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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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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Grow Your Business Using Content Marketing – With Joe Pulizzi

Grow Your Business Using Content Marketing – With Joe Pulizzi

On today’s DomainSherpa interview, we discuss content marketing with Joe Pulizzi, the person who coined the phrase and the world’s leading expert on the topic.

We also discuss why he passed up the opportunity to buy ContentMarketing.com, whether he regrets it, and what it would have taken to close a deal when it was offered to him.

It’s an interesting case study on pairing exact-match domain names with the best end user of the domain name.

[Tutorial] The New Uniregistry Market: What’s So Special? With John Smrekar and Darren Cornwell

[Tutorial] The New Uniregistry Market: What’s So Special? With John Smrekar and Darren Cornwell

Frank Schilling has been raving about it for months. Industry blogs have been discussing it for weeks.

Now’s your chance to see the Uniregistry Market for yourself and make your own decision.

Originally scheduled as an exclusive for DNAcademy PRO members, we’re sharing this tutorial given by the two people most responsible for building the new Uniregistry Market.

Learn how to setup landing pages (with or without advertising), how submitted inquiries become leads, how to use Uniregistry’s customer relationship management system (for free), and how you can take advantage of their exceptional brokerage team. We also ask how the data is treated, and whether you have to share information.

Customer Focus Leads to Profitable Flip – With George Adu

Customer Focus Leads to Profitable Flip – With George Adu

This Profitable Flip might never have happened if George Adu wasn’t always thinking one step ahead and anticipating the customer’s needs.

Because of his customer focus, Adu’s $217.50 purchase on eBay.com led to a $15,500 sale about 12 months later.

Learn how his tactics (one of which was rather risky) turned into not only a sale, but also an ongoing relationship that continued after the sale due to the trust he built with his customer.

How to Simplify and Manage Your Portfolio – With Sam Dennis

How to Simplify and Manage Your Portfolio – With Sam Dennis

Even with my portfolio of only a few hundred domain names, every month I debate which to renew, which to let expire, which to sell and how best to sell them. I find myself going back and forth on which criteria are important in analyzing the portfolio, and worrying that I’m going to drop a domain name of value.

In today’s interview, we find out how an investor with 22,000 domain names manages his portfolio, including what process, metrics and tools he uses. This practical information is useful for domain investors at all levels.

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Drop Catching Programming Expert on the Domain Name Expiration Process – With Chris Ambler

Drop Catching Programming Expert on the Domain Name Expiration Process – With Chris Ambler

If you want to know how the domain name expiration process works in detail, you need to watch today’s show with Chris Ambler.

We discuss:
* The domain name expiration process
* Which auction partners are associated with which registrars
* The best drop catching services to use
* When domain names drop and when they go to auction
* And much more!

DNAcademy: The Shortest Path to Domain Name Investing

DNAcademy: The Shortest Path to Domain Name Investing

After five plus years of interviewing the brightest Sherpas from around the world, you can now have all their expertise and insights condensed down into a single, carefully-crafted and professionally-published educational course.

DNAcademy.com is an an accelerated learning course built for novice and intermediate domain name investors. It was developed by Michael Cyger, publisher of DomainSherpa.com and DNTaxGuide.com.

DNAcademy will take you from newbie to pro in the shortest amount of time possible through lessons, video tutorials, practice and private networking.

A special offer on DNAcademy is included on this page. But hurry, it’s only for a limited time.

[Tutorial] Find and Contact the Right Decision Maker for Domain Name Sales – With David Kelly

[Tutorial] Find and Contact the Right Decision Maker for Domain Name Sales – With David Kelly

This tutorial walks you through a six-step domain name sales process to find, organize and contact the right decision maker at prospective companies.

Does it work?

Interviewee David Kelly used it on AccessiblityTesting.com and in less than a year had this $69 purchased domain name sold for $3,500.

3 Things You Need to Prepare for NamesCon; Exclusive Discount; PLUS, Jothan Gets ‘Snarky’

3 Things You Need to Prepare for NamesCon; Exclusive Discount; PLUS, Jothan Gets ‘Snarky’

My favorite way to meet people is in person, and next week I’ll be in Las Vegas for the third annual NamesCon domain name conference, which promises to be a blockbuster event.

I’m making a list of what I need to do to prepare for next week, so I thought it was a good time to chat with the founders of NamesCon about what’s going to happen, what we need to be ready for, and how we can make the most of the event.

Get a notepad ready, prepare properly, and see you next week!

(Haven’t bought your ticket yet? See below for a DomainSherpa exclusive discount opportunity!)

Hardcore Hustling Tactics to Buy and Sell LLLL .com Domains – With Jeffrey Emerick

Hardcore Hustling Tactics to Buy and Sell LLLL .com Domains – With Jeffrey Emerick

Think you can only make money in domain name investing if you got into the industry 5, 10 or 20 years ago? Think again.

Today’s guest entered the industry about a year ago and earned enough profit in that time for a down payment on his lakefront home (where he spoke with me for this interview). And he still owns 189 LLLL .com domain names.

But this is no “get-rich-quick scheme.” To the contrary, his first flip was $15 to $45. He then repeated that process more than 100 times as the market increased.

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