Michael Berkens Archive

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

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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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ICANN Calls You a Domain Hogger; $17MM Domain Sale Dwarfs Schwartz’s Porno Sale; Superbowl Winner…

ICANN Calls You a Domain Hogger; $17MM Domain Sale Dwarfs Schwartz’s Porno Sale; Superbowl Winner…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Who won the Superbowl commercials: GoDaddy or up-start Wix?
• Rick Schwartz proves he’s still Domain King with his Porno.com sale for $8,888,888
• 360.com overshadows Schwartz with it’s $17 million sales price
• Credit.Club, worth $200,000, sells for $10.99 – wow!
• Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN, calls you a “hogger” of domains
• Verisign is giving away $100,000 CASH – we tell you how to get some
• And much more!

Berkens Negotiating a 5-figure Sale; NamesCon in Retrospect; .Club; Glitter Domains…

Berkens Negotiating a 5-figure Sale; NamesCon in Retrospect; .Club; Glitter Domains…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Thoughts after attending NamesCon and the Right of the Dot auction
• .Club’s recent sales
• Whether copycat “glitter” domain names are worth registering
• Michael Berkens’ negotiation tactics
• And much more!

No-Reserve Steals, Unrealized Opportunities, and Logistics for the NamesCon Domain Auction

No-Reserve Steals, Unrealized Opportunities, and Logistics for the NamesCon Domain Auction

Whether you’re attending the NamesCon domain name auction in person, watching via the live web feed, or bidding by telephone, this show will walk you through domain names that you might have missed – presenting opportunities for either undervalued or no-reserve purchases.

This show also contains tactics for understanding and successfully navigating most live domain name auctions that may occur at a future date, so don’t disregard watching this interview just because you missed the auction on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

DomainSherpa Discussion: Looking Back at 2014; Looking Forward to 2015

DomainSherpa Discussion: Looking Back at 2014; Looking Forward to 2015

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• What the Sherpas think are the top stories from 2014 and why.
• Sherpa predictions for the domain name industry in 2015 for businesses, investing and monetization.
• Would the Sherpas rather own .Net or .Network, .Biz or .Business?
• And much more!

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Don’t Mess with Rick Schwartz; $100K+ Lawsuit Against Hijacker; No to .Quebec; Sherpas Spend $5K…

Don’t Mess with Rick Schwartz; $100K+ Lawsuit Against Hijacker; No to .Quebec; Sherpas Spend $5K…

• Think you can mess with Rick Schwartz? Try again!
• $100K+ federal lawsuit filed against a soon-to-be-labeled reverse domain name hijacker
• Quebec, Canada says no to .Quebec
• Mike Mann is “cash poor” but living between an $8MM oceanfront and a luxury rental
• Reader question: How would you invest $5K if starting in the industry today?
• Reader question: Is Afternic’s recommendation to price domains worth it?
• Millions of new ICANN-restricted “collision” names are coming available. Want some?
• And much more!

Web.com Down; Amazon’s Buying Spree; Holiday.com Sale Fails Miserably; Domaining LLC…

Web.com Down; Amazon’s Buying Spree; Holiday.com Sale Fails Miserably; Domaining LLC…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• Web.com has lower than expected earnings, is this trouble for GoDaddy’s pending IPO?
• Amazon.com buys .Book, .Buy and .Pay – what could this mean in the industry?
• Holiday.com fails miserably to sell for $30 million in a glitzy fashion, but slow and steady sells Power.com for $1.261 million – we compare them
• Reader question: Should you form a legal entity, like an LLC, for your domain business?
• Reader question: Best insurance lead gen domain name for safe drivers?
• Reader question: Why do some worthless domains have multiple bidders on GoDaddy auctions?
• And much more!

$100K TRAFFIC Deal; BuyDomains Sold 1MM Domains; City.gTLDs For Sale; Recent Sales…

$100K TRAFFIC Deal; BuyDomains Sold 1MM Domains; City.gTLDs For Sale; Recent Sales…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• T.R.A.F.F.I.C. was last week; Was Rick roasted? What happened?
• .Club Sells a domain name for $100K and is the highest priced new gTLD to date
• Endurance Acquires the almost 1 million domains of BuyDomains.com for $1-80 per domain
• RightOfTheDot & CentralNic Launch Websites To Sell City New gTLDs Domains
• What sold over the past few weeks and for what price? Is it reasonable?
• Bloomberg buys 400 defensive domain names, then gives most up. DNW’s story goes mainstream.
• And much more!

TRAFFIC Secrets; ICANN 51 Summary; Is .Vet a Winner?; Registries Reducing Prices…

TRAFFIC Secrets; ICANN 51 Summary; Is .Vet a Winner?; Registries Reducing Prices…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• How to network, win friends, influence people and make money at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
• ICANN 51: what happened and what you can expect going forward
• Four more .Rich domains registered, wow?
• Affilias to go public, hoping to raise $100 Million
• What launched this week, and what was good enough for the Sherpas to invest in?
• Is it sad that registries are reducing their prices so soon after launch?
• And much more!

Domain Seizures; Moniker’s Security Failures; Toby Clement’s Restitution; Audience Questions…

Domain Seizures; Moniker’s Security Failures; Toby Clement’s Restitution; Audience Questions…

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
• 9,000+ domains were transferred by Verisign under a sealed court order. What were they and what can you do about it if you’re affected?
• Multiple allegations claim Moniker.com has severe security flaws. Do you need to get your domains out of there ASAP?
• David Clements is paying those owed by Toby Clements on the Daily Domain Newsletter (DDN). Find out what to do to make your claim.
• Reader question: What happens with a new TLD goes “belly up”?
• Reader question: Will extensions matter in the future when 90%+ of Internet traffic is mobile and people speak what they want?
• Reader question: .TVs are being pulled back by the registry *after* being registered. What?!
• New TLDs launching this week: .Desi, .City, .NYC, .Attorney, .Lawyer — do the Sherpas care?
• And much more!

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