Daily Drop List - Monday, December 21st, 2020 Daily News & Updates To keep the good times rolling with the industry interviews, I have the pleasure of introducing Joelle Morin aka "The Zesty Queen" in todays industry interview. Joelle dove into domain investing this year and has been soaking up knowledge and learning the industry inside and out. She is a graduate of DNAcademy and the soared through Michael Cyger's first ever Accelerator program with flying colors. Earlier this year Joelle was the winner of the Domain Smoke "Find The Pineapple" Contest during the first ever "Domain Show" hosted by Page Howe. A few months later in the year, Joelle had her first live interview with Alvin Brown "My First NamesCon: Let's Welcome "Zesty Queen" to NamesCon Online 2020!". Joelle has also been letting her light shine and been heard on Keith DeBoer's Podcast "Brandable Insider". She was also kind enough to pick and announce a winner of the Domain Smoke Twitter Contest I ran a few months back for a lucky winner to take home multiple domains. To show my appreciation for hard work, I was able to put together her Zesty logo designs and got the reality tv star Danielle Weinberg from the tv show 90 Day Fiancé we both enjoy to give her a shout out (see below). Thanks again to Joelle for sharing her story and time with us. Enjoy! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I used to be a science whiz in high school. Loved physics, chemistry, trigonometry and complex algebra. Later, I was lured into the arts. Big mistake! (lol) So my college degree is in literature and communications. I did a bit of everything in that field. I also studied psychology. But my heart beats for ‘flora and fauna’. I have been an activist my whole life, volunteered at different non-profits, several shelters and rescued a lot of animals. I’m also obsessed with recycling and attaining zero waste. I grow approximately 40 different produce in the summer at my plot in a community garden. I’m a tomato-hugger. How did you find yourself in Domain Investing? In 2009, I hand registered a few domains because I wanted to develop them into businesses. Of course, life got in the way. In early 2020, I started to write a short movie and began to think about funding. I told myself: wait a minute, could those domains have a certain value? Nothing much, but I felt if I could sell those plus a 100 more at 1000$ a pop, I would have enough money to produce the film. So I began researching the process of selling these crazy little digital beasts. The rest is history… or rather, a comedy! Let's hear about your domains. What type of domains did you start out buying and what have you started focusing on after graduating DNAcademy? I won’t go deep into details on my pre-DNAcademy choices because I’m not a fan of humiliating myself! (lol) Let’s just say I did not have a grasp of “generic” or “highest and best use case”. I only hand registered domains and still am because I don’t feel comfortable enough to bet at auctions yet or to venture into expired domains. But I let go of the “concept” domains, the ones that would only make sense if developed, the ones that would only be fit for a blog or a small shop or something. The ones that are too restricted… I also let go of registering every TLD in the universe when I think I have a clever SLD. I’m staying away from new GTLDs at the moment. I still overall did not do so-so-so-so bad pre-DNAcademy and plan to keep certain names that make me smile, like TripToMars.space or ShaveYourBeard.com. But needless to say that what I come up with now has way broader and more pertinent applications than before I did the course. DNAcademy was enlightening in every way! So tell us, what was being a student at DNAcademy like? Wonderfully brutal! (lol) I was fortunate enough to be a part of the very first Accelerator program and Michael Cyger had us on a tight schedule. The amount of information contained in this platform is stellar. To me (without any background in tech what-so-ever) it was like learning a foreign language on a different planet! I didn’t even know what ‘SLD’ meant or what a TXT record was, so, imagine the learning curve. I do believe people who are familiar with computer-science have an edge over the creatives. But Michael Cyger breaks it all down, all the fundamentals of this ultra-complex and sophisticated industry. The valuation process, the business aspects, why and how to buy, sell... He is a wonderful man and teacher and very accessible and so is Aline Carriere (DNAcademy Instructor). The fellow students are also helpful and generous. It truly is a beautiful community. Once I’m done organizing all my domains, I will redo the program from A to Z, AT MY OWN PACE! (lol) What do you like/dislike most about domain investing? I love the people and the creativity and the possibilities behind it all. Dislike? All the bugs and glitches encountered on different selling platforms and registrars. I would have thought that by now, 25 years into the game, some