Want a good .BLOG Domain? Available Blog Domains (in .COM)

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Now .BLOG domains are in the wild and available for anyone to register, I thought I would do this article on good available Blog domains. Not in the .BLOG domain extension though since WordPress and Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, have gone batsh*t crazy with premium renewals.

Apparently Automattic wants $10,000 (price went up in 1 day) $11,500 per year for Adam.blog.  Have they lost their F#cking minds?

Yes, they have but those are not the only insane premium renewals being pushed by Automattic. Here are some others.

  • Beer.blog – $110,000
  • Marijuana.blog – $11,500
  • Cannabis.blog – $2,600
  • Hemp.blog – $700
  • Hash.blog – $700
  • Baseball.blog – $6,000

And there are plenty more of INSANE .BLOG domain renewals like that. Just to be clear that is not a one time upfront payment. Those listed price are what you need to pay each year.

On top of the complaints about premium pricing, WordPress has angered many potential Customers doing a “Bait and Switch.”  WordPress and Automattic offered many premium .BLOG domains to customers who paid a $250 application fee, then reserved them for company use.

I’ve lost so much respect for Automattic through this whole .BLOG domain launch process.

I used to think Automattic and WordPress was a cool and innovative company. Now it just seems like all the other domain name registries and other corporate tech companies. Sleazy and they don’t care about making customers happy. They only care about squeezing as much money out of .BLOG as possible.

I guess they feel the pressure to make back that $19 million they had to shell out for the .BLOG domain extension. Isn’t it a better to sell more and increase usage rates?

New Domain Reality Check

These insane new domain companies need a reality check.  To combat this insanity I've decided to start to a series that lists available .COM domains that match crazy new domain premiums.  If you can have a .COM and pay $10 per year to renew it, why pay an insane premium renewal?

Here are good available KeywordBlog.com domains that I found while doing some quick searches. The full domain is listed and the premium .BLOG domain pricing after.  All these domains can be bought for $10 at any registrar you desire.  I just prefer NameSilo these days, you can read my NameSilo Review.

It should be noted that all these .COM domains were available at the time of writing this article. These domains could be registered at any time after this posting. If after reading this you decide to register one of these domains, can you please leave a comment and let others know?

Blog First Names

Here are many common, and not so common, first names ****Blog.com domains that are available to register.  There are even more but these are the ones I've just decided to list.

Other available Blog Domains

Huge Indian city with 17 million people. This .COM would be a good registration in my opinion.

Greenville is a city in South Carolina. If you were from Greenville and wanted to start a website about happenings around the city, a nice domain to do it on perhaps.

Thoughts on Available Domain Lists?

There are also LOTS of good Keyword+Blog.COM domain combinations still available for to register. It doesn't take that long to look and find them. You do NOT need to pay a premium to get a good “blog” domain. 🙂

My thoughts are the .BLOG domain extension isn't going to do well.  At least in the long run.  I already explained in this article with Matt Mullenweg talking the about .BLOG domain, the likely process a new blogger using WordPress.com will go through.

  1. Person buys .BLOG domain
  2. They use WordPress.com (free) or WordPress.org (self-hosted)
  3. They write 3-5 blog posts
  4. Try to get traffic, shares, and comments
  5. Not successful with blogging
  6. Go back to using Social Media
  7. Abandon blogging
  8. Domain renewal comes up… they drop the .BLOG domain

Getting traffic and getting good links is MUCH harder then when blogging was new.  It's not getting any easier by using a new domain.

Besides evidence has clearly shown that Millennials don't trust new domains.  In addition over 70% of new domains are parked and that number keeps going up.  The rest are being used for email spam as this IT Manager explained.  There is just no trust for new domains and adoption and understanding by the general public will be long and painful.

What do you think of this “Premium Regs” domain list?  Can you let me know with a comment below? If you like me doing this I'll start doing a regular weekly series highlighting good available .COM domains, where the new domain has a premium renewal. If you have any suggestions for a plugins to help with affiliate links or to make the process easier let me know.  Are there specific keywords you would like to see?

Wix’s Seo Contest Creates run on “Seo Hero” Domains

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Wix has unintentionally, or intentionally, created a run on domain names with the term “Seo Hero” in them. Why is this? $50,000 dollars!

Wix, a website hosting and builder, announced a few days ago they were running an SEO (search engine optimization) contest.  The goal of the SEO contest is to outrank Wix for the term “Seo Hero”.

We’re going to create a new Wix website optimized with the search term “SEO Hero”. You’re invited to create your own website (feel free to use any platform). If your site ranks the highest for that search term in 4 months’ time, we’ll give you $50,000. Yes, it’s that simple.

