How to Sell a Domain Name Redux – With Adam Dicker

Everyone loves to hear about people selling a domain name for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. But a sales price of that magnitude is the exception, not the rule.

In 2013, Sedo transacted more than 37,000 domain name sales on their marketplace. The average price was almost $1,900, with a median price of about $600. The fact is, most domain names sell in the range of $100 to $10,000.

To discuss his personal portfolio statistics, I invited back to the show past Domain Sherpa Adam Dicker, who shares his strategy and roll-up-your-sleeves tactics to sell three- and four-figure domain names.

The interview on this page is an update to an interview conducted in 2011 that can be watched here: How to Sell a Domain Name – With Adam Dicker. We highly recommend you watch both videos.

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Adam DickerAdam Dicker is the CEO of, CEO of, and founder and CEO of Domain Consulting Group, where he manages his portfolio of domain names and develops online businesses.

Dicker is also an SEO specialist, a web design expert, and a highly sought-after speaker who has given more than 5,000 talks and seminars with more than 1,000 companies worldwide.

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Everyone loves to hear about people selling a domain name for hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, but the truth is that most domain name sales are in the three and four figures. Today’s show will focus on that sales range and provide real sales strategies and tactics that work. Stay tuned.

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In 2013, Sedo transacted more than 37 thousand domain name sales on their marketplace, and the average price was almost 19 hundred dollars, and the median price was nearly six hundred dollars. The median being, of course, the midpoint of all sales. 50% of all sales being above that number and 50% being below that number. .COM domains accounted for 53% of all the sales and averaged more than 22 hundred dollars per domain with a median price of 650 dollars.

Given this information, I wanted today’s show to focus on the tactics of selling three and four-figure domain names – those in the hundreds of dollars up to ten thousand dollars. Now, on December 12, 2011, Adam Dicker came on Domain Sherpa Show and discussed how to sell a domain name. It quickly became the most popular show on Domain Sherpa and continues to be number one today, both in terms of views of that video and reader comments.

Since that day, Adam has completed countless sales, so who better to come on the show and discuss the strategy and tactics of selling three and four-figure domain names? I would like to welcome back to the show, Adam Dicker, CEO of Domain Consulting Group,, and He is a frequent contributor to the Domain Sherpa Review and the Domain Sherpa Discussion. Welcome back, Adam.

Adam Dicker: Thank you very much for having me. It is always a pleasure.

Michael: Adam, let’s start at sort of a high level at the beginning of the show and then work our way down to the lower-level tactics later in the show. But before we start, I want to ask you a few questions about where your portfolio is today. When we had you back in 2011, you gave some numbers regarding your portfolio, but I know people always love to hear how portfolios change so we can sort of set the context for today’s discussion.

So, how many domain names do you have in your portfolio today and how are they grouped, by .COM, .CA, or other TLDs, or other groupings that you may use?

Adam: So, back, you said, 2011 is when we did the last one.

Michael: 2011.

Adam: It was a little bit different than it is today. I mean I have been concentrating a lot more on my .CAs as well as just a little bit in the last little while on the new gTLDs, buying some brandables. So, right now I would say it is about 50% .COM and 50% .CAs.

Michael: And how many total domains do you have?

Adam: Right now it is about 30 thousand, because I have been scaling down a little bit and realizing, as I have been giving out advice, it is not so much about quantity as it is about quality. So I have been upgrading a lot of the domains over the years.

Michael: Okay. And you mentioned that you are playing around with some of the new gTLDs. How many new top-level domains have you acquired in the past month or so?

Adam: I am just looking for a list because I had a small list for you. I mean I have acquired quite a few decent ones, but not anywhere near the 30 thousand or 15 thousand .CAs or .COMs. So, I think I picked up, in total, maybe about 30 to 50.

Michael: Okay, 30 to 50. So, it is a very small percentage of your total portfolio size of 30 thousand.

Adam: Yeah, but I mean we have only had a few. I guess we have had twenty come out so far. The ones that I like the best – one of them has come out and the other ones have not. But when I am buying these new gTLDs, I am doing what I always do when I talk on your Sherpa Show; is that I am looking at businesses. I am not looking just to get something cool or something funny, or something I think I can flip. I am looking for something that would be a business or a name that somebody would want. So, do you wan me to go into some examples of them now or not bother?

Michael: Well, let’s hold that because I want to ask you about the gTLDs. What percentage of your portfolio would you say are ultra premium – they are greater than ten thousand dollars – of the 30 thousand domains that you own?

Adam: Well, you would like to think, obviously everyone likes to think, it is much higher than it is. If I had to think realistically, I would say it is close to 30% to 40%, which is quite high. My original thought was 50%, but I do have a lot of four-letter .COMs that would bring it down and some other things, so I would say 30% is pretty safe.

Michael: And you mentioned that in your previous show, back in late 2011, that you do own a large number of four-letter .COMs. I think you said it was about three thousand four-letter .COMs back then.

Adam: I think it was about 3500 back then. I think now I am down to about 2500 or 2600, maybe even as low as 2200. But I have not changed my theory on selling those. I have just found that as far as price goes, but I found some really good tactics to help sell them.

Michael: Okay, I am going to ask you about those. What percentage of your domain name portfolio would you say is between the five hundred and the 25 hundred, three thousand dollar range that Sedo claims is the sweet spot for selling to end users?

Adam: Let’s say 20% or 25%. And I agree the sweet spot, even when we did the video. I have got to admit something here. To prep for this show, I had to watch myself in the last video this morning to see what is similar, what had changed, and it was quite interesting. First of all, I never watched it really before. The clips here and there, but it was interesting to see how much has changed and how much has not changed. So, what was your question again?

Michael: So, I was asking you what percentage of your domain names are in that sweet spot that we are going to be discussing today. Sort of the five-hundred-dollar range to three-thousand-dollar range, and you said it was about 20% to 25% of your entire portfolio. So, about six thousand to seven thousand domain names are probably in that.

Adam: I do not know if I would go as low as five hundred dollars. I would put those – the 25%. I would put them between 25 hundred and eight thousand. So, two to eight thousand. I do not really bother selling the domain for five hundred bucks.

Michael: Right. Okay.

Adam: Although, if you get it for ten bucks and sell it for five hundred, it is still a good deal.

Michael: That is true. Now, Rick Schwartz always loves to say that that domain is pigeon shit or do not buy pigeon shit domains. And when he is saying pigeon shit, he means that it is not worth registering or the domain name will likely be dropped within the next year or two. Do you consider any of your portfolio to be “pigeon shit” by that definition?

Adam: Well, not so much by that definition, but by the definition that maybe I thought they were a good idea at the time. They have not generated any revenue or very little revenue. There are very few offers on them. I have had them a while and they are just not making money. I do not have any development plans for them. Basically, nobody has come, calling. They are not making any money. So, by that category, what I may have thought was good years ago may now be considered pigeon shit because it is just not valuable and there is no resell potential.

Michael: Right. And what percentage of your portfolio would you just ballpark, spitball estimate, is those?

Adam: I mean I would say everybody has some of those. I mean if you do not, you are not taking any chances. So, I would say five percent maybe. Let’s say five to ten, being generous.

Michael: Okay. So, of your 30 thousand domains, you have got about 30% to 40% of them that are ultra premium. They are ten thousand dollars up to six or seven figures. So, roughly about 12 thousand, 13 to 14 thousand domain names. You have got about 20% to 25% of them that you feel are in the 25-hundred-dollar range to eight-thousand-dollar range. And then the rest are scattered around, pigeon shit, prospecting of the new TLDs, waiting to see if some various industry trends are going to increase and if that might have value later on, but that is basically how your portfolio shakes out.

Adam: Yeah, I mean that is definitely true. I mean when 3D printing came out, I bought a bunch of 4D and 5D printing domain names. And I thought I would have to wait forever for those and at the time those were pigeon shit. And even today, if you look them up, they are not going to have much value, but I am getting offers now on the 4D printing domains. So, I mean one of the things I tell people is you have to have patience in this industry, and some of the best domains that I have sold or people have sold – I mean I had a deal yesterday. I was having coffee with somebody and he sold a domain name for over 1.25 million dollars, but he has had to sit on it for a while.

And it was about not that he was not trying to sell it. It is just that he had not found the right potential buyer. Once he found the right potential buyer, it closed in a week, but he was waiting three years. So, sometimes you have to wait or you have to find the right buyers. We are going to go into later, and I will just remind you about because that is one of those cases.

Michael: Okay, great, let me make a note of Now, I have a feeling that was not in the five-hundred to under ten-thousand-dollar range, but we will talk about that anyways.

Adam: Thank God it was not.

Michael: Now that we have a good idea of how many domain names you have in your portfolio and how they are segmented by TLD and value, and of course you are located in Canada. That is your primary country of residence, which is why you have such a large Canadian top-level domain portfolio. Let’s discuss the activity on your portfolio. I think a lot of people think: “Well, if I just buy these domain names, they are suddenly going to sell,” but really, when you breakdown your domain names, you have active inquiries, you have passive inquiries, and then they all lead to sort of them all coming together and turning into sales. How many domain names, on average, would you estimate that you sell per month of your 30 thousand domain names?

Adam: I would say I sell, let’s say, about twenty to thirty or twenty to forty. In that area.

Michael: Okay, so pretty much in line with what you said a couple of years ago on the show.

Adam: Yeah, it has picked up a little bit since then, but it is probably pretty close. Just because some of the techniques I have picked up are a little better and it is not so much of a sit and wait attitude anymore.

Michael: All right. So, if you are selling twenty to thirty domain names per month, on average – some months may be more, some months may be less -, you must behaving many more dialogues with potential buyers that convert into those sales. And when I say dialogue, I am referring to an ongoing conversation, not a count of the individual back and forth. So, if I email you that I want to buy. You have got a fantastic SEO. I think or If I email you and say, “Hey Adam, are you interested in selling this,” and you respond back and you say, “Yes.” And then I email you again and say, “Would you consider 20 thousand dollars?” That is not three dialogues. That is just you and me going back and forth, so let’s call that a dialogue. How many dialogues do you think that you have per month to sell twenty to thirty domain names?

Adam: Thinking about, I would probably say about forty to fifty.

Michael: Really, forty to fifty?

Adam: But that is actual dialogues. That is just not people sending me stupid offers.

Michael: Oh, okay, so that does not include the lowball offer through Buy Domains or Domain Name Sales for fifty bucks on a domain name that you think is worth six figures.

Adam: No. I do not consider that a real communication. And I do not want to get too much into some of the platforms, but I think they need to limit. When you set a minimum amount of five hundred dollars or one thousand dollars, do not give me offers for fifty bucks of one hundred bucks, please.

Michael: Yeah.

Adam: It just fills up my bin, my mailbox, and it is hard to filter through. But no, I do not include those because I do not consider those serious offers. Now, that is not to say you cannot convert some of them to serious offers, but the opening bid on a domain name always tells me something about the buyer, and it is very important to remember that.

Michael: Yeah, I am going to write that down and come back to that. The opening bid always tells you something. Now, of those serious dialogues that you have, those forty to fifty dialogues, what percentage of them are passive inbound leads? In other words, people looked up your WhoIS contact information for the domain or they contacted you, found your domain name listed on Sedo or GoDaddy Marketplace or Afternic – one of those marketplaces, and what percentage of them are active outbound sales that you initiated?

Adam: I would say it is about 90% active outbound and 10% of the inquires that come in are actually somewhat serious enough for a dialogue. And maybe even that is too high – ten percent.

Michael: So, 90% are active. So, if I just understand this correctly.

Adam: Outbound.

Michael: 90% are active outbound offers to sell the domain name to somebody.

Adam: Yes.

Michael: Whereas 10% of the sales that you make are passive. They come in through one of the marketplaces or through a WhoIS contact, or something like that.

Adam: Correct.

Michael: Passive from your perspective. You are not doing anything to initiate a serious dialogue.

Adam: Correct.

Michael: Okay. All right, very interesting. All right, so I am going to ask you more specifics of the tactics, but 90% active outbound. So, that right there says to me that, in order to successfully sell a good number of domain names per month, you need to actively be contacting potential buyers. You cannot sell that many domain names by waiting for them to contact you.

Adam: That is correct. Not all of us or not everybody has the ability to sit around, wait for people to come to them, go back and forth, and maybe sell one or two or three or four domains a year. I mean yeah, maybe that is how many high end domains people sell, but in general, you will make more sales if people know you are out there. I look at it as I cannot open a retail store, selling whatever I want to sell, and not tell anybody I exist because nobody is going to find me unless it is by accident. I want to actually sell domains. I do not want people to find me by accident.

Michael: Yeah. So, we have had a lot of discussions in the past. I know you are a continuous entrepreneur. We talk about different ideas off the camera, about things you are working on, some new trend that you have discovered, and you have always got something going on, which is exciting. But if you were to only focus on your domain name investment business, Adam, how would you summarize your strategy for selling domain names?

Adam: Well, first of all, I would not want to drop those businesses off. They make good revenue. But what I would say, if I had to say it in one line, is I try to buy domains that a business would want if I was starting that same business.

Michael: And so, let’s dig into that a little bit. Buy domains that a business would want. That makes perfect sense to me, but are you buying domain names that a business wants to brand with or a business want a generic keyword domain for? How do you decide what type of domain name a business will want?

Adam: So, I mean you look at a couple things. Obviously you can play around with the Google AdWord Keyword Planner. I do not spend a lot of time with those tools that much anymore because a lot of it, to me, is in my head, but I do want to buy certain names that either related to products, services, information sites, or, like I said, a business would want. But it does not have to be a one-word generic. It could be something like – I mean content is king, for one thing. So, if you build a really good site on any domain name, it is going to get indexed. And if you build it into an authority site, it is going to outrank all the other sites that are there.

So, it could be something like CureForConstipation. Three words. It could be HowToSellADomainName, like you and I have done before on this thing. I mean people Google that. It does not have to be a one-word, a two-word, or generic.

Michael: But let’s assume that nobody is going to do development. Let’s assume that we are only talking to the people that are interested in buying low and selling high – the business of domain name investing. We should call it business of domain name sales. If they are only buying and selling it, how do they pick a domain name that is going to have value to other companies? You mentioned products and services. So, one of your areas of expertise is reputation management, and you ended up not buying, but you bought

Adam: That is true.

Michael: As well as a host of other companies. A host of other domain names that are both geographic and keyword. Would you think that ReputationRepair is a domain name – it is a keyword domain name clearly. Is that one that businesses would want to own because it provides a service?

