- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Xlibris (May 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1436332273
- ISBN-13: 978-1436332279
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Domain Game: How People Get Rich From Internet Domain Names Paperback – May 20, 2008
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If you're interested in the world of domains, I would definitely recommend picking this up, but be aware of the above caveats if you choose the kindle format.
The book opens with some interesting stories of the early domaining days and Internet successes. A watermelon farmer with a vision, a bankrupt furniture salesman (Rick Schwartz) with forward looking business sense and many more similar stories. All presented in a way that paints a historical and promising view of the dawn of domaining. We learn about the Network Solutions, their struggles, and the birth of other registrars. The author presents ICANN and difficulties with dispute resolution. The evolution of pay per click advertising and the companies/people behind it. We see how picking up names on the drop became a strategy that some were better at then others. I found the large domain portfolio owners stories most interesting and the processes they went through to collect and sell their names.
This is the most well documented history of the domain industry that I have found.
The subtitle for this book is "How People Get Rich From Internet Domain Names." My impression was that this book would be focused on new insights, new leads, new ways of working with my names to enhance my knowledge. But, after reading this book in its entirety, I do not feel that was the case. A great deal of this book is dedicated to the bygone days of a few successful domainers who got on board "very" early and their subsequent stories. While their stories were interesting, today those circumstances would be impossible to duplicate - which was to purchase a large inventory of "one word," exceptional names, rather inexpensively.
Additionally, there are many pointed references to those few people and companies who tried to cheat the system. It seems no matter what industry it is, there are always those that push the boundaries. While they are discussed at length, again I would have much rather read sound, constructive ideas, as implied by the books subtitle.
Lastly, I do not agree with many points of the final chapter.
I wish I'd had a copy of David Kesmodel's new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Domain-Game-David-Kesmodel/dp/1436332281/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1_s9_rk?ie=UTF8&s=books&s9r=8a10809b18796943011a88e87c5a406e&itemPosition=1&qid=1220281079&sr=8-1">"The Domain Game"</a> at the time. It's a fascinating history of the high stakes game of buying and selling domain names for fun and profit, mostly profit. The characters are as colorful as Damon Runyon's gamblers (brought to life in <em>Guys and Dolls</em>) from a watermelon farmer to a young reclusive guy who's near impossible to contact. There's intrigue, drama--all the elements necessary for a Hollywood blockbuster.
Those looking for a detailed "how to" on how to get rich from domain names may walk away disappointed and I must admit at a certain point, I did "cut to the chase" by skipping straight to the last chapter, ie the <em>what can be done today</em> portion of the show. But the narrative was gripping enough that I did go back and read what I missed. And I learned a lot. I gotta congratulate this guy, Kesmodel. He's a journalist and he got people to spill their secrets, big time. And I did put the book down several times to run to the computer and renew some of my almost-expired names. Well worth the read.