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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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.

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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.

Google TLDs, Their New Registar and Their Army of Developers

Google TLDs, Their New Registar and Their Army of Developers

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.

In Search of the Domain Name Holy Grail: Third-Level Domain Name Sales – With John Lyotier

In Search of the Domain Name Holy Grail: Third-Level Domain Name Sales – With John Lyotier

The holy grail of owning a premium domain name is being able to sell an endless of supply of either email addresses or third-level domain names – in essence, acting like a domain name registry but without the regulatory burden.

But as Left of the Dot co-founder and CMO John Lyotier explains in this video, the task is a difficult one. His company has navigated this territory before, and he offers both insights and a better model for producing revenue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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