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What's going to happen in 2018?

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I would like to start by wishing readers a very prosperous 2018. This sounds really good but what does it mean? Where are the opportunities and how will you take advantage of them?

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Whenever I think of investment opportunities I’m forced to reflect upon the underlying business models being adapted. Whether it comes to domains, crypto-currencies or anything else it’s the business models which ultimate will or will not produce the results we all dream of at the beginning of the year.

Let’s tackle the domain investment business models:

Development
For the past year and a bit, I’ve been working on a platform for better monetising domain traffic. The key here was to build a platform that more accurately understood the traffic while at the same time building both immediate and residual revenue. I can only say, watch this space…..as my first evolution of this will be launched shortly.

Domain Sales
I was chatting with a domain investor early this week and he mentioned that once he’d accurately priced his domains he suddenly had sales coming through the door. This caused me to reflect upon the term “accurately”.

The domain industry needs to move away from “gut” reaction for pricing domains and apply a more scientific approach. We’ve all been asked, “How much do you think this domain’s worth?” but what methodology did we apply to our response?

What is clear, is that by more accurately pricing domains you will get a greater yield per domain name. The yield is a combination of both the number of sales and the value. In some cases, an increased yield requires dropping the price to gain more sales. The more accurately you can map the yield curve the greater the return on your investment.

That being said…..there is something about just setting a price and sticking to your guns. I sold an old phone the other day. I knew it was worth $400 and despite a number of people trying to talk me down in price I just told them time and time again I wanted $400. Guess what, I sold it for $400.

While talking about yields is great for “stock-item” domains that you just want to move off the shelf. Sticking to your guns is often a good strategy for higher value domains…..maybe this is the art that should be combined with some science?

Traffic
Monetising domain traffic has been the mainstay of the domain industry for well over a decade. During this time not much has changed…..other than, Google taking a bigger chomp of the pie. Investors have seen their returns decrease and the result has been domains dropping….

As an example, just recently, Google enforced the displaying of multiple advertisements on a two click page. For those investors that are totally exposed to Google this has effectively dropped their earnings per click rates by around 40%. Not something nice to wake up to just before Christmas.

The name of the game is really to move as much as your traffic AWAY from a single advertising source as possible. For the past 11 years we’ve been doing just that with ParkLogic and guess what? For portfolios that have direct advertising implemented the recent drop was only a few percent.

I know I sound like a broken record but you can keep on seeing your earnings decline or give me a call…..despite the naysayers, there is still massive revenues being earned in the domain traffic space. Also, see development above....I'm doing a lot in this space.

Crypto-currencies
Since many domain investors are also up to their neck in crypto-currencies I thought I’d take a stab at what’s going to happen in 2018.

The hype around Bitcoin will continue and it will peak at around $50K and then crash back to more sustainable levels. Bitcoin cash will continue to grow in value as they’ve solved many of the scalability problems that Bitcoin is still wrestling with. Those coins that have real business models underpinning their value will continue to gain traction (ETH and XRP being two of them).

The real issue here is to resist the temptation of the crypto-currency casino and really dig into whether a coin has value in itself or whether the value is coming from speculation. It’s the domain market all over again….so apply some of your experience from that and take a deep breath before you plunge in.

So there are a few thoughts about 2018…..I could go on an on about what I believe should happen but what I would like to hear from is you. Where do you think the opportunities will be in 2018?

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Guest - Jeff Schneider on 06 January 2018
Watch your ASSets / JAS

Hello Michael,

Google/Alphabet and Apple are both deploying larger Buyback Allocations of cash to prop up their stocks. When this abates Knowone is going to want to be LONG both stocks. JAS 1/5/18

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master )http://www.UseBiz.com

Hello Michael, Google/Alphabet and Apple are both deploying larger Buyback Allocations of cash to prop up their stocks. When this abates Knowone is going to want to be LONG both stocks. JAS 1/5/18 Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master )http://www.UseBiz.com
Guest - Jeff Schneider on 06 January 2018
Watch your ASSets / JAS

Hello Michael, Happy New Year
Don't have the time to elaborate right now.

We are predicting a 20-30 % CORRECTION in US Markets. JAS 1/5/18

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master )http://www.UseBiz.com
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Hello Michael, Happy New Year Don't have the time to elaborate right now. We are predicting a 20-30 % CORRECTION in US Markets. JAS 1/5/18 Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master )http://www.UseBiz.com 0 Cancel
mgilmour on 06 January 2018
Happy New Year!

