Domain Name Interviews

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After 15 Years, FastMail Finally Acquires Their .Com – With Rob Mueller

After 15 Years, FastMail Finally Acquires Their .Com – With Rob Mueller

FastMail started in 1999 and today serves hundreds of thousands of customers. They launched on FastMail.fm because it was what was available and memorable, and proving the business model was more important than trying to acquire the .com domain name.

But when an employee took the initiative to call the Monster.com main switchboard to inquire about purchasing fastmail.com, the then-owner was more than happy to sell the unused domain name asset for a fair price.

In this interview, founder and director Rob Mueller recounts the impact of not owning fastmail.com for 15 years, how the negotiations started and progressed, how much they paid, and lessons learned for other startup entrepreneurs.

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The Domain Name Secrets to Buying for $1 and Selling for $3,000 – With Mike Navarini

The Domain Name Secrets to Buying for $1 and Selling for $3,000 – With Mike Navarini

Mike Navarini shares tactics for buying domain names for next to nothing and selling them for thousands.

If you’re just starting out as a domain name investor or you want to add an almost no-risk way to invest to your game plan, you will want to watch this interview and on-screen tutorial.

How Michael Krell Turned a $1K Investment into a $100K Revenue Stream

How Michael Krell Turned a $1K Investment into a $100K Revenue Stream

Buy a domain name for up to $300 and sell it on average for $3,000.

Seems like a straightforward and highly desirable business model, but how do you actually find good names and then put them in front of buyers?

Michael Krell’s story of turning a $1,000 investment into a $100,000 revenue stream is one that many of us aspire to. He lays out his approach in detail in this show.

Welcome to the Google Domains invite-only beta!

Welcome to the Google Domains invite-only beta!

The Google Domains registrar service is in private beta, and only invitation-only users have access.

Luckily, I was invited today to preview their service. Come along for a pictorial walk-through of the new Google Domains registrar service.

Billionaire Mark Cuban Buys Exact Match Domain (EMD) for Startup Venture

Billionaire Mark Cuban Buys Exact Match Domain (EMD) for Startup Venture

If billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban thinks exact-match domain names are worth investing in, shouldn’t you consider them for your business?

Today’s show features an excerpt from the wildly popular ABC television series Shark Tank, as well as commentary and lessons learned from DomainSherpa publisher Michael Cyger.

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Investing in China’s New Domain Names – With Simon Cousins

Investing in China’s New Domain Names – With Simon Cousins

The Chinese government evaluated all the new Chinese character TLDs and decided that dot Chinese online (.在线) and dot Chinese website (.中文网) would earn their support and investment. So they registered 10,226 domain names in each TLD.

With this type of government support, might these two IDNs be attractive to non-Chinese investors?

In this interview we delve into the details of why these IDNs might be worthy of investment, how it all works, and how an investor would get started.

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.

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.

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