Did you buy Andrei Polgar’s Wealth Management 2.0 book?

Fellow domainer and blogger Andrei Polgar’s Wealth Management 2.0 book basically shows domainers and other people who make money on the net how to manage it, a book that became an Amazon best seller just two days after the official launch.

The price is very low this week. Just $2.99. which is a steal because the book is almost 500 pages long. That’s the price of the digital version. The printed book costs $12.99 for those who enjoy a more traditional reading experience. Or if you want to listen to it in your car, when working out or (dot) whatever, you can get the audiobook. You can get all 3 versions (digital, print, audio) on Amazon or get the digital version on Barnes&Noble, Apple/iBooks or Kobo.

Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/Wealth-Management-2-0-Financial-Professionals-ebook/dp/B01I1WA2BK

Barnes&Noble link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wealth-management-20-andrei-polgar/1124435282?ean=2940153328942

iBooks link:

https://itun.es/us/wYSveb.l

Kobo link:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/eb…management-2-0

If you buy the book and want to take part in his contest, send him an email of the screenshot to contest@domainingtips.com. The iPhone7 is the most tempting prize but the others are also great. You get conference passes (NamesCon and DomainingEurope), $250 Escrow.com credit (which is basically like cash to domainers), $100 domain registration/renewal credit, Whoisology and Efty subscriptions. We always complain about domaining being a cottage industry but it’s good news for contest participants because you’re more likely to win. If you found out about the contest after reading this post and win the iPhone7, send me a selfie! You owe me that much

Contest link:

http://domainingtips.com/wealth-management-2-0-launch-contest-win-an-iphone-7-conference-passes-domaining-tools-and-more.html

Vegas Condo Search Drives Us to Condo.Vegas Buy

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Recently Tiffany and I decided it was time to search for a vegas condo, we spend enough time in the area so it had become beneficial to find a condo in Las Vegas rather than continue to float in and out of hotels, as much as we love the Aria something more permanent was in order.

As we started the search we had reached out to our good friends at DotVegas who lead us to the leader in Vegas condo sales, who happens to be using LasVegasHomes.Vegas, which was a great sign as we have invested in several top tier .Vegas domains. We also found out he has plans to develop a few other real estate related .Vegas domain names.

But this got us searching further, we had seen several .Vegas domains in use during our trips to the area, we quickly found the street level penetration of .Vegas was strong.  This validated what we had seen elsewhere with gTLDs. Not all domain investors may be a fans but end users are.

We had already been in contact with the people that own Bacon.Vegas, as well as several others, with a bit more looking it became clear that it was more than one or two people we have to run into using them, there were random sightings without even trying.

We did finally select a location in Downtown Las Vegas, at The Ogden (home of Todd Bridges from Different Strokes and Tony Hsieh, Zappos Founder and head of the Downtown Project). After talking with several people during the process we learned that the Las Vegas real estate market is saturated but opportunity exists to stand out for both rentals as well as selling. Many of the sites people are using are either outdated or use horrible domain names. This lead us to a decision, research buying Condo.Vegas and Condos.Vegas. Which we did.

From a domain name perspective, the return we can get from a great gTLD based domain name like Condo.Vegas and Condos.Vegas is much better than what we would get from investing in the .COM related to either, now please, do not misunderstand that, I will always say .COM rocks and if you are in a place where the investment justifies the spend and does not keep the business from running as a whole do it. But in a case like this Condo.Vegas is a much better investment than a huge .COM buy or using a really crappy .COM that could be hand registered.

Based on this buy we have formed partnerships with two different real estate firms in Las Vegas. We will be splitting usage of the domains into one being focused primarily on Vegas condo sales and the other on Vegas condo short term rentals (i.e. Airbnb, VRBO). Being able to hit both markets is key for us.

It is great to see usage of .Vegas continue to grow, it made it an easy decision to step out of looking at this purchase as a domain investor and more like an end user. I expect we will be making further acquisitions based on the same ideas, and look forward to posting about them and also posting about discussions we will be having with gTLD users and their thoughts behind the branding they get from making the jump from a crappy, long, .COM they may have had, to a quality, readable, and memorable, gTLD.

The real Condo.Vegas billboard in Las Vegas

The real Condo.Vegas billboard in Las Vegas

First 2016 Southern California Domainer Meetup — gTLD.Link forum back online.

