Blogs about the domain industry and the various players and companies within it.

Covid-19 and Domain Investing

How will Covid-19 impact you financially?

As well as being a real threat to the health of many individuals the Coronavirus is spreading another contagion around the world. A financial fear that seems to be terrifying the markets. In this video I will look at four key charts that will help show how this is impacting traffic monetization revenues.

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So far, it looks like users are coming online to work and businesses are trying to reach out to them with higher earnings per click rates. This is then being reflected in both the normalized and traditional RPMs. This is good news, but the end of the quarter is only a few days away and advertisers may vanish as business hunker down.

I plan on updating these charts over the coming weeks and releasing additional video content as the data comes in. Hopefully this will help you and your family plan for the future and mitigate some of the financial risk that may impact your domains. I would also like to pass on my best wishes and prayers to anyone that is physically, mentally or financially suffering as the result of Covid-19.

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Domain Investors and the Coronavirus

How is the Corona virus going to impact your business?

Every time I turn on the television or check online news feeds, I get a sense the world is gripped in a palatable fear of the Corona virus pandemic. The virus is almost the ultimate incarnation of fear. It’s something that you can’t see and yet has clearly devastated families and loved ones around the world.

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An irrationality seems to have gripped many people as they clean out the supermarket shelves of toilet paper, tissues, face masks and tinned staple food. The fact that the Coronavirus does not cause a person to have diarrhea has clearly been ignored.

Recently, the terror seems to be flowing through corporates as they are now asking their staff to work from home and have enforced strict hygiene guidelines for those that journey to work. This seemingly continuous diet of fear has spread like a contagion into the financial markets as they collapse around the world.

How is all this carnage going to impact the domain industry or is it business as usual?

I remember in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis reading a blog article by a notable domain investor declared that it was great to be in an industry that was immune to the world’s financial woes. I must admit that at the time I scratched my head and wrote my own article stating that if we think we are immune to a global shock then we are kidding ourselves. Shortly afterwards, the PPC rates tanked and amounts paid for domains dropped through the floor.

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Guest — Snoopy
"An irrationality seems to have gripped many people as they clean out the supermarket shelves of toilet paper, tissues, face masks... Read More
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mgilmour
If everyone didn't panic then all would be good....it's the classic case of FOMO. My point on toilet paper is because it has nothi... Read More
14 March 2020
Guest — Snoopy
If people weren't panicking over this we'd all be screwed! People typically do panic when faced with a crisis which results in fas... Read More
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NamesCon 2020 - The Future of Domaining

The future is bright for the domain industry.

This is the final video in the three part series that comprised my keynote address at NamesCon 2020 in Austin, Texas. The first two parts can be viewed by clicking on the below links:

Domain Sales

Domain Traffic Monetization

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In this video I share some of my thoughts on where the future of the domain industry is headed in the three areas of domain sales, traffic monetization and development. One of the great things about domains is they are so incredibly flexible in their capacity to be at the center of real economic value.

The final message of the video can be summed up by saying, "Through innovation the future is bright and it's only a matter of dreaming big enough that will bring real growth to the industry."

I hope you have enjoyed this series of videos. I would love to receive your comments and thoughts as it's these that inspire me to keep on writing my own thoughts down about our great industry.

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NamesCon 2020 - Traffic Monetisation

The history and benefits of domain traffic monetization.

This is the second in a three part video series that covers the keynote address I conducted at NamesCon 2020, Austin Texas. The first video addresses the domain sales business model and can be viewed via the below link:

NamesCon 2020 - Domain sales

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This video covers the history of domain monetisation and the major technological innovations that have underpinned the entire business model. It then unpacks case studies to determine how this innovation has impacted the bottom line for professional domain investors.

Of all of the videos that I've made over the years this three part series is the most important. It dives into the heart of what it means to be a domain investor and then extracts key metrics that every domain investor should be aware as they manage their own portfolio.

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Video - Impressions of NamesCon

Highlights from NamesCon 2020

 

In this video, Matt Herbert from ParkLogic and I share our very different perspectives on the recent NamesCon conference held in Austin, TX. While I've had the privilege of being in the domain industry for many years Matt is a newcomer. Together we tease out some interesting insights that will be of benefit to all domain investors.

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There is one thing for certain and that is the NamesCon team should be congratulated for hosting an exceptional conference.

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Hi Michael.. The video is short and good summery about the NamesCon I think it should have published long ago..maybe just within... Read More
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mgilmour
Hi Ravi, Many thanks for your feedback and following the video. Sorry abouth the Australian accent....LOL!
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