Domain Name Interviews

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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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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.

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.

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.

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How to Delete a Domain Name Registration

How to Delete a Domain Name Registration

You may find it necessary to delete a domain name at some point in time.

It may be that you finally decided to remove a non-valuable domain name from your portfolio so there’s no chance of renewing, or it may be that you just realized it’s a trademark of another company and you want to eliminate potential legal issues associated with owning it.

Whatever the reason, certain registrars allow you to delete a domain name from your portfolio. This tutorial shows you who and how.

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.

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.

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