Domain Name Interviews

DomainSherpa interviews successful domain name investors and entrepreneurs – people we call Sherpas – who share their strategies and tactics to help you be more successful. Hosted by Michael Cyger.

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What to Expect at NamesCon 2015 (Networking, Education, Offers on Domains) – With Jothan Frakes

What to Expect at NamesCon 2015 (Networking, Education, Offers on Domains) – With Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes, co-founder and content producer of the NamesCon domain name industry conference, joins Michael Cyger to discuss NamesCon 2015 taking place January 11-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Why is this conference worth your time and money? How can you make money at the DomainSherpa Review, LIVE? Tune in to learn more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One-word Domain Names Mean Big Gains from the Get-go – With Richard Kershaw

One-word Domain Names Mean Big Gains from the Get-go – With Richard Kershaw

Owning the short, single-word, aspirational domain name Wish.co.uk allowed Richard Kernshaw and his business partner to “punch above their weight” – making connections, doing deals and selling more than $1 million in day experiences with a small team.

Recently, Kershaw acquired another domain name that will allow him to make big gains right from the get-go: Digital.com, which he purchased for $373,500 in public auction.

We catch up with this past Sherpa to find how his Wish.co.uk business has fared since his last interview in 2012, and to learn what he has planned for his new digital asset.

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What Makes a Great Brandable Domain Name – With Margot Bushnaq

What Makes a Great Brandable Domain Name – With Margot Bushnaq

What is a brandable domain name and why is the average selling price between $2,000 and $4,000 on BrandBucket.com?

Founder Margot Bushnaq shares her knowledge about what makes a great brandable domain name and how – if you’re a domain name investor – you can list them for sale on BrandBucket.com.

New Domain Marketplace with an Instant Community of 13 Million – With Matt Barrie and Jimmy Young

New Domain Marketplace with an Instant Community of 13 Million – With Matt Barrie and Jimmy Young

Last week Freelancer.com launched Freemarket.com, a domain name and website marketplace spun off from their $3.2 million acquisition of WarriorForum.com.

While some may think Freemarket.com is “just another” marketplace, what it offers is the community of 13 million potential buyers and sellers across all Freelancer.com properties.

I invited CEO Matt Barrie and Product Manager Jimmy Young here to share some information about the newly launched Freemarket.com marketplace and how investors can be make use of parent-website Freelancer.com to develop their prized domain name assets.

Tutorial: Selling Domain Names on Major Marketplaces

Tutorial: Selling Domain Names on Major Marketplaces

Receive more offers on your domain names by listing them for sale at the five major marketplaces.

In 26 minutes, you will learn how to sell your domain names at the five major marketplaces that matter most, plus:
1. Organize your domain names for sale
2. Set pricing for your domain names
3. Hang a for sale sign
4. Select the right marketplaces
5. Sell domains on GoDaddy.com
6. Sell domains on Flippa.com
7. Sell domains on Sedo.com
8. Sell domains on DomainNameSales.com
9. Sell domains on Afternic.com
10. What to do after the sale

Profitable Flips: From $9.2K to $140K in 9 Months – Statement.com, With Braden Pollock

Profitable Flips: From $9.2K to $140K in 9 Months – Statement.com, With Braden Pollock

In the new DomainSherpa series Profitable Flips, skilled domain name investors share all the details of how they bought low and sold high turning a profit of at least five figures.

This is the story of Statement.com and how in nine months Braden Pollock turned a $9,200 purchase into a $140,000 sale.

PetPremium.com: From Lead Gen to Issuing Insurance Policies – With Frans van Hulle

PetPremium.com: From Lead Gen to Issuing Insurance Policies – With Frans van Hulle

Within the $140+ billion insurance industry, pet insurance’s share may seem paltry at $500 million. But the riches are often in the niches. That’s what PetPremium.com is banking on.

Started as a lead-generation website for insurance companies, PetPremium.com quickly morphed into a licensed insurance agency selling policies directly to U.S. consumers and earning more per customer than a mere lead-generation website can.

In this interview, you will learn how the company launched, made the transition to issuing policies and recovered from mistakes made along the way, as well as useful information about conversion rates, the monetary value of leads in the insurance industry and more.

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