Domaining in 2010
Reading The State of the Industry January 2010: We Asked 16 Domain Experts If We Hit Bottom in 2009 and Will See a Rebound in the New Year and Sedo‘s Domain Market Study: 2009 Overview with Q4 Highlights has got me thinking about domaining and how the domaining business will fare in 2010.
I predict continuing and deepening downward pressure on .com's and on high-end domains. I think that .net's, .org's, and low-end domains will be more insulated from the drop.
What do you think?
I feel that business is being hijacked by a congress/senate that is gridlocked the democrats are a complete shambles and the GOP have not yet bounced back fully, these factors will effect all business and hence business on the internet will be affected negatively too, whether that is .com .net .org et al
The USA and the world needs the US to get their act together and start the climb out of this severe recession
The world and the American folks are sick of all this partisan crap in the US Government
USA needs to look at the big picture and get it's act together
Only then will business improve!
I don't think the .com market will change much. They are the most common domain name and if a site doesn't have it a competitor can kill their business by buying it out.
I register .com domains because everyone does not because .com makes more sense to me than .net
It will more or less balance out between the growth in the internet (greater domain for domains) and the poor economy.
Another factor is that people will sit on domains and if they can't get the price they are looking for.
Domains made a big drop in value. If economy is stable, the value of domains remains stable. But, I think .com values will remain stable or slightly go up again over the next 12 months. .net and .org will stay stable at best considering the introduction of new tld's.
Interesting to see how the opinions differ on a mainly web developer forum from domain forums. Dot com is not only privileged in SEO, but also it is the extension that in case of being generic has type-in traffic, which is very much valued. Let's not forget about this. So no, .net is nowhere near in value (1/10th in general).
I haven't noticed such large drop in value for high-end domains as I see on the low-end. Since summer I can buy domains below $100 mark that used to be worth a few hundred or more in case of a bidding war (if we talk about public auctions).
Statistically I have data of llll.com, since September the average prices have been stagnating, which means that people are waiting to see signs of recovery. This year the domain market will be very sensitive. We could see new lows, or we will see slow rise, nothing is for sure.
What I do know is that it is a great time to buy domains for development. Domainers are stuck with their large portfolios, and if they have to liquidate, they will only be able to sell them for depressed prices. This is where we as developers come into light. I've been buying hotel domains in .com extension lately with 10k-100k exact searches for under 100 dollars. It would have been a miracle to do so pre 2009. I believe we have some good years ahead ;)
Google Local is killing the value of hotel domains. :(
Originally Posted by tetrapak
If I search for "Denver hotels", the first search result is below the fold. :mad:
True, I hope that most people ignore that part, I know I would.
The market would definitely change somewhat if Google put as much emphasis on keyword rich .domains of other TLDs as they do on keyword rich .com domains.