Adam: Yeah. Yeah, definitely. I mean I picked up ReptuationRepair. Then I picked up PersonalReputationRepair, CorporateReputationRepair, and OnlineReputationRepair. So, I got those reasonably cheap. I think all of those are great brandables for a business. Even though OnlineReputationRepair is three words, it is the right three words. And I mean just to tell you, these were like 5K. I mean 5K is a lot of money to some people. I understand that. But when you are investing in a business that you know you are going to make a lot of money with, it is not a big deal.

So let’s go back to the types of domain names that people should be registering. When you look in the drops, I mean I forget the exact name, but I think it was ProtectCellPhones or ProtectMobilePhones I picked up. I am working on a couple now. I am just trying to see if I can mention them. They will close after this video is released, but there are a couple of good ones I am working on. I will have to look while we are talking to figure out which ones, but there are a lot of good names in the drops that could represent businesses today. Oh, one of them is I mean it is a four-word domain name, but it is good. So, there is CordBloodBanking, which I have, and then I picked up, which nobody was after and I registered it maybe a month or two ago, and it is big.

Michael: Now, I have never heard of that before. Is that one of your speculative bets? You are going to hold on to it for five or ten years.

Adam: No, companies are actually doing tissue banking now, and then there is placenta banking. There are all kinds of stuff that is coming on as far as health goes and banking, and this is one of those industries here. If you are going to do lead generation, I guess we will talk about this later, you want to get into businesses that have a product or service more than five hundred dollars so that when you get your ten or twenty percent, or 25%, you are making a good chunk of money off of that. And cord storage is over two thousand dollars these days.

Michael: Yeah, and that is one of your other businesses that we have talked about on a previous show. So, go to the Adam Dicker graphic at the top, and it will show you all the previous interviews that Adam has been on and you can watch that show. But if people just are buying domain names to resell them to others, would you say that a four-word domain name is going to have a lot of sales opportunities with those advertising companies that are trying to find clients for cord bank?

Adam: Yeah. And if you are not sure about it, check in Google and make sure it has got advertisers. If a domain has advertisers and people are buying that keyword, it is certainly a target audience you can sell that domain to.

Michael: Yeah. Okay. So, everyone knows that there are two extremes to selling domain names. You have got the passive strategy, where you just buy a domain name and you sit and you wait for the offers to come in. That is sort of the Rick Schwartz model. He is buying a domain name and expecting to hold it for ten years for people to come. And then you have got the active strategy, where you are constantly reaching out to end users to turn over the domain names, to flip them, to sell them for a profit. You believe in both those strategies, don’t you, Adam?

Adam: Yeah. I mean, for some names, you have to wait for the right buyer to get the right price. But for other names, you have to be more proactive. I mean it really depends on the domain name, and it also depends on your situation at the time. One of the things that I do when I start work every day is I tell people to concentrate on the stuff that is revenue effective. And the reason I bring that up is, if you concentrate first thing in the morning, do not do the coding that you like. Do not work on the website that you like. Answer the customer inquiries, do your customer service, answer your sales calls, and then do all the stuff that is not going to make you any money.

I start out every day as if I need to make enough money that day or today to put food on the table. And I started every day like that, and I have done that since I started domaining. I brought a prop for you. You know about this. We have talked about it before. I always have a bell, and I started out, ringing the bell when I hit fifty dollars per day. Then I hit one hundred dollars per day and my goals changed, but every day I try to ring that bell as if I have made nothing the day before, because it does not matter what I did the day before.

Michael: All right, so always start with your hot leads. The inquiries that are coming in. The people willing to spend money or are exhibiting some sort of interest to spend money rather than doing the other activities.

Adam: Yeah, or go back and look at your contacts from a year or two ago, and see what you had that maybe did not follow through on. Maybe their cash flow situation is better or different today, and maybe you are asking less for the domain today. Who knows? But you have to be willing. In this business, you have to have really strong drive, you have to have a lot of common sense, and you have to be willing to work hard, because sales are not going to come knocking at your door. But there is still a lot of money to be made in this business. I mean if people think that just because they are coming in, in 2014 and it is a business where you are not going to be able to make money, that is not true. But it is not a business where you can come in, buy a bunch of domain names, and think you can just sit back and you are going to win the lottery, because it is not going to happen. You have to have patience and you certainly have to have the ability to do a lot of reading before you actually buy money.

I have sen lots of people go out and buy portfolios not just for thousands of dollars, but for hundreds of thousands of dollars, buy all the wrong crap, and then they are stuck with it and they are looking at me or somebody else to help them get rid of it, and it just not going to go. It all starts with what you buy. If you do not buy names that are sellable, you are not going to get selling. I mean it does not matter how much you know or how much you do. This business is 98% at sales and negotiation and two percent registering domain names, because any idiot can go out and register any domain names they want, but that does not mean they are going to sell them.

I had a guy send me a list last night, saying, “Oh, can you help me with this?” And I looked at the list and I was like: “No, I really cannot.” I cannot sell crap. I mean everybody for some reason thinks they can go to somebody and they can help them, but I am not a magician. I mean I cannot turn a crap domain into a good domain, and better yet convince some guy to buy it. You are laughing, but it happens every day.

Michael: Well, I know, but we brought you on the show today for the specific purpose to help give people the information that you cannot just buy domains and expect people to show up and offer you much more than you paid for it. You actually have to do sales and negotiation.

Adam: Yeah.

Michael: So that is what we are going to focus on today, and we are not trying to shoot for the moon. We are not saying that you can go register a domain name today and sell it for six or seven figures, for a million dollars. You are not Michael and David Castello, who registered for free back in 1993 or 1994, paid your hundred dollars every two years, held it until this month, and sold it for 3.1 million dollars. Like those types of situations may happen, if you register the right domain name today on emerging technology or industry and wait ten years for it.

Adam: That is another excellent point. One of the things that I do, and I have talked about this before. I have not talked about this part, but I will give you a tip for all the people that are watching this. Get on every Facebook account, every news list, every email list that talks about trending or trends, and you will get emailed in your inbox all kinds of little gifts that tell you what the upcoming technology is. What the upcoming thing in the medical field is. What the upcoming thing is in every field. Get on those lists. What the new home products are. I get them every day. I mean that is how I found out that violet-ray are going to be the next big thing after blu-ray. Get on all these things, and then you will be one step ahead of a lot of your other peers who are too lazy to do it.

Get on those lists, because how do you think Frank Schilling gets all these things about – oh, I do not know – twerking and everything else that he ends up with? I mean it is because he is smart enough to get somebody to get on these lists and let him know what is going on. You have to be ahead of the game. You cannot be with it and you cannot be behind it.

Michael: But here is the catch. If you are going to invest in trends that are building slowly or quickly over time, you need to be invested for the long-term. This is not the kind of business where you are going to spend money registering ten domain names a week on trends that you see happening and you are going to sell a lot of them, because you are going to need to wait for those trends to mature. And a lot of them, most of them, are not going to mature to something that is going to produce a payday for you.

Adam: Well, there are not a lot of businesses you can open with a brick and mortar store, expect to make a lot of money in a year, and then shut it down. Unless you are into tax evasion or whatever you are trying to do, and you are selling pianos or swimming pools for fifty thousand dollars and keep all the taxes, and shut down and change the name of your company.

Michael: Right.

Adam: This is a business where you are going to have to stay in it. And I am not saying invest all your money at once. Buy one or two names in that field, and the right names, and see how it goes. The other thing people need to consider is you need the buddy system in this industry. At the beginning, when I started out, I had people that I would talk to and I would bounce names off of them and they would bounce names off of me. I still do that. You and I have done that before, just to see if we are on the right track. You need that because sometimes you are so focused on thinking you know what you are talking about and you registering. You invest too much money, especially if it is not a fresh registration. You are going to invest twenty, thirty thousand dollars, or ten thousand, or five thousand for a name. You want to know you are doing it, and there is more than you that thinks it is a good idea.

Michael: Yeah.

Adam: So you need a buddy.

Michael: Yeah, and that is a great point. And when you choose a buddy, what kind of buddy should you look for, Adam?

Adam: Somebody who hopefully has as much or more knowledge than you. Somebody that you can trust that if it is a fresh registration that will not go out and register the name or talk to the owner. If I tell you – I do not know – Sushi is available. I am interested. It is 30K or 40K. I want to know, when I hang up the phone, you are not going to call the guy and say, “Hey, I will help you get 35 for it.” So, somebody that you can trust. Now, I am lucky enough in this industry because I have been in it so long that I have a half-dozen people that I can really trust. Those are the kinds of people you need to associate with, and just needs to be one. One or two. And I mean if you trust somebody and they trust you, you will make great money together.

Michael: Yeah, great point. And I know I have a couple of people that I bounce ideas off of because if you are not available on Skype, maybe you are running around with the kids or something, or it is a weekend, I can ping somebody else that might be on my Skype list.

Adam: And that is how it should be.

Michael: So, I want to spend a majority of the interview talking about active sales outbound leads, but I want to touch on passive sales inquiries for the first part. In order to get passive inquiries, you need to have proper WhoIS information listed on your domain name. So, in the past, you have said you do not use privacy on most of your domain names or all your domain names?

Adam: I would say 99.999% of my domain names are not private. Now, you have to be careful with some of the CCTLDs, because the .CA by default, a lot of the times, they put privacy on and you have to call the registrant and tell them to take it off. But there is no point in putting privacy on my domain names if I actually want to sell them. Now, if I am building a business, it could be DNForum, it could be anything else, and I do not want to take all these phone calls about people offering me a thousand dollars or do I want to let them do SEO work for me, or whatever it is, then that I may put on privacy because I just do not want to be bothered. If people need to find me for DNForum, they know how to do that.

Michael: Yeah. So, in terms of other passive sales channels, where the leads just come to you without you doing anything, you can list your domain names for sale on different marketplaces. For your portfolio, which marketplaces do you list your domains at?

Adam: So, I did sell one yesterday on Afternic, and this would be one of those domains that would fit into your list for the show. It was I think it was a six-thousand-dollar domain name. Somewhere in there. It is one of the four-letters. I was happy to get rid of it. It is pronounceable, but I had no idea with it. So, Afternic, yes. GoDaddy premium listings. GoDaddy regular auctions. Sedo. Anywhere else, any other marketplaces that you could list them on. The more exposure you can get for your names, the better it is.

Michael: There are a million marketplaces out there, it seems. Every broker has their own marketplace and you might feel like: “Well, if I can get onto that marketplace, Adam said that any exposure is good exposure.” There is a point of diminishing return, isn’t there?

Adam: I do not personally think so as far as marketplace, but I also would not go to some of the smaller ones that really would not offer me any value except to make their marketplace look good because it had some good domains in it or more domains in it. So, I mean I would go by what you have heard, by the ones that actually sell domain names. The ones we get reports for all the time. That is like the Sedo, the GoDaddy, the Afternic. I mean there is nothing else that comes to mind. There must be some I am missing.

Michael: BuyDomains.

Adam: Yeah, BuyDomains. I think BuyDomains is their own portfolio and Afternic is the marketplace. Something like that.

Michael: Okay. So, on those domains that you list on Afternic and GoDaddy, GoDaddy Auctions and Sedo.

Adam: Oh, sorry, and Frank Schilling’s platform I list them on as well. DomainNameSales.

Michael: Do you set prices on those? Like on this, did you set a six-thousand-dollar buy it now price?

Adam: On that one I did not have a price, so they emailed me and said you need to go and fill in the buy it now and the floor price. I went back and I filled it in, and then a few minutes later I had a thing: “Congratulations, your domain is sold.” So, I have done a few of those in the last three days with Afternic, and we will see. I did another one today. Trying to think about it. I do not know what it was, but I mean when you get a lot, it is hard to remember them all, but I mean it is a good position to be in.

Michael: So, when you get an inquiry, you will set a price on that day. Do you feel like you do not want to set your prices now because it might not sell for two years and then your price will be locked in?

Adam: No, the problem with pricing is, and I have had this before, where, if you do set a price – let’s say I set a price on Sedo and I set a price on BuyDomains -, they will try to grab it at the price. So, sometimes I will purposely set the price fifty dollars lower on one of the marketplaces just to say to the guy: “6500 is the lowest I could go,” but meanwhile it may be on Sedo for 5500, and then he will grab it, thinking he got a good bargain out of me. So, there is some strategy involved to outsmarting the consumer. You liked that, didn’t you?

Michael: I did like that one, because everybody is always looking for a deal and they think they are so smart by going to check the different marketplaces, so I love that tactic. So, when it sells on Sedo and you have it listed on Afternic and GoDaddy and DomainNameSales, do you then have to manually go back to all those other marketplaces and remove it for sale?

Adam: I am going to be honest here. Yes, you should, but no, I do not. I will. I am going to try more to do it. Lately I have not done it, because when you have a huge portfolio, it is very tough. What I like to do is every few months instead, I will download the portfolios, delete it from the accounts, and then I will re-upload the current portfolio, because there are drops that happen every day or every week that you just cannot go back to all the marketplaces every day and do it. It will take a couple hours of your day.

Michael: That is a great point. So, if you maintain one master list, either in a spreadsheet or some computer program, once a month you can delete out everything and re-add it back in so it is two steps basically.

Adam: I do. I go and I do a master list. I take everything from all my registrars. I put it in a file and then I re-upload it to the things, and they clean it up for me. But I recently had a domain name that I thought I still had, and then I got a call and I agreed to sell it. And then the guy saw a show, and you know the story. I think it was I am not sure. And he said, “Hey, you do not own this anymore. You dropped it and I own it.” And he was a really nice guy and he said, “Tell you what. You have got the lead. I never would have thought to ask 8K for it. I would have sold it for a thousand of 15 hundred bucks. Since you have got so much money, I will split it with you.” And then I followed through with the sale and he honored that, and I split it. I got half the money and I gave him half the money, and he was thrilled. And it taught me a good lesson to make sure to check that you actually have it first. I was embarrassed by that, but I am not afraid to talk about it because we all make mistakes.

Michael: And I love that because it happens to all of us. So, of the 30 thousand domain names that you have, you mentioned about 20% to 25% of them are priced in the 25-hundred-dollar range to eight-thousand-dollar range.

Adam: Hold on. They are priced in my head that way.

Michael: Priced in your head that way, and that is my next question. Because we are talking about three and four-figure domain names, of those six thousand domains, let’s call it, when you upload them to Sedo or Afternic, do you price them or not price them?

Adam: No.

Michael: None of them are priced.

Adam: No.

Michael: Okay.

