Looking to buy the domain name fashion.blog, music.blog or news.blog? You are out of luck…
The .blog domain name registry has registered for itself and its partners about 90 .blog domains. 27 of the domains correspond to some of the most searched for keywords on the internet.
Per ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) rules any New gTLD registry can register for its own use up to 100 domain names. But it can also reserve an unlimited amount of domains for whatever reason. The 100 domains are the ones that can resolve to a website, the others are not allowed to. Some registries like Uniregistry and Mind+Machines created shell companies and registered thousands of reserved domains thus circumventing the ICANN rule.
Here are the 27 domains with some of the best and top keywords of the internet:
design.blog (only design.blog currently resolves to a website)
The registry has also registered a few domains for the use of the domain name registry:
Other domains were registered either for showcase purposes, registry partners, early adopters, Automatic internal use and testing or for use of people in the management:
konstantin.blog (early adopter)
om.blog (early adopter)
data.blog (Automattic blog)
nicola.blog (Automattic employee)
paolo.blog (Automattic employee)
odd.blog (Automattic employee)
luca.blog (Automattic employee)
true.blog (venture capital firm)
markarms.blog (Automattic employee)
matt.blog (Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic)
mslaurynhill.blog (early adopter)
watirmelon.blog (Automattic employee)
snowmads.blog (early adopter)
club.blog (blog of the .club domain name registry)
dave.blog (early adopter)
david.blog (early adopter)
stackoverflow.blog (early adopter)
don.blog (Automattic employee)
ev.blog (Ev Williams, CEO of Medium)
carminegallo.blog (early adopter)
ericgoldman.blog (redirected by hostgator.com to a parking page)
justblaze.blog (early adopter)
(These are the domains that are in the .blog zone file and have the registry as owner. There may be more registered domains that have no nameservers thus not appearing in the zone file. Some of the domains above can be transferred to their respective owners thus opening more spots for the 100 ICANN allowed domains.)
Many more domain names reserved
Of course the registry could and probably has reserved hundreds or probably thousands of domain names like sex.blog, weather.blog, cars.blog, sports.blog, movies.blog and videos.blog that are currently not registered but not available to purchase.
.Blog landrush and premium domain name pricing
Right now early adopters can reserve domains from November 2nd through November 9th at a higher price, and if there are more than one people interested an auction. Click here to learn more about the .blog landrush. Following Landrush, General Availability for all will begin on November 21st when the remaining domains are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at standard or premium prices.
The good keywords that are available for purchase are priced with premium cost of $625 up to $125,000 USD per year for registration and renewal.
Here are some examples of the most searched for keywords in the internet that are available for purchase in .blog domains and their respective registration and renewal prices:
website.blog $125,000 per year
hotel.blog $125,000 per year
hotels.blog $125,000 per year
free.blog $125,000 per year
girls.blog $125,000 per year
mobile. blog $125,000 per year
support.blog $12,500 per year
2016.blog $12,500 per year
newyork.blog $6,250 per year
email.blog $6,250 per year
cancer.blog $6,250 per year
tube.blog $6,250 per year
bikini.blog $2,500 per year
astrology.blog $625 per year
The .blog registry is ‘Knock Knock, WHOIS There’ that is a subsidiary of Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com and Jetpack. It was created in 2015 to manage the launch and development of the .blog gTLD.
The registry says it will have more than 250,000 registered .blog domains before the end of the year. This number seems somehow impossible to achieve.
The registry has also reserved all 1, 2 AND 3 character domains: