There are probably well over 200 million blogs in the world, and .blog is seeking to make as many of these as possible their home. To date, there are going on to 110,000 .blog domain names registered in over 8 months since the launch of the new gTLD to make it the 30th largest of the new gTLDs. So there’s a huge market for .blog and a strong future ahead. It’s also one of the new gTLDs with the highest usage rates with two-thirds (66.5%) of all .blog domain names being used and having their own unique website, and around 28% parked. This compares to the 2 largest new gTLDs, .top and .xyz, who both have over 60% parked.
The 66.5% of .blog domains that have a unique website associated with them compares to an average of 39.3% for both new and legacy TLDs, according to recent research by Daniel Ruzzini-Mejia (co-founder and CSO of DomainsBot Srl, the company behind big-data analysis platform Pandalytics). Ruzzini-Mejia found more than 250 .blog domains that use an eCommerce platform, “which actually indicates that there’s people using .blog not only for blogging, but also for business,” he said, pointing out the broader opportunities for .blog websites.
Additionally, the more people see .blog domain names out in the wild, the more they’re likely to want one.
The registry, Knock Knock Whois There, also made an unusual announcement recently saying that the pricing of a .blog domain, for the registry fee at least, once registered, will not increase. In the medium term, Knock Knock Whois There has the goal of one million registrations and they’re confident they can make it. So whatever your interest or hobby, there’s a .blog domain name waiting for your website.