Michael Berkens Archive

Video interviews, panel discussions, articles and Q&As featuring Michael Berkens.

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DomainSherpa Discussion: What Makes TLDs Successful?; .NET Value; Best TLDs for Speculation…

DomainSherpa Discussion: What Makes TLDs Successful?; .NET Value; Best TLDs for Speculation…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• What makes a TLD successful to the general population?
• Update on Adam Dicker’s TLD+SEO Showdown
• New dots this week include .HIV, .Black, .Furniture, .Schule, .Fitness, .Discount, .Hamburg – Which TLD is best for speculation?
• Is pairing micro-payment donations with .HIV innovative?
• The value of a .NET as a fraction of .COM?
• Twitch.TV sells for $1.1 Billion; Are .TVs the next .COM?
• And much more!

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DomainSherpa Discussion: .COM Sucks, Again; TRAFFIC Nom Picks; Best TLDs for Speculation…

DomainSherpa Discussion: .COM Sucks, Again; TRAFFIC Nom Picks; Best TLDs for Speculation…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• “.COM sucks, let me tell you why” by Adrian Kinderis
• Update on Adam Dicker’s TLD+SEO Showdown
• The Ice Bucket Challenge comes to the domain industry
• Which new TLD is best for speculation this week
• T.R.A.F.F.I.C. opens nominations and the Sherpas handicap the field
• Why 420,000 new domains appeared in the zone files
• Uniregistry.com launches Domain Tracker to help you get organized
• The National Association of Realtors® announces .REALTOR
• And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: .COMs are Meaningless; New TLD SERPs; Sherpa Tools; IDN Email…

DomainSherpa Discussion: .COMs are Meaningless; New TLD SERPs; Sherpa Tools; IDN Email…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* “The Meaninglessness of .COM” by Mason Cole
* All other factors being equal, which would rank higher: wine.club or wineclub.com?
* Tool swap — what do the Sherpas use daily and why?
* Who cares about new TLDs? The DomainSherpa audience sounds off.
* Buying strategy for .com based on .whatever?
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: Fail.WTF?; Visa Drops V.me; Google Domains Preview; DomainTools Competitor…

DomainSherpa Discussion: Fail.WTF?; Visa Drops V.me; Google Domains Preview; DomainTools Competitor…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Did the new TLDs .Fail this week? .Reise, .Limited, .Financial, .WTF, .Rocks, .Actor
* What we can learn from competing TLDs like .Photos. .Photo, .Pics and .Pictures?
* Visa checkout drops v.me for a 12 letter .com. .WTF?
* An insider look at Google’s new registrar service. Is it a GoDaddy killer?
* Amazon enters the domain space, much like Google did years ago.
* DomainIQ.com, a new competitor to DomainTools.com, launches in private beta.
* Porn.com is stolen! How can this happen in today’s day and age?
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: ComeIn.Tokyo, .TK Passes 25MM, .Moe’s Pending 200MM Regs, Domain Scourge…

DomainSherpa Discussion: ComeIn.Tokyo, .TK Passes 25MM, .Moe’s Pending 200MM Regs, Domain Scourge…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* What new gTLDs did the Sherpas buy in .Tokyo, .Moe, .Consulting, .Kaufen (buy in German), .Media, .Associates, .Lease and .Pictures. EAP for .Reisen (travel in German), .University, .Town, .Toys.?
* .Moe predicts 200 million registrations; Are they sMOEking something?
* Next week’s general availability preview: .WTF, .Fail, .Financial, .Limited
* ICANN is done evaluating all 1,930 new gTLD applications from the 2012 round; What have we learned? When’s the next round of apps?
* .TK passes 25 million registrations; Is this business model the future of domain name registries?
* Go Daddy bug gets audience member’s registrations voided. What are they doing about it?
* The scourge of domain name registrars taken down; Why did it take so long?
* Reader question: Unsolicited $1,500 offer worth a lot more…should he push it to GoDaddy auction and let the market decide the price?
* And more!

