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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(Almost) Free Email Hosting for Your Own Domain Name

(Almost) Free Email Hosting for Your Own Domain Name

Google Apps for Business costs $60 per year for email hosting. I found an email hosting option for your domain name that only costs $0.06 per year.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you exactly how to set it up and use it.

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How a 26-Year-Old Sold $5.1 Million in Domains in His First 12 Months as a Broker

How a 26-Year-Old Sold $5.1 Million in Domains in His First 12 Months as a Broker

How exactly did a 26-year-old sell 5 million dollars worth of domain names in 12 months?

James Booth joins DomainSherpa to share how he got started, built a name, a reputation and some serious credentials in the domain name industry.

Michael Cyger’s Pitchfest Presentation About Resolution Club

Michael Cyger’s Pitchfest Presentation About Resolution Club

On Saturday I presented at the Domain Startup Summit Pitchfest competition.

I’d appreciate your input on my business idea, Resolution Club, an application that uses your social media network to help you build a healthy habit, break an unhealthy one, or do something to make the world a better place.

The Rise of .io: How to Value and Sell for Profit – With Mike Carson

The Rise of .io: How to Value and Sell for Profit – With Mike Carson

The startup community LOVES .io domain names.

Never heard of .io and don’t believe me? Today’s Sherpa will convince you, as well as share a method to value .io domain names for end users.

Then, he shows you how to find, contact and sell your newly acquired .io domain names without being an @$$hole.

Get Off Your But

Get Off Your But

Excuses take away your choices, they take away your control…they are holding you back.

You can be better.

Today’s the day to get off your but.

How to Determine a Domain Name’s Type-in Traffic

How to Determine a Domain Name’s Type-in Traffic

There are three ways to determine if a domain name has type-in traffic: real data, estimated data, and historical data.

In today’s tutorial — coming to you from beautiful Victoria, British Columbia — I show you exactly how to determine if a domain name has type-in traffic with the tools I trust.

Help! My Domain Name Was Stolen (And 3 Ways to Recover It) – With David Weslow

Help! My Domain Name Was Stolen (And 3 Ways to Recover It) – With David Weslow

Millions of credit cards numbers are stolen every month, and bots continually scour the internet looking for websites to hack. The domain name industry is not immune to thieves and hackers.

A month doesn’t go by without a domain name being identified as stolen and the registrant frantically trying to stop it from changing registrars and leaving the country.

In this interview, David Weslow describes the three steps you can take to recover your domain name before it’s too late.

He also discusses the six steps you need to take to prevent a domain name theft from occurring in the first place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Brandable to Exact-Match Geo Domain Making $1.5M Per Year – With John Colascione

From Brandable to Exact-Match Geo Domain Making $1.5M Per Year – With John Colascione

John Colascione registered his first geographic domain name – LongIslandExchange.com – for only registration fee (about $10), and after years of hard work discovered the best way to make money in his specific geographic region.

With the success of that business model, he parlayed his readership and revenue into an ownership stake in LongIsland.com and now serves more than one million readers per month across his Long Island Media network. And in 2016, they’re on track to generate $1.5 million in revenue.

In this interview, we discuss his business model, how he structures advertising packages and his sales force, how he uses social media to his advantage, and advice he has for other geographic publishers.

The Evolution of The Grooming Network and Acquisition of Beard.com – With Luke Webster

The Evolution of The Grooming Network and Acquisition of Beard.com – With Luke Webster

The DomainSherpa audience often asks us to check in with past Sherpas to see how their business has fared since their interview. So that’s what we’re delivering today.

Luke Webster started his shaving business on a single, niche, exact-match domain name: VintageStraightRazor.com. But he executed day in and day out and reinvested profits. Today his venture, now called The Grooming Network, sells razors and blades of all types, soaps, brushes, cologne, and more.

We find out how his revenue has grown, what his vision is for the next few years, and how domain names, a “club” model and content marketing are going to play important roles in future growth.

Oh, and I ask Luke how much he paid for Beard.com and why he’s financing most of his high-value domain names. It’s a great show with a great entrepreneur.

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