Kickstart Commerce Podcast - Domain Investing & Development Strategies
The Domain Investor That Sold Ruby.io for $88K — Joshua Schoen

The Domain Investor That Sold Ruby.io for $88K — Joshua Schoen

June 11, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Joshua Schoen — a domain investor and partner of DNWE.com, a ZERO commission trading platform aimed at making the domain buying and selling experience seamless. 

Today Josh and I discuss:

  • How early careers in tennis and marketing introduced him to domain investing.
  • Josh then shares how netted $15K from a .io sale, but not before losing money hand registering new gTLDs in .vip, .rentals, and .realestate extensions.
  • Next, Josh and I talk tools, strategies, and types of domains he invests in and uses, including how became a partner of DNWE.com.
  • I also get Josh to open up about his best and worst domain investing moments that help to shape and mold him as an astute domain investor.
  • Lastly, Josh shares a few sales, like how he sold Ruby.io for $88K, and what’s on the horizon in the near future for him.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Funerals, Insurance, Coffee, and Royal Thrones with Bill McClure

Funerals, Insurance, Coffee, and Royal Thrones with Bill McClure

June 4, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Bill McClure — a long-time entrepreneur and a 20-plus year domain veteran. 

Today Bill and I discuss:

  • His entrepreneurial roots and 35 years of experience in owning and operating the family’s funeral and insurance businesses
  • We also discuss how exiting multiple family businesses positioned Bill to invest in a Florida-based stainless steel manufacturer, a flower import operation, and a tele-flower company later known as eFlowers.com that was sold to FTD in the early 2000s.
  • Bill then highlights the invaluable relationships as well as the good, the bad, and ugly pertaining to his domain investing journey that dates back to the mid-1990s.
  • Bill shares why and how he arrived at his sweet spot of buying domains in the $5k to $20k range, having made purchases at or well above the $100K mark — like the Coffee.org purchase story.
  • And last but not least, as if Bill needed one more thing to do, Bill unveils how he and partners are conquering the world of portable restrooms with high-end products and services branded as Royal Thrones.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Sprees, Trends, and Monetization with Braden Pollock

Sprees, Trends, and Monetization with Braden Pollock

May 28, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is the only and only Braden Pollock — angel investor, founder of Legal Brand Marketing, and long-time domain investor and contributor to the domain industry.

Today Braden and I:

  • Discuss the method to his madness pertaining to his latest one-word .com buying spree.
  • We talk 2021 and 2022 domaining trends and insights that investors should consider.
  • Braden gets me hip on the evolution of Clubhouse and how it’s growing the domain industry, opening the door to new monetization strategies.
  • Lastly, I also uncover Braden dabbling in the land of cctlds and we talk brandable and geo service domain buying and selling strategies.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Growing An Estate Planning Business Using Geo Service Domains with Iffy Ibekwe

Growing An Estate Planning Business Using Geo Service Domains with Iffy Ibekwe

May 14, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Iffy Ibekwe —  speaker and principal attorney of Ibekwe Law, a law firm specializing in wills and trusts to activate people taking agency over their lives and building impactful legacies.

Today Iffy and I:

  • Discuss how growing up in the middle east for nearly a decade broadened and shaped her cultural thinking personally and professionally.
  • We also chat about why she and her family moved from one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, Austin, Texas, to Bentonville, Arkansas —  birthplace of the retailer Walmart.
  • In addition, Iffy discusses how her estate planning business uses city and state geo service domains to grow its footprint pre and post COVID.
  • And last but not least, Iffy shares how Texas is opening the door for lawyers to use trade names, likely positively impacting keyword and geo service domain owners and investors.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Wrestling Domains in the Sun, Sand, and Sea with Mark Ghoriafi

Wrestling Domains in the Sun, Sand, and Sea with Mark Ghoriafi

May 10, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Mark Ghoriafi, a professional domain broker and the principal of MrPremium.com — a domain name brokerage and acquisition firm that has brokered $Millions in premium name sales, achieving countless industry and registry sales records.

Today Mark and I:

  • Talk about how the gift of gab that has proven profitable for him later in life wasn’t always the case during his early school days.
  • We also discuss how he leveraged a career as a wrestling personality to brokering .club and .global domain names.
  • Mark unveils how he positioned companies to realize innovation through the education and use of new domain extensions, ccTLDs and domain hacks to promote their brand.
  • And last but not least, Mark also sheds light on how MrPremium.com uses clubhouse to promote and broker domains as well as other outbound marketing tools used — LinkedIn, MixMax, and much more.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

From Hawking Airplane Headsets to Brokering Domains with Brooke Hernandez

From Hawking Airplane Headsets to Brokering Domains with Brooke Hernandez

April 30, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Brooke Hernandez a.k.a. The Broker Brooke — a Domain Consultant and Branding Agent with Saw.com.

Today Brooke and I:

  • Connect the dots from commercial real estate to hawking airplane headsets and headphones, and finally, onto brokering domains at DomainAdvisors.com, Uniregistry.com, and  Saw.com.
  • Brooke shares about how she educated herself and refines the valuation of domains for buyers and sellers.
  • We also chat about what domain brokers do in between domain sales and during a sales drought.
  • Last but not least, Brooke also recaps a few domain sales she’s brokered, including Vacation.Rentals, as well as guidelines for branding .com and non .com domains.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Domain Investing, Cybersecurity, and Sales Engineering with Jason Thompson

Domain Investing, Cybersecurity, and Sales Engineering with Jason Thompson

April 26, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Jason Thompson — a long-time, part-time domain investor by night, and a cybersecurity and sales engineering professional by day.

Today Jason and I discuss:

  • What led him to domain investing, blogging, and how he and Morgan Linton established a domainer meetup group in downtown LA.
  • Jason talks about why he’s passionate about the .city extension as well as reveals who and where the most money is being made in the domain industry.
  • We also chat about how he navigated and adjusted to code-switching and the lack of diversity in the domain industry.
  • And last but not least, we hear from Jason about what it’s like to supplement his lifestyle with domain investing, yet building generational wealth through portfolio development.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Domains, Depression, and Redemption with Anita Walker

Domains, Depression, and Redemption with Anita Walker

April 16, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Anita Walker, a long-time domain investor, and the Founder and CEO of SmartWebby.com — a consultancy providing startup consulting, design and development, and marketing services to global clients.

Today Anita and I talk about:

  • How a passion for mathematics and coding led her and a partner to start a full-service marketing consultancy.
  • Anita also shares how specializing in naming and branding led her down the path of accidental domain investing in 2013, having first sold .org, .me, and .club domains.
  • She also discusses her rookie pricing mistake leading to a three-year sales drought, and how she’s course corrected since this time by mastering SquadHelp.com contests to sales domains.
  • And last but not least, Anita shares how one unassuming compliment from a domain legend helped her to battle and overcome depression.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

From High Volume to High Quality Domain Investing with Roman Edmond

From High Volume to High Quality Domain Investing with Roman Edmond

April 9, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Roman Edmond — a six sigma professional, personal development coach, and a decade-long, part-time domain investor.

Today Roman and I discuss:

  • How early entrepreneurial roots selling candy at school, flipping sports cards and cabbage patch kids, and newspaper routes eventually led to his buying and selling domains.
  • Roman candidly discusses outbounding domains as a door-to-door salesperson, and how he went from owning 3 domains in 2011 to just over 10,000 domains in 2012 — yes, in less than a year!
  • Roman also shares two secret questions that most domain investors fail to ask, yet these questions led to him bulk selling a portfolio of 1,000 domains.
  • In addition, we contrast and compare strategies, platforms, pricing, appraisals, and varying factors to consider when bidding on and buying domains.
  • Finally, Roman unveils his MUST-DO rules and tenets when entering into the domain industry.
  • And as a bonus, Roman also provides tips and tricks for buying and selling domains via Clubhouse.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

From two-time dropout to Namebase.io CEO — Tieshun Roquerre

From two-time dropout to Namebase.io CEO — Tieshun Roquerre

April 2, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Tieshun Roquerre — the CEO of Namebase.io, the premier domain registrar built on top of the new DNS protocol Handshake.

Today Tieshun and I dive deep into:

  • How engineering a platform to hawk t-shirts led him to drop out of high school at the age of 16.
  • Tieshun also shares how he and a partner were accepted into the Y Combinator after launching a recruiting startup for software engineering teams to grow via employee referrals.
  • In addition, we discuss the inner workings, and challenges of birthing Namebase.io only weeks before receiving a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship grant, yet a few months after dropping out of MIT.
  • We also chat about the origins of Handshake, and how both decentralized and centralized web ecosystems could possibly coexist.
  • And last but not least, Tieshun drops nothing but nuggets about the Handshake domain auction process, including the pros and cons of becoming a registry versus a Handshake domain owner/developer as well as other use cases.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

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