Sunday, March 28, 2010

Free Top Level Domains from Dot TK

One of the readers asked to give overview of the free top level domains provided by Dot TK. I am using several of them for many years, and they serve as an additional traffic source for my Blogger blogs. However, I would not say that these domains fit everybody’s needs. If you register the attractive domain just to forget about it, you will not get any advantages, as it will disappear soon without traffic, no matter how low the requirements are. However, if you are serious to use it actively and promote your sites and business, that might be a good help since you can find excellent short domains for free, which are already costs millions on COM, NET, or ORG.

Dot TK is the country code top level domain registry that offers free domain name registration services.

Dot TK is the leading provider of free domain names - domain names that used to have mandatory commercial advertisements included on their site. From 2008, these mandatory advertisements have been removed from all the websites that bear a .TK domain name.

Dot TK domains are often used to rename long and hard-to-remember URLs into easy and memorable domain names with the .TK extensions. To prevent dormant (but desirable) domains and domain hijacking, all free domain names registered should have at least 25 hits every 90 days to stay active. This is a serious limitation to the users who plan to capture free domains forever and do not have any plans for their promotion and development.

This restriction does not apply to paid domain name registrants, who not only receive the user-rights but also get the licence-rights for the domains - a reason why medium and large-size companies buy their .TK domains.

Dot TK is a joint venture of the Government of Tokelau, its communication company Teletok and BV Dot TK, a