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DomainSherpa Discussion: The Next .Com; RightSide; Reader Questions…

DomainSherpa Discussion: The Next .Com; RightSide; Reader Questions…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Launched this week…what new gTLDs did you buy, do you like/dislike? .bar, .rest, .gripe, .exchange, .capital, .moda, .engineering
* Guerilla marketing of.XYZ. What did they do?
* The biggest registrant of .Bar domains so far is .Bar. Did they give investors/end users a chance to reg first?
* Reader question: Who’s likely to win .Web? Will .Web be the next .Com?
* Demand Media set to spinoff Rightside on August 1, but SeekingAlpha thinks it’s going to sink like the Titanic. Will it?
* Reader question: Can you use a .co.com as a state abbreviation for Colorado?
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: $1.2B Payday; .RegistryReserved; Bitcoins.com…

DomainSherpa Discussion: $1.2B Payday; .RegistryReserved; Bitcoins.com…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Castello Brothers looking for a $1.2B payday: Who isn’t. Are they crazy or are we ignorant?
* What new gTLDs did the Sherpas buy in the last week: .co.com, .gop, .blackfriday, .christmas, .services, .pub
* .co.com entered GA with “single digit thousands” of registrations. What do the Sherpas think about the long-term success of the registry as a business?
* Bitcoins.com is selling in the upcoming HA.com auction. What do the Sherpas think it will sell for? Is the plural awkward?
* Question from audience: Was Satoshi.com a good buy for $75k on Sedo or is it a long-shot?
* Question from audience: is building sites on new TLDs risky?
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: Google Domains; Beliebers Don’t Buy .Tattoo; Fight or Flight UDRPs…

DomainSherpa Discussion: Google Domains; Beliebers Don’t Buy .Tattoo; Fight or Flight UDRPs…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Google shakes up the registrar industry with their announcement. What can we expect?
* Justin Bieber plugs a .tattoo domain name to his 300,000+ followers with a surprising result
* What new gTLDs did the Sherpas register in: .ink, .supplies, .supply, .tools, .industries, .parts, .wang, .fishing, .vodka, .rodeo, .country, .cooking. ,horse, .fish, .vision, .report
* US and UK lag behind China in new gTLD awareness. What does that mean to investors?
* NetNames’ put out their Internet 2020 report. Supposedly more new gTLDs be registered per day than .com and .net combined in the next few years? I call BS. What do the Sherpas think?
* Verisign downgraded by Wells Fargo based on slowing sales. Should you be worried too?
* Mike Berkens wins two UDRPs recently. I want to know: at what cost does it take to defend? What’s the business thought process of “defend versus walk away”?
* Question from audience on flipping names
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: Lend.me, CentralNic Buys Internet.bs, .Berlin Giveaway…

DomainSherpa Discussion: Lend.me, CentralNic Buys Internet.bs, .Berlin Giveaway…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Francois Carrillo launches Lend.me. Does the marketplace need financing? Who are Lend.me’s competitors?
* CentralNic buys Internet.bs for up to $7.5 million. Smart move to diversify or moving away from their core competency?
* .Berlin gives away 67,000+ registrations in one day. Is this the new business model norm for TLDs?
* NameJet & Right of the Dot team-up for .Global auction at ICANN next week.
* Question from the audience: Singular and plural trademarks, when is it ok and when are you going to get in trouble? (Note: this is not advice, consult an attorney)
* Google Adwords and adult traffic
* What domains did the Sherpas buy in .community, .cleaning, .catering and .cards
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: ICANN Oversight; DNForum.com; Heartbleed; Verisign…

DomainSherpa Discussion: ICANN Oversight; DNForum.com; Heartbleed; Verisign…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Is the ICANN oversight issue overblown, or significant to you as an investor?
* A physical letter from a reader about .LA domain name valuations
* What should you expect on the new DNForum.com? (hint: there’s a surprise)
* Heartbleed and what it means to you as an internet user and business owner
* Verisign published their Domain Name Industry Brief and the Sherpas chimed in
* Congratulations to Mike and Judy Berkens on their pending 27th year anniversary!
* And more!

We’re joined by Adam Dicker, Mike Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

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