I wish you all the best in the New Year as well!

I wish you all the best in the New Year as well!
Guest - Jeff Schneider on 08 January 2018
Truth sometimes Hurts

Google/Alphabet – ( Minus ) – (.COM Equimoditty Platform Assets ) = (TotalFailure ) JAS

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master

Google/Alphabet – ( Minus ) – (.COM Equimoditty Platform Assets ) = (TotalFailure ) JAS Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master
Guest - jeff Schneider on 15 January 2018
2018 and beyond

Hello Michael,

Not everybody is aware of the current state of the Institutional Private Placement Non-Disclosure side of the business. The way the markets are progressing they are getting more interesting. With all the disruption going on with some of some of the largest Tech. cos. and International Interests , there is a developing awareness and appetite for Franchise quality ( .COM Equimoditty Platform Assets = emerging Asset Class ) Intellectual properties. In our observations the top 10 Sales are still to come. Time frame Window = 5 years. Hint : The top Sales will not be Direct Navigation Type names, which are currently coveted.
As you know, ( .COM Equimoditty Platform Assets ) are strategically Superior (TAX SHELTERS ) whose multiples compound Internally without Cash infusions. They are the purest TAX SHELTERS to ever come on the scene. GoDADDY squanders these invaluable Assets by adding them to their partners Google/Alphabet Platform. This Strategic Blunder, will expose both Google/Alphabet and GoDaddy as Clueless Obstructors of Online Business Expansion along with Ruthless disregard for Newbie Online Businesses. They are under Int’l Probes to be revealed Soon. AVOID BOTH or suffer the Consequences.
Be sure to read this : https://www.marketwatch.com/story/australian-regulator-to-investigate-facebook-googles-impact-on-local-news-2017-12-03
Be sure to read this : https://www.marketwatch.com/story/missouri-opens-investigation-into-googles-business-practices-2017-11-13
Be sure to read this : https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-monopoly-antitrust_us_59a974eae4b0b5e530fe27dc
It is absolutely crucial to understand that these are out in the open, the ones to be revealed will inflict lots more Damage. Blogs supporting these companies, Will become Collateral Damage.
Everyone who wants to know whats really happening with GoDaddy will want to read our article on LinkedIn :
( The Google/Godaddy Duopoly Trillion $ ShakeDown of U.S. Online Businesses.)
Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)
(Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist)
(Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master )
http://www.UseBiz.com

Hello Michael, Not everybody is aware of the current state of the Institutional Private Placement Non-Disclosure side of the business. The way the markets are progressing they are getting more interesting. With all the disruption going on with some of some of the largest Tech. cos. and International Interests , there is a developing awareness and appetite for Franchise quality ( .COM Equimoditty Platform Assets = emerging Asset Class ) Intellectual properties. In our observations the top 10 Sales are still to come. Time frame Window = 5 years. Hint : The top Sales will not be Direct Navigation Type names, which are currently coveted. As you know, ( .COM Equimoditty Platform Assets ) are strategically Superior (TAX SHELTERS ) whose multiples compound Internally without Cash infusions. They are the purest TAX SHELTERS to ever come on the scene. GoDADDY squanders these invaluable Assets by adding them to their partners Google/Alphabet Platform. This Strategic Blunder, will expose both Google/Alphabet and GoDaddy as Clueless Obstructors of Online Business Expansion along with Ruthless disregard for Newbie Online Businesses. They are under Int’l Probes to be revealed Soon. AVOID BOTH or suffer the Consequences. Be sure to read this : https://www.marketwatch.com/story/australian-regulator-to-investigate-facebook-googles-impact-on-local-news-2017-12-03 Be sure to read this : https://www.marketwatch.com/story/missouri-opens-investigation-into-googles-business-practices-2017-11-13 Be sure to read this : https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-monopoly-antitrust_us_59a974eae4b0b5e530fe27dc It is absolutely crucial to understand that these are out in the open, the ones to be revealed will inflict lots more Damage. Blogs supporting these companies, Will become Collateral Damage. Everyone who wants to know whats really happening with GoDaddy will want to read our article on LinkedIn : ( The Google/Godaddy Duopoly Trillion $ ShakeDown of U.S. Online Businesses.) Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Intelligence Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master ) http://www.UseBiz.com
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