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Go Close A Domain Name Sale This Month, We’ll Pay Your Escrow

Go Close A Domain Name Sale This Month, We’ll Pay Your Escrow

Do you want an excuse to close a domain name sale this month?

Here’s your motivation: a free escrow for your next domain name sale.

But hurry! Efty.com has just launched Payoneer Escrow integration and for the month of April 2017, you can get a free escrow transaction.

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The Quickest Path to $60M/month: Buy Business, Add Exact-Match Domain – With John Rampton

The Quickest Path to $60M/month: Buy Business, Add Exact-Match Domain – With John Rampton

What do you get when you combine a killer, three-character exact-match domain name with the assets of a software-as-a-service invoicing provider?

A quick path to generating revenue.

That’s what today’s Sherpa did, combining a $130,000 domain name with a $20,000 asset purchase. And they were up and running, with some customers saying the brand is so familiar they think they’ve used them in the past.

One year into operations, Due.com is processing about $60 million per month in transactions. Here’s how it happened.

How to Value and Sell a Domain Name Ha.ck – With Max Guerin

How to Value and Sell a Domain Name Ha.ck – With Max Guerin

Domain name hacks are words and phrases that span the dot and make use of the top-level domain extension as part of the word. Startu.ps, ta.gs and k.im are a few examples.

But can you make any money investing in domain name hacks?

Today’s guest can, and in this interview he shares his investment strategy, valuation technique and go-to market tactics for generating $100,000 in sales per year.

Liquid Domain Name Market Report 4th Quarter 2016

Liquid Domain Name Market Report 4th Quarter 2016

Liquid domain names are the types of domains that are actively traded in the domain name industry.

Would you like to learn more about investing in liquid domains?

Every quarter Ivan Rasskazov and Giuseppe Graziano put together a “state of the market” industry report. Get the insights directly from those who wrote the report.

$1.5M and 7 Years Later, Noah Kagan Owns the Killer Brand – Sumo.com – for His 8-Figure Business

$1.5M and 7 Years Later, Noah Kagan Owns the Killer Brand – Sumo.com – for His 8-Figure Business

Lots of companies make eight figures per year and generate a high profit margin. But those that upgrade to a premium domain name can see even greater success and market dominance.

Consider:
* Slack used to be SlackHQ.com.
* Facebook used to be TheFacebook.com.
* Dropbox used to be GetDropbox.com.
* Mint used to be MyMint.com.

Those companies that buy a premium domain name are saying something about their company to their customers and the industry. According to Noah Kagan, they’re saying they have status, they’re going to last the test of time, and they have a “seriousness of business.”

Learn how Kagan persisted through seven years of negotiations to finally own Sumo.com, and how his financing creativity finally got the deal done.


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Conquering the $15 Billion North America Battery Market with a Killer Exact-Match Domain, Batteries.com – With David Clements

Conquering the $15 Billion North America Battery Market with a Killer Exact-Match Domain, Batteries.com – With David Clements

Should you buy a killer, exact-match domain name and build a business?

Or should you stick to the business of investing in domain names?

If you want to know what goes into running a business—with employees, inventory, shipping/receiving and customer service—this is the show to watch.

And what better exact-match domain name to take on the $15 billion North America ($62 billion worldwide) battery market than Batteries.com.

Turn Your Portfolio into Cash Flow or Leverage Your Domain Purchase for a Higher ROI – With Vince Harasymiak

Turn Your Portfolio into Cash Flow or Leverage Your Domain Purchase for a Higher ROI – With Vince Harasymiak

There are a few companies in the domain name industry that provide financial services.

One of them, Domain Capital, provides financing so you can buy premium domain names with only a fraction of the capital required to make the purchase – as long as you can service the loan.

Domain Capital can also provide cash based on the value of your portfolio to grow your business.

Listen in to learn how these “hard money” types of loans are structured, including over what period and at what annual percentage rate; how a borrower’s credit worthiness factors in; what happens if you default; and what types of domain names can be financed.

Sherpa Update: $200K+ in Sales 2 Years Later, 17% Sell-through Rate – With Christian Calvin

Sherpa Update: $200K+ in Sales 2 Years Later, 17% Sell-through Rate – With Christian Calvin

Last year we interviewed Christian Calvin about two profitable flips ($81 to $12,500 and $99 to $9,000, both within just months of acquisition).

Today we learn how Calvin has sold more than 200 domain names (a 17 percent portfolio sell-through rate), garnered more than $200,000 in revenue, and profited by more than $60,000.

You’ll also hear how he selects his brandable domain names, what his process is for managing domain names, how he optimizes his sales process, how he’s trying to liquidate 30 to 50 domains per month at NameJet to right-size his portfolio, and why he turned down a six-figure offer to sell his entire portfolio.

Build Your Own Registrar, Ray King Tells You How

Build Your Own Registrar, Ray King Tells You How

If you’re tired of your registrar nickel-and-diming you for features or being slow as molasses to add improvement or fix bugs, you can do something about it: build your own registrar.

Today’s guest did exactly that, from the ground up.

You’ll hear what is required to build a registrar, how he chose his technology stack, how long the process takes, and what decisions are required for branding and marketing. You’ll also learn about his unique business model for generating revenue.

.Buzz Is for Sale: Buy Your Own TLD and Sell Picks and Shovels – With Christa Taylor

.Buzz Is for Sale: Buy Your Own TLD and Sell Picks and Shovels – With Christa Taylor

Today we’re going to learn about a TLD that’s currently for sale. We’ll dig into the vision, finances and opportunity.

If you’ve thought of selling picks and shovels instead of doing the mining yourself as an individual domain name investor, this is a show you should watch.

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