Adam: I may put a minimum price just to weed out some of the people that may just want it for a hundred bucks or something like that, but I definitely do not price them. And that is because sometimes you limit yourself on domain names, like Luke would have done on 4DPrinter. If he priced it at 15 hundred bucks, he would have got it and he would have been happy, but there is another 65 hundred dollars on the table.

Michael: Yeah. So, you do not price them. You wait for people. Do you wait for people to make their offer first, before you offer a price? What if they just email in through GoDaddy and say, “What are you asking for this domain name?”

Adam: No, I will usually price it at that point, if I do not have any clue who the buyer is. Like if I know who the buyer is, then I will do a lot of research first, like with, when I sold it to Price Waterhouse. So, at that time, those two-letter .CAs were not more than 80 thousand bucks, but I got 60 thousand for it. So, the most important thing you can do in this business is research. And it is not to extort more money out of a buyer, but it is to put real value on what that domain is for that company and for other companies.

Michael: Sure. And it is not different than any other industry. If a gutter company that cleans gutters or replaces gutters shows up to a mansion versus a doublewide trailer, they are probably going to have different pricing for doing the exact same job.

Adam: Does a doublewide trailer have gutters?

Michael: That is a very good question. What is that minimum that you set in order to get offers through any of the platforms?

Adam: Well, I mean I usually set it. For a long time I have set them at 2888, or something like that for my four-letter .COMs. And then I got lucky with a four-letter .COM recently that we can talk about. It is called IGZO. Do you want to talk about it now or later?

Michael: Yeah, let’s talk about it.

Adam: So, IGZO. I had it because I registered all the available four-letter domain names. And I did not know this, but years later, like now, Sharp, Toshiba, Apple – they are all changing their screens to these new IGZO screens. It is some new technology for the screen. So, I have set it up on IGZO. It is Igloo Zone for Canada, so it is not in competition with anything, and I am just talking about the benefits of igloos. You have got to do what you have got to do.

Michael: You have got to do. So, you set a 2888 price. 2,888 dollar. So, you will not accept an offer that is below 2,888 dollars.

Adam: I mean sometimes I will look at it if they email me. I mean it depends, but usually no. I mean I have sold a lot of these domains for at least that. I mean the lowest I would probably go is two thousand dollars or 1995, but generally there is no reason to. Like I have sold hundreds of them since we did the last interview. Most of them at 5K plus.

Michael: So, your opinion is that if you are buying good domain names – four-letter, products, services, domains that could describe a company, an industry, something like that -, they are worth at least two thousand dollars. You think that you are not buying crap domain names, and you and I have done a great interview in the past about buying good versus crappy domain names. You are buying good domain names. It should have a floor of at least two thousand dollars.

Adam: Yeah. I mean if you do not think you are going to be able to buy it and sell it for at least two thousand dollars, maybe you should look at a different domain name, because actually you are going to have to do more work on a two-thousand-dollar sale than you are on a five-hundred-thousand-dollar sale from what I have seen in the past.

Michael: Great point. So, you listed the marketplaces. The Afternic, the GoDaddy Premium, the Sedo, BuyDomains, DomainNameSales. Now, at GoDaddy and Sedo, you can list it for sale on their marketplace, but then you can also send it to auction. How do you choose which domains you send to auction and how often do you do that?

Adam: I do not think I have sent a domain to auction maybe more than once in the last four years. So, I mean if I have got a guy who is negotiating, if he is not willing to give me my price, I am not going to guess that there is somebody out there. Now, the only way that I will send it to auction is if I have picked something up like an acronym that I want to sell. I have got ten companies that I have found that may be interested. I will send them a note and I will say, “Look, I am not brokering this domain name. The person or the company that is using it has no use for it. If you are interested in purchasing it, please go to this link,” and then I will send them to the Sedo link. And I have had some good success with that, but I am not going to take somebody that just emails me out of the blue or sends me a quick link out there because, first of all, I do not know what the price is. I do not know where I want it to end up.

Michael: Yeah, good point. Now, all of these marketplaces – the Afternic, the GoDaddy, the Sedo, DomainNameSales – allow you to change the name servers on the domain so that if anybody types it in, it goes to a landing page served by them that says, “Click here to make an inquiry or to buy it now.” Which domain name marketplace do you recommend people use? If they are going to list them in every marketplace, which one should they point their name servers to and use as the contact form essentially?

Adam: This is a tough question to answer because I do not find much success with that. I can tell you that, in general, domains that are not making money, I will send directly to those forms for basically lead generation to get a buyer. What names are making money I will just leave on the best parking platform that I found.

But how do I do that? I mean if you think you are getting more offers through Sedo, then it makes more sense because you have dropped your commission, I think, from twenty percent to ten percent if you are using their landers. It really depends. I mean I do not think there is a real right answer to this. I think it is good to have a for sale page because you are not going to make for sale pages for all of your domain names. So, whichever platform you like the best, but I have not found one to be better than the other.

Michael: Yeah. Okay, good point. So, you focus really on the parking and wherever you are making the best money, you will use their landing pages because they are going to be parked.

Adam: Yeah, unless it does not make money. I mean some of them may have traffic. They are not making money. That means they have to be retargeted. Some may have a lot of traffic. They are still not making any money, or they have no traffic and they are not making any money. If they have no traffic and they are not making any money and they still have resell value, those are ones that I will turn over right away. I will not even bother with parking.

Michael: Yeah. All right, let’s talk about offers that come in. You said earlier that the opening contact always tells you something about the potential buyer. What does it tell you?

Adam: Well, I mean if you have anywhere between. First off, you will get those people that are going to say, “Oh, I will give you this domain name. You are a domain thief. I will give you ten bucks for it – what you paid for it.” That obviously tells you, you are just going to have a big headache. He is a waste of time and forget about it.

But you are also going to have offers in the fifty to hundred-dollar range. That tells you they understand a bit more. The domain name is going to cost some money to get. But when you start with offers that are in the five hundred to one thousand range, you know you have a more serious buyer. Somebody who knows they are going to have to be out of pocket a good amount to buy the domain name.

If you are lucky enough to start in the five to ten-thousand range, then you know you have got some person that really wants the domain badly, and now it is up to you to figure out why and figure out what price you want it and get it at that ballpark. I have had names that start at five thousand and end up at half a million and so on. So, the opening offer will tell you a lot.

And the other thing that I like to do is, when people send me an email and it has got a Gmail or a Hotmail or something, and it is a decent offer, I always say, “Do not bother sending it. Send it from your company name, because I cannot take an offer serious from a Gmail or a Hotmail.” And for some reason, people do not get insulted by that. Within a minute you have another email, saying, “Sorry, sorry, here is my information.” Then I have their company information. Then I can do my research.

Michael: But what if they do not have a company? What if it is just an individual that works at a company, but they are inquiring about a domain name for a future endeavor?

Adam: Well, I mean if they do not have a company behind them, probably you are going to get less money for it. Not necessarily, but probably.

Michael: Good point.

Adam: So, ideally you want somebody that has a job. They do not have to have a company, but ideally you want somebody that has a job that can send you something from their work email, or even if they are not the owners of the company. You just tell them: “Send me something from your work email so I know you are related.” It does not have to be the CEO of Burger King or McDonald’s, or some other huge company.

Michael: So, if I just work at GE Capital, you want me to send an email from rather than, just so you know that I am a real person.

Adam: Yeah, but you are not going to be Michael.Cyger@Gmail in most cases. You are going to use TheBigKahuna@Gmail, or something else. I mean I use Adam.Dicker@Gmail, but I do not use it for domain inquiries too often. I tend to use my own email address, usually, and on the odd occasion I have been known, like everybody else, to pick a different one so people do not know who you are so they cannot figure out why you would want it.

Michael: Right. Okay. And if they are using an ISP, maybe it is not Gmail or Yahoo, which are the two big free ones. What if they are using Comcast or they are using – what is the big ISP up in Canda?

Adam: Oh, Rogers.

Michael: Rogers. What if they email me from Should I respond back in the same fashion – send an email from your work address?

Adam: Yeah, I do. I mean I always do, but then you can also think of there are so much other opportunities when you sell a domain name that people need to explore. And we are going to talk about that whenever you are ready, but there is so much more money to be made than just that domain sale.

Michael: Okay, so let’s come back to that. I am going to make a note. So, my next question is: somebody sends in a ten-dollar offer. Now, I remember being that person that sends in a ten-dollar offer. And it is not somebody trying to be nasty or trying to insult you. They do not know the value of domain names and they think: “I can register a domain name for ten dollars at GoDaddy. If you are not using it, maybe you will take ten dollars as well.” How do you respond to a ten-dollar offer?

Adam: It depends on my mood, but usually I am going to respond and say, “We are just too far apart, I think you ought to pick another domain name, because I am looking for five figures for this domain name, or four figures for this domain name.” And then it lets them know what I am looking for, and then they have the option to find another domain name and not waste my time or come back to me with a more realistic offer.

Michael: Do you ever respond back and say, “Domain names have more value than just registration fees. Great domain names have been registered for a number of years. I have received offers that are much higher in the four figures that I have recently turned down,” or whatever the true case may be? Do you ever respond back and try and educate the user that may just be totally ignorant that there is a domain name industry that is four or five billion dollars large?

Adam: Well, anyone that knows me knows I am not big on long emails, so I will respond with one line usually or two lines. I may refer them to a page and say, “Look buddy, that two-letter .CA or whatever it is. The last one sold for 60K or 80K. Go look over here and come back to me, but it looks like you are going to have to pick another domain name.”

Michael: Yeah.

Adam: I mean people want what they cannot have. It is the thrill of the chase. It is like the auctions. You are thinking about your wife, or my wife, but it is like auctions, where they want it and they bid it i up. They get caught in it and then they spend more than they would, and they get it. And it is a lot like dating, where it is the thrill of the chase.

Michael: Exactly, that is how I got my wife. So, how do you respond to a decent offer? We understand how you respond to the lowball offers of ten dollars. Now, let’s say that a domain name is selling for six thousand dollars. The example that you just told us about. I email you and offer you five hundred dollars or four hundred dollars. I do not want to go too high. Maybe you think it is only worth one thousand, so I am going to go five hundred.

So, my first offer is decent, but clearly not high enough for a four-letter .COM that you own.

Adam: Well, right out of the gate I am going to try to get you on the right path, and I am going to give you the same thing. Not quite as harsh, but I am going to say, “Look, the minimum.” And sometimes I will make myself the third person if it is through a platform. So, if it is through Internet Traffic, Frank’s platform, I will say, “Look, the seller is not interested in anything under 4K. So, if you are interested in that, get back to me at this price. Otherwise, I wish you luck with your business,” or whatever it is.

Michael: Yeah. Now, when you say the seller is not interested in anything under 4K, doesn’t that just tell the buyer that they need to make a 4K offer or a 3500 offer if they would want to test the waters?

Adam: It does, and that is why I will take it in, knowing that they may come just below it and say, “Well, you think he would take 3500?” And at that point, I have a decision to make.

Michael: Got you, but you do not lock it out. You are not trying to set a line in the sand to say four thousand dollars is the sale price.

Adam: I am not setting a line in the sand, but I am resetting his expectations on the five-hundred-dollar offer. I mean the bottom line is I would not sell the domain name for a thousand dollars, so why waste my time or his time going back and forth and just frustrating both of us?

Michael: Yeah, good point. And again, I go back to education. If the buyer does not know that that is a reasonable price – that is what the going rate for a four-letter .COM is -, does it not benefit you to try and educate them on that step or is it just you are going to spend 90% of your time educating people that are not going to convert at that level?

Adam: Well, you are going to spend time educating people that are not going to convert, but I kind of get that once in a while myself and I feel like it is a slap in the face. Like somebody that does not know who I am or my experience and they go: “Look, this is what it is worth.” Sometimes it is a bit of a slap in the face. You are assuming they have no knowledge when maybe they do and they are just lowballing you. I would rather just tell them what my expectations are, and then they can decide if they want to meet those or come close to those.

Like I said, you can put in a link, but sometimes you put in a link and they are going to go off and they will never come back either.

Michael: Yeah, great point, Adam.

Adam: You may scare them.

Michael: Yeah. When I worked at GE Capital, the cycle from inquiry to sales proposal. If somebody was trying to finance a 50-thousand-dollar printer or Xerox machine, let’s say, the cycle time from the inquiry to actually getting them the proposal that says here is how much the loan would be was a critical indicator of whether the sale would go through. Is it true in domain name sales too? When you get an inquiry about a domain name, how quickly you can respond definitely affects how many conversions into sales you get.

Adam: No. As a matter of fact, it may be the opposite. I am working on another seven-figure sale for a customer in Australia, and one of the things that we are doing is I purposely delay. And what has happened in some cases when you purposely delay – so, let’s say they put out an offer of five thousand dollars. I find that if I delay and do not answer for a couple days, they will come back and say, “Well, I have talked to my client and they are willing to go to 16,” or, “I have talked to my client and they are willing to go to 25 or 30.”

This has happened on many occasions, and this is how some people leave money on the table. Sometimes you can jump too fast. You do not want to seem desperate. I mean it is like the guy who is out. You are just out and you are having a good time, and you just do not want to seem like you are desperate. You are not going to ask every girl to dance. I mean pick the one that is most attractive to you and ask her to dance. I mean she will probably say no anyway, but at least you will have asked somebody.

Michael: But that is a great point. But that is a five-figure or six-figure domain name, Adam. We have talked about those in the past. Your sale of

Adam: It is really the same thing.

Michael: Is it the same in three and four-figure domains? If I contact you today and say, “Five hundred dollars for,” but I have also got some other domain options and you do not get back to me for a couple of days, I may want to pull the trigger on a domain name and go buy another domain name and use up my marketing budget for domains.

Adam: But we are still not near the 4K I wanted anyway. So, like I said, I will respond probably fairly quickly to these and say, “Look, here is where you need to be.” And then if we responds with like five hundred or eight hundred dollars – he goes up a little bit -, I am not going to jump at it. I am not going to seem like I am anxious to close it, because then if you seem too anxious, like a guy goes into a car dealership and he seems too anxious, the guy knows he his going to be able to charge him for every possible spray and wax and coating on the leather stuff, and double the price of the plate and stuff.

I mean you cannot seem anxious to buy anything in a store where price can fluctuate. Now, if there is a price tag on something, it is different. But where price and fluctuate, and there is lots of stores like that, like a jewelry store. A guy goes in to buy. He is really excited. He has got his girlfriend with him. He goes in to buy a ring for her or something. The store clerk knows if she wants it and her eyes light up, he is a little bit screwed and he is going to have to pony up what she says, whereas if it is you or me or somebody else that goes in, you have a little bit more room to negotiate. You have to always allow yourself that room to negotiate. It goes back to 98% sales and negotiation, and sometimes negotiation is knowing when to respond and how to respond.