There have been lots of domain names with the term “Seo Hero” registered over the past few days.  If you do a search you will see a lot of SeoHero.TLD domain names created beetween November 16th – 17th.

When you take a look at the FAQs for the contest it totally makes sense why.  There is this important rule listed there.

1. The domain you submit must be purchased on or after November 16

Ahhh, that makes seyour

Everyone is buying up Seo Hero domains in an attempt to win this contest and $50,000 dollars.  Since the contest was announced on November 16th people are grabbing any Seo Hero domain as fast as they can.  

When I checked Dynadot it showed no common SeoHero.cctld domain names available. As you can see in the picture they have been or will be bought up.  I've even noticed even many common domain name modifiers have been bought up.
Many have been pondering this question about the SEO contest though…

Can you rank for “Seo Hero” and win $50K?

Many in the SEO community are questioning whether it is possible to outrank Wix for term “Seo Hero“. Can an individual or company compete with the marketing dollars in Wix's arsenal? In addition to the SEO experts and SEO gurus on staff?

My thought is, NO, you cannot be competitive in this contest.  That is unless you know a journalist at every single major news publication around the world. At each of them is willing to link to your newly created website with the term “Seo Hero”. Getting those links in 4 months still would be hard. 

There are plenty of SEO companies I know that could beat Wix for the term “Seo Hero” in Google. However, these SEO firms can charge much more than $50K per month for SEO services. 

I remember going to Affiliate Summit and talking with several people from SEO companies there.  One representative from a well known company there told me the minimum amount they charge per month is just above $10,000.  Most of the corporate clients they have spend much more than $10K a month. I've even seen SEO bills per month higher than that.

None of these companies will spend time trying to rank for “Seo Hero” though. If they wanted to participate, they'll just find a client to expense the time too. Some wouldn't notice or care. 🙂

Seems the only beneficiaries in this SEO contest are Wix and domain name registrars.

Seo Hero Contest

Still want to try to compete in this Seo Hero contest?  There are a few requirements to the contest that participants should be aware of;

  • Website must be in English.
  • Entries must be submitted between to Wiz between November 16th – December 16th.
  • You must follow Google SEO guidelines (no BlackHat or GreyHat SEO techniques)
  • You need to use Google Analytics.
  • In Google Analytics you must add the admin – judgewixseohero@gmail.com before February 16th.
  • You must use a newly created domain name, purchased after November 16th.

This is a genius marketing move by Wix.  Normally I would never write about or care about anything Wix does. I only use self-hosted solutions and WordPress these days. So even if someone or a company does beat Wix and wins $50,000, it will have been worth IT in free promotional advertising and links. Unless you are smart like me use rel=nofollow on Wix links. 🙂

What do you think about the Seo Hero contest? Is it possible to rank for the keywords “Seo Hero” against a company with so many resources? Will have a SeoHero.tld domain help to rank on Google? Do you need to be an SEO expert to outrank Wix? Could you do it just by writing good articles or producing good content? Is it possible to do this in 4 months with whitehat SEO techniques?

Millennials HATE New Domains More Than Older People

The media always likes to talk about the how millenials are changing the world. Young people always embrace change and the hip thing, right? Not true when it comes to new domains apparently. 

According to the British SEO (search engine optimization) company Varn, millenails HATE new domains more than older people. At least they don't trust new domain names as much as the older generation.  

Varn asked people across the United Kingdom (UK) this question. 

“Do you trust companies with .co.uk and .com domains more than those with other newer domains such as .eu, .biz, .net, .fashion, .london and .digital, etc.?”

It should be noted that .EU has been around for over 10 years. The .BIZ domain has been around for almost 16 years and .NET… well that's been around for as long as .COM.  The big three extensions .COM/.NET/.ORG have all been around for 30 years.  So .EU, BIZ, and .NET are not “new” domain extensions.  However .FASHION, .LONDON, and .DIGITAL have only been available for a limited amount of time.  

Over 70% of people said they do not trust new domains.  This is not surprising considering new domain names distribute spam only. 

What was most interesting about Varn's research was the fact that Millennials and Generation Y trust new domains LESS than older people. Of the 25-34 year-olds surveyed;

  • 77.6% said  “I trust .co.uk and .com domains”.
  • Only 21.3% stated in the survery that they “trust all domains the same”. 

