Plus a look at search and traffic stats for hardware wallets and what it probably means.
It is the last day of 2018 when I’m writing this post, so let me wish all the best to you and to crypto in the year 2019.
And because it’s the end of year I thought I might look at the stats of this blog for once (we’re very diligent and professional around here).
I found a couple of funny things to share with you and then one bit that you might actually factor into your support and resistance line-drawing art next year. That is, in the case crypto wanted to start moving up north again.
BitMEX, Ledger Wallet and Airdrops
Here’s the fun part of the stats that tells a lot about the readers of this blog:
1/ People are far more curious about TensorCharts than about other charting app mentioner here, but in terms of actual registrations TradingView still wins heavily.
That means we’ll have to add some more guides for TensorCharts, the learning curve is obviously an issue.
2/ Apparently for the readers of this blog, Trezor wallet is of absolutely zero interest other than occasionally checking back if they didn’t implement that Monero support after all.
While globally, Trezor and Ledger are contenders with nearly the same traffic. Ledger has a better affiliate program so people are more vocal about it, and it’s also cheaper than Trezor.
I personally find Trezor more user-friendly but hey ho.
3/ People go check out various exchanges but by far mostly sign up at BitMEX.
You guys are sick gamblers.
4/ There is a good segment of readers who are only interested in airdrops and nothing else on this website.
All power to you, brothers and sisters.
Where to expect the salty breakeven sellers
Now for the more substantial part.
Google Trends shows nicely the organic search interest for Ledger Nano S, Trezor and Keepkey - each the strongest keyword for each brand by the amount of traffic it brings in. The trendlines are pretty much the same for the “buy” search phrases.
The price of Bitcoin hit its current ATH of just below 20k USD on December 18, 2017. The peak search interest for hardware wallets occurred between December 10, 2017 and January 6, 2018. For Ledger especially the peak was leaning to the later dates of the range, people were “buying the dip” of the top range.
That is when majority of the retail bought in, or so it seems, and so there will probably be quite some salty breakeven sellers between 15-16k like there were around twelve hundred.
Even if a lot of the search interest didn’t lead to purchase of the wallet (or crypto), it is worth mentioning that according to SEMRush the traffic of trezor.io jumped from 4k a day to 25k visitors a day during December 2017 alone. Ledger.com gained a lot of traffic but the data is not as good because they were also slowly migrating from ledgerwallet.com to ledger.com.
What is perhaps more interesting is that both trezor.io and ledger.com maintained the new higher level of traffic through all of 2018, at least according to SEMRush. Since November apparently both sites appear to be breaking upwards but that can be a Black Friday thing.
Nonetheless, studying organic search for wallets is losing meaning just like it happened with generic bitcoin or crypto queries: People already know the products, they won’t google them anymore.
According to Alexa 80-90% of Trezor’s and Ledger’s traffic is referral or direct. People mostly come from places like MyEtherWallet, Youtube and blogs.
Doesn’t look like very dead to me, folks.
BitMEX (10% fee off) @ bit.ly/melancholic-100x
TradingView (~ 50% off in BTC) @ bit.ly/tradingview-moon
Conbase (no offer but you still click this lol) @ bit.ly/plebtier
EthFinex (NEC token rebates for MM) @ bit.ly/ethfinex
TensorCharts @ bit.ly/tensor-charts
Upcoming and current airdrops February 2019
|Name||Date||How to access||Official URL||Additional Info|
|FanEspo Big Competition (ERC20)||Limited||The eSports platform FanEspo is giving away the total of $1.6 million of tokens in contests. Top winner's prize is over $100K worth. You need to have a FanEspo account, the tokens you get are beta but they will be transferred into real tokens upon launch. Estimated value is 1 USD per token.||details||make acct|
|Athero Airdrop||As available||The IoT-Blockchain system Athero still has the airdrop open.||form||web|
|HubrisOne Airdrop Round + Bounties||Weekly (16 weeks of airdrops, each weekly round starts on Tue)||HubrisOne is a UK financial service that offers personal and business crypto-friendly bank accounts and crypto-fiat cards. The easiest way to get the token is to download their banking app, which gives you 1000 tokens (10 USD) but there is a massive bounty campaign with weekly payouts. The work ranges from social media engagement or Bitcointalk signature to content creation, all must be properly reported. New round starts every Tuesday, but on other days they publish random airdrops on their Twitter.||airdrop, bounty||twitter (more drops)|
|Synchrotron / $STC Airdrop #12||30 weeks of airdrops (Airdrop #12 starts 4 March 2019)||Hybrid PoW/PoS payment cryptocurrency. The team drops 72% of supply (18 MM coins) during 30 weeks of airdrop campaign; there is additional budget for bounties. The bounties are announced on discord server. Each airdrop round runs from Monday 10AM UTC to Friday 10PM UTC. Validation runs weekends and distribution Mondays. You need to download a $STC wallet.||drop rules in this thread||info|
|Bethereum Photo Contest||Starts 22 February 2019||Bethereum, the betting platform on ETH, is running a new Twitter campaign. Reply to Bethereum's monthly tweet with a photo the our gaming platform interface shown in the most interesting place adding #BethereumAnywhere to enter the contest for 25,000 Bether tokens. Two winners are selected every month, at the end of the contest three top photos will be awarded 100,000 Bether each.||rules||web|
|DSTRA / $DST Airdrop #22||Biweekly, drop #22 runs from 25 Feb 2019||DSTRA is PoS Scrypt Masternode coin with limited supply that will be used in DEX environment and marketplaces. There are airdrops every two weeks, users need to register via discord. Regular payouts verified.||discord||rules|
|Agri Novus Bounty||As available||New blockchain-based project for organic supplies providers and customers. The team will pay out bounties for social media work.||more|
|Tratok Airdrop||February - March 2019||Tratok stands for Travel Token, it is a token of an application to make bookings for travel and hospitality. Follow the Tratok Project on their social media platforms and get 1000 TRAT for each approved action. Tokens distribute 20th March 2019.||join|
|Genes Token Airdrop (ERC20)||As available||A tokenized project for genome storage service on the blockchain. You get 5 GENES for commenting on Bitcointalk.||join||web|
|Cargo Coin Bounty||Weekly||Cargo Coin, a token for transport & logistics with an ICO past the soft cap by now, is having a weekly extensive bounty. It spans from simple retweets to YouTube reviews - make your bounty hunter account and pick your poison.||join||info|
|AllForCrypto (WAVES)||Ends March 2019||A WAVES project for eBay-style marketplace on the blockchain. Drops $20 worth of AFCT, plus they have updated their bounty campaign.||join drop||bounty|