I have noticed over the past few days some consistent traffic coming to TheDomains.com from a new site DomainSherpa.com.
DomainSherpa.com which bills its self as “The Domain Name Authority”, is the brand child of Michael Cyger.
The site launched in January.
Mr. Cyger background in publishing.
He sold his company CTQMedia.com, in 2008 when it was getting 750,000 unique monthly visitors.
Fast forward a couple of years latter and Mr. Cyger decided to focus on the domain industry.
“More and more of my friends started asking me questions about domain names, like I want a domain but its taken so what do I do?, or how do I get a good domain for to use for email?”
“I Bought some domains over the years for business development purposes, and sunpill.com was one. It was a domain I envisioned would be used by a company that would have a product that people could take once a day to give people a tan.”
“So I wound up selling this domain name I bought for $60 to the founder of Banana Boat for $7,500 and a case of sunscreen and I was hooked”
“So I started DomainSherpa.com to bring more and more people into the industry.”
“I started the site to answer the questions that my relatives had about domains, that my friends had about domains; that those in the tech field had about domain names.”
“I think of DomainSherpa.com as “Domain names for dummies” because people need basic information, how do I buy a domain someone else owns, how do I handle escrow, how does all of this work.”
“Domain blogs cover the news of the domain industry well but there are a lot of people just trying to learn the basics.”
In just the short time since DomainSherpa.com launched they already have over 1,500 followers on Twitter.
So this new site that mixes original content with links to stories from industry blogs.
According to Mr. Cyger, DomainSherpa.com is “a social network and online magazine dedicated to the domain name industry.” It’s social because you can create a profile similar to the one you create on Facebook complete with status updates mentions, etc. & it’s an online magazine that publishes new, evergreen content on topics related to domain names a few times a week.”
“A newsletter is mailed out to subscribers whenever a new article is posted. We also post the article to our Facebook page and Twitter account so readers can follow us in the manner they prefer.”
“We find the “best of the best” content, and we post links and tweets about it.”
“All links are editorially selected. We write articles, conduct interviews, and develop resources that are in-line with what our readers ask of us.”
“Editorial integrity is paramount to me.”
As such, we’ll never align with any domain name service provider, use affiliate links or do anything that would provide a perception of bias in our editorial.”
“I don’t see domaining.com or any other blog or aggregator as a competitor. The direction of our editorial is different than what’s currently being offered, which is why I decided it would be an interesting magazine to launch.”
I can attest to the fact that he must be on to something because the site is already directing steady traffic over to TheDomains.com.
We wish DomainSherpa.com the best of luck and welcome Mr. Cyger to the industry