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 2019
|Name||Date||How to access||Official URL||Additional Info|
|MAN Airdrop to token holders||On 5 May 2019||With the mainnet launch of Matrix AI Network, total of 300,000 MAN to be airdropped to MAN holders who are holding 100 MAN or more on KuCoin. Snapshot runs on 5th of May at 6 PM UTC+8.||participate||announcement|
|Bethereum Prize Pool||Until 1 June 2019||Bethereum, the betting platform on ETH, is giving away free bets with the chance to win prizes from a pool worth 12M Bether. Upon signup you get enough points to make your bets, and you can wager on sports and esports.||join||web|
|FanEspo Big Competition (ERC20)||Limited||Fanespo is launching a new promo contest worth $40 in tokens. Details will pop up on you when you sign up on site. In general, 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|
|Greencoin Airdrop||Until 15 May 2019||Greencoin Team has decided to give away 500 000 GNC worth 150k USD in total. Simple social media tasks - twitter follow, medium follow etc - each pays 200 GNC each.||join||web|
|BlockWage Airdrops + Bounties||Recurring||Platform for freelancers marketplace. Airdrops randomly announced via Discord, there's also the possibility of Masternodes.||join||web|
|DSTRA / $DST Discord Airdrop||Biweekly||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|
|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)|
|BitcoinLux Bounty||From 28 March 2019||A project that requires you to install their wallet, be vigilant here. Drops coins for blog or social media shilling.||details||web|
|SiQs Bounty||As available||New smart-contract based marketplace for freelancers. Pre-alpha minimum product available, just as litepaper and wallets for Linux and Windows (sadly not paper, so be vigilant). Runs on PoS / MN. Join discord for airdrops.||discord||wallets|
|Synchrotron / $STC Airdrop #15||30 weeks of airdrops (Airdrop #15 starts 25 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|
|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|