Domain Name Interviews

When you’re interested in managing your domain name portfolio, start here. This category includes information on how to manage your portfolio, navigate legal issues, create a website, build a business and search engine optimize a website.

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How Russ Artzt Built a $4.5B Software Company and Why He’s Tackling Domains Next

How Russ Artzt Built a $4.5B Software Company and Why He’s Tackling Domains Next

Russ Artzt shares his insights on founding software company CA Technologies, building it to $4.5B, launching new products and services over the past 40 years, and how naming and branding took place in this Global 1000 company.

If that isn’t enough, Russ also gives us an overview of a new software company he’s developing that helps companies measure, analyze and improve their digital assets, including domain names, websites and third-party accounts.

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(Almost) Free Email Hosting for Your Own Domain Name

(Almost) Free Email Hosting for Your Own Domain Name

Google Apps for Business costs $60 per year for email hosting. I found an email hosting option for your domain name that only costs $0.06 per year.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you exactly how to set it up and use it.

Help! My Domain Name Was Stolen (And 3 Ways to Recover It) – With David Weslow

Help! My Domain Name Was Stolen (And 3 Ways to Recover It) – With David Weslow

Millions of credit cards numbers are stolen every month, and bots continually scour the internet looking for websites to hack. The domain name industry is not immune to thieves and hackers.

A month doesn’t go by without a domain name being identified as stolen and the registrant frantically trying to stop it from changing registrars and leaving the country.

In this interview, David Weslow describes the three steps you can take to recover your domain name before it’s too late.

He also discusses the six steps you need to take to prevent a domain name theft from occurring in the first place.

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.

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!

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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.

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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