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Generating Revenue with Lead Generation (and No Google AdSense) – With Frans van Hulle

Generating Revenue with Lead Generation (and No Google AdSense) – With Frans van Hulle

How do you maximize the revenue you can generate from a website using lead generation and no Google AdSense?

That’s the question answered in this interview focused on the insurance, home security and new-car buying industries.

Also discussed is the development of BestQuotes.com, AutoComparison.com and PetPremium.com, including business results (the good and the bad) and lessons learned along the way.

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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.

$1 Million Giveaway Challenge: A Touchdown for SportsPicks.com? – With Steven Newman

$1 Million Giveaway Challenge: A Touchdown for SportsPicks.com? – With Steven Newman

Most domain name investors stick to buying and selling. When they do venture into development and monetization, sometimes they get burned.

That was the situation with Steven Newman and his $25,650 purchase of SportsPicks.com, a resource for sports betting information. But after a bad development start, Newman and his partner are now on the right path with a live website, a $1 million promotional challenge, a marketing program and revenue starting to come in.

Learn how SportsPicks.com is becoming an honest, trustworthy service provider in an industry that is often perceived as disreputable.

Preparing for the Inevitable Availability of Recreational Marijuana – With Noel Abbott

Preparing for the Inevitable Availability of Recreational Marijuana – With Noel Abbott

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, but recreational marijuana is legal in only two states so far…one of which is my home state of Washington.

Based purely on a clinical interest, I found an entrepreneur who has placed a bet on recreational marijuana domain names and has built a fledgling web development and marketing business around the cannabis industry in the states of Washington and Colorado.

In this interview we learn what he’s done, how he’s done it and how you might want to do the same in your state.

How to Value Short Letter and Number Domain Names – With Aron Meystedt

How to Value Short Letter and Number Domain Names – With Aron Meystedt

In today’s interview, Aron Meystedt describes valuation ranges not only for two- and three-letter domain names (e.g., AA.com, BN.com), but also for two- and three-number domain names (e.g., 16.com, 144.com).

While DJI.com sold for $300,000 and 114.com sold for $2.1 million, both in July 2013, one is likely an outlier. Find out which in this interview.

Also in this interview is an opportunity to sell LL.com, LLL.com, NN.com and NNN.com domain names through Heritage Auctions to their 800,000 registered users.

How to Sell a Brandable Domain Name – With Dave Evanson

How to Sell a Brandable Domain Name – With Dave Evanson

Brandable domain names – domain names that don’t necessarily mean anything or cannot be associated with a product or service, such as Google.com, eBay.com and Fiver.com – are tough to sell because most companies are not actively looking for them.

But on today’s show, you will learn how to do just that. Watch this master class on selling brandable domain names, featuring the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Name Broker of the Year.

The Gamer Who’s Going to Make Math Fun – With Bill Karamouzis

The Gamer Who’s Going to Make Math Fun – With Bill Karamouzis

Many entrepreneurs today grew up playing role-playing games. Gaming can teach you many things, including problem solving, how to look for clues, group dynamics – and game theory.

Equipped with such skills from his days gaming as a youth, Bill Karamouzis started, grew and sold three successful gaming companies. Today, he’s starting his fourth – TeachMe.com – and with two young daughters at home, he is shifting his focus from time-killing games to games aimed at making math skills fun and rewarding with MathGames.com.

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.

UsedCardboardBoxes.com: From Storefront Failure to Dot Com Success – With Marty Metro

UsedCardboardBoxes.com: From Storefront Failure to Dot Com Success – With Marty Metro

Big companies like Amazon, Citigroup and Dell know the value of an exact match domain (EMD) – they own Diapers.com, Mortgage.com and CloudComputing.com, respectively. But smaller companies and upstarts can also benefit tremendously from EMDs.

That was the case with Marty Metro and UsedCardboardBoxes.com.

In this interview, Metro describes the two failed business models he went through before his current success, and how UsedCardboardBoxes.com grew and is now generating revenue that’s trending toward eight figures per year.

The Unseen Threat to GeoDomain Owners and Local Media Companies – with Skip Hoagland

The Unseen Threat to GeoDomain Owners and Local Media Companies – with Skip Hoagland

If you own a geographic domain name, such as HiltonHead.com or Seattle.com, or a newspaper, radio station, television station or media company focused on a local geography, there may be an unseen competitor to your business – and the competitor might not be playing fair.

Skip Hoagland has been fighting against unfair business practices since October 2011. Watch this interview to learn more about this issue, and what you can do to determine if abuse is happening in your city.

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