stuff could have been figured out to facilitate the process for domainers. After diving into so many platforms and learning so much in just a short amount of time, what were some of your favorite platforms or tools you’ve enjoyed using so far? Do you have a favorite brandable marketplace you list with? My favorite marketplace so far is BrandBucket. So simple and easy. But the love-affair is very one-sided. I score an “F” as far as performance goes!! I have yet to figure out SquadHelp, but am very excited to do so. Dan is super user-friendly. I also like Afternic because they answer the phone at 3 am. As far as tools go, HosterStats is great for snooping and NameBio kicks ass, not only for all the data, but my ass as well when I think I’m a handreg genius! When you’re not domaining, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spare time? (lol) Aside from volunteering, I used to live for travelling and discovering new landscapes and cultures. But let’s say that is on hiatus. I’m an avid TV/film consumer and quite the couch potato, so to offset that, I walk a lot. I watch anything from obscure documentaries, to talent shows and all the amazing new series available on streaming platforms. Of course, how can I not mention our mutual addiction to 90 Day Fiancé!! I have not missed one single episode from one single spin-off since the beginning. I also follow cats on Twitter and Instagram as well. I need help! Not everyone knows the story behind you becoming “The Zesty Queen” this year, tell us about how that started. It all started when I crashed Michael Cyger’s Social with ZestySpringsGate. Greener than green, I did not know who I was talking to and thought I had God’s gift to soft drinks or bottled water with my domain ZestySprings.com. I was perhaps the first newbie who dared to talk among this forum of experts. Thinking I had struck gold (the name was indeed inspired by golden Kate Buckley) I told Rob Davis he could have 50% of the profit if he sold the domain. And he said yes!! Coup de théâtre! Everybody laughed, cheered or had an opinion about it. Later, on a different social, someone said we should all help one another and follow our peers on Twitter. So right after the social ended, I opened a Twitter account and had to think of a name, fast. “The Zesty Queen” popped up in my mind. I thought it might make people smile. I started to look up every domainer on the social, and the rest is zesty history!! You’re currently residing in Canada, how do you feel about .CA domains? Do you invest in them personally? Earlier you mentioned when you first started you grabbed concept domains, did you think you needed to own the .com and .CA together? Nope. I only own 3 .ca domains, just because I still think I might use them one day. I do not go for cc TLDs, not even from my own country. Geo domains are a whole different ball game which too many people excel at. It’s not my thing. Not now anyway. And COM is KING! I’ve learned that much! What advice would you give aspiring domain investors? My first advice would be for Michael Cyger!!! As a complete uneducated novice, the only term I knew about the domaining industry was “domain flipping”. Google that and watch the crap! Over 2 months of wandering and errancy. So my advice and plea to Michael is to SEO tag DNAcademy with “DOMAIN FLIPPING” so it comes up first in search results! I feel for all the lost souls out there shuffling blindly in the dark! Advice for newbies is of course to complete DNAcademy. Don’t “shop” before you are done. Select a registrar which you are comfortable with. For me, phone support is very important when it comes to a registrar. Fill your spreadsheets right away! Stay away from new GTLDs at first. Start small and grow your portfolio in sync with your knowledge and success. Read and listen to the experts, their podcasts, their newsletters. Subscribe to DomainSmoke!! Where do you see yourself as an investor in 5 years? I think “Brandables” are for now my main game. This is what I enjoy the most. Handreg, Brandreg !! I’d love to see brands I created on shelves or used by different companies one day. I would also want to refine my game and acquire more top-tier domains. (I am working on that, btw). The dream would be to become a mini Kate Buckley, with a zest of Keith DeBoer, a pinch of Jason Sheppard and a spoonful of Braden Pollock ! Haha ! Wouldn’t that be great!? Anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to? There are so many to thank, really! Can I mention everyone on the Social? I will start with the anonymous angel who offered me the DNAcademy subscription. I think about this generous soul every day. Of course, Michael Cyger and Aline Carriere. Rob Davis for giving me my first chance. Josh Reason for being the first person to talk to me on the phone – My God, I was soooo nervous before that call!! Keith DeBoer and Arif Mirza were also early allies and helped out a lot. Many, many DNAcademy fellow students like Frank, Tony, Ezequiel, Oteph, Salim, May and