Domain Name Interviews

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Joint Ventures for Domain Name Development – With Zak Muscovitch

Joint Ventures for Domain Name Development – With Zak Muscovitch

“I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks / Let’s make lots of money” – lyrics to a song released in 1985 by UK-based Pet Shop Boys.

That’s the same situation that many developers and domain name owners hope to achieve by forming a joint venture – combining their respective strengths to make lots of money.

But how do you progress from the “we just met” phase to the “we’re partners and wildly successful” phase? What if the domain name owner receives an offer to sell the domain that they can’t refuse? Or what if the developer fails to deliver on the timeline and thresholds that were agreed to prior to the joint venture?

All these questions – and more – are answered in this interview.

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Understand and Prevent Domain Name Theft – With Dr. Bruce Tonkin

Understand and Prevent Domain Name Theft – With Dr. Bruce Tonkin

The hacker group Syrian Electronic Army was able to hijack the websites of the New York Times, HuffingtonPost and Twitter, redirecting traffic, causing lost revenue and confusing hundreds of thousands of people.

If large, established and high-tech companies like these aren’t safe, are our small business, ecommerce and publishing websites safe? Is our email safe?

Chief Technology Officer Bruce Tonkin from the sixth largest registrar in the world, Melbourne IT, answers these questions and tells us how we can secure our domain names from a similar fate.

Protecting Your Business Trademarks When New gTLDs Launch – With Jan Corstens

Protecting Your Business Trademarks When New gTLDs Launch – With Jan Corstens

If you run a business and own trademarks for your brand, products or services, you are likely going to be affected by the hundreds of new top level domains that will be coming available over the next few years.

For example, I’m concerned that I don’t have enough resources to register my trademark DomainSherpa in .app, .buy, .shop, .nyc, etc. Will others try to profit from the equity I’ve built in my company and brand by using confusingly similar domain names? What can you do to protect your trademarks and defend against potential cybersquatters?

Those are the questions we answer on today’s interview.

A New Set of Research Tools for Domain Name Investors – With Simon Johnson

A New Set of Research Tools for Domain Name Investors – With Simon Johnson

Are you looking for a method to look up all domain names owned by a specific registrant? Then you need to watch this interview.

IPNeighborhood.com is a new suite of tools that allows you to do some interesting domain name research, like looking up all domain names owned by a specific registrant by name or email address.

7 Inspiring Interviews to Listen to on Your Summer Vacation

7 Inspiring Interviews to Listen to on Your Summer Vacation

My family is going to be doing a little traveling this summer, so I’ve decided to take the month of June off from recording new interviews. It’s a first for me to take that much time off, and I may decide later that I’m stir crazy – but we’ll see.

As you prepare for your summer vacations and staycations, whether they are in June, July or August, I wanted to provide you with a list of some of the most useful and popular interviews from the past two years of 118 recorded interviews and tutorials.

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How Chicago.com Is Capitalizing on Place Identity – With Josh Metnick

How Chicago.com Is Capitalizing on Place Identity – With Josh Metnick

Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. And the CEO of Chicago.com is preparing to auction off you@chicago.com and http://you.chicago.com to the highest bidder.

Hear how Josh Metnick acquired and evolved Chicago.com to its current form, and how “place identity” makes people want to own a piece of the city they reside in – for a relatively high fee per year.

ZipSmart.com Revisited: How to Google-proof Your Business – With Jake Ackerman

ZipSmart.com Revisited: How to Google-proof Your Business – With Jake Ackerman

In the past, through its portfolio of category-killer, industry-defining domain names, ZipSmart sites hosted geography-based directories and allowed companies to own their zip code online for products and services and – in the process – to generate customer leads.

Today, with Google’s Panda and Penguin updates and with Google+ Places’ being prioritized at the top of Google search results, ZipSmart has had to completely rethink its business.

Jake Ackerman, the founder of ZipSmart, came on DomainSherpa.com more than two years ago to talk about his fast-growing company. We’ve caught back up with this entrepreneur to see how his business model has changed and hear about the challenges he’s facing today.

Content Marketing and the Future of SEO – With Chad Fisher

Content Marketing and the Future of SEO – With Chad Fisher

Does Google have you guessing about your SEO strategy? Have you been slapped with a search engine ranking penalty, or worse, is your site not even showing up in the organic search results at all?

This interview with an SEO veteran covers not only the current state of affairs, but where SEO is heading and how to create great content for your business.

The days of thin sites, inexpensively purchased content and machine-generated websites are gone. Learn what you need to do in the future to have high-ranked sites by watching this show.

The Story of the First Domainer of the Year – with Richard Lau

The Story of the First Domainer of the Year – with Richard Lau

In 1995, Richard Lau registered several domain names that he simply thought were cool, but never considered would be worth thousands of dollars. His portfolio attracted the attention of Microsoft, who tentatively agreed to pay $9,500 for one of his domains. That gave him an inkling he was on to something big.

Later, after spending 80 hours per week building one of the first 30 domain name registrars in the world, he was faced with stage A colon cancer and a series of unfortunate business liabilities.

In this biography, Richard Lau discusses how he learned the industry, tells some fantastic stories, and provides guidance to others that are just starting out.

Differentiating Good Domain Names from the Crappy Ones – With Adam Dicker

Differentiating Good Domain Names from the Crappy Ones – With Adam Dicker

Everyone has bought crappy domain names in the past. Many of us still own them today.

Watch this interview and learn six criteria that will help you avoid buying sub-par domain names in the future.

You will also learn how to organize your current portfolio to separate the junk from the good, and then what to do with domain names that have no value.

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