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Marc Ostrofsky Put Domain Names in The National Spotlight on ABC-TV's "The View" Today: Here is Our Review

As I told you yesterday domain industry veteran and newly published author Marc Ostrofsky was scheduled to be on ABC-TV's hit show The View today (Thursday, June 9). Ostrofsky was invited to talk with the show's five famous female co-hosts (Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck) about his best selling book Get Rich Click! that teaches people how to make money on the Internet. Today's show also featured Neal Patrick Harris and Ice T but they saved the best for last by bringing Marc out for an excellent five-minute segment near the end of the hour. 

Get Rich Click! Author Marc Ostrofsky on ABC-TV's The View today (June 9, 2011)
(L to R in the photo above): Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Marc Ostrofsky, 
Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters

The first words out of Marc's mouth were that "he made his fortune with domain names." That's our boy! :-)  Ostrofsky noted that he bought Business.com for $150,000 and sold it for $7.5 million to earn a place in the Guinness Book for World Records in 1999 for what was the biggest domain sale on record. He went on to explain what generic domain names are and why they are valuable as ecommerce platforms, citing his own CuffLinks.com and Blinds.com as examples. 

Marc Ostrofsky

Ostrosky also talked about how to make money with no starting capital by running product ads, collecting payments and  then buying the product to ship after the money comes in. I'm sure that caught the attention of thousands of viewers who dream of running a home-based business and gave Get Rich Click! sales an immediate boost.

Other subjects Marc covered included affiliate marketing and how to use social media to build client lists for your business. I thought the funniest moment on the show came when Marc informed Whoopi Goldberg that someone in Australia owned her domain name. Whoopi immediately replied, "No, they don't!" Marc just smiled rather than belabor the point, but sorry Whoopi, yes they do. Held under WhoIs Privacy in Australia WhoopiGoldberg.com  is a parked page.

A lot of people wilt on a big stage when the red light goes on and they realize millions of people are  watching, but Ostrofosky was calm, cool and collected, looking and sounding his very best. He came off as being completely comfortable as he clearly explained one point after another as the co-hosts bombarded him with rapid fire questions. I thought he did a terrific job. 

The co-hosts were clearly interested in what he had to say and the studio audience was happy to hear they would all be given copies of Get Rich Click! to take home. It went so well that Ostrofsky said he had already been invited to come back in 6-8 weeks for another segment. That made what was already a home run, a grand slam home run for both Marc and the industry at large. If you missed the telecast you can still the full episode on ABC's website (Ostrofsky's appearance is in the final 10 minutes of the show).

One other note today - as I write this, the DOMAINfest Europe conference is winding down in Barcelona, Spain with a farewell dinner party. In a point of special interest the organizers announced a new plan for the show's live domain auction that had to be cancelled yesterday (June 8) because of technical difficulties. Instead of a live auction, the domains are being offered in an online auction that is running now and will continue until it concludes on  

         Wednesday, June 15 at 3:15pm U.S. Eastern time. SnapNames and Moniker will also be conducting an extended online auction for additional seller-submitted domains the will begin shortly and run to Wednesday, June 22 at 3:15pm (Eastern). 

(Posted June 9, 2011) 

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