When “Mom and Dad” were asked the same question, 55-64 year olds response;

  • 61% of them trust .com and .co.uk domains more
  • 35% of them answered “I trust all domains the same”

That means the younger generation trusts tried and true .CO.UK domains and .COM domains 16.6% more.  While younger people trust new domains 13.7% less compared to older people. 

Young people trust don't trust these new domains. This makes sense if you think about it. If you are more used to using the web you get used to the standards. In the United Kingdom that is .CO.UK and .COM.  So that is naturally what young people trust. 

This totally explains why I need to help fix viruses and issues on older people's computers more often. They are visiting spam and malware sites that are on new domains getting the computer infected. Now we just need to educate older people to only use good country code top level domains (ccTLDs) such as .UK and .COM, .NET, and .ORG. Young people know intuitively to avoid new domains. 

Marekting, media, and society make us believe those that are Millenials and Generation Yers are supposed to always like the cool, new, and hip thing. Obviously this research and suvery show otherwise when it comes to browsing the internet. Particularly when it comes to new domains.

The claim from new domain registires, companies, and consulting groups is that these new domains are for the “next generation”.  That argument goes out the window if young people don't want to use them. More importantly if they don't trust a new domain space to begin with.

Amazingly older people trust new domains 13.7% more. Will you see new domain companies marketing to 55 – 64 year olds?  I doubt it because that's not a good use of marketing dollars. Why would you target a demographic that has money? 😉

Are you a Millennial or in Genereation Y?  Are you older? What do you think of these findings?

70% of People do NOT trust New Domain Names

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70% of people asked do NOT trust new domain names, according to a British SEO (search engine optimization) firm.

The SEO company, Varn, conducted a survey asking 1,000 people across the United Kingdom about new domain names. Here was the question;

Do you trust companies with .co.uk and .com domains more than those with other newer domains like .eu, .biz, .net, .fashion, .london, .digital etc?

Varn found that 70% of people don't trust new domains. The answers were grouped into three categories.

  • I trust .CO.UK and .COM domains more
  • I trust all domains the same
  • I trust .EU, .BIZ & .LONDON etc domains more

What's interesting about Varn's survey is that they were variations with different groups of people.  Varn says that women are more cautious with new domains compared to men.

  • 74% of women trust .COM and .CO.UK domains more
  • 67% of men trust .COM and .CO.UK domains
  • 29% of men trust all domains the same
  • 22% trust all domain extensions similarly

While that's interesting… it isn't the shocker of the new domain survey.

Young People Don't Trust New Domains!

Varn found a higher percentage of young people do NOT have trust in new domains compared to older people.

The response from 25-34 year olds;

  • 77% said, “I trust .CO.UK and .COM domains”
  • 21.3% said they trusted all domains the same. 

55-64 year olds had a much different view;

  • 61%  trust .COM and .CO.UK domains
  • 35%  said “I trust all domains the same”

That means there is 16% less trust among Millennials and Generation Y for new domains.  

The claim from new domain companies and registrars is that, “New domains are for young and next generation.” That is clearly not the case according to Varn's research.
They sum up the survey results with some wise words;

So why do people not trust newer domain names as much? Well security seems to be the main reason. Some internet users associate the new domain names with spam, or fear that the site may not be secure so personal information and payment details may be at risk.

We've already seen spam be a major issue. This IT Manager blocked ALL new domains due to spam.

Since this is a British SEO firm that focuses on search metrics.

What does this mean for your website?

Ultimately we can summarise it as trust= CTR= rank. If users trust older extensions such as .com over the newer ones then websites with new TLDs will have lower click-through rates (CTR), which could then over time mean they perform less well in rankings.

What do you think of these findings on new domains? Does it surprise you that 70% of people in the UK do not trust new domain extensions?

WordPress angers .BLOG customers with BS Changing Rules

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Automattic, through it's subsidiary company Knock Knock Whois There, is angering many potential .BLOG customers with changing the rules for the new domain extension.

No .BLOG for You!

Apparently many people that applied early to get a .BLOG domain found they were out of luck.  Automattic, the company that runs WordPress, decided to change the rules through the Landrush phase of .BLOG's release.

The issue is that many people applied early and directly with .BLOG and Automattic to get a .BLOG domain name. To be first in line to get the .BLOG domain you really wanted you need to pay a $250 application fee and a $30 a year domain registration fee.

If there were multiple people that applied for the same .BLOG domain, those were supposed to go to auction.  Here is a nice video explanation of how Landrush is supposed to work.

What's .BLOG's Landrush Phase?

However it didn't work like this. Chris Schidle documented his frustration with .BLOG and Automattic in a blog post “The .blog Bait & Switch“.

