If you were considering to switch web host, register domain name, or purchase a new CDN / SSL – now is the best time.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday is when merchants go crazy and offer insane discounts.
But please, do not lose your mind and buy stuffs that you don’t need.
I am glad if you make use of our list to buy a new web host, start a business, and save some money in the same time. But I wouldn’t be happy if you spend money on a bunch of hosting accounts that you won’t use for the next 6 months.
Deals are tempting.
Last year I had one of my writers to write some articles about Black Friday deals – he ended up falling for some of the deals and bought a bunch of domain names.
I bet half of those purchased domains remain undeveloped today.
Buy what you need, not what’s cheap.
And if you miss this year Black Friday, there’s always next year ;)
Good news Malaysia Apple fans! iPhone XS and XS Max will be in store soon and now available for booking. The selling price starts at RM4,999 (iPhone XS 64GB) and goes all the way up to RM7,049 (iPhone XS Max 512 GB).
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $53.3 billion, an increase of 17 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.34, up 40 percent.
Some key observations:
Apple sold the more or less the same amount of iPhones and iPads in year-ago quarter (Q3 2017),
Apple sold less Mac compared to year-ago quarter (Q3 2017),
Revenue and profit, however, are up 17% and 40%.
In other words, Apple made 40% more money by selling LESS.
What just happened?
The strategy of selling higher price iPhones is proved working.
Users who spent so much on a phone are more likely to spend more in Apple Store, Apple Care, iTunes, and Apple Cloud service – the higher margin sectors. Revenue from “Service” just surged 31% Y-o-Y in Q3 2018. This sector will grew even faster in coming quarters.
Selling less units means Apple now has less users to take care of, they can provide better service to their “honorable customers”.
Apple iPhone will soon be the phones for the privileged. Just like how private banking and business class flights are positioned for only high net worth customers.
If you think these services or products are expensive – it’s because they are not for you. Stop pretending, or forcing yourself to be what you are not.
Stop letting Apple to milk you. Get an Oppo or Xiao Mi.
Or why change phone when your old one still works fine?
* Additional data –
1- iPhone in U.S. market
In United States, iPhone XS 64GB, 256GB or 512GB are selling at $999, $1,149 or $1,349. You need to add $100 on top of that for the iPhone XS Max with a bigger display ($1,099, $1,249 or $1,449). The iPhone XR starts at $749 for 64GB, with 128GB and 256GB also available for $799 and $899.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median wage for workers in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017 was (pre-tax) $857 per week or $44,564 per year for a 40-hour workweek.
Every time Google says “First and foremost, we focus on the user….”, I get the feeling that something against the users’ interests is happening.
Be reminded that Google has been showing more and bigger ads in their search result pages repeatedly over the years. Read here, here, and here.
While Google is certainly serious about improving its users experience in overall. I suppose the shift in next 20 years also meant Google will
Track users closer and collect even more data to improve product stickiness,
Inject more suggestions in SERP (we have already seen a 35% surge in “people also ask” in July 2018) to better understand searchers’ intent; and then pushing more ads and product recommendations in the name of “improving user’s Google experience”, and
Provide better Google image and video search suggestions (probably allow users to preview the videos on site?) to increase users time spent on Google.
Does that red ball in the movie Minority Report comes into mind?
Another year and another list of the top selling domain names, showing once again why certain domain names are much more pricey (pricier?) than others. If you haven’t been keeping up with the domain name game, let me give you a little spoiler:
All the of the best selling domain names are all single-word, generic domain names.
Now, for most of you, that might not come as a surprise. But, I’m pretty sure there’s someone out there who’s thinking of buying their first domain name and are tempted to be as outlandish as possible.
Well, if you take a look at both the 2018 Top 100 Domain Names Sales (see table below), the big money is always going to be with simple, single-word domain names.
Again, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise as brands with single word names tend to be more popular (and sells better) than those with complicated names. Why? Because it’s just easier to remember and to market – which in turn bring extra value to businesses.
The whole huh-ha about Cambridge Analytica, FB users’ privacy crisis, and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress on main stream media is entertaining. Watching Mark’s responses to some of the questions remind me (a lot) of the movie “The Social Network”.
Many of these questions and writings are focusing on the shallows or issues that don’t matter.
When you are ready to dive deeper, I suggest reading:
Recent Shareaholic traffic report indicates that web traffic pattern is shifting from social to search in 2017. Pinterest, Google, and Instagram came out as the big winners as Facebook share of visits dropped ~8% in 2017. Social network, in a whole, is no longer the biggest traffic driver for the 250,000+ sites (this blog included) using Shareaholic app. Instead, search is.
Search finally had a comeback year and overtook Social as the top traffic driver within our network.