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.
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.
November 17, 2014
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.
November 3, 2014
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.
October 6, 2014
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.
September 29, 2014
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.
September 22, 2014
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.
September 8, 2014
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
August 18, 2014
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.
August 4, 2014
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.
July 14, 2014
Google is spending part of their billions in profits on 100 new top-level domains and launching a new registrar, Google Domains.
In this presentation, given at Google I/O 2014, Google provides an overview of their domain name plans for the future.
June 30, 2014