Domain Name Interviews

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Domain Name Liquidity: What is It, Where Was It, Where Will It Be?

Domain Name Liquidity: What is It, Where Was It, Where Will It Be?

DNSeattle took place on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at GoDaddy’s headquarters in Kirkland, Washington, just North of Seattle — and raised more than $5,000 to help find a cure for cancer!

More than 90 attendees met, networked and learned about domain name liquidity during this live panel session with Jeffrey Emerick (individual investor, Brand Bucket Ambassador), Dave Evanson (Sedo) and Joe Styler (GoDaddy).

NamesCon wrote up a fantastic summary of the event, and is offering $299 NamesCon tickets ($300 off!) to DNSeattle attendees for their January 2017 event using the DNS299 coupon code. Get it now — see you there!

Also, our event photo album is live at DNSeattle.com. (Thanks Shari Bradbury!)

And, special thanks to the Zandibot, Ali Zandi, for his mad skillz adjusting the audio of today’s show.

More Interviews

Drop Catching Programming Expert on the Domain Name Expiration Process – With Chris Ambler

Drop Catching Programming Expert on the Domain Name Expiration Process – With Chris Ambler

If you want to know how the domain name expiration process works in detail, you need to watch today’s show with Chris Ambler.

We discuss:
* The domain name expiration process
* Which auction partners are associated with which registrars
* The best drop catching services to use
* When domain names drop and when they go to auction
* And much more!

Hardcore Hustling Tactics to Buy and Sell LLLL .com Domains – With Jeffrey Emerick

Hardcore Hustling Tactics to Buy and Sell LLLL .com Domains – With Jeffrey Emerick

Think you can only make money in domain name investing if you got into the industry 5, 10 or 20 years ago? Think again.

Today’s guest entered the industry about a year ago and earned enough profit in that time for a down payment on his lakefront home (where he spoke with me for this interview). And he still owns 189 LLLL .com domain names.

But this is no “get-rich-quick scheme.” To the contrary, his first flip was $15 to $45. He then repeated that process more than 100 times as the market increased.

Berkens’ First Interview Since Selling His Portfolio + NamesCon 2016 Auction Deals

Berkens’ First Interview Since Selling His Portfolio + NamesCon 2016 Auction Deals

In his first interview since selling his portfolio, Michael Berkens answered some questions about the the WorldWide Media domain name portfolio mega-sale to GoDaddy. I asked him how much he sold his portfolio for, what he bought as a result of the sale, and what’s next for him.

Also, Berkens and Monte Cahn discuss the $24 million dollars worth of domain names that are going up for auction at the NamesCon conference in January 2016. Want some insider information on which domains will have no reserve, be the best value, or will have the highest resale potential? This is the show to watch!

How a Premium Domain Name Can Boost an Already Successful Startup – With Jamie Siminoff

How a Premium Domain Name Can Boost an Already Successful Startup – With Jamie Siminoff

Jamie Siminoff launched DoorBot – a doorbell with security features – and had amazing success, pre-selling $250,000 worth of product on Kickstarter, selling millions of dollars of product after an appearance on “SharkTank,” and being recognized as one of Time magazine’s top 10 products of 2014.

But it wasn’t until he took a big risk and upgraded the DoorBot brand to Ring (and Ring.com) in 2014 that it all came together and sales really took off.

In this interview, Siminoff provides advice to other startup founders on the power of a great brand, tactics for negotiation, and how much to pay for a premium domain name.

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[Tutorial] Know Before You Buy: Domain Name Due Diligence – With Bill Hartzer

[Tutorial] Know Before You Buy: Domain Name Due Diligence – With Bill Hartzer

When you buy a used car in the United States, you can purchase a CARFAX report to avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars on a car with costly hidden problems like undisclosed accidents.

You can do something similar for domain names too.

The creator of the Verified.domains background check service will walk you through how to do the analysis yourself, on any domain name you’re thinking of buying.

Don’t Overpay for a Domain Name, Think Creatively! – With Zalmi Duchman

Don’t Overpay for a Domain Name, Think Creatively! – With Zalmi Duchman

Zalmi Duchman started his fresh, healthy meal delivery service in 2005 and after nine years sold it for $24 million and, in the process, he learned a valuable lesson about thinking creatively.

In this interview, Duchman shares how creative financing could have saved him about $50,000 – and what you can do to avoid overpaying for a domain name – as well as some of the tactics he used to achieve a phenomenal growth trajectory.

Entrepreneurial Advice to Pick the Best Domain Name Brand – With Rob Rawson

Entrepreneurial Advice to Pick the Best Domain Name Brand – With Rob Rawson

Rob Rawson is no newcomer to owning premium domain names. He’s owned plenty, such as Athlete.com, Tasks.com and Faster.com.

So when he had the opportunity to upgrade his international staffing and jobs board from MyStaff.com to Staff.com for a price of around $400,000, he took the chance.

Hear how Rawson built his technology, named his company, thinks about the investment, and selected the best domain name based on a unique, four-step process that you can reproduce for your next venture.

Liquid Domain Name Investing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know – With Giuseppe Graziano

Liquid Domain Name Investing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know – With Giuseppe Graziano

An investment in numeric or acronym domain names a year ago likely would have doubled or tripled your money today.

And these types of domain names are considered “liquid,” meaning they can be converted into cash quickly with a generally-accepted floor value.

Why are these types of domains so hot, and how close is the “investing bubble” to bursting? You’ll find out on today’s show.

How a $675,000 Domain Name Took Teamwork.com to the Next Level – With Peter Coppinger

How a $675,000 Domain Name Took Teamwork.com to the Next Level – With Peter Coppinger

Put together a great team, build a world-class product, and your company can be successful even with a bad domain.

That’s what today’s entrepreneur and business leader learned when he and his co-founders started their SaaS project management business on the TeamworkPM.net domain name.

However, years later – with profits in the bank – they decided that the authority and trust afforded by a premium domain name was what they needed to take their business to the next level.

So they took a leap of faith and spent nearly all of their savings – $675,000 – to purchase the Teamwork.com domain name, which they believe has made all the difference in growing their business.

Learn how they negotiated the purchase – over the course of years – from an initial price tag of $20 million, how long it took to recoup their investment, and the growth rate they experienced after starting to use their new Teamwork.com domain name.

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