About Reserved Domains

WordPress and Automattic are clearly getting a lot of complaints on the .BLOG Landrush process.  It made them, of course, write a blog post “About Reserved Domains” about the situation.

They start off by defending themselves;

As we move forward on the road to General Availability, which will start on Monday, Nov 21st at 15.00 UTC, we’d like to take a moment to explain the process behind the decision to activate domains in our Founder’s Program while reserving some others.

Founder Program, or Qualified Launch Phase (QLP)

As a registry, we had the option to activate up to 100 domain names, either for our use or to give to third parties to promote .blog.

We offered some these domains to third parties, and you can see a showcase of these sites on our Founders page. We also decided to offer a list of 25 very generic domains to WordPress.com, so that they could be shared for free among millions of users instead of being owned by single entities.

This essentially means they want to subdomain these .BLOG domains for use on WordPress. For instance I can blog on – adamisreallreallycool.wordpress.com. They want to offer the same option for .BLOG domains. So I could blog using a .BLOG domain such as – AdamHasGreatTastein.Music.Blog – using WordPress Multsite.

Reserved Domains

Reserved domains are domain names that are not registered, and cannot be registered until released. As a registry, we can decide to reserve as many domains as we want.

We reserved all one-, two- and three-character domains from being registered by anyone and will probably release them in the future. In addition, we allowed employees of our parent company, Automattic, many of whom are bloggers and passionate about blogging, to reserve a single domain each, some of which were first names.

In plain English what they meant to say, “F*ck that you paid $250 we don't care, we are playing favorites and reserving what we want.”

Many of Automattic employees are grabbing first names which many people paid $250 for and were the only application. Even if Worpdress/Automattic had no other applications if someone within the company wanted it, you got screwed.

The blog post continues to explain how dealing with new domains means you get F*cked.

Landrush Applications

Many registrars started taking pre-registrations for the Landrush period as early as last August. We do realise that some users were disappointed when they discovered that the domain names they had applied for were in fact attributed as part of the Founder’s program, or reserved, and wouldn’t be possible to register or auction at the end of Landrush.

We want to charge ridiculous premiums for these .BLOG domains. Why would we let someone who got in line early get it for $250 plus $30 dollars?

We would like to apologise to these users, but as the lists of Founder domains and Reserved ones weren’t final until just before Landrush, we couldn’t communicate them to registrars in advance (there is nothing registrars hate more than ever-changing lists of reserved domains).

We don't know what we are doing and F*cked up. Instead of admitting a mistake and letting good people get the domains we want, we are playing games.

In addition, domains were removed as well as added to the lists, and we didn’t want to take the risk for registrars to refuse applications in September for domains that would be released in October.

To mitigate the downside of such uncertainty, we structured our fees in a way that registrars are charged only for successful registrations, giving them the opportunity to refund their clients in full for failed applications.

We are changing the rules for .BLOG at will. This will continue so we can make as much money as possible to recoup the $19 – $20 million ICANN extorted from us for rights to sell .BLOG domains.

Pretty much most people that got in early to get a .BLOG domain found they were completely out of luck. They just wasted time and money with WordPress and .BLOG.

Chris's story is quite popular on Hacker News at the moment.  A user by the name of Charles A Finley (a reference to show Burn Notice) commented;

I had this happen to me as well. I registered a domain directly with get.blog on the day that they first started accepting pre-registrations. I got an email a couple of days ago saying that I would be getting my money back, nothing about an auction. I asked for details because I too was expecting an auction. My response also came from the same guy (“Ran”) who said that it wasn't available when my “application” was processed.

The twist in this case? The domain I applied for is now pointing directly towards WordPress.com. So get.blog, owned by parent company Automattic, took the domain which had been made available for the public, and gave it to WordPress.com. I wonder what ICANN will have to say?

SHADY AF.

.BLOG WILL Fail

Making potential early customers anger about the process is a recipe for your new domain extension to fail.  I already shared my thoughts on Matt Mullenweg promoting .BLOG.

It seems that Automattic is getting desperate and trying to squeeze as much profit out of .BLOG as possible.

This just shows how new domain companies are changing the rules as they go screwing potential customers.  Automattic and .BLOG are no different peddling complete and utter B*llSh*t!

WordPress and .BLOG are not going to reach that 250,000 domain registration goal they set for 2016.  At this rate they will not even reach 100,000 with only a few weeks left in the year.

.BLOG is going to fail like many new domain extensions. We've already seen that over 70% of new domains are parked and that number keeps growing.  NameCheap stopped supporting .XYZ domains, and NameCheap has over 1 million .XYZ domains under management. That's just insane.