Michael: Great point. So, when an inquiry comes in through one of these platforms and it shows up in your inbox, do you ever just pick up the phone call and call the person back, or do you do your triage – your first level of responses through – email only?

Adam: No, I would say that I still believe that the phone is really good. And I am going to say something else that people will not expect in this video. Now that everyone is using email, snail mail is excellent to get in front of the buyers, because they do not get a FedEx envelope from somebody saying here is a benefit of why you should own this domain name, and they actually open it up because nobody sends regular mail anymore.

Michael: Yeah. So, what is an example of that, that you have used yourself? Has that worked for you?

Adam: It has worked a couple times. I mean I cannot think of any specific examples, but I sent them out on premium domain names. I have sent them out on lower end domain names. I have sent them out on quite a few. So, I mean it does work. You do not have to send out hundreds. You target a few buyers and send them out.

Michael: Yeah. If an offer comes in for one hundred dollars on a domain name that you hand registered for six, eight, or ten dollars and you think that the domain name should probably sell for about two thousand dollars, what do you say and how much do you counteroffer at?

Adam: Well, that is a good point. The first thing is that people need to know what they paid for a domain name. They need to know how long they have had it. They need to know how much it has made. And for goodness sake, they need to keep track of every offer they ever had on that domain name. So, you look at the history and you see if you had other offers. If they have been higher, if they have been the same, or if they been that. If the domain has not made any revenue for you, maybe a hundred dollars is the right price to unload it instead of dropping that domain name a year or two from now.

So, a lot of those factors will determine whether you should accept that hundred-dollar offer, try to talk them up to three or four hundred or five hundred, or try to talk them up to five thousand or one thousand.

Michael: Yeah, so that is a lot of data. When you bought it. What was the purchase price? How much revenue does it generate? How many inquiries have you received? How many offer on top of those inquiries? That is a lot of data. How do you keep track of all that data for each of your domain names?

Adam: I use a program called Watch My Domains ISP or Domain Punch. All these tools that we are going to talk about in this video will be available on under the Resources tab with some discounts for the viewers.

Michael: Great. So, you will use a program that is off the shelf to help manage those.

Adam: Yeah, and it allows you to have custom columns. I think it is about 80 bucks or something like that, but it allows you to keep track of your assets and your inventory, and it keeps track of your name servers, your contacts. It makes sure everything is correct. Tells you what is about to expire. I mean it is a good tool to make sure you are managing your portfolio properly. It is like any business, Michael. If you do not have a grip on your inventory, you are not going to survive.

Michael: Okay, so let’s look at this example. I am going to give you a fictitious example. You have registered a domain name three or four years ago. It was one of the speculative ones that you thought could grow into a big business. You paid eight dollars for it, let’s say. It does not generate any revenue. You have received a couple of inquiries and no offers. An offer comes in for one hundred dollars. What do you do? How do you respond in that case?

Adam: In that scenario, I mean being a good domainer is also knowing when to sell. So, in that case, where it has got no potential anymore, no revenue, a couple offers and nothing panned out, I am probably going to try to talk them up to four or five hundred bucks. But if we goes to two or three, I am going to unload it and realize I made over a thousand percent profit. Thrilled.

Michael: Yeah. So, how do you actually respond? Do you say, “Thank you, Mike. Your offer of a hundred dollars has been received, but I am looking for mid-three figures.”

Adam: I would not put it in mid-three figures terms because that sounds too much. Mid-three figures sounds like a lot more than five hundred bucks. So, I would say, “Look, we are at a hundred dollars. I am looking for 650. We are not too far apart. Meet me somewhere in the middle,” and he will come back with 350 or four hundred hopefully.

Michael: Yeah, okay. Well, that definitely sounds doable to me. I will take it.

Adam: Okay, so you will buy it. Good. I knew you were going there and I was ready to sell it to you.

Michael: So if an offer comes in at a higher level. Let’s say it comes in at five hundred dollars, and you paid a significant amount for the domain at auction, let’s say. You paid close to five hundred. Maybe you paid three or four hundred dollars, but you think the domain name is worth five thousand dollars. How much do you counteroffer at or how do you respond to an offer like that?

Adam: Okay, so it is a three to four-hundred-dollar offer.

Michael: Three to four-hundred-dollar domain. The offer came in about what you paid, so it is a three, four, or five-hundred-dollar offer, but you think the domain is worth five thousand.

Adam: Well, I mean based on my experience, if I think it is worth five thousand, I am probably going to target that price range. Now, if I take a look at the stats and all those things that we just talked about do not support what I think, then I have to reevaluate my thought process and price it at something where it will sell, where I can still make a profit on it. So, I mean if it did not make any money, I would probably price it around one thousand dollars. Eight hundred to one thousand because eight or nine hundred sounds a lot cheaper than one thousand. But if it did make money and it is a good domain name, I am going to go back to: “Well, I appreciate your offer, but here is where we need to be.”

Michael: Yeah. And when you say if it is making money, how much does it need to make? I think a lot of people have unrealistic expectations about how much domain parking can generate. What would you think is a reasonable amount to make that would make you think that the domain name is worth more?

Adam: Well, I mean if we paid, let’s say, three hundred bucks for it, it is probably not going to make a lot of money on parking. It is more what do I think the potential is and who are the potential suitors for it, and how do I run an outbound marketing campaign to try to sell this and is this the best price that I have gotten back. So, I mean at that point it is more than just what it can make off parking because it is not going to be a domain that is going to be very profitable off parking, so I am just going to look at the opportunities I have explored for it. If they have not come up with anything I have tried, then I might let it go for cheaper than I would normally.

Michael: Yeah. Are you ever worried about making a counter offer and then having somebody use that as a UDRP data point when they file a case?

Adam: No. I have had I think two or three UDRPs in my twenty-so years of domaining. I have never lost one. Another point of being a good domainer is (A) do not register anything that could be a trademark or is somewhat suspicious and you are unsure about, and (B) know when to fight and know when to turn over the domain name because maybe you made a mistake in your purchases.

Michael: Yeah, all right. If I offer you ten thousand dollars for, how do you respond back?

Adam: First I smile a little bit because I know I have got somewhat of a serious buyer based on the offer. You understand that it may have value and now I have to set your price point to where I would like to get it. So, I need to let you know that: “Look, this is a good domain name. Everything has avatars. Forms have avatars. Blogs have avatars. And there is a movie called Avatar. There are a lot of things that have avatars. And as online gets more and more popular, Avatars is going to be very big. I am going to tell you that I sold about five years ago for 500K, and I feel Avatars is a really good domain and a good partnership for that. I am not looking for 500K, but I am definitely looking for six figures plus.”

Michael: So you just spent a majority of the response email to them educating them on why you think it is a mid-six-figure domain name.

Adam: That is because this is not the two to five-thousand-dollar domain name. I can offer to spend some time because I have a buyer who is somewhat educated and has a good budget.

Michael: Yeah, good point. All right, I have done my research before this, so you do own Avatars. So, if anybody is interested in that, I think they can go buy it now for four hundred thousand dollars.

Adam: Yeah, no ten-thousand-dollar offers, please.

Michael: You also own EstiBot values that domain at 790 dollars. We know that EstiBot does not do a great job in a lot of the cases. Often times it could be right on the money, but basically 50% of the time it is high and 50% of the time it is low, and everybody loves to cite the case where it does not work. You purchased it, I believe, in 2008, but from my research I could not tell if you bought it on the drop or if it was a private sale. I do not believe you hand registered it. If I email you today with an offer for 15 hundred dollars, what is your counter?

Adam: Well, first of all, I did not even know I own that domain name, so it is interesting. I know what I was thinking when I bought it. I do not think I would have bought it in 2008, but I think it would have been later. I think it was originally bought it 2008 and I think I picked it up – now that it is refreshed, I would say I picked it up in 2012 or 2013, when I got into the reputation repair. So, my thought process with it is good and I am going to build a site on it since you brought it back to my attention. It is a business in itself, where I did a ton of reputation repairs, you know, for companies and corporations, and everybody wants an alert as to when their name, their website, their business is mentioned on the Internet, in a blog, or on Google.

So, because of Google Alerts and a lot of people have those, I was going to set up a business on InternetAlerts to alert businesses and sell them a service for 99 dollars per year to let them know when they are being talked about, whether there is a review about them, positive or negative, or whenever there is something. So, I think it is a good business and I would not sell it for 15 hundred bucks.

Michael: Okay.

Adam: I am going to have to make a note of that one right now.

Michael: Seriously, I thought that was a nice one.

Adam: I have a few others with alerts in them too now that I recall.

Michael: All right, we are going to talk about active sales because you said that 90% of the domains you sell per month are via active outbound sales.

Adam: That is correct.

Michael: So, let’s start with this. Of your 30 thousand domain names in your portfolio, how do you pick which domain names you are going to sell per day, per week, or whatever your timeframe is? How do you even segment out and decide: “I am going to sell this domain name. I am going to start a campaign”?

Adam: So, I have got a couple interesting stories here, but one is it is somewhat random at this point, so I cannot say that that part of my business is organized. I will look through a list and names that I do not bulk into that premium category or names that I do not put over five thousand dollars or ten thousand dollars get pulled out, and then I will look at what is left. So, if I picked something up in a drop for 60 dollars or I picked something up for 35 dollars, those are possible domain names to sell. And when I am buying, I am buying domain names that I am either going to use for a business that I am going to build out or with that potential to resell.

Now, this first story I am going to get into is I have been trying to get my sons into domaining, so I put both of them on this project of selling the domain names. So I taught them how to grab leads and to set up these mailings to send out. Now, I took a lot of flack in the last video from a couple people saying this is spamming. You know what. It is not spamming if you are reaching out to somebody. You are doing all the can spam stuff you can to make sure it is legitimate, but you have to reach out to contacts. There is no other way. I mean maybe it is spamming. Maybe that is the thing, but I have sold a lot of domain names by reaching out to the right people and I do not get a lot of negative spamming.

Michael: Yeah, that is a great question. People call me all the time on my business phone that they look up in the Yellow Pages or the Chamber of Commerce pages, and they say, “Hey Mike, would you like to buy this or can I meet with you and try and sell you this?” That is not spam. I do not know, so that is a good question. I need to ask a lawyer about that.

Adam: was an outbound lead generation campaign that produces a mid-six-figure sale. So, if they want to call me a spammer for reaching out to ten people and finding one that wants to buy it, I am okay with that. I do not believe it is true because they actually liked it. They were one of ten companies that were interested. Going back to my son. So, I set them up with selling 25-hundred-dollar domain names, which is what we are talking about. I told him, “You need to come up with a list of twenty possible people for each one of these domains on this list.” One has sold two and one has sold one in the last week and a half. They are getting five hundred dollars per sale, so they are extremely happy. They are motivated. And my youngest son, who is fourteen and big into business, came at me already today and said, “Dad, when am I getting the next list? When am I getting the next list?” He has been bugging me for three days, because obviously five hundred dollars to a 16-year-old kid is pretty good.

Michael: That is a lot of money.

Adam: It is good. It is fair.

Michael: So, right now you are peeling off a small number of domains for your two boys. So, five to ten domains. You say, “Here, pick one of these five or ten and go sell it.”

Adam: I usually give them a list of about twenty to thirty, and they split them up, and then they send them out. They have even had a couple of their friends get involved too, because they like money as well.

Michael: So they are actually contacting twenty people per domain name.

Adam: Correct.

Michael: And then they are only converting one of those twenty, for example, or two of the twenty, and then they are done. They are not going to reach out more on those domain names. They need a fresh list in order to contact.

Adam: Yeah. I mean there was one where my son was upset because he sent out twenty and only had four opens on the list. But I said relax, and one of those four bought it. So, that is how it goes. I mean that is a 25-hundred-dollar domain name and – what – find twenty emails using tools that I am going to provide with you. We can talk about the tools as well. One of the tools we are going to talk about is Scout Places, which is what they are using to find the buyers, and maybe we will do a video later on how to use it.

Michael: Yeah, that would be great.

Adam: Amazing tool for finding local leads and for businesses.

Michael: So your process is the same as the process that you taught your sons. You pick a list of about twenty domain names. You find approximately twenty people who are very targeted, who might be interested in each of the twenty domain names. You grab their contact information, and then you send them emails offering the domain name for sale.

Adam: Yeah. I mean it is more of an HTML email that says, “Look, SeattleLocksmith is available. It is this price. This many people are in Google, looking for this domain name every day. This many people are currently buying ads for it. You are one of the people buying ads for it, but wouldn’t you just rather own the domain name and have it ranked? And here we go.” And sometimes I build the sites out. Sometimes I just sell the domain names.

Michael: But that is a keyword domain name. You are not reaching out with and pulling that kind of information, are you?

Adam: Yes, sometimes I am. And I know we were going to come back to how to sell acronym names, but this may be the time to talk about it.

Michael: Yeah, let’s talk about that.

Adam: So, there is something you can do in Google to find all companies that are listed that have those acronyms in their names. So, for example, you type in ‘AllinURL: CMSI’, and then you are going to find all companies with those four words, like Complete Micro Solutions, Inc., or whatever it is that has CMSI either in their URL that they are indexed for or their company name. And then you can extract those companies and then you have all the companies that are going to be interested in CMSI. The other thing you can do is go to some of the sites, like LinkedIn. Type in ‘’. Who is that company that wants to be branded by it? And you can go to Facebook. You can go everywhere, and you can find all the companies that are listed by that, and I have sold quite a few domains using the AllinURL search parameter in Google. It works in Bing and everywhere else too, so it is something that is a huge key point.

And before I forget, something else we need to mention is back order all the domains that you sell. I have sold the same domain four times to the same guy, and it has happened on numerous occasions, where I sold the same name over and over again. And sometimes I just sold it and got it back.

Michael: Yeah, you have mentioned that previously. I always find that funny when you say that.

Adam: Well, Bill (Unclear 1:07:26.7) told me, on all the videos, he found that to be one of the best tips that I have put out.

Michael: So, when one of your sons sold two of the twenty domain names and one of your sons sold one of the twenty domain names, is that generally the kind of conversion rate you would expect from an outbound sales process – that five to ten percent of the leads of any campaign is going to convert to a sale?

Adam: Well, it was 15%. Three out of the twenty.

Michael: No, it was three out of forty.

