Geeky stuff ... Cnet blog post by Michael Horowitz about domain name forwarding. (Direct navigation.) If anybody knows about the power of a great domain name it's CNET (News.com, Seach.com, Com.com) ..
These names drive huge huge traffic for CNET.. Com.com triggers a huge flood of error traffic in older Microsoft browsers that forward slow resolving DNS lookups for any domain name over to Domain.com.com .. CNET activated this wildcard a year or two ago and experienced a significant surge in traffic.
The domain names this company owns are what sets it apart from any other tech news websites. Honorable nod to some of the authoring there.
***FS*** The way I see it Microsoft / IE have two choices. They can clean up their act (browser) and stop gaming people's navigational intent via BS takeovers of your/my traffic to their "Live" property (this basically goes to improving the usefulness of their browser) .. or they can gradually perish as people like you, I, Firefox, Opera, Safari and others work against them to undermine their position. Nobody would work against them if they were delivering a better product or running a clean show. If they choose the latter, I expect even more nefariousness and acts of dsesperation as they go down at an accelerated pace. Serious serious prediction.
Quote:"By combining its huge audience, dynamic ad creation capabilities and deep knowledge of user interests, Yahoo! has developed a true innovation that will benefit agencies and its clients, especially companies with a large number of offers to present to many audience segments."
Something else domainers should be doing.. Harvesting click-in, click-out and IP data, session and user-agent info across all their names.. Log everything, sort it out later.
So you saw my MRTG chart yesterday and worry that yours looks different? It could have to do with the make-up of your portfolio..
A colleague of mine who runs a very large adult domain name portfolio sent this MRTG slide of same, illustrating a slightly different pattern for his adult traffic.. Notice the strong Fridays and large numbers of people looking for mature content on the weekends. This traffic doesn't swoon as much on non-working days and doesn't spike as high mid-week. Naughty pictures are bandwidth intensive so he's using more through-put as well.
This gent points out that Sundays are stronger than Saturdays at the moment, but most of his visitors are male, so that will change when football season kicks in :) Superbowl Sunday is one of the slowest days of the year.
Fascinating stuff watching patterns of human behavior play out across millions of visits, to hundreds of thousands of small websites. There's so much you can do with domain names. Pretty cool.
Frank Michlick sends this link to his blog featuring a report with the findings of a study by Efficient Frontier..
Quote: “..When we analyzed the results, we were shocked. We didn't expect to see that domain park sites can bring in the quality of traffic necessary to result in twice the conversion rates, at a cost-per-click that's equal to that on search.."
Well, hardy har.. har har har Put "that" in your pipe an smoke it Mister: "I want to remove this low converting domain traffic from my Google adwords program." :)
Google's Adsense partners include Sedo and Oversee (domainsponsor).. full report here. The way I read this is: "If you get 5 million visits a month to your network of domain names then that is the equivalent of getting 10 million visitors a month if you were a search-engine". The ramifications of this are HUGE .. Buy domain names.