The State of the Domain Industry: Leading Experts – What Went Wrong in 2008; 2009 Predictions

The latest Domain Name Journal monthly magazine is out, and in the January 2009 edition, it says:
What a difference a year makes. When we put together our January 2008 State of the Industry report the domain business was coming off its fourth consecutive year of robust growth and major capital investors were actively trying to roll up the domain space. The big question was whether or not the industry could continue to enjoy such smooth sailing. Unfortunately as the year went along many boats in the domain fleet ran into stormy weather.The PPC (pay per click) business was the first to run aground, falling by close to 50% according to most accounts. By the third quarter rough water had started roiling the aftermarket as well. That storm was still intensifying when the end of the year arrived and damage was becoming evident, especially at the high end of the market.On the plus side, domains priced in the low to mid-range favored by small business end users were still holding their own and online advertising, which underpins both parked and developed domains, was the only sector in the ad business expected to show growth in 2009.The all-star roster giving their assessments includes (alphabetically by last name): Monte Cahn, the Castello Brothers (Michael and David), Phil Corwin, Michael Gilmour, Ari Goldberger, Rob Grant, Dr. Kevin Ham, Dr. Chris Hartnett, Michael Mann, Andrew Miller, Howard Neu, Rick Schwartz, Tim Schumacher and Divyank Turakhia. With so many top minds gathered in one place this is a report you can’t afford to miss!To read the full article from Domain Name Journal, see:
dnjournal.com/cover/2009/january.htm

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