Playing Monopoly in the Advertising Space

So, let’s see:

It feels like a game of Monopoly where the three players with a lot of cash (MS, Google & Yahoo) are buying up all the real estate. Across both the Web and mobile, control of advertising is consolidating. Search has long consolidated. If search is the traffic driver and advertising is the money maker, then it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the Net is increasingly falling under the control of the majors.

Only Google and MS have guaranteed staying power for the next few years. Since the fate of AOL and Yahoo is yet to be determined, there is a possible future with an overwhelming, antagonistic duopoly controlling the majority of search traffic and ad delivery.

This will be an interesting world for both startups and big publishers, one requiring significantly adapted strategies for success. It’s not all bad news. Sometimes restricted but efficient choices enable better outcomes.

About Simeon Simeonov

I'm an entrepreneur, hacker, angel investor and reformed VC. I am currently Founder & CTO of Swoop, a search advertising platform. Through FastIgnite I invest in and work with a few great startups to get more done with less. Learn more, follow @simeons on Twitter and connect with me on LinkedIn.
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