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“Domaining ‘Shark Tank'” on Clubhouse Tonight

I caught a LinkedIn post from Rick Schwartz this morning announcing a special domain investing segment on Clubhouse called “Domaining ‘Shark Tank’.” The event will be held this evening, and it will offer participants the opportunity to “pitch” a domain name or project during the Clubhouse event:

Domain investor participants leading the Clubhouse room will be Rick Schwartz, Kate Buckley, and Krista Gable. Krista let me know the event was created by Lady T –  @natina_jenkins on Twitter.

The Clubhouse room begins at 6pm Eastern time tonight (July 31, 2022). The LinkedIn post has a link to the Clubhouse room. I am not sure if you need to be approved in advance to participate / pitch, nor do I know what is required of speakers/participants.

Buyer Brokers May Pose as Regular Buyers

Hiring a buyer’s broker can be a smart decision a company makes when attempting to acquire a domain name. A buyer’s broker can anonymize the buyer and potentially save in acquisition costs. Simply using a domain broker for an acquisition may not be enough to get a good deal for a buyer. A domain broker may mask his or her identity to reduce the chance that a domain registrant prices an asset with a major corporate buyer in mind.

Marksmen is an intellectual property company that, among other things, helps clients acquire domain names. I’ve seen the company’s name appear in quite a few Whois records, and the domain names have later transferred to corporate buyers. The company posted a tweet to an article about making anonymous test purchases on behalf of clients:

$18k Achieved


My wife ran the Boston Marathon in April of this year on the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. Not only did she have a great run (3:31:23), but she also set a very high bar on the fundraising front. I can’t compete with her on a run, so I set a serious fundraising goal of $18,000 for my Pan-Mass Challenge this year.

Price for .com Rising Again in September

In February of this year, Verisign announced that the wholesale price for .com domain names will be rising by 7% on September 1, 2022. The wholesale cost, which is paid by domain registrars like Namecheap and GoDaddy, will be raised from $8.39 to $8.97. Domain registrars add their own margin to that amount, and the total is what domain registrants pay to register, renew, and transfer .com domain names.

For domain investors, this additional 7% fee can be impactful depending on the size of a domain portfolio. Andrew Rosener tweeted a good reminder for investors who may have forgotten about the looming price increase:

Using My Own Landers, Pushing Prospects to Dan

It’s no secret that I like using Dan.com and have found success on the platform. A large percentage of my portfolio forwards directly to Dan.com pages. I use a combination of BIN, BIN+Make Offer, and LTO options shown to prospective buyers. As we seem to be headed into a recession, I decided to test something different with many of my inventory domain names.

Instead of having the domain names forward directly to Dan.com landing pages, I am utilizing my own Embrace.com make offer landing pages once again. Doing so allows me to control the leads. I can communicate directly with them, and importantly, I can follow-up with them over time if a deal is not struck.

Test, Test, Test… Keep Testing

Many years ago right after I graduated from college, I went to graduate school and earned a Master’s Degree in Direct and Interactive Marketing. The program no longer exists as it was, and it was rolled up into another program at NYU.

Nearly every one of my other classmates but had already started their professional careers and had jobs related to Interactive Marketing. I probably would have directly benefitted more from the program had I done that, but that’s another story. I think the thing I retained the most from my graduate studies is the importance of testing.

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