Interview With The Expert | Volume #7 – Featuring Ali Zandi

It’s been a little while since we’ve put up a new interview with the expert. No worries, we’ve got a REALLY good one coming at you today. If this is your first time checking out our series, where have you been?!

Seriously you need to catch up! We’ve been able to interview 6 Experts:

So today we were lucky enough to have a chat with Ali Zandi and ask him some questions in regards to buying and selling domain names. Ali is well accomplished in the domain name space and a lot of the information he is going to share with you is pure gold.

Take notes, let’s go!


1. Why and when did you get into buying and selling domain names?

I think it’s a similar story to most. Bored as @#$% with whatever else I was doing. Hated it. Surfed the web and found the holy grail or something like it.

I like it because I’m still not bored with it. Truth be told, I like to switch things up but this is the only industry that continuously challenges me. I need A LOT of brain stimulation to stay focused, I’m just wired funny. There are SO many things I can focus on at once in world of domain investing that I am stimulated enough to still maintain a loving interest in the business.

2. What are some key factors you look for before you purchase a domain name?

The most important thing I think about when I buy a domain name is value. Am I under paying? By how much? How soon can I flip it to make it worth my time? How much could I make? So on.

I sell my domains in just about every way I can, so I have to make sure that everything I touch, I can sell for a profit that is worth the time and effort it takes to sell it.

3. Are there any specific type of domain name you look to acquire and focus on solely?

The ones I can sell for a profit.

4. On an average day, how much time do you put into your domain business?

I put in an average of 16-20 hours +/- depending on the day. Some days I don’t even touch anything for like, an hour. It’s crazy. ;)

5. What has been your greatest domain sale to date? Can you disclose the name? If not, can you disclose the overall profit you made on the domain name?

That depends, if we are talking brokerage I cannot disclose it, but if we are talking personal/fund domains; I still cannot disclose the domain name but it was around $50k in profit on the flip. My favorite domain sale to date though was the sale of SlowDown.com, very cool experience with the buyer.

6. Would you share your thoughts on the new GTLDs? Have you invested in any of them specifically?

I think there are too many segregating opinions on singular subjects. Rather, I think that theories on the intermingling and forward progression of the industry as a whole are what really matter.

Does Lamborghini lose it’s value just because Bentley comes out with a supercar? No.

Does a Toyota Camry lose it’s value because a Honda Accord exists? No.

Does a Ferrari lose it’s value if a new motorcycle comes out by Honda? No.

So then, why can’t a good domain name just be a good domain name? Why all the racket? Sh*t!

If I can sell the brand, I’m buying it. Whether it’s Graphic.Design, Cloud.net, Eternity.org, or Pota.to. If I think I can sell the brand to a company that can benefit from owning it. I will buy!

7. What’s your advice for someone who has a domain name and wants to sell it? Should they do outbound sales (contact potential buyers) wait for offers to come to them, list them on auction websites such as Godaddy, Flippa etc. What works for you and what would you suggest?

A few things work and most things don’t work. What works for me, likely won’t work for you, and what works for you, likely won’t work for me. The best thing you can do is experiment. If you already own a domain name, it won’t be your last, will it? If not, then experiment with selling it wherever you can.

Did it work? If yes, do it again.

Did it work again? If yes, repeat as many times as you wanna!

If no, try the other ways. You have to be able to catch a ball at a clutch moment in a heated game while taking a hit from a beast ass free safety before you can sit in the stands and call the receiver a @#%#$^ if he drops it.

Right? Did that even make sense? I dunno.

What I’m saying is, you don’t know what it’s like just by hearing, you gotta do and get real data. Then go from there.

8. We get a lot of new people who read these interviews looking for advice, if you had to sit with someone completely new to this business what would be the best piece of advice you could give them?

Create a domain name bank account.

Put $1,000 in it.

Do not spend that $1,000 until you understand the valuation of a domain name to within a small percentage of it’s true value.