Adam: No, I only gave them one list. They picked out the same list. They got to split it, but I mean 15% is pretty good.

Michael: Yeah, that is very good.

Adam: So I mean I cannot complain about it. And listen, it took them, with the software, Scout Places, literally about five minutes for each one, because I can give them the email. They just add the database, and then I am the one that handles the sales. I close the sales once they inquire. So, getting them to inquire is the hard part, but once I get them, I can close them pretty well.

Michael: Yeah. Do you remember the last domain name or one of the domain names that your sons sold that went through that process?

Adam: I will think about it and I will have it by the end of the interview.

Michael: Okay. All right, I have the problem all the time. Somebody asks me a question and I just cannot pull it up.

Adam: The problem is there is so many domain names that I am asked about and talked about every day that sometimes it is hard.

Michael: So, last week I published a tutorial and case study on how to actively sell domain names using the EstiBot lead generation tool for domain names. So, very similar, it sounds like, to Scout Places – the program that you are talked about. I used four domain names as an example within the case study because I not only wanted to show the steps you would use in using the EstiBot tool, whether people want to use it or not, but then they can learn how that process can be done manually, and then they can actually see the results of four domain names. In each of four domain names, I only contacted between four and ten end users to ask them if they were interested in buying the domain name. Luke was on, who runs and owns, and posted in the comments that typically thirty to forty contacts are necessary to get one response back.

Do you agree with that general process? That in order to do active outbound sales, it is a numbers game and you need to contact more people.

Adam: I mean listen, I agree that four is not enough, but I also think that contacting four of the right people, targeted people that you searched our manually, you have a better chance of closing it. It is just simple, but I mean thirty is definitely a good number to work with, so I think Luke is on the right path. I think your chances of closing are better. Your chances of getting more open rates are better, and hopefully you find somebody. I mean you also have to get to the right people. You cannot just take any email address because it may not go to the right person.

Michael: So you are saying do not just pull the registrant information off the WhoIS and contact them. You need to go to the website and look for contact information that might be on the website, where it might not be updated on the WhoIS, or find the President information. Something like that?

Adam: Yeah, I mean you have got to get to the decision maker. We have talked about this before, where sometimes I have gone to LinkedIn and I have got the guy who is the financial advisor. I have spoken to him, and then I said, “Well, you are not the right guy to talk to. We should talk to the CEO, Michael.” He said, “Yeah, yeah, that is who you should talk to.” And then I call the CEO and I say, “Fred in finance told me to give you a call,” and then I get right through. So, sometimes that is the way to go, but generally, yeah, if you stick to smaller businesses, where they are not going to have huge offices and secretaries, like maybe smalltime electrician companies or people that fix furnaces, some of these guys in most of these cities have an alliance where all their companies are listed, like Electricians of Seattle. They have this thing they have to belong to. A member board. And all their companies are listed.

Now, you get that information and you have got a much better chance of getting them. Like the Plumbers’ Association. Things like that. It is all public anyway.

Michael: Is that what I did wrong on my tutorial last week, Adam? Did I just not contact enough people or maybe I did not get the right people because I did not reach out to a Plumbing Association or things like that?

Adam: Yeah. First of all, you have to pick the right industries. There are certain industries where they are not extremely domain or Internet savvy, and then there are other things where you may be able to find somebody who is Internet savvy, but they do not have a domain name yet. So, those are good ones to target because they need a domain name, and if they can get one targeting their business, it is even better.

Michael: What are some good example of industries that get domain names and they need them?

Adam: Sprinklers. Sprinklers are good. Locksmiths are very good. Tutors are very good. Anybody that offers a service that is somewhat computer oriented or things like that. Anybody that does custom work in your house, like custom closets. Electricians. Painters. They might not be one hundred percent computer literate, but they are going to know the benefit of the Internet and you can explain to them the bottom line is you can get more customers. I mean that takes me into lead generation, which I do a lot of, but we will get to that when you are ready.

Michael: So, you mentioned the program, Scout Places. Is that the name of the program that you use for pulling contact information?

Adam: It is.

Michael: So, how does that work? When you find a domain name that you are interested in selling, do you type the keywords into Scout Places and it runs off like EstiBot and tries to find people or companies that might be interested or have similar domain names?

Adam: So, it is even cooler than that. What it does is, if you type in – and I will just take an example – ‘Seattle Roofers’. I am doing this for you because you are in Seattle, so there you go. So, I will type in ‘Seattle Roofer’. It will give me a whole list of roofers in Seattle. It will tell me, and this is important information because I have made a lot of money using this for other ways too besides domain names. It will tell me all their Facebook information, how many likes they have, if they have a custom username, and if they have a custom cover. A lot of times they will not have a custom cover, so I will sell them that. They will not have a custom username. I will sell them that. And then I can see if they have that thing where it goes, and that means they do not have a custom username, so like I said, I will sell them that, but it also tells me what they have got listed, if they have a website or not, and their email address and their phone number.

So, if they do not have a website, then I know to target those for Seattle roofers and try to sell them that, but in the meantime, I can also sell them a different domain name. So, you may be able to get SeattleRoofer and SeattleRoofers and sell them both in that batch. It is a really good tool for that, but the chances. I have got people in my call center that are making a couple thousand dollars per day just running this tool and calling people out because it is really valuable. Good information. And sometimes you may find people have a domain name, but the site stinks, so I will send them a note, saying right in the subject line, “Your website is ugly.” And then they read it and then I tell them: “Well, we run We can help you out, and here is what we can do for you.”

So, you customize it. Even though it is mean and it says you have an ugly website, people usually know when they have an ugly website that needs work.

Michael: Yeah, definitely.

Adam: But Scout Places is very good.

Michael: So, when I look up contacts who might be interested in a domain name, if they have a website, I cannot decide. Sometimes they might want to upgrade their domain name, or if they do not have a website, maybe they want to get on the Internet. Should I just contact them all?

Adam: Well, a lot of times people will want to change their branding, so you will have to explain to them the benefits of also having a keyword-rich domain name that targets people and their businesses that are looking for leads. And you can do that by telling them 150 people per month go to this site based on your Google findings and say, “Here is what you can get. These are potential leads you can get.” It is up to you to close it. Now, you can either do lead generation or you can sell them the domain name and have them setup a lead form. Sometimes you can sell them the domain name and setup the lead form for them as well. And there are themes that we can talk about there. The best ones are Rockstar Themes for WordPress. Very good. Will also be listed on the Software page.

Michael: Excellent. So, you have said it before on Domain Sherpa that anybody can buy a domain name, but the making money is in the negotiation. So you first need to know your acquisition cost, your floor price for negotiations, your other offers, your inquiries, your revenue from parking, or any other sources. When you start negotiating, are there any important facts besides knowing who you are negotiating with that are important for that negotiation?

Adam: Well, knowing who you are negotiating with and knowing the background of the domain name as far as you have owned it are the two critical pieces. And then the only other thing is what business potential do you see the domain name having on its own with or without this buyer. Like do you see this being a ten or twenty-thousand or fifty-thousand domain if somebody builds the right business on it? And I am not talking about somebody just bringing a random name and turning into Google. I am talking about do you see any potential for this domain name on its own merit.

Michael: Yeah, great point. It is an often stated axiom that people who are inquiring set the price, but you and I know that if it is a three-letter domain, it likely has close to a hundred-thousand-dollar price tag. If it is a two-letter .COM, it likely has mid-six figures. How do you know if you are selling a domain name for the appropriate price when you are negotiating versus selling for just an okay price?

Adam: Well, there are two things to that. That is why you have the buddy who you can talk to as well, who can set you straight. And you may think it is a five-hundred-thousand-dollar domain name and he is thinking you will be lucky if you get 150, so take it. So there is that, and then the other thing is you may never know. I mean the bottom line is if you are happy with the price of the domain name, do not ever look back. Do not have any regrets, and do not look at what the thing sells for ten years from now because it is not ten years from now. If we all had a time machine, yeah, we would sell it for 2024 prices or 2050 prices, but we do not. So, sell it for something that you would be happy with that, no matter what happens in the future, you will not be kicking yourself later, but you have made money on it. I mean that is how you have got to look at it.

I mean I have had domains go like that. I have had domains where I sold them for 150 or 200 thousand dollars and the guy offered it back to me for 90 thousand dollars. So, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I mean you take the chance, but make sure when you are done, you can sleep at night and you feel good about the price you got for the domain name. Nothing else matters.

Michael: Yeah. When you sold that domain name for 200 thousand and were offered it back for 90 thousand, did you buy it back?

Adam: No. At the time, I did not have the cash flow to buy it back. It is probably still available.

Michael: Yeah. I purchased, in auction, a three-word domain name that describes a product. Exactly what you have discussed in the past. Actually it is a service for online marketing. And I was just today contacted by the prior registrant saying that they let it expire by accident and they offered me a hundred dollars, and I responded back saying that I have got more invested in it and I am not interested in selling it. And so, they responded back: “Two hundred dollars. Best offer.” How do you typically handle inquiries like that, where they know the value, but they are just not interested in moving up very fast?

Adam: Did you confirm it was the previous owner?

Michael: I did.

Adam: Okay.

Michael: And I did that through Domain Tools WhoIS History, so you can go back in time and look at it.

Adam: That said, I really would not care. I mean I am a pretty easy going, heartfelt guy, but I mean the bottom line is I am running a business and a lot of the domains that we all own were owned by somebody else at one time or another. So, I would treat that domain name the same as I would if I hand registered it and I was trying to sell it. I mean unless it is a charity or unless it is something that I really feel bad about. I mean it is fine, but these people have stationary. They have got flyers. They have got business cards. They have got all their branding and everything else. They will need to pony up or they are going to have to change all their stationary. The bottom line is I am not going to think about that either. I am running a business and I am going to sell domains for what I think they are worth regardless of the situation before, because like I said, all of us have domains that we picked up from drops. We are not going to return them all.

Michael: Yeah. Going against what many other Domain Sherpas on the Domain Sherpa Review will say, you often suggest building a website on the domain name, getting it ranked, and then actively selling it. Do you do that a lot?

Adam: I do, do that a lot.

Michael: How many domain names would you say you sell per month that you do that?

Adam: Half.

Michael: Half of them.

Adam: Yeah.

Michael: So, half of the twenty to thirty domain names that you sell per month you have actually ranked a website for some keyword phrase.

Adam: Maybe more than half, but the benefit is I have a large web design team that does SEO and content writing. I mean I have 45 developers, so I can afford to do that, to build them out. Now, sites like – let me see what site it is. So, a lead generation site – an example of one that I would do is if you look at I will let you pull that up and I will keep talking. So something like that. It is not hard for us to build. I can build it for people watching the video for like 29 bucks. And it is not a plug for me to build it. We do it through But the big thing is people have said to me, “Well, I can do these myself,” and I go: “Yeah, but what is your time worth? Spend your time selling them. Let me build them while you are sleeping, and then you worry about selling them for 15 hundred or 25 hundred bucks.” And that is all it is.

Yeah, you can use the themes that I told you about. Rockstar Themes that are really good. And you can build them. Upload them. Customize them yourself, or I can do one hundred in a night and you can spend the rest of the year selling those domain names.

Michael: Did you say 29 dollars?

Adam: Yeah, 29.

Michael: Wow. So it is just a theme and you knock them out.

Adam: Yeah, that is it.

Michael: And because it is a keyword phrase that is not too hard to rank for, it is OakRidgeDentist or SeattleDentist, would you say SeattleDentist is just as easy to build a site a get it ranked?

Adam: I mean yeah, it is going to be a little harder. The longer the domain name, the easier it is to get it ranked. Obviously longtail keywords are easy to rank. So, if I have got something like SeattleBainbridgeIslandHousePainter, or something like that, it is very specific. I will be able to sell it. There are a lot of painters in Bainbridge Island, and it is a target domain name. It does not have to be a two-word domain name. It could be a three or four-word. I mean there is still lots of money in these domain names. And like I said, if you buy it for ten bucks, I build it out for 29 or whatever. You have got forty bucks in the domain name. If you sell it for a few hundred bucks, you have made ten times your profit. I mean it is not that hard.

People are always looking for that quick fix that is going to make them a ton of money at once, but you do not have to. You can do the old rinse and repeat, where you do ten or fifteen of them for like two hundred bucks or three hundred bucks. And you are laughing. You have got good money for that month, and you go to the next month.

Michael: Yeah, definitely. And when you are building out those domain names and getting them ranked, are they usually geo plus service .COM domain names?

Adam: I like those, but again, you have got to target services that will be interested in those. I use a lot of them for lead generation. So, I will build out a site like that. I will get a hold of a dentist. Dentists are one those who will pay like 150 dollars per new client because a new client to a dentist are going to come back all the time. They are going to bring their family, so it is good for lead generation. So, some of those I will do and I will set them up on a lead generation platform, and I will say, “You are going to pay me 20% for every new client I get you, but you are not paying me anything if I do not get you new clients.” And I find that is better than selling domain names. It is almost like leasing out the clients, which is good too, and I do it for 31 hundred different companies right now that I am doing lead generation for.

Michael: Wow. So, when you use Scout Places on one of those geo domain names that maybe your sons are helping you generate leads for and then emailing out, when you get all the information out of Scout Places, what email system do you use to contact them? Do you put them into a Constant Contact or a Mail Chimp in order to email them and give them an opt-out link?

Adam: Yeah, definitely.

Michael: You do.

Adam: Definitely. I mean I use a few different ones. I use AWeber. I use Benchmark. You can use any one you want. It does not really matter. Just find one that offers all of the protection so that it is not completely spam with no opt-in or no opt-out. I mean make sure you have all the information you can so it is good. And when you sign up for the account, make sure you tell them that you are using an opt-in list, because some of them will ask you and they will decline you if you tell them you are not.

Michael: So, if you input the people into AWeber, let’s say, and you create a campaign that is related to some geo plus service .COM, you title that campaign so the people are in that list, or you create a list so the people are in that list, and then you send it out. You get the responses back to your email address?

Adam: I do, yes.

Michael: If anybody hits reply, they go to

Adam: Well, yeah, or I would not use I would use a different domain name that you setup specifically for this. So, it could be something like CanadianDomainRegistry or AmericaDomains. Use something else so that if it does cause a problem for you with spam, you are not going to lose your main domain name. I have never had it happen before and I have been doing it for a couple years, but you never know.

Michael: Yeah, and so you will use that for all your campaigns.

Adam: Do not use a Gmail or a Hotmail, or Rogers, or anything like that. Some people still have the old ones. Myspace, for goodness sakes, or AOL. But make sure you set up a specific domain specifically for your outbound sales stuff. And you may want to place yourself in the middle, like Domain Brokerage Service or something like that, and go that way instead of another way.

