Industry Update - week 14

What's happened this past week in the domain industry.

What a difference a week makes! In this industry update we can definitely see that Google is getting a lot more aggressive with securing more of the domain traffic while the direct advertising networks are struggling.

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The question I find myself asking is, “What’s causing this change?”

At this stage I can only guess that COVID-19 is having a big impact on advertising networks that don’t have a depth of clientele that are wanting to secure the traffic. If a client stops advertising, then there isn’t another to take their place.

Typical mainstays of the direct advertising networks have always been the travel and finance sectors. No one is traveling and loans are scarce as the population hunkers down for a second wave of the virus. This makes the direct advertising networks more vulnerable to global shocks.

That being said, the numbers are still looking very positive and as the video shows, it’s all good for the domain investor.

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Domain Industry Update – Week 12

What's been happening this week with domain monetization?

Another week and some fantastic data to trawl through that is impacting each of our domain portfolios. I must admit that I really look forward to the analysis each week and to interpret what the numbers are telling us about the state of the industry.

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Last week I made a prediction that this northern hemisphere summer was going to be entirely different from the regular vacation induced downturn that most domain monetizers experience. In fact, I think that rather than the typical 10-15% downturn we’ll get a 5% uplift in revenue.

The main reason for this prediction is that most people have already had an enforced vacation at home with the COVID-19 quarantine. In fact, I don’t know anyone that isn’t looking forward to getting back to work and the regular rhythm of life.

This is going to be great news for domain monetizers as it will mean their portfolios will throw off more cash than normal. The missing piece of the puzzle is when the big corporates will head back into buying traffic.
At the moment the online industry is being supported by the small to medium enterprises….so hurry up Amazon and Walmart. Start buying highly valuable domain traffic!

This week’s update is essential for domain investors and I hope you enjoy the rich data that I present. It’s only a few minutes…..but it may change the direction you take your business.

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Domain Industry Update – Week 10

Insights into what's happening with domain monetization

This week we saw a continuing of the trend that was established in the previous week’s data. Both Google and direct advertisers are beginning to stabilize their payouts with a slight growth in the overall monetization industry compared to the previous week.

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Earnings per Click and Click Through Rate are doing their regular counter-cyclical dance as once goes up the other goes down. This is more of an artifact of smart pricing algorithms rather than actual user or advertiser behaviour.

What’s going to be interesting in the coming weeks is to see what happens to the normalized RPM as the big corporate advertisers come back online. Over the last 10 weeks the small to medium sized businesses have flocked online to try to sell….well….anything. This has kept the payout rates up but with the corporates coming out of hibernation anything is possible.

I spend some time in the last part of the video taking another look at a real, live case that is being optimized by ParkLogic. It’s real data, for a real client and I think you’re going to love it as I unpack what is going on at various traffic levels.

Don’t forget to like the video, leave comments and pass it onto other investors. Keep safe.

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The Domain Monetization Seismic Shift

Did you feel the domain investment earthquake?

Over the last few years the domain monetization industry has gone through a silent seismic shift that many investors are completely oblivious about. For the last decade it’s been assumed that with the demise of Yahoo that Google was the only alternative to monetise domain traffic…..boy has that changed!

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I went trawling back through the many presentations that I have conducted at various conferences around the world and a slide from May 2016 leapt out at me. It showed the relative difference between revenues generated from traditional domain parking versus direct advertisers.

May 2016 data

What you will notice is that around 8% of the total revenue generated from domain names came from traditional parking solutions that are underpinned by Google. The numbers came from ParkLogic and given that we run a truly competitive marketplace for the traffic it means that about 92% of the time Google paid more than direct advertisers.

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