Top 9 NFT Questions Answered
New research from CoinGecko reveals what people are thinking and asking.
New research from CoinGecko — perhaps the leading independent crypto aggregator — just discovered and announced the internet’s top questions about NFTs… and their answers!
What are people asking?
- First place: “What is an NFT?” That was searched an average of 948,000 times (each month).
- Second place: “How do you create an NFT?” That was searched an averaged of 287,000 times.
- Third place: “Where to buy and sell NFTs?” That was searched 116,400 times.
- Fourth: “What is the most expensive NFT?” (102,000 searches)
- Fifth: “Why are NFTs valuable?” (64,000 searches)
- Sixth: “Are NFTs bad for the environment?” (32,000 searches)
- Seventh: “What does minting mean?” (29,800 searches)
- Eighth: “Why can NFTs be so expensive?” (27,000 searches)
- Ninth: “Are NFTs a better investment than crypto?” (19,200 searches)
Answers from CoinGecko’s Head of Research
Below, Zhong Yang Chan, Head of Research at CoinGecko, provides the answers to each of these NFT questions:
1. What is an NFT? — 948,000 monthly global searches
NFTs are unique, non-fungible tokens on the blockchain, often used as digital representations of assets such as art, collectibles, music, video game items, and real-world assets such as property deeds, luxury items, diamonds, and more.
2. How do you create an NFT? — 287,000 monthly global searches
NFTs can be generated through the deployment of smart contracts. NFT marketplaces such as OpenSea, x2y2 and Magic Eden makes the NFT creation process more user-friendly, where the user can upload files and mint them as NFTs on the blockchain.
3. Where can you buy/sell NFTs? — 116,400 monthly global searches
NFTs can be traded on a variety of marketplace es across different blockchain networks such as OpenSea, Magic Eden, LooksRare, and even on some centralized exchanges such as Binance or FTX.
4. What’s the most expensive NFT? — 102,000 monthly global searches
While most attention on NFTs are focused on profile picture collections like the ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC)’ or ‘CryptoPunks’, the most expensive individual NFT is Beeple’s ‘The First 5000 Days’, a collage of art created daily for over 13 years, which sold for $69 million.
The most expensive collection ever sold on the primary market was The Merge by Pak, which raked in $92 million.
5. Why are NFTs valuable? — 64,000 monthly global searches
As with physical art and other collectibles, an NFT becomes valuable if others perceive that it has value. The creator, the community surrounding the NFT, along with other factors, all influence the inherent value of the NFT. In the case of game NFTs, it could represent game asset ownership within the game or metaverse, and the game development or metaverse roadmap can drive the NFT value up or down.
6. Are NFTs bad for the environment? — 32,000 monthly global searches
Environmental concerns surrounding NFTs are because NFTs are minted on the blockchain. However, the most popular chains for NFTs such as Ethereum (post-Merge), Solana and Polygon are all now based on the Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism, which are energy-efficient. Users can opt for more energy-friendly networks to mint NFTs.
7. What does minting mean? — 29,800 monthly global searches
Minting is the act of generating a record of an item, like an image or audio file onto the blockchain as an NFT. Typically, the record consists of a path to retrieve the item from a database, as well as valuable metadata — for instance, the original creator, time stamp of when it was created, traits and more.
8. Why can NFTs be so expensive? — 27,000 monthly global searches
Select NFTs have fetched soaring prices because of their exclusivity — through the blockchain, an NFT holder can verify that they are the sole owner of an item. In the case of NFT collections, NFTs with popular or rare traits are typically more sought after, and would fetch higher prices, due to its higher demand. Some NFTs also confer special privileges or rights, such as access to an exclusive club or community, which can be attractive to some.
9. Are NFT’s a better investment than crypto? — 19,200 monthly global searches
NFTs are neither better nor worse than crypto as an investment. Just like traditional art, luxury goods, stocks, derivative products and so on, NFTs are merely one of the many asset classes available. Similar to crypto, NFT prices can be extremely volatile in nature, and we advise everyone to do your own research (DYOR) before investing.
This article was written by Christos A. Makridis, the CTO/COO at Living Opera, based on research shared through CoinGecko. He is also a research affiliate at Stanford University’s Digital Economy Lab and Columbia Business School’s Chazen Institute, and holds dual doctorates in economics and management science & engineering from Stanford University. Follow us at @living_opera!