Deborah. Alvin Brown, Rob Monster and Joseph Çiprut… class acts! Braden Pollock, Jason Eisler, Kate Buckley, Page Howe, Yogi and Jothan Frakes for being so genuine and inspiring. But I have a special soft spot for my mentor, Jason Sheppard. I reserve him for life! (Hence forbidding him from ever having another protege). And, how can I not mention a certain someone from California, with dark brown hair and a radiant smile, who’s offered me pineapples, logos, an amazing video and always had my back? Can you guess who that is…? Looking forward to good things to come from Joelle as she grows her knowledge and skillset as a domain investor. If you enjoyed Joelle's interview and want to thank her for sharing with us, please feel free to contact her via Twitter or leave a comment below. Twitter: @TheZestyQueen Some of my favorite names at auction today are 0785.com, RaiseTheRoof.com, NonSmoking.com, FitBoard.com, FitCardio.com, Security247.com, StartingSmart.com and SnackDreams.com. Hope you enjoyed Joelle's interview and today's list. Have an awesome day out there and be blessed! Danielle Weinberg Gives Thanks To Joelle Morin AKA "The Zesty Queen" Quote of the Day "As soon as you seek to inspire others, it inspires the best in you." - Brendon Burchard Domain's of the Day: (Our Favorite Names at Auction Today) 0785.com RaiseTheRoof.com NonSmoking.com FitBoard.com Computadora.com BabyMania.com FastCorp.com StudentDirect.com 3fh.com Security247.com TrainingSchools.com StayHomes.com GoSlide.com FitCardio.com rdrs.com gped.com StartingSmart.com icoRocket.com enjoyable.io TheLastDeal.com SnackDreams.com Click The Links to Access The Live Auctions & Support Domain Smoke Daily Drop List (GoDaddy Auctions Closing Today - Click to Join the Auction) 0785.com (Top name on the board today at $5,800+) RaiseTheRoof.com (Currently at $1,900+, 23 years old, the .org sold for $519) NonSmoking.com (Remember when restaurants had a section for this?) FitBoard.com (Sold for $4,500 in the past, the .net sold for $677) Computadora.com (Translates to computer in English, Spanish Word) 13633.com (Sold for $480 in the past) BabyMania.com (PetsMania.com sold for $1,500, 22 years old) giah.com FastCorp.com StudentDirect.com ZebraFinance.com OrlandoAttorneys.com rdrs.com gped.com 3fh.com Security247.com (Security is everything these days, 21 years old) TrainingSchools.com (The .net sold for $688) StayHomes.com (When you’re looking for long term stay homes, 11 years old) FeedingBig.com TotalLaser.com AbundantLifeAcademy.com GoSlide.com NoviGroup.com TerrieWilliams.com ntvh.com (Sold for $400 in the past) CableWare.com FitCardio.com (Sold for $3,500 in the past) DigitalMeds.com LakeDiamond.com enjoyable.io EagleRental.com Kuddos.com BloomBoss.com (Bloom like a boss) xxxin.com (Sold for $2K in the past) GolfingFX.com (RacingFX.com sold for $3K) LongislandLizards.com (Fun name right here) BestSilk.com Buchler.com Merciers.com AcesWildDesign.com Fixitproperties.com (Fix em up) DomainCannabis.com OpticalNow.com NightKite.com Gazetteers.com Sirens.net CorporateDoor.com DistrictAgency.com DopeAgency.com StartingSmart.com (GettingSmart.com sold for $3K) GetFlirty.com CrestNews.com ParkingChain.com WeedBro.com TownBusinesses.com (Easily a directory or city guide) VRReport.com JustReconnect.com 24HourHotline.com Faithness.com icoRocket.com TalkingTraffic.com TheLastDeal.com (The next reality tv show) investmentLeaf.com ContinueToGrow.com believeinyouth.com TekDirectory.com MumbaiChef.com HomemadeSoup.com (It’s good for the soul) HeartOfCountry.com EpicGrass.com PurchasePlay.com GrannyGirl.com PrepBee.com SnackDreams.com (Popcorn, Reeses, Dorritos, Kit Kats, Flaming Hot Cheetos…and then I woke up) RobotTower.com HomesPad.com RespectTheRoots.com (Where it all started) Catched Auctions (Current Catched Auctions - Click to Join the Auction) hemp.com.co (Ends Today) wikipedia.vc (Ends Today) casos.es bakers.co vrdrone.co gordo.es text.es Flippa Auctions (Current Flippa Auctions - Click to Join the Auction) Alphab.et (1 day left) Prequalified.org (1 day left) VitaminReports.com (1 day left) ajeg.com MovieDownloads.com InvestorWorks.com infringement.com BeWithYou.com Gro.io Suite.info Downsize.com Bargain Bucket Domain Names (GoDaddy Discount Domains with No Bids - Grab them fast, they're Buy Now) JustGetSkinny.com (Dieting, Fitness, Wellness) Foodable.co BlackHistory.co ArtistsFirst.co (The .com sold for $1,900) LeanLegal.co EuroMiracle.com KinectRehab.com CultureNational.com NoGrand.com RetroCrawl.com CreditPyramid.com ZooABC.com (Aged 17 years) JoinHustle.com (Life is all about hustling) LiftAndMore.com EternityNatural.com UnityPin.com (Get United) ControlledLights.com VintageRay.com BoothAmerica.com (BoxAmerica.com sold for $3,600) InvestorLA.com (Plenty of investors in LA) CribBall.com MexicoSportsBetting.com CondoEmpress.com (CondoWizard.com sold for $1K) MuseumOfLuxury.com GetJustOne.com PasteThat.com WinterMenu.com (What’s on the menu?) 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