over three years until he realized what he was doing wrong.

Today, he runs one of the most successful domain name brokerages. Listen in as Andrew Rosener shares what he learned from his expensive “education.”

Businesses: Do Not Abuse the UDRP as Your “Plan B” for Acquiring a Domain Name – With John Berryhill

Businesses: Do Not Abuse the UDRP as Your “Plan B” for Acquiring a Domain Name – With John Berryhill

If you think you can file a UDRP case to get control of a domain name after failing to negotiate the acquisition, think again.

The Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) was put in place to streamline the process to resolve disputes between trademark holders and domain name registrants where the registration was clearly abusive, predatory and ill motivated.

Unless you can prove the three UDRP criteria, you may be labeled a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker by an international legal panel, face public documentation of the finding, and be exposed to potential legal action.

Do Not Register Trademark-infringing Domain Names – With David Weslow

Do Not Register Trademark-infringing Domain Names – With David Weslow

How risky could registering a $10 domain name be?

Every day new domain name investors and speculators overlook the financial risk associated with registering a domain name that infringes on an existing trademark – a mistake that could cost them more than $100,000. And it’s happening at an increasing rate with the new top-level domains available for registration.

If you’re a domain name broker or an experienced investor that regularly receives emails from new investors asking for help or valuation – and the portfolio is full of trademark-infringing domain names – this is the video to refer them to.

If you’re a new domain name investor or speculator, learn how to avoid the mistake that has the potential to financially bankrupt you.

What You Can Learn About Hand Registering Domain Names from the Domain King – With Rick Schwartz

What You Can Learn About Hand Registering Domain Names from the Domain King – With Rick Schwartz

More often than not, hand registered domain name portfolios submitted to the DomainSherpa Review are not considered to be valuable by our panel of experts. Maybe there are a few domains worth keeping out of 50 submitted. Maybe.

Today, we’re turning the tables on one of the regular reviewers on the DomainSherpa Review.

Past Domain Sherpa and frequent DomainSherpa Review expert Rick Schwartz opens up his list of 390 recently hand registered domain names, and shares his thought process for how and why he registered the domains.

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StockPhoto.com: Pre-paying $250,000 for a Lifetime of Customer Traffic – With Jon Yau

StockPhoto.com: Pre-paying $250,000 for a Lifetime of Customer Traffic – With Jon Yau

Instead of hand registering a $9 brandable domain name like ShutterStock.com or iStockPhoto.com and paying for CPC marketing forever, Jon Yau plunked down $250,000 of his family’s savings to purchase StockPhoto.com – a domain name with 50,000 worldwide exact-match searches per month.

Yau considers this investment a “pre-payment” for the endless stream of potential customers that visit his website daily through direct navigation. And with plans to continue to grow his photography database, he expects only to increase his customer conversion rate and revenue.

Why Numeric Domain Names Are Worth More Than You Think – With Giuseppe Graziano

Why Numeric Domain Names Are Worth More Than You Think – With Giuseppe Graziano

Listed among the DNJournal.com top domain name sales of 2013 are 114.com for $2.1 million, 88888.com for $245,000 and 1001.com for $100,000.

I would not have paid registration fees for any of these domain names, so I clearly don’t understand the value of domain names comprised only of numbers, usually referred to as numeric domain names.

Luckily there’s an expert ready to share what’s behind those high sale prices and who’s buying 80 percent of the numeric domain names.

How an Exact-Match Domain Turned $60 Million into $100+ Million in 5 Months – With Shaun McGowan

How an Exact-Match Domain Turned $60 Million into $100+ Million in 5 Months – With Shaun McGowan

Past DomainSherpa interviews have highlighted the power of exact-match domain names (EMDs) to instantly create business credibility, increase organic rankings in search engine results, and generate type-in traffic by potential customers.

Today’s interview offers proof that EMDs can also assist in increasing the click-through rate of advertising on search engines like Google’s AdWords platform, decrease the amount per click spent on advertising by 35 percent, and increase the conversion rate of clicks to actual customers by 30 percent.

Those are big benefits in themselves, but the final proof is that – while holding all other factors constant – a change in business and domain name from brandable Beep.com.au to exact-match CarLoans.com.au produced a 66 percent increase in sales turnover, driving their business from a $60 million company to $100 million in only five months.

Google AdWords Keyword Planner for Domain Name Investors

Google AdWords Keyword Planner for Domain Name Investors

As of August 28, 2013, the new Google Keyword Planner replaces the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. It’s supposed to be an improvement, but most people don’t like change.

This DomainSherpa tutorial walks you through the new Google Keyword Planner, shows you how to find most of the same information as the Google Adwords Keyword Tool provided, and what the differences are between the two.

This tutorial also shows you how to use the Google Keyword Planner tool for SEO and domain name purposes.

The .XYZ Generation: Youngest Applicant Spends $555,000 on 3 TLD Applications – With Daniel Negari

The .XYZ Generation: Youngest Applicant Spends $555,000 on 3 TLD Applications – With Daniel Negari

Most investors in the domain name industry would be nervous to invest $185,000 in a single premium domain name.

But on today’s show we interview a 27-year-old entrepreneur who invested $185,000 not once, but three times this year, spending a total of over half a million dollars in application fees alone to register new top level domains.

This is the story of how a domain name investor built a registrar and is launching at least two (possibly three) registries.

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