Domain Name Interviews

If you spend more than you make with your domain names, you’re doing it wrong. This category helps you figure out how best to monetize your domain name portfolio, whether it be parking, lead generation, ecommerce, blogging or some other form of full website development.

Latest Interview

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.

More Interviews

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.

Does Domain Name Parking Still Work Today?

Does Domain Name Parking Still Work Today?

This week includes a double dose of DomainSherpa!

In this excerpt of DNAcademy office hours, Michael Cyger walks students through two questions:

1. Does domain name parking still work today?

2. What types of domain names produce revenue with domain name parking?

Michael Cyger’s Pitchfest Presentation About Resolution Club

Michael Cyger’s Pitchfest Presentation About Resolution Club

On Saturday I presented at the Domain Startup Summit Pitchfest competition.

I’d appreciate your input on my business idea, Resolution Club, an application that uses your social media network to help you build a healthy habit, break an unhealthy one, or do something to make the world a better place.

From Brandable to Exact-Match Geo Domain Making $1.5M Per Year – With John Colascione

From Brandable to Exact-Match Geo Domain Making $1.5M Per Year – With John Colascione

John Colascione registered his first geographic domain name – LongIslandExchange.com – for only registration fee (about $10), and after years of hard work discovered the best way to make money in his specific geographic region.

With the success of that business model, he parlayed his readership and revenue into an ownership stake in LongIsland.com and now serves more than one million readers per month across his Long Island Media network. And in 2016, they’re on track to generate $1.5 million in revenue.

In this interview, we discuss his business model, how he structures advertising packages and his sales force, how he uses social media to his advantage, and advice he has for other geographic publishers.

The Evolution of The Grooming Network and Acquisition of Beard.com – With Luke Webster

The Evolution of The Grooming Network and Acquisition of Beard.com – With Luke Webster

The DomainSherpa audience often asks us to check in with past Sherpas to see how their business has fared since their interview. So that’s what we’re delivering today.

Luke Webster started his shaving business on a single, niche, exact-match domain name: VintageStraightRazor.com. But he executed day in and day out and reinvested profits. Today his venture, now called The Grooming Network, sells razors and blades of all types, soaps, brushes, cologne, and more.

We find out how his revenue has grown, what his vision is for the next few years, and how domain names, a “club” model and content marketing are going to play important roles in future growth.

Oh, and I ask Luke how much he paid for Beard.com and why he’s financing most of his high-value domain names. It’s a great show with a great entrepreneur.

Grow Your Business Using Content Marketing – With Joe Pulizzi

Grow Your Business Using Content Marketing – With Joe Pulizzi

On today’s DomainSherpa interview, we discuss content marketing with Joe Pulizzi, the person who coined the phrase and the world’s leading expert on the topic.

We also discuss why he passed up the opportunity to buy ContentMarketing.com, whether he regrets it, and what it would have taken to close a deal when it was offered to him.

It’s an interesting case study on pairing exact-match domain names with the best end user of the domain name.

The Riches Are in the (.Tickets) Niches – With Steve Machin and Gary Fisher

The Riches Are in the (.Tickets) Niches – With Steve Machin and Gary Fisher

Why sell millions of second-level domains when a mere 10,000 registrations can generate about $5 million in revenue?

That’s the tack B2B registry operator .Tickets took.

They know that businesses won’t think twice about paying $500 per domain if their main business is selling tickets to consumers. (Think massive industries like entertainment, transportation and sports.)

If you’re an entrepreneur contemplating launching a top-level domain in the next ICANN round, this episode is a must-watch. But be warned: to launch a new top-level domain, entrepreneurs must have a “high threshold for unpredictability.”

Everything You Need to Know About Domain Name Leasing (Including Example Agreement) – With Zak Muscovitch

Everything You Need to Know About Domain Name Leasing (Including Example Agreement) – With Zak Muscovitch

While domain name leasing is not as popular as a straight domain name sale, it’s happening more frequently every day.

In this interview, you’ll learn why a lease may help you sell a domain name, what provisions should be included in a domain name lease, and how to protect yourself (from both the lessee and lessor perspectives).

An example domain name lease, with legal considerations – compliments of Zak Muscovitch – is included as an educational reference.

What to Expect at NamesCon 2015 (Networking, Education, Offers on Domains) – With Jothan Frakes

What to Expect at NamesCon 2015 (Networking, Education, Offers on Domains) – With Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes, co-founder and content producer of the NamesCon domain name industry conference, joins Michael Cyger to discuss NamesCon 2015 taking place January 11-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Why is this conference worth your time and money? How can you make money at the DomainSherpa Review, LIVE? Tune in to learn more.

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