What do you think of these .BLOG and new domain shenanigans? How do they expect to grow domain registrations and usage when they treat potential customers like this?

68% of Australians prefer .AU Domains for Aussie Websites [VIDEO]

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The AusRegistry and the .au Domain Administration (auDA), the organizations that handle the .AU domain space, recently released a survey on how Australians feel about domain names.

Unsurprisingly it found that a majority of Australians prefer a .AU domain name when setting up a website. Roughly 68% said so in the survey out of over 3,000 asked.

.AU Survey Findings

  • 58% of domain holders surveyed have a .au domain name.
  • People chose to register a .au domain name because it is the ‘most popular domain type in Australia’ and ‘best represents Australian organisations’.
  • .au domains are mostly used for a business website and email.
  • More than 80% of respondents used social media. Facebook remains the top choice at 69%.
  • 38% buy a domain name when they have an idea for a business
  • Australian businesses that do now own a domain name and previously expressed ‘no need’ to hold a domain name dropped from 67% in 2015 to 52% in 2016
  • The gender gap of women .AU registrants is closing, women account for 47% of domain holders. Compared to 44% in 2015 and 43% in 2013.

When Australians were asked,  “Who wants to expand their online presence?” the .AU survey found;

  • 39% of businesses without a domain name
  • 21% of people without a domain name
  • 22% of people with a social media presence
  • 7% of people without a social media presence

When asked Australians were asked, “How do you choose your a domain name provider?” The response;

  • 22% through a web design agency or firm
  • 24% through using a search engine
  • 18% through a personal recommendation

So how does the other 36% decide? I imagine they already have a domain name registrar they use.

When survey respondents were asked, “Why do you choose .AU?” the response was;

  • 47% said it best represents Australian organisations (or organiZations in America)
  • 19% value for their money
  • 58% think it is popular in Australia
  • 22% Trust the .AU domain extension

You can view the .AU inforgraphic here.  In addition you can download the and read and the full report in AusRegistry's Behind the Dot issue.

Australians have a close bond to .AU

In the United States the .US domain extension isn't a popular country code.  While in Australia .AU is a big deal and it seems this survey backs that up.

.AU recently celebrated it's 30th anniversary with over 3 million .AU domains registered.  AuDA plans to introduce direct .AU domain registrations in the future.  Currently .AU registrations are only allowed in .COM.AU, .NET.AU, .ORG.AU, etc. Here is a good video explaining how the .AU domain name space works if you are unfamiliar.

We've already seen Nominet introduce direct .UK domain registrations and New Zealand do the same with .NZ domains.  Will Australians take to direct .AU domain name registrations? We will see but the AusRegistry and auDA have only said it's coming not when direct .AU domains will be released.

What do you think of these .AU survey findings? Surprising or unsurprising? Did the .AU domain survey miss anything important?

.au Survey 2016 finding released [Press Release]

A survey of more than 3,000 respondents has revealed more than two-thirds would register a .au domain if setting up a new website.

AusRegistry and the .au Domain Administration (auDA) have today released the findings of the fourth annual .au survey, used to gauge Australian sentiment towards the .au namespace and how people interact with it.

This year’s findings support previous results as well as presenting shifts in sentiment and domain adoption.

AusRegistry Senior Director George Pongas said the survey was designed to better understand the Australian Internet user and their relationship with the .au domain namespace.

“It is not surprising that in its 30 years of operation, .au has become one of the most established and successful ccTLDs,” Mr Pongas said.

“As a namespace it not only sits as one of the most popular ccTLDs, having ranked in the top ten for domains under management for a number of years, it is a namespace that continually strives to innovate and to safeguard its users.

“On behalf of AusRegistry I would like to thank auDA and the Australian Internet community for their support and assisting us with this important research into the .au namespace.”

auDA CEO Cameron Boardman said a thorough understanding of market place needs and regular tracking of how to meet the expectations of stakeholders were central to the future strategic plans for auDA and the .au domain namespace.

“The .au research findings, conducted by AusRegistry, constitute some of the tools we reference, when we review and aim to improve the services we deliver to the Australian digital community,” Mr Boardman said.

“It’s an important time in the .au landscape. Continuing to seek feedback which can offer us a more comprehensive insight, will be critical for the ongoing success and relevance of .au.”

The .au survey was conducted in July 2016 and received a total of 3,011 responses.

Questions were based on previous surveys and covered the major themes of Demographics, Online Behaviour and Communications, Online Presence, Australians and Domains, and Australians and .au Domains.