Spend the next 6 months reading everything you can find on valuation. Learn. Learn. Learn. And every time you even think about buying a domain name, take the price of that domain name, and add it to the domain name bank account. Before you know it, you’ll be 6-12 months in, have around $3k as a bankroll, and you can buy your first domain name.

But don’t be in such a foolish rush to spend your money. In this business you don’t make money by spending money.

You make money by saving money when you buy the domains.

So relax. Learn first. Make money second.

9. What mistakes have you made that you can share with our readers to help them from making the same mistakes?

I think the better question is what mistakes have I not made? I slip up, buy typos, sell too low, sell too early, sell too late… blah blah so on. I’m half human… it’s what we do, make mistakes.

But the best piece of advice I can give you is to learn very, very quickly from your mistakes and never make them again. Otherwise, you can find yourself SOL!

10. Where can our readers find out more about you?

You can check out my blog over at Zandibot.com


There you have it! We want to thank Ali for taking the time out to answer these questions and sharing his knowledge when it comes to buying and selling domain names with all of us.

If you feel you could share some information with our readers and would like to request to be interviewed, feel free to contact us.

Have any more questions for Ali or want to say thanks? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Omar is the Co-Owner of The Limitless Legacy Network LLC, where his company focuses on buying and selling online properties. Stay updated by joining their free newsletter here

If you are interested in viewing domain auctions his company is currently running, visit their Flippa Auctions Here.

Current Auctions: Majors.org | Melvern.com | Bodyguards.org

12 thoughts on “Interview With The Expert | Volume #7 – Featuring Ali Zandi

  1. ” What’s your advice for someone who has a domain name and wants to sell it? Should they do outbound sales (contact potential buyers) wait for offers to come to them, list them on auction websites such as Godaddy, Flippa etc. What works for you and what would you suggest?

    A few things work and most things don’t work. What works for me, likely won’t work for you, and what works for you, likely won’t work for me. The best thing you can do is experiment. If you already own a domain name, it won’t be your last, will it? If not, then experiment with selling it wherever you can.

    Did it work? If yes, do it again.

    Did it work again? If yes, repeat as many times as you wanna!

    If no, try the other ways. You have to be able to catch a ball at a clutch moment in a heated game while taking a hit from a beast ass free safety before you can sit in the stands and call the receiver a @#%#$^ if he drops it.

    Right? Did that even make sense? I dunno.

    What I’m saying is, you don’t know what it’s like just by hearing, you gotta do and get real data. Then go from there.”

    I wish Mr Ali Zandi should have named a few channels where we can sell the domain names easily, profitably. This is one top secret no expert wants to share with the common domainers.

    • Hey K.J,

      I understand. But if you follow his blog and also look at some of his other selling venues, you can see where he lists his domains for sale. He really isn’t hiding that. Sure, I know some people don’t reveal EVERYTHING but this is more than enough information to get someone started in the right direction.

      What I do when I want to learn from someone is search them all I can on the internet and try to connect the dots.

      Thanks for the comment.

      -Omar

  2. That was a nice one. Should change some of my strategies after I read this I have decided to change some. Thanks Omar and Will.

  3. Great interview. As someone that has just starting actively selling domains, I try to read everything Ali puts out there. His story is amazing and inspirational. One thing I can add is don’t beat yourself up for leaving money on the table, but learn from your mistakes. I left about $5000 on the table a few months ago by not doing my homework when someone contacted me about my domains. I won’t make that mistake again.

    • Hey Jeff,

      Dang, missing out on 5K isn’t fun. But the most important thing is that you learned from this experience. Buy and sell, buy and sell! haha

      All of us sometimes get caught up in the “I think I can get more for this domain name” trap that we let a good deal slid right by us. Glad you liked the interview Jeff! We’ve got another one coming in the next week or so.

      -Omar

  4. You guys are in inspiration! Love your energy and go-getter attitude. Thanks for sharing your journey–found you while browsing Ali’s site.

    I wish you continued success.

    Vivian

  5. As usual great insight! “The ones I can sell for a profit” – for me these are the golden words.

    Omar, your interview segment is truly awesome and I really wait for it.

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