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The first Southern California Domainer Meetup of this year will be held next month April 15th at 6:30pm, sponsored by the XYZ Registry at their offices in Santa Monica. (2800 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA.)  Run by Jason Thompson and Kevin Faler, this setting at XYZ, was also incidentally where the last SoCal meetup of last year was held too. Daniel Negari’s XYZ registry offices have a great office atrium patio area great for networking, and they sponsor lots of food and free cocktails. There were some 60-70 attendees at the last SoCal Domainer meetup, and so far there’s over 30 reservations to attend this one.  Local domainer meetups are a great way to meet and network with other local domainers, web entrepreneurs, domain related and other industry companies.  This will be the 18th SoCal Domainer meetup, and should be another great networking opportunity.  You can get more info, and make your reservation to attend here.

gTLD-linkAlso wanted to point out that gTLD.Link, the domainer forum focused on the new gTLD domains is back up online after experiencing some server and related issues.  For those that want to talk and discuss the new gTLDs, this forum, run by Phil Harris and Chad Wright, offers a professional, peaceful and enlightening forum environment that is free of all the drama and criticisms, found elsewhere for new gTLD discussions.  If you’re a past member that thought it was closed, or a new or experienced domainer wanting some thoughtful talk and gTLD discussions, gTLD.Link is the place to do so. Check it out.

NamesCon Day One – A quick looksee.

NamesCon started off with many arriving the day, or days, before. Some took in the local sites and casinos, and some just rested from their long trips from their home lands. We had dinner with some fellow domainers at il Forino’s MGM hotel, followed by a couple drinks in the Lobby Bar with other domainers. Here’s some pics of things that took place.

The Tropicana

The Tropicana

Saturday early arriver's having dinner.

Saturday early arrival’s having dinner.

Saturday early arriver's having dinner.

Saturday early arrival’s having dinner.

Though there were many mini-sessions on the first day, Sunday, we went to the Affiliate Summit Conference at the Paris Hotel, which was going on at the same time. We’re looking to start utilizing some of our domains and were able to meet with a good couple prospects for our interests. This conference was packed, and it was only the first day.

The Affiliate Summit Conference.

The Affiliate Summit Conference.

The jam packed crowd at Affiliate Summit.

The jam packed crowd at Affiliate Summit.

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The crowded Meet Market session was a hit at Affiliate Summit.

When we got back, most sessions had ended, but the Networking Lane had turned into a big networking chat fest.

Network Lane networking crowd.

Network Lane networking crowd.

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More Network Lane networking crowd.

Brandable Names gathering and discussion

Some domainers at the Brandable Names gathering and discussion.

Then it was time for the opening networking party, sponsored by Rightside.

The Rightside Networking Party

The Rightside Networking Party.

More from the Rightside Networking Party.

More from the Rightside Networking Party.

And of course for those late owler domainers, more late night partying and networking.

Late night networking crowd.

Late night networking crowd.

It was a great first day, and the energy and excitement from this huge crowd was a foreshadow of what a great show lies ahead.

Oh yeah, contrary to rumors, Elvis is not only ‘not dead’, but attends domain conferences!

Me and the King.

Me and the King.

Happy Domaining!

NamesCon 2016 – It’s Here! And a quick look back to the first two shows.

NamesCon 2016 – It’s Time!

As everyone knows and has seen noted over and over, the fantastic and largest domain name conference – NamesCon takes place starting this weekend in Las Vegas. This is the 3rd annual event for NamesCon, and we here at dotWhatever will be there once again. We’re looking forward to seeing and meeting our old friends and business partners, and getting to know and meet new ones.  With over 1100 confirmed attendees, a domain auction that looks to be the biggest one yet..put on by ROTD, and a full line up of great speakers and panel sessions, this is building up to be one fantastic domain conference. We’ll be covering the show, with tweets and update postings for those that can’t be there. For those that are there, we’d love to meet you and get to know and hear your perspective on domains, old and new, and maybe share them with other domainers here. This show is just the beginning of what looks to be a great upcoming year in the world of domaining!

We’re off to Vegas, but here below are some pics from the first two shows to look back on.

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Richard Lau

Richard Lau Opens the First NamesCon

NamesCon Registration Girls

NamesCon Registration Girls

New gTLD Panel

New gTLD Panel

Frank Schilling Keynote Speaker

Frank Schilling Keynote Speaker

Water Night Party

Water Night Party

Domain Names Panel

Domain Names Panel

NamesCon – 2015

Jothan Frakes Welcomes Attendees

Jothan Frakes Welcomes Attendees.

The crowd at a one of the panels

The crowd at a one of the panels.

Attendees at one of the networking parties

Attendees at one of the networking parties.

Guests at one of the private parties

Guests at one of the private parties.

Kellie Peterson gets shave by Greg Tripleg at the Water Night Party

Kellie Peterson gets shaved by Greg Tripleg at the Water Night Party.

Friends attend a dinner party

Friends attending a dinner party.

Winner of the autographed guitar given away prior to the domain auction

Winner of the autographed guitar given away prior to the domain auction.

Charlie Francis Harper wooing the women

Charlie Francis Harper wooing the women.

We'll see you all at NamesCon!!

We’ll see you all at NamesCon!!

Happy Domaining!!

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