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Here is a good source of information about the Chinese domain market. The folks at DN.com are in the market everyday, well-connected with Chinese domain investors, and blessed with real data on domain transaction. They are doing a great job via their website and newsletter to provide timely news and other information to western domain investors, thus breaking the language barrier. I subscribe to their newsletter and find it valuable. If you have not done so, visit their site at DNqueen.net and check it out for yourself. Here's the post.

September 19, 2016 (Mon)

The four conclusions about domain names in China


This is actually taken from the title of an article published on several Chinese sites including 22.cn, and is the result of a study of dozens of excellent companies in China. Even though the author's name is not clearly indicated, I find the content interesting enough to share with you. The study also included analysis of sources of website visitors.

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Direct traffic still provides the largest number of visitors to a website, and it's importance is increasing. Look at the following table which compares sources of Baidu traffic data in the last three years: direct visit, via search engines, via directories, via social networks, or via other methods.

YearDirectSearchDirectorySocialOthers
201440.01%18.78%4.73%1.74%34.74%
201541.53%23.3%2.85%2.93%29.39%
201642.02%26.32%1.8%0.88%28.98%

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Apps in this later stage make domain names even more important. Social networks are implementing more and more rules on what businesses can do on their networks, affecting the survival of many companies. For example, Du Yue Wen Zhai (读悦文摘) with 3 million followers was banned a while ago. Another famous case was Dazi (大字) gaming which was banned but emerged again by offering games from its own website built on the domain name Dazi.vc. Now it has full control of its own destiny.

3.
A good domain name boosts your competitiveness. Sina launched Weibo microblogging service using T.sina.com.cn in 2009. Then it bought Weibo.com.cn for about 5 figures (6-figure yuan) in the same year. In 2010, again it spent big to secure Weibo.cn, and Weibo.com. In 2011, it officially switched to Weibo.com and the rest is history.

4.
A good domain name creates brand value. For example, JD.com is now included in all logos of Jing Dong so that the domain name itself becomes the advertisement. JD.com and Le.com just show a good domain name is better than tens of millions spent in advertising because it is an asset that rises in value over time.

So, we can see that a good domain name attracts visitors, guarantees independence, boosts competitiveness, and creates brand value. What do you think? The article in Chinese can be found at http://www.22.cn/news/2016/0905/6988.html