I’ve now had a couple of months to really get under the hood and play-around with Epik. This has been a controversial player bringing some of the most spirited comments I’ve seen on my blog yet. However, one thing I’ve found with companies that push the limits and redefine the status quo is they get their share of critics. Just look at wildly successful startups like AirBnB or Groupon and you’ll find some incredibly harsh critics, people who claim their lives or businesses have been ruined by the service. Then there’s the rest of us, everyone else who actually sees it for what it is, a true innovation and massive step forward.
One of the first people I spoke with about Epik was Ian Lopuch, a good friend of mine who has been using Epik for a while now. Ian and I spent over an hour on the phone talking about Epik, his experiences, and how he’s using it to grow his investments. Ian has the problem that so many Domainers have, some truly great domains with good search volume and CPC but not enough time to build them out. We’ve worked with Ian over the years to build-out a number of his top properties but it wasn’t until Ian started using Epik that he really made the leap.
Ian has a goal that I think so many Domainers have – to build-out every single domain that he owns. The difference between Ian and most other Domainers is…he’s actually doing it, and Epik is making it possible. So far he has over 100 domains developed, 60 of which are built-out thanks to Epik. Ian has taken the time to put at least two articles on each Epik site and as I’ve said time and time again, content is king. Ian’s experience with Epik has been great, he is developing his names, making money, and building real assets.
Now Epik is making big moves to make it easier than ever to acquire, build, manage, and divest all from within the Epik platform. I have been very happy with the Epik as a registrar since I can manage domains I’ve registered through any registrar, not just Epik. I can easily see all my domains, from all of my registrars, in one place and list them for sale on the Epik marketplace or develop them through Epik or DevHub. Not only does this make the acquisition and development process seamless, but selling your domains becomes a lot easier. To show this process I thought a picture would only go so far, so I put-together the video below:
Epik makes it easy by transferring the entire asset from Epik account to Epik account, and it’s instant. On top of that Epik has now made it possible to sell domains commission free and tax free. This is a first, and it will save Domainers lots of money. They do this because within the Epik platform the domain name never becomes cash, it remains virtual property, it simply changes accounts. No commission, no taxes, seamless smooth transfers of domains and websites – only on Epik.
Soon Epik will be adding complete integration with DevHub which means that in a matter of minutes you can register a domain, put a website on it, and put it up for sale in the marketplace. Along with DevHub integration Epik is also offering full hosting with cPanel support which means buying and selling WordPress sites can be just as seamless as with Epik-built sites. This is a big one for me since I’ve always found it is very challenging to transfer a WordPress site after a sale leaving the buyer confused trying to configure MySQL and move all the right files into the right folders.
Acquire, build, manage, and divest – turning domain names into brands and then allowing for those brands to be sold and transferred as frictionless and cost effectively as possible. Want to learn more? Create an account with Epik and try it out for yourself! In my next post I’ll be taking you all under the hood of Epik’s new Product Portal platform and showing you how to add unique content, optimize your site for SEO, and build a top-notch site with Epik. Of course, when you want to sell the asset you can feel confident knowing you won’t pay once cent in commission or taxes and the transfer process will be smooth and painless. It’s the Epik way and yes, it’s an epic move – but somebody had to get there first, right?