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---- The Domain Dialogue: Death? Depression? Same Old Same Old? Evolution?
jmccormac - 2:00 pm on Oct 13, 2008 (gmt 0)Thread source:: http://www.webmasterworld.com/domain_names/3764193.htm
Still interested. Though doing domain and hoster stats is part of my business work.
|Are you still interesting "in domaining" - the domainer's life - or have you killed off the thought processes that help to define you as "a domainer"? (Even if you were only a part-timer. :P ) |
The reasons for the changes and trends I am seeing with the domain stats. I tend to ignore the fanboy articles and concentrate on the data.
|Still checking the auction results? Why? What are you looking for? Do you still read DNJournal? Why? Just to keep up? |
It is becoming more stratified than it was. The people at the top who are not smart enough to diversify or get out of the market at the top are in for a very nasty shock as easy PPC/parking revenue disappears. Activity in the lower end of the market is becoming somewhat more frenzied but some of this is due to .mobi entering its Junk Dump phase (the period when landrush domains come up for renewal and the highly speculative registrations that could not be flipped or sold are dropped). Ironically the numbers of new .mobi registrations is still outstripping the numbers of dropping .mobi domains (only just though).
|1. How you see the domaining world "at large", now - today? Where do you see the domain dialogue heading? |
The biggest thing for me is that domain tasting has been curtailed - I burned out a few harddrives computing the stats because of the morons in ICANN allowing that anomaly to persist even when notified of the damage it was doing to the industry. Most of my domains are for projects and development rather than parking. The hard part is getting the time to develop them.
|2. How you - personally - relate to domaining? Where are YOU heading in relation to your domain portfolio and what has changed, for you, during the past 1-2 years? |
What happened with .asia was expected by some. But what was surprising was to see the perfect hockey stick or almost exponential decay graph of registrations as the .asia landrush ended. However like other markets, the domain market is cyclic.
|Yet, money is tight so who has coin for "domain speculation"? No speculation = no domaining? Nah, there's always fresh meat, right? Just feed the illusion, the delusion? |
The end of domain tasting has dampened that frenzy. This is one of the important set of figures for .com
|Despite the lack of evidence of a speculative "domaining frenzy" |
Mth ¦01/Jan ¦01/Feb ¦01/Mar ¦01/Apr ¦01/May ¦01/Jun¦01/Jul ¦01/Aug ¦01/Sep ¦01/Oct
2008¦788545 ¦1067119 ¦963539 ¦1132605 ¦1587161 ¦82146 ¦182580 ¦261507 ¦363904 ¦498310
2007¦776995 ¦3133887 ¦2446178 ¦-2339306 ¦2291827 ¦3190543 ¦2233119 ¦2222704 ¦-2864103 ¦-109931 ¦1734415¦484705
The domaining business needs a KT event every now and then to keep progressing. Some of the dinosaurs will fail to adapt. That means more opportunity. The most vulnerable are those who specialise in one TLD only - specifically the .com TLD. They are dependent on one global market instead of seeing it as a set of smaller, national and niche markets.
|Despite the lack of evidence of a speculative "domaining frenzy" I sense, as always, the presence of "domain gloom and doom opportunists" - those who are still in the game of looking for bargains - because they are taking the long view and don't mind a bit of domain gloom and doom. To them it's a buying opportunity. |
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