Michael: Yeah, okay, that makes sense. So then you use a third party email service. They send it out.

Adam: Hold on, that is important, so do not skip past that. You can use a program called Send Blaster. Send Blast Pro is a program that does not use your ISP service. It uses their SMTP service, so it is always coming out of their service and you will not get blocked from your ISP service if you are only allowed one hundred emails a day or whatever it is.

Michael: But why do you need Send Blaster if you are using AWeber or Mail Chimp, or one of those third party mailing services?

Adam: Okay, sometimes I will use Send Blaster instead, because you do not have to pay all the time for all these things, and they have a bunch of free templates that are really good and they have all the spam stuff – the tracking, the geo target. They have got everything built into Send Blaster. It is just another option to AWeber or whatever you are going to use.

Michael: Got you. So it sends it out from a third party server. It tracks the opens. It tracks delivery.

Adam: It tracks everything.

Michael: Just like, likely, AWeber and Mail Chimp and those services do as well.

Adam: Yeah.

Michael: Okay, so that is an alternative to those.

Adam: Sometimes you are going to get more than one response to a domain name. You are going to get three or four people that are interested.

Michael: Great point. So, if you send out a domain name and you are saying, “I am asking 650 for this developed website with,” and three people respond back and say, “I will take it,” or two respond back and say, “I will take it,” and one response back says, “I am not sure about this. Tell me more,” how do you respond to all three?

Adam: So, what I will do is I will take the first person that responded. I will send them the payment link. Hopefully they will pay for the domain name, and then I will go back at the second person and say, “I have SeattleSprinkler or SeattleSprinklers,” or whatever the other one is, and obviously I will try to secure it first, or I have this or that, or whatever is something close to it that you can get them because they obviously are willing to put the money up for a domain name. And sometimes you will get lucky and get two or three sales out of one mailing. That has happened.

Michael: Yeah. So, the payment link, do you just use, because you are selling the domain name and building out a website, or what payment system do you use?

Adam: It depends on the customer’s comfort level. Because it is me and I am well known in the industry and I have got things that people can Google me, sometimes I will say, “Look, I am not going to rip you off. You can Google me. You can see the picture matches. We can do it directly. You can pay me through PayPal. I will turn it over the same day. I will set it up for you. Or if you are uncomfortable with that, I understand because you do not know me from Adam, which is a literal joke, then you can go ahead and we can use if you are uncomfortable.”

Michael: Okay. And when you say you will set it up for them, do you create like a GoDaddy account for them and push it into that account, and then you say, “Here is your login information,” and you are done?

Adam: No, I will go farther because I will go in. I will do all that, but I will probably set them up at HostGator. I will do all that, and then not only that. First I will give them a hosting link to sign up, which is an affiliate link, so I can make money on them paying for the year account. Then I will set it up. I will push it. I will set the FTP up. I will put the domain. I will upload the site. And then I will ask them about other services that may be interested in, because it does not stop at the domain sale. It just starts with that relationship you are creating.

Michael: Yeah, great point, and that is the GoDaddy model as well.

Adam: That is not where I got it, by the way. But then they need a Facebook Page. They may want a Twitter account. They may want me to help them build their business. They may want some more SEO. There is lots of stuff that they may want that they may not even know they want until you tell them about it, and there is lots of money to be made.

Michael: Yeah, and I am sure they will appreciate it, because I know a lot of smaller type businesses that when they are out on the road, going house to house, they do not have time to think about the online experience. And having somebody that can set it up for them soup to nuts is helpful.

Adam: And they want to be offered a listing in Google Local Pages or whatever it is called these days. I mean there is a lot of stuff. Yahoo. There is stuff that they want, exposure that they want or need for their business that could bring them more clients. And a lot of them are willing to pay. They just do not know how or where to start.

Michael: Yeah, great point. All right, what other tactics haven’t we gone over that we mentioned we were going to? We talked about four letters. We talked about how you reach acronym buyers. We talked about your process for outbounds. Let’s say that domain investors only have one hundred domain names that they have registered. How many domain names per week do you think that they should focus on if they are doing it part-time?

Adam: It really depends on if those hundred are the right hundred. And a lot of people, if they go out and start out and they want to register fifty or one hundred or twenty domain names, they are not doing enough research. And from what I have seen, they may have one hundred domain name. They may think they are extremely valuable, like the guy I talked to last night, but they are just not. None of them are sellable. A lot of people have had to scrap things. When I talk to people, a lot of people appreciate the honesty when I tell them: “Look, unfortunately none of these are good, but there is hope for you. We can start again. We will try to get rid of as much as we can of this stuff,” and I tell them how they can do it, but the bottom line is some of them may need to start over.

Michael: Yeah.

Adam: They need to pick a niche. You cannot just go out and scramble and just grab anything you think because it is a good price or a good name. People need niches. When they are starting out, stick to things that you know. So, I know you are big into PR and SEO. So, stick to domains and things that you understand, that you know, and then you will be able to sell them. Like I cannot sell gardening domains like Shane. I mean I do not know anything about gardening. I have respect for him because he knows the industry, but I will not go into domains that I do not know anything about.

Michael: Yeah, great point. And is it fair? We talked earlier that you would require your sons who are going through this process to find at least twenty potential buyers for a domain name. Is it fair to tell people do not buy a domain name that you plan on flipping unless you know you can find twenty potential buyers before you buy it?

Adam: Well, that is more than fair, especially if that is what their target is and it is reselling the domain names. Do not buy a domain name that you may only have one or no potential buyers for, and that is why I say always buy names that you think somebody can open and start a business on. And it could be a three or four-word. It could be AlgebraMathTutor or HighSchoolAlgebraTutor. It could be anything, but make sure you pick something that a business could start up and run on. Do not pick something just because you think it sounds good or because people like chocolate chip. I mean do not take a name that does not make any sense. I mean it has to be something that you would consider opening up a business on because the name is that good.

Michael: Yeah, definitely.

Adam: And if you cannot, do not even bother. Because if you cannot figure out how somebody would want a business on it, nobody else will be able to.

Michael: All right. Adam, any final advice for Domain Sherpa audience on other tactics for successfully selling domain names that we have not talked about?

Adam: I am trying to think. I mean there are all kinds of stuff, but I mean I am looking at my list because I made some lists to make sure we did not miss any key points. I mean the main thing is obviously to understand sales and negotiation. Educate yourself first. Read some books by Zig Ziglar. Find some of those on closing sales. Understand that. Buy smart and, for all my Australian buddies, do not be a bludger, because bludgers do not succeed in this business.

Michael: Yeah. And you have to do your outreach. You cannot just wait for big fish sales to come to you.

Adam: No, big fish may come to you, but in the meantime there is going to be some little minnows swimming up for some other stuff and you are going to have to chase them with a net because they are just swimming up for food. You have got to grab them in the net and close them.

Michael: All right. Now, I am sure I missed some questions. The audience is watching right now and they are thinking: “Oh, I wish Mike would have asked this question.” Now is your opportunity. Post that question in the comments section below this video and I will ask Adam to come back and answer as many as he can. If we get enough questions, I will bring Adam back on the show and we will walk through those questions. This is also the point in the conversation where I ask the audience to take action. The first thing you should do is post a question on that area that I did not cover, or you could just simply say thank you to Adam so that you can be seen as saying thank you so that other people know to thank Adam as well. Adam has taken a significant amount of time out of his schedule to brainstorm with me, to prepare, to record this conversation, so please take a moment to acknowledge it.

Adam, you and I will be at a couple of conferences coming up. You have mentioned one of the tactics was get to know people. Use them as trusted resources as you are looking at domain names. Which conferences are you going to coming up?

Adam: So, I have got some really good opportunities in the near future. First of all, I am teaching lots of courses on domaining in about ten or fifteen different countries in the next little while. And some of those courses are on How to Be a Successful Domain Broker. Domain Flipping. They are pretty interesting courses. But as far as conferences, yes, definitely go to conferences. They are all good. I am not going to pick one over the other. The main thing is the networking. Meet the people. I was asked to go down by a good friend of mine, Jerry Shoemaker. Jeremy Shoemaker is really big in affiliate marketing, to do a conference with him around the beginning of May. He has also arranged for me to have a sit-down in Omaha, Nebraska with Warren Buffet, and I am looking forward to that.

I am doing Domain Fest at the end of March. Targeted Traffic in October. I think I am doing Pub Con, hopefully with you, Michael, in October as well. Affiliate Summit, and I have been asked to do some writing for Inc. Magazine, which is going to be kind of interesting. So, I have got that stuff coming up. I am looking forward to it. As always, I like to give out my contact information to the listeners. I was going to say readers, but they are listening hopefully and watching. So, when I say this, I mean it. Honestly, come and do not be shy to contact me. On Facebook, it is Add me to LinkedIn. Build your network. Skype, you can reach me at Adam.Dicker. My cell is (416) 884-0535. My email is You have no reason and no excuse not to get help and not to contact me.

I also do a conference call thing, where you can go to and hit the Contact page, and you can talk to me for, I think it is, five bucks per minute. Three hundred bucks per hour. It is done through Clarity FM. I spent about three thousand to five thousand dollars learning the ropes. If you spend three hundred bucks and spend an hour with me, you will be far better off and you will not waste a lot of money. I would also like to offer a free DN Forum membership at the end of this video, so feel free to email me at if you want that free DN Forum membership. There are no strings attached. And if you got anything from this video and you enjoyed it, like Michael said, please do us a favor and leave a comment so we know it is valuable information and we will do it again for you.

Michael: Adam, very generous of you to offer that DN Forum member, and of course, all of your time and all the different opportunities that people have to contact you.

Adam Dicker, CEO of Domain Consulting Group,,, and a host of additional businesses that I love to find out about. Thanks for coming back on the show, explaining how to improve sales for three and four-figure domain names, and thanks for being a Domain Sherpa for others.

Adam: Thank you very much.

Michael: Thank you all for watching. We’ll see you next time.

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177 Responses to “How to Sell a Domain Name Redux – With Adam Dicker”

  1. Dunstan says:

    Thanks Adam and Michael. Great, solid info. Much appreciated.

  2. Fraz says:


    Really great conversation and quality information, i have got today, to consider domain selling business soon with better budget now. Specially, being in our niches, and considering services related phrases…

    Thank you, and Adam too, for these quality information, and tips.


  3. D Isaac says:

    An excellent discussion with great tips, especially on 3 to 4 word domain names – they are more specific and therefore still valuable. Outreaching is the hardest part of it all, look forward to more conversations here.

  4. Travis says:

    Another great show — thanks for sharing the knowledge and resources.

  5. Barry Schaefer says:

    Scout Places for potential buyers of those local GEO services domains is not available. The web page says it will be back in January .Any update on that ?

    This is truly GREAT STUFF !!!!!!

  6. Gino says:

    Thanks so much to both of you for an insightful and productive clip. What is success and experience if it is not passed forward. Thanks again and I’ll be in touch, Adam. Need lots of help!!

  7. Monica says:

    Thank you so much Michael and Adam! The two of you are beyond generous with your knowledge and it is very much appreciated.

  8. Thanks Adam and Michael, excellent interview and information. I have a question if it is possible to answer please. How accurate do you think is the pricing/wizard tool from SEDO ??

  9. What a great refresher to part 1. Thank you Adam and Michael for putting this one together.
    Always be selling is 100% right. I keep a small portfolio of 600 names and 95% of my sales come from direct outbound contacts. This year I have seen an uptick in inquiries, and I previously slow played buyers to get higher offers, but maybe I will experiment a little with educating the buyer in followups. Previously I have fund that time consuming and ineffective, but I will keep it short and sweet. I don’t acquire a name if I can’t develop it or sell it. I agree with Adam with his outbound eMail strategy. As long as you keep the leads highly qualified and targeted business UCE is received quite favorably. Thanks again for the part two gentlemen. Cheers.

  10. Carlos says:

    Thank you so much Michael and Adam, the information you provide in DomainSherpa is absolutely amazing. I watch every show several times from Spain, and I have a question I hope you don’t mind answering because it has got me a little discouraged:
    Adam owns around 30.000 domains, and sells about 30 each month. If half of the domains he sells are developed, this means that Adam, a professional domainer with 20 years of experience, flips around 15 domains a month out of 30.000……that’s 1,5 domains a month if you are lucky to pick names as good as Adam and own 3.000 domains….0,15 a month if you own 300 domains…. With this numbers, are newbies realistic thinking we can sell domains and grow a business out of it??
    Thank you so much for your answer and please keep up the great work you are doing ;)

  11. Mark says:

    Fantastic stuff, I like the pro active approach, to me that’s what it is about. Of course massive thanks to Adam and Michael, great questions, as others have said you ask questions we all want answers to. I’m not one to follow blogs but for sure you are an exception and I think it’s only good manners to express thanks for the information these interviews provide for free. I like Adams style of developing sites, I think we’ll see more of this in the future as domainers and businesses alike realize the mutual benefit of development. You won’t beat a .com or local ccTLD anytime soon so I tend to avoid the new gTLD’s , don’t do much for me. Personally I see them as a cashcow for whoever releases them. I think it just increases the value of coms and ccTLD;s as so many come out it’s confusing to the end user.
    Anyway, thanks again guys and I wish you both all the best.

  12. Josh says:

    Adam – thank you for doing this. I really learned quite a bit from this video and really appreciate all that you do here. I’m planning on talking with your firm soon about building out some of my sites. Talk soon.

    Michael – thank you for arranging and hosting this talk. Extremely beneficial. Great work!

  13. As a rookie domain investor, these videos provide a wealth of information. Special thank you to Adam Dicker for a very informative and insightful contribution. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of these interviews with Michael Cyger. Thank you Michael.

  14. Jim Fortune says:

    Thank you Michael and Adam for both the 2011 and 2014 Selling Domain Name shows. Are any shows planned on Leasing Domain Names?

  15. Alex says:


    Fantastic interview! I am feeling more confident on what names I have purchased. I have focused on buying names that can be utilized for a business. Thank you so much for contributing!

    Any advice for a novice domainer with a handful of business related domains?

  16. tod says:

    Hi Michael and Adam,

    I’m a business owner who’s owns a great 4 letter keyword .com domain upon which my company website currently resides. I’m not in the business of buying and selling domain names. I’m thinking about rebranding my company under a new name and selling the current 4 letter .com.

