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Video interviews, panel discussions, articles and Q&As featuring domain name investing.

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Chinese Numeric and Acronym Boom or Bubble?

Chinese Numeric and Acronym Boom or Bubble?

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Are we experiencing too much growth in too fast a time period?
• Is this type of growth sustainable?
• Is this a domain name bubble that’s going to pop?
• Should you stay clear of this investment?
• And much more!

We discuss these questions and more with Sherpas Andrew Rosener, Frank Schilling and Shane Cultra.

WordPress Bad Faith?; Nat Cohen Takes Frivolous UDRP to Court & Wins; Sherpas’ Oldest Domains; How to Value 400+ Domains

WordPress Bad Faith?; Nat Cohen Takes Frivolous UDRP to Court & Wins; Sherpas’ Oldest Domains; How to Value 400+ Domains

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• WordPress buys Thesis.com in bad faith but wins UDRP on technicality, or was it?
• Domain Name investor rights are buoyed by a recent UDRP ruling — find out why.
• Fake website Bloomberg.market taken down by Rightside registry — bad precedent?
• Nat Cohen’s Telepathy teaches a reverse domain name hijacker a lesson in court and walks away with a settlement.
• Reader question: What are the Sherpas oldest domain names?
• Reader question: How should a newbie appraise and price 400 domain names for listing on buy-it-now marketplaces?
• Reader question: Which is better two word .co or .xyz or two word with a hyphen in .com?
• And much more!

Berkens’ .Rocks $8k Sale; Rude to Ask Income?; New G Data Points or Trend?; Sedo.com Overcharges

Berkens’ .Rocks $8k Sale; Rude to Ask Income?; New G Data Points or Trend?; Sedo.com Overcharges

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Berkens sold Moon.Rocks for $8k — a real investor-to-end user sale! We hear the details.a
• Autism.Rocks sells with an initial offer of $100k – something seems fishy.
• Sedo.com charges the seller of Autism.Rocks 15% when it should have been 3%.
• Is the recent spate of new gTLD sales a trend or outliers? The Sherpas sound off.
• Why is ICANN trying to remove privacy protection on whois records for ecommerce companies?
• Reader question: is it rude to ask a domain name investor how much they earn?
• Reader question: How to start a domain name leasing business?
• Reader question: Are selling brandables bad faith when you know there’s a company that can benefit from it?
• And much more!

How to Invest $10K; Unresponsive Sellers; Reject $10K for $50K Offer; Going .Green; Deflategate.com

How to Invest $10K; Unresponsive Sellers; Reject $10K for $50K Offer; Going .Green; Deflategate.com

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• How to invest $10K if beginning investing today: ten $1K domains or one $10K domain?
• After negotiating, seller goes unresponsive. What are your options now?
• When is a bird in the hand worth ($10K offer today) two in the bush ($50K in years), and how do you get the courage to reject a good offer?
• General Motors goes .Green. Is it more work, or a wise PR move?
• RandPaul.com sells for $100,980. “Ransom check” or smart political marketing move?
• And much more!

Massive Volume .Mobi; Tracking Elusive Registrants; IDN Value; Shameless.Sucks; .Video Vs. .TV

Massive Volume .Mobi; Tracking Elusive Registrants; IDN Value; Shameless.Sucks; .Video Vs. .TV

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• A massive search volume word but in .MOBI – worth the hand registration?
• How to find the elusive registrant with either bad or fake information
• IDN.com or IDN.IDN, do they have any value today?
• Shameless.Sucks shows up at INTA with condoms and an insulting billboard
• Which new gTLDs the Sherpas WON’T be renewing in the upcoming year
• How today’s new gTLD launch of .Video compares to the established ccTLD .TV
• And much more!

Negotiating Hand-Registered Names; GoDaddy’s 200K Domain Portfolio; 2-Word .NETs Value; Exact Match Domains…

Negotiating Hand-Registered Names; GoDaddy’s 200K Domain Portfolio; 2-Word .NETs Value; Exact Match Domains…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Negotiating a hand-registered domain name
• What to do when a hot purchase inquiry has gone cold?
• Is there value in two-word .NET domain names with high search volume?
• Are exact match domain names out of favor and will they ever rise in value again?
• Making brandable domains out of exact match keywords
• How should new domain name investors start-out in investing today?
• NeverLikedItAnyway.com – worthy of winning Verisign’s Internet Contest?
• What GoDaddy’s $28.1MM purchase of Marchex’s portfolio means to you as an investor
• And much more!

Lower Your Risk of UDRP Action in Generic Domain Name Investments

Lower Your Risk of UDRP Action in Generic Domain Name Investments

The greatest risk to owning a high-value generic domain name is having it taken away from you during a UDRP action.

If you’re spending $10,000, $50,000 or $100,000 or more on a premium generic domain name and you want to lower your risk of UDRP, URS or lawsuit, then pay attention to these four attorneys and the tactics they suggest.

Learn from:
• David Weslow of Wiley Rein
• Stevan Lieberman of Greenberg & Lieberman
• Zak Muscovitch of The Muscovitch Law Firm
• Jason Schaeffer of ESQwire.com

GoDaddy Was Scammed; New gTLD Renewal Rates; ICANN Slashes Revenue Budget…

GoDaddy Was Scammed; New gTLD Renewal Rates; ICANN Slashes Revenue Budget…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• GoDaddy gets scammed by a social engineer and hands over domain
• Page Howe goes to Washington to promote .LA domains for Los Angeles
• The first new gTLD renewal rates are starting to come in from Donuts
• ICANN slashes their revenue projections for this year and next year’s budget
• Google Domains is ranked above all other registrars — is it anti-competitive?
• Is GoDaddy’s IPO something domain investors should invest in?
• Reader question: What’s the highest renewal rate the Sherpas have seen
• And much more!

Verisign’s Afraid of XYZ; $20MM for .Blog; 55% New gTLD Renewals; NamesCon for $199…

Verisign’s Afraid of XYZ; $20MM for .Blog; 55% New gTLD Renewals; NamesCon for $199…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Verisign sues .XYZ and Negari for false advertising
• Verisign also ramps up their marketing of .COM
• The .Blog auction was settled for an estimated $20 million
• .Shabaka preliminary renewals coming in a 55%
• NamesCon.Vegas ridiculously low registration cost of $199 (for 2 days)
• Reader question: are new gTLDs still worth investing in?
• And much more!

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