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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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7 Steps to Protect Your Trademarks from Domain Name Cybersquatters

7 Steps to Protect Your Trademarks from Domain Name Cybersquatters

Waiting to defend your trademarks can be costly. Hoping that the whole issue will go away is not a realistic strategy. The rules for intellectual property protection have changed.

There are proactive steps you can take now to prevent cybersquatting. Understanding the seven steps discussed in this interview should be your top priority if your company owns a trademark.

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No-Reserve Steals, Unrealized Opportunities, and Logistics for the NamesCon Domain Auction

No-Reserve Steals, Unrealized Opportunities, and Logistics for the NamesCon Domain Auction

Whether you’re attending the NamesCon domain name auction in person, watching via the live web feed, or bidding by telephone, this show will walk you through domain names that you might have missed – presenting opportunities for either undervalued or no-reserve purchases.

This show also contains tactics for understanding and successfully navigating most live domain name auctions that may occur at a future date, so don’t disregard watching this interview just because you missed the auction on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

How Mike Faith Creatively Purchased and Grew Headsets.com

How Mike Faith Creatively Purchased and Grew Headsets.com

Mike Faith founded a headset company and experienced explosive growth, selling $3 million in the first three years. Then he hit a bump in the road. To get the company back on a path of consistent growth, he raised money and acquired Headsets.com.

Learn how he creatively financed the domain name, what benefits it provided to his business, and how he made a generic word memorable.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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