    Can either of you, or anyone, offer some advice regarding how to go about this? I’ve watched several videos here, but it seems to me that using a broker would allow me to focus on my business while maximizing the value I would get from the sale.


  17. mike says:

    Hi Adam,

    What do you think about the new gTLDS domain names ?
    How can we evaluate such domains names ?


  18. Dante says:

    Adam, every time I listen to one of your talks I get a so much out of it. There is a lot of great information you share that can benefit those that have been around a while. I’m always learning from you. Thank you.

    Michael, you are a true master of getting to the heart of what listeners are wanting to ask, if they could, at that exact moment. You are uber-talented!

    1. Thanks Dante!

      I really enjoy doing them with Michael and I am glad so many people get so much out of them. I am sure we will do more together.

  19. marty says:

    As a newbie, these interviews are phenomenal. Thank you both for sharing your wisdom and resources.
    I have a quick question- Is it possible to find out the contact info of bidders in auctions, say at Godaddy or Sedo or Afternic?

    Again, thank you! I will definitely be reading the transcripts from both interviews.

    1. No, they will not disclose the bidders.

      I am glad you find the information useful!

      1. Jonny says:

        I have found out after the fact.. where you have a username of the winning bidder, you use WHOIS. Then over time you can see how is acquiring the names you are interested in. I find that often it is different people, I don’t have a real competitor.

  20. Stan says:

    Awesome video Adam and Michael, I really appreciate the time and effort you guys put into it! Adam do you think a lead generation website could work for real estate domains? Have you seen agents pay for leads? Are there other ways to monetize real estate domains (aside from selling them and parking them)? What about apartment-related domains?

    Thanks Again


    1. Yes, Lead gen for real estate3 works fine.
      I do it for a few customers currently.

      1. Steve says:

        Hi Adam,
        Do you setup the lead gen deals for customers? I have several that made great $ on ppc but I am sure they would make more working directly with the endusers.. Ie. loan companies, insurance.
        Great interview! It was refreshing to hear you are actually reaching out to customers rather than waiting for inquiries.

        1. Yes, I can definitely set up lead gen deals for you.
          Reach out to me on skype at adam.dicker

  21. Richard says:

    Great interview ! Thanks

    1. Thanks Richard, glad you enjoyed it!

      1. Jay Mohanraj says:


        Great interview once again. I was hoping to meet you in person at DNSeattle as a Torontonian.
        I have a question though – when you do the outbound calls does it somewhat reduce the starting price or puts the seller in a weaker position as far as negotiating goes ? rather than the buyer approaching you for the domain.
        I am sure as a very experienced guru in this field there is some technique involved to handle this problem.
        Thanks again for the great insight.

        1. Doing outbound marketing does not reduce the price, it just lets people know the domain is available, Then you need to educate them fast on how owning it would benefit their business.

          The price can still be whatever you set it at in your mind, but obviously be realistic and be ready to negotiate.

          1. Ge says:

            Thanks Adam.
            Much appreciated for the quick reply. BTW this came in as I was watching this interview for the 8th time !

            1. LOL, 8 times… that may be a record!

  22. Luke says:

    Fantastic interview!

    Thanks for giving so much of your time to offer advice to other domainers Adam, much appreciated.

    Michael, your site has become such a valuable resource and I always look forward to the next show.



    1. My pleasure, I love to help people as others helped me when I first got started 17 years ago.
      Michael’s blog is da bomb ;)

  23. This was the best video interview for me in terms of what resources Adam uses for selling domains,etc.
    I like the fact that I can refer back to written content for this info.
    Mike, super job all away around.

    Thanks to both of you for what you bring to the internet names industry!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it…
      Check regularly for updated tools.

  24. ashleigh says:

    Thankyou very much for this vital info on software i have already downloaded domain samurai and i have took a step back on aggressively buying domains and doing more reading ty

  25. Terry Wagner says:

    A very very long interview, IMO interviews should be < 60 mins.

    But nevertheless it was completely worthwhile considering two giants of the domain trade industry were speaking and I was hooked on until the end. There was some pretty good tips on it. Learning about how Adam manages his portfolio was also very interesting.

  26. John Hastings says:

    Another great video with some useful tips and info from Adam.

  27. Arvind Shobithal says:

    There is so much of new information in this video. So much of trends and insight that makes a dealer who has over 2 years experience in the domaining trade feel amateur.

    Thanks Adam and Michael

    1. My pleasure, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

  28. Ridd de Villers says:

    Bouncing ideas off by asking for your buddies opinion is a very good way of seeing if you are on track. But I’d prefer to use domain name estimation services because there’s not many people you can trust in this industry..

  29. Jamie McDermont says:

    Wait, you don’t auction your domains? That was a shocker, I though everyone auctions domains. I don’t see any harm in using it to get rid of some slug.

    1. It’s not bad to use auctions, I just find they are not too helpful for me.

  30. Lionel Katao says:

    I been having a bunch of domains but I never actively sold them or even made them available for passive sales. I learnt so much from this video and even immediately listed some domains on marketplaces.

    I just could believe I was so foolish to buy domains and not do anything about it.

    1. Michael Nefard says:

      i realised the same too. There is so much you can do to get your domains out there!!

  31. Bianca Lu says:

    Great video, significantly shortened the learning curve for a new hobbit like me.
    I’m now hunting for some good names.

    1. John Hastings says:

      The video actually helped us pro domainers too!

      1. I’m glad, rookies and pro can always use more info.

  32. Steve says:

    Another great interview. Loads of relevant information for newbies and existing domainers. All of this information will help many investors move from hoarders to traders. Thanks Adam and Mike!

  33. Raphael Klusner says:


    This is a beneficial video, thank you for the effort to bring this knowledge to us.
    With regards to passive and active selling, how do you decide with strategy for which domain?

    Do you use specific criteria or is it purely based on instinct and commonsense?


    1. I do active selling for any domain that is not sold. ;)

      If a passive sale comes in while I am doing it so be it.

      Active sets the tone!

    2. Common sense can go a long way.

  34. Harry Thanish says:

    “You just cant buy domains and wait till people buy them”

    Well Said, this is a piece of advice everyone should be given because people buy a load of worthless domains and expect others to come begging for it, which never happens.

    This is why like Adam says you have to 1) buy good domains with some common scene and 2) go and promote your domains to their respective target market.

    I’d like to focus on particular industries like the medical or mobile technology fields which are constantly updating with newer trends.

    1. Stick to niches and buy right, its like anything else if you don’t buy right you will never sell anything nevermind domains.

  35. Mary Mabruk says:

    Great Video and nice tips, but most of the strategies Adam Dicker talks about are relevant for domain professionals. I am a hobbyist that deals with smaller value domains, I think people like me have to think about it different with some low-cost tools and small scale promotion.

    1. You can be a big time domainers with $100 in inventory if you buy them right and actively try to sell them.

      One sale for 1k and you have just increased your cash flow by 1000%.

  36. Adam Patrick says:

    I used to have several hundreds of low value domains (<$80) and couldn't sell most of them as I didn't develop them, I just held them. I now see how I could have done it better. Looks like investing in a small quantity of high-demand domains was a better strategy.

    I also could have improved on advertising and promotions and leveraging a few good tools.

    1. We all have room for improvement and by watching all the videos on this blog you are cutting your growth time down by a ton.

  37. Nikolai Hendricks says:

    Adam Dicker is a guru. Most of us trade domains as a hobby but Adam has made domains dominate his life. Nice interview with some good lessons to learn.


    1. Lasatha Karadis says:

      I completely agree with you. His expert advice is beneficial to all domain people. I’ve bookmarked it to watch it again on Saturday.

      1. Thanks for your kind words!

    2. I am only a guru in domains, I suck at being a handyman. ;)

      Domains certainly domainate my life!

      I eat, sleep and breathe domains… but I love it.

  38. Ridd de Villers says:

    The domain business is completely based on the business of speculation. Its like a stock market, you have to continuously keep anticipating demand. Even recently, when the Malasian Airlines airplane disappeared, a few people made great deals selling domains related to that.

    I don’t think you have to buy domains based on if they are good business ideas or business names, you also have to look at contemporary issues and keep yourself up to date. Anything that is news will sell.

    1. definitely, keep up with trends but don’t capitalize on someone else paid like an airplane crash.

      Be better than that!

  39. Arquib Ismail says:

    Fantastic interview with great insight and advice. Thanks so much.
    I am a novice here and I’m still learning about this field and wondering if I could start up trading as a hobby. The high values of the domains are whats discouraging me at present, but I hope to start soon.

    1. Lasatha Karadis says:

      Don’t worry about the high value domains, look around and invest in a few relevant, and contemporary domain names. Very soon you will find yourself in the market.

      Whether you are a hobbyist or a full-time trader you will find it an exciting way of earning money.

    2. Good luck and as long as you read and watch videos before you go pro, you will do well.

  40. Ernie Alexandra says:

    I completely agree with the idea about “quality of domain or business idea” having more importance than the quantity of domains in his/her portfolio. 3 quality domain is always better than 300 meaningless domains.

    1. Adam Patrick says:

      This is one rule of thumb we need to follow, but we also need to also look at a few small-value domains that may become high-value in the future and perhaps topics that are trending on the news.

    2. I would definitely rather have 10 quality domains with business I developed rather than 1000 domains I have no clue what to do with.

      quality of domain or business idea is very true but many realize this too late.

  41. Henry Macare says:

    I am interested in becoming a domain trader, I only have 4 domains at present but I plan to buy ones and develop them. I’m trying to work on the great advice provided in this interview, especially about buying domains relevant for businesses.

  42. Lasatha Karadis says:

    If you think any domain below $500 is pigeon shit, then a vast proportion of my portfolio is pigeon shit. I buy domain at very low prices and sell them for between $250 and $600, and I still make a good profit every year.

    Looks like there are high-end domain traders and low-end ones, I’m just a low end one making some good pocket money.

    1. We all start out this way,

      There is nothing wrongw ith buying domains at $10 and selling them for $100 that’s a huge profit margin most businesses can only dream of.

      Best of luck in your in domaining

  43. Michael Nefard says:

    I’m a small time trader with just 325 domains in my portfolio. Thanks for this video interview, I’ve learnt a lot from it. I think the change of emphasis from quantity to quality of domain offered was the biggest gain from this.

  44. Do you checkout businesses before you start sending them Leads? For instance checking for lawsuits or state boards whether they are certified and have had complaints?

    I feel like there is some moral obligation especially for medical professions.

    1. I do some due diligence as I would before entering a business situation with anyone.

      I would recommend doing the same.

      You don’t want to give leads to a company that will not turn out well for the customers.

      Google the companies and see what turns up.

  45. Eric Jenkins says:


    Thanks Adam for a phenomenal lesson. I have watched it a couple of times and plan to watch it a few more. Thanks for giving the names of the tools that we should use, that helps tremendously .

    I appreciate all the time and effort that you put into the lesson, it’s a priceless source of information.

    Thanks again,
    Eric Jenkins

    1. Thanks for your feedback!

      I am glad you watched it… many people tell me they need to watch it more than once and take notes.

  46. Kar says:

    Phew, I was worried about you leaving us after reading “I invited back to the show past Domain Sherpa Adam Dicker” in the intro but am relieved to see you in the line up in this weeks discussion!

    Great interview and awesome info as always but the special focus and level of detail made this one more special.

    1. I can confirm I am NOT going anywhere! ;)

      Appreciate your sincere concern though!

  47. Daniel Hess says:

    Great Video, Adam knows his domains.

    1. Thanks Daniel,

      Appreciate the feedback and I am glad you enjoyed it!

  48. Ger Prz says:

    Thank you Adam……….you too Michael, best 1:38:32 I’ve spent all year!

    1. If you’r married, don’t tell your wife that ;)

      Glad you enjoyed the video and feel it was worth your time to watch it!

  49. Joel says:

    Super interview and just thanked Adam on Skype.
    It doesn’t matter how many good domain sales you make you can learn a ton from this interview.
    Great work guys!

    1. Thanks Joel,

      These videos are fun to do and it’s always nice to know people benefit from them.

  50. Gordon Martin says:

    Excellent video! It’s always refreshing when someone can point you in the direction of new tools that they’ve used successfully. It saves the uphill climb figureing something new out.

    1. Agreed, the right tools can make all the difference.
      It can take forever to find them and test them.

  51. Dan says:


    Adam, You mentioned that you would give viewers a membership to DnForum, I have a free membership right now, what level of membership were you offering? will it include selling rights?

    Thanx for your time,


    1. Email and he will upgrade you now to platinum.

      Make sure you use subject: FREE DNF Upgrade from Adam’s Video


  52. Great info guys. I am just getting started and this is such an eye opener on best practices. Thanks for the time you both put into this to help everyone out and keep the industry growing.


    Aaron Johnson

    1. Take your time and read a lot before you invest a dime and you will be much further ahead than others.

      Michael and I love helping others grow in this great industry!

      Michael is the best interviewer in the planet, at least for me.

  53. tom williams says:

    Thank You Adam!

    Your comments are most appreciated. They are practical, down to earth, honest, genuinely intended to help the listener avoid mistakes, make money, save money. No BS!

    Please come back soon to provide more helpful suggestions.


    1. I try to tell it like it is, some appreciate that style while others don’t.

      I will be back for sure and that’s no BS ;)

  54. I believe the software you are talking about is called “Places Scout” and not “Scout Places.”

    1. That is correct…. Dyslexia must have set in. ;)

      All software plus some other goodies are available on

      1. It’s cool, we all do it.

        Thanks for all the advice in this interview Adam.

  55. Finally got around to checking it out. Another great interview that is chock full of nuggets! Keep up the great work guys…your time commitment to educating the masses is very much appreciated!

    1. Vincent,

      Good to see you again, I am glad you enjoyed the video!

      These are better for you than McDonald’s Nuggets that’s for sure!

  56. Andrew Shin says:

    Hi Adam & Michael,

    Thanks for an awesome informative tips and tactics that both of you shared on the show!
    I really liked the previous interview sessions, but this was even better.

    You always give tons of value on the Domain Sherpa shows, The Art of the Name blog posts, and at the workshop :)

    I am planning to develop few of my domains through your Lead Generation website service.
    Please check below if these domains are worth getting developed as a Lead Generation website or niche business website.

    Adam & Michael,
    I’m looking forward to meeting both of you soon at the Domain Fest in Hollywood!

    Thanks again.


    1. Hi Andrew,

      The key to good lead gen is to search out partners that you can sell the leads to… once you have that then you are set.

      That said, I would set-up lead gen on these first:

  57. Mike Katz says:

    Great interview. You make it sound soooo easy.
    I love the idea to place backorders on domains you have sold. It would be so cool to get a name back to sell again.
    I look forward to meeting you and doing some business in the future.
    Thanks again.

    1. Mike,

      It is definitely not easy, I took a lot of bumps like Fred Flinstone in the last 17 years to get the knowledge I have.

      You will get there. Keep the faith!

      I will met you one day and have a sit down.

      Come to a conference after you make your first big $.

  58. Steven Hartley says:

    A massive thanks for all the information you shared Adam, I will definately be looking at using your lead generation service sometime in the near future!

    This is definately one of the best shows you’ve done Michael, keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Steven!

      I will be happy to work with you on leadgen sites.

      The $29 sites are available at , a domain I got about a week ago ;)

      I agree, this is one of the best shows Michael has done, we need to do more! ;)

      1. Mike says:

        Actually, the address is

        [just fixing your typo]

  59. Hi Adam & Michael,
    I was happy with the old version but this one is even better. I was wondering if the material needed updated since there have been a lot of changes in online marketing in the last two years but you more than came through with a ton of valuable info.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to help the rest of us get a better handle on this.

    1. Yes, I also felt it needed a desperate update but I still get daily emails from people watching the first one over and over again!

      Hopefully this one will be just as good.

  60. SerryJW says:

    WOW! One of the best interviews on DomainSherpa. THANK YOU, Adam for taking your time. Micheal, WHERE is the ‘resource’ link?


    1. Thanks for your feedback.

      The link is on Adam’s site:

      1. SerryJW says:

        Thanks…found it…ADAM, you may want to update that page. It breaks my heart, but XSitePro is pretty much gone. Has not been updated for 3 years and Paul is very ill. Come to think of it, WHY don’t YOU buy it!! You have the contacts to bring it back from the dead. Many of us would support you..
        …the rest are great websites..THANKS!

        1. Thanks,

          Will update it today, I loved xsitepro as well.
          Maybe I will reach out!

    2. Thanks for the kind words, I am glad you enjoyed the video, I enjoyed doing it.

  61. I found this interview very informative. It is always inspiring and awesome to hear about Adam’s tactics and methods. I really respect him for being so open and willing to share insider and Professional tips with all of the viewers and followers. Thank you for a great interview!

    1. Thanks Anthony,

      I am glad you got a lot from the video and I appreciate you giving me props.

      Guys and glad like you are the reason I give so much back to an industry that gave me everything.

  62. Hi Michael & Adam,

    First I would like to say I’ve had the privilege of meeting both of you. I’m assuming most of your listeners have not. Both of you are great guys.

    Michael you have always been good at asking the right questions and making sure your listeners get a real/true answer. Your shows are one of the things that I look forward to every week. Great job.

    Adam as you know I’m in the sports information business. So I will put it to you this way… if I have the first pick in the draft and I’m looking to monetize domains or really any business in general you are my top pick. I look forward to continuing our business ventures together.

    Adam I think one of the points that you made regarding the percentage of sales for an actual website/business compared to just selling the domain is important. The most important part of this point is not only did your sales go up but the amount of the sale (that number was never discussed). So in reality an investment of $29 can/should turn a $1000 domain into a $2500 business. As the saying goes, “If you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn”.

    Here is my question…

    Regarding the new TLD’s that you have bought. Are you planning on developing them? If so will you sell them now or wait for the general public to become aware of these new extensions? If you are not developing them will they be made available to purchase or will you be holding them for a future date?


    1. Excellent questions:

      I appreciate being your number one draft pick ;)

      I wish I had the chance to meet all of the viewers of the videos and each time I do meet someone, I enjoy it more than they do. ;)

      I do plan on developing them and I have a specific order in mind.
      Hopefully the public will become aware of them as I build them out and as their knowledge increases.
      I am not in any rush to sell them so will hold for what I feel will be the right offer.

      The new gTLD’s, in my opinion are not that easy to run as a quick flip investment.

  63. Scott says:

    Great bread and butter advice. And thanks for sharing the tools that you’re using, very helpful.


    1. My pleasure, I hope they help you make a fortune!

  64. Leonard Britt says:

    I probably would be interested in testing some lead generation sites on long-tail keyword phrases for some geo+service domains. However, now that GAKT no longer exists I am struggling to figure out which ones would be the best ones to start with (higher search volumes). Perhaps type-in traffic might be an indication?

    1. Leonard Britt says:

      I think I found the issue – outdated browser. Using another computer I was able to use Google Keyword Planner Tool though I don’t believe the search volumes stats are correct. You aren’t going to have 1000 restaurants in a city if there are only 30 searches a month for city + restaurants (not the service but just an example).

  65. Ron says:

    Adam is a great guest and very informative. The 1st interview was good, but its age had us questioning its relevancy today. This interview brings us up to date and provides a ton of valuable information presented in Adam’s “no nonsense” style. Thanks for doing it.

    1. Thank you very much, that’s why we wanted to redo it to update everyone.

      I am really glad you enjoyed it!

  66. massmaninfl says:

    High Michael & Adam;

    As always, thank you for sharing your knowledge, tips and tricks. Highly educational for domainers
    that follow Sherpa’s like you. You and Domain Sherpa are a can’t miss. Very much appreciated.

    Question, Is Oak Ridges Dentist website a true representation of what you are offering for $29? The site has 5 pages, a video, images, plus reviews. Wow!

    Thanks again for all that you do for all domainers.


    1. Yup, all that for $29 a site.

      I am working on setting up with about 50 examples.

      Glad you enjoyed the video, we had fun doing it.

      1. SerryJW says:

        ADAM….My frustration in sending out end user emails is you never know if it even got there or did it go to spam. Do you know of a way to send emails that i can get a delivery confirmation w/o the prospect knowing?

  67. Excellent program – 90% of sales from active outbound marketing – that was a surprise to hear as one often assumes experienced domainers with large portfolios utilize the Rick Schwartz approach of waiting twelve to fifteen years for the perfect buyer to come along.

    1. I just find it better to go after sales and wait at the same time. ;)

      Love outbound sales! was a 6 figure outbound sale!

      1. Mike says:

        When will your kids be expanding their business and taking on new clients? I’ve got a lot of great domains they can sell.

  68. Dan says:

    Hi Adam and Michael

    Thanx for the the long awaited sequel to your previous interview with Adam on selling Domains.

    From watching the old interview to this new one it seems like your selling a lot more domains per month than you were previously, Is that attributed to being highly targeted and proactive with your sales leads or are you putting more emphasis on buying domains that your able to sell for that 2-5k “sweet spot”?

    I tried to be proactive with on of my domains, I researched about 100 potential leads in my geographic real estate niche, I sent them all emails and received a cpl no thank you’s but one offer of $1000 I was asking $3500, I told him I had one other interested party and that I would get back to him. we emailed a bit and I countered with $1500 he stayed at $1000 and said he wasn’t moving, being stubborn and thinking he would move or email me back I said, thank you for the offer but I would hold out and not move below my minimum. 3months passed I then emailed him saying I would split the difference.. and no further correspondence.

    I hand reg this name for $10. my question is how would you deal with this transaction and was I just being to greedy?

    Thank you in advance for any reply’s


    1. Tony says:

      Dan, I think HowieCrosby’s post is right on. I own about 10,000 domains and sell about 1-2% of them each year and all completely passively. The domains I hand register, I gladly sell for $500 all day. The ones I buy for $100, I will sell for between $2K-3K. $500-2,000 really is the sweet spot.

      If you analyze what was said in the interview, 90% of Adam’s sales are from actively pursuing buyers and he only sells about 20-40/mo total. That means he’s selling 1% of his portfolio a year through active selling. If he were totally passive, that number would drop to just 0.1% or so.

      That tells me you have two choices. Lower your prices to get a higher sell through rate or keep them high and work your butt off find the right buyers. I think if you are starting out, you should do the first.

      1. Tony says:

        Need to clarify one thing. My hand registrations aren’t made up domains off the top of my head. I gather a list of expired domains each day that I think will slip through the cracks and that I can pick up on the drop for hand reg. One good example this week was One word dotcom with a healthy amount of searches for the keyword for reg fee.

    2. Yes, with 4 more years of trail and errors, sales have increased and so has experience.

      Some months are better than others, I have plenty of days where I don’t sell anything just like everyone else. Then I focus more effort into it and drive for the hoop!

      The key is having the right domains to sell and buying right or you are doomed before you start.

  69. Hi Micheal & Adam, great advice and information as usual, thank you.

    Just want to mention about $500 domains names being pigeon shit, as stated in your interview and the median sales of around $650. It is known that end users are more comfortably parting with less than $600 on a domain name than $10,000, if the end user is happy with the domain then it doesn’t make it pigeon shit.

    There are a lot of novice domianers out there selling $500-$800 domains with good ROI on a regular basis who have been in the business for a few years, you have to start somewhere and it’s a tough trade to deal in as we know. Obviously you always set your goals higher, and you want to become that domiainer selling the big portfolios, but when I was a newbie, I couldn’t just go out there and sell $xx,xxx domains.

    There is a lot to be said for the median.

  70. Thanks guys, appreciative of the info that was provided.

  71. Michael and Adam,

    One of the best shows to date!


    Advertisement Domains

    Ideas for future shows:

    When you run a business like Adam he is very hands on with the “portfolio”. Meaning no one buy or sells on his behalf etc. His name is on the Whois.

    What about when you run a system like Frank Schilling, to where you have a whole company setup for the exchange of domains and not development per say? His “company name” is on the Whois.

    How do you handle contracts with employees and non competes etc? What if they have ideas for domain names and purchase them on “company time”. Would that be considered “competing”? Would they be allowed to buy domains whilst in the term of the contract? What if they (employees) used a “company name”?

    Maybe that’s not a concern for most investors but we are looking into building out a web portfolio development site and any insight would be helpful.

    Thanks again. Great show!

  72. brand says:

    As i have said before, i can’t get enough of these show’s, i watch them over and over again.
    I have changed my whole though process when buying domains.
    So guess what?, i can’t wait until Thursday for the next show, thanks to all on the domain Sherpa show and a special thanks to Adam for his incite on selling domains on the show today.

    1. My pleasure, I am glad you enjoy the videos.
      This blog is my favourite because I am a video guy and I hate to read ;)

      …. oh yea and Michael does a heck of an interview!

    2. Thanks, Brand.

      The show went live a day early this week. Enjoy! :)

  73. Taylor says:

    Thanks Adam and Mike really enjoyed this show!

    Very motivational!


    1. Happy to motivate you!

      Now get selling!

  74. Bennie Sparkman says:

    Michael / Adam –

    As always packed full of excellent examples and real down to earth information that we can use.

    Thank you,

    1. Great to hear you found benefit, Bennie. Thanks for posting a comment.

  75. My pleasure, I am glad you enjoyed the video.

    Please feel free to post any questions here.

  76. Thanks, my goal is too make your head spin with tons of good info, so it worked! ;)

    Enjoy and make lots of money!

  77. Great interview, Adam made valuable and very useful comments, as always.
    Thanks for sharing your time and expertise, it’s very appreciated.
    Chapeau! :)

    1. I am glad you enjoyed it and got something valuable out of it. Please feel free to post any questions here.

  78. Vic says:

    Great show again Mike and Adam! A meeting with The Oracle of Omaha ! There is an auction each year on Ebay to have lunch with WB – that usually raises hundreds of thousands of $ ! He is notoriously not into technology – so it would be very interesting to see if he could be persuaded to get into the domain name business.

    1. Will try to get him talking about domains. ;)
      Please feel free to post any questions here.

  79. Great stuff Adam – love the part about getting the kids involved early.

    1. It’s not easy getting the involved but once they made some money they become much more interested! lol

  80. Thank you to dig this up to us!
    Great interviews, so much information.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed it.

      Please feel free to post any questions here.

  81. Mike says:

    A great show as always. Thanks to you both.

    Ideally we all want to sell to an end user which in most cases would be some kind of business. The problem is most business owners can’t see the value in a domain name.

    The majority struggle to really see any value in having an up to date web presence let alone another website, which in turn makes it harder to sell certain types of domain names.

    The strange thing is I use my “business services email address” to contact them. This inevitably makes them go to my website and as if by magic they ask to know more about the various services I offer.

    So for the moment I hope nobody wants to buy this particular domain name.

    Thanks again.

    1. Just be careful nobody complains about the email address.

      You could also build a one page site on the domain you use for email and you would still get calls and not risk your company email. ;)

  82. Ian Clark says:

    Well done Adam, great interview as always Michael
    learn something every time

    1. Hi Adam and Michael. The amount of actionable information in this video makes your head spin. Truly an awesome video.

      1. Great I am sure their will be more to come and I am always available if you have any questions.

  83. Joe says:

    Thank you Adam! The information was indeed useful. I’m new in the business and i have been learning a lot from you guys. Thanks a lot Michael!

    1. Keep reading and watching videos and you will be much further ahead in this business.
      Read or watch before you buy!

    2. Our pleasure, Joe. Thanks for commenting.

  84. Steve R says:

    Yep. I am about to watch the interview, but I can say that I have already made my mind up about a week ago. Been thinking about it for a least a month, but I am going to sell off 200 of my domain names and not build this many again. I’m going to concentrate on a very few and build those sites out and into a good business. I have learned quite a bit over the last year on this site concerning domain investing and have bought at least $2,000 worth of domains in that time; half of which I have already just deleted as they were not even worthy enough to sell. In any case, I’ll probably keep 25 or so as they are my best ones. The rest are good keyword domains, but I don’t have time for them all.

    1. Good luck to you, Steve. Sounds like your heading down a good path.

      I’d recommend starting with developing a single site, rather than multiple. I learn a great deal from each development project I run, and the learnings are applied to projects going forward.

  85. Matt W says:

    Thanks Mike & Adam, you’re champions.

    1. My goal is to one day be on the podium while they sing O’Canada, I still have one last change 20 years from now in the senior Olympics . ;)

      Glad you liked the video!

    2. Thanks, Matt. Appreciate the support and your comment.

  86. Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge Adam!

  87. Thanks for this wonderful interview both Michael and Adam. Really liked it and always feel good to learn something new.

    I got one question to Adam…

    How many inquiries do you receive on average per month on your 30k domains? This can include both successful and unsuccessful sales.

    Thanks and best regards
    AbdulBasit Makrani

    1. I don’t track the waste of time emails.

      As far as legitimate incoming email offers only, it varies between 30-80.

      1. Thanks Adam for your response. That helps in understanding more.

    2. Thanks for watching and commenting, AbdulBasit.

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