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It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since I discovered GoDaddy added valuations to expired domain auction landing pages.

Since that time, GoDaddy valuations have been met with mixed reviews depending on which side of the equation one finds themselves.

End users, those seeking to buy a domain to launch their business presence, have likely attempted to benifit from GoDaddy valuations and GoValue — GoDaddy’s Domain Name Appraisal Tool.

Meanwhile domain investors, those making a living flipping, developing, and investing in various domain classes, aren’t satisfied with inaccurate valuations based up incomplete sales data.

A few domain investors sense their domain negotiations have been tampered with due to customers using GoDaddy GoValue to justify their offer for desired domain(s).

In addition to GoDaddy valuations and GoValue, GoDaddy has overhauled it’s auction landing pages, adding a number of new features. Continue reading

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Domain valuation conversations are likely the most spirited and opinionated conversations one can witness or engage in with industry professionals.

Even closing in on 30 years since the early 90’s digital gold rush for sacred .com domains, there are a wide range of formulas and methods tossed around to gauge a domain’s valuation.

From the Rosener Equation to search traffic estimation to type-in traffic to cost-per-lead to cost-per-click to revenue multiples, there are countless ways for one to calculate a domain’s worth. Continue reading

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A little over five years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon something that forever altered my domain development experience: geo service domains.

Sometimes categorized as exact-match or partial-match domains, I encountered a geo service domain via GoDaddy’s expired domain buy-it-now/closeout auctions for a suburb of the greater Austin, Texas metro.

Although Google had issued an exact-match domain update that devalued and slightly lessen the ranking of exact-match domains, I decided to take a chance on developing my newly discovered geo service domain.

Little did I realize my development and SEO prowess would produce a page one ranking geo service domain website.

Years later, and many new and existing domain investors still question whether or not geo service domains are worth investing in.  That’s the question will attempt to answer in today’s podcast. Continue reading

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Welcome back! I’ve been quite busy writing and producing a number of NEW written articles, podcasts, and videos — soon to be released!

Nevertheless, it’s been a month or so since our last domain interview, and fortunately, that all changes today. 😉

If you’re a college or college-bound student, or know folks who are in this phase of life, then you’ll want to read and share today’s interview. Continue reading

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Most likely everyone investing in domains has a hope and dream to realize substantial ROI for their domain portfolio.

And if you don’t, then you might need to consider your motive for domain investing in the first place. 🙂

I’m not going to tell you that you can or can’t make a reasonable amount of money buying and selling domains.

The truth is, domain investors can make money, lose money or do a combination of both, hopefully more of the former and less of the latter. 😉 Continue reading

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Not much has changed with the domain name search experience since the early days of the internet.

The process in and of itself is timeless in general. I mean, a person either has a dream or idea about launching a website of some sort, and they visit a domain registrar of their choice to verify domain availability.

If the .com domain is taken (which is highly likely these days), then searchers likely append or prepend words or letters, in some cases they add hyphens or dashes, or get cute with adding or removing an assortment of letters to create a brandable domain.

Nevertheless, searchers spend quite a bit of time searching and hoping their domain of choice is available while using a less than stellar domain name search user experience.

While attending NamesCon 2018, I attended a Tools Talk (Why Searching For A Domain Name Sucks) given by Tony Kim, Chief Marketing Officer of Hexonet, that outlined Hexonet’s three-pronged strategy for transforming the future of the domain name search experience.

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It’s been a while since I shared a domain sale experience. The reason I’m highlighting today’s story is based on my latest experience selling a domain to a buyer that’s likely a Chinese domain investor.

How do I know that the domain buyer is a Chinese domain investor? I don’t know with great certainty, but it’s highly likely based on what I’m about to share with you.

I’m glad to report a few months into 2018 that I’ve been blessed with an influx of favorable domain inquiries. In fact, most of my sales started last November.

However, this specific domain request arrived a few weeks ago and intrigued me because of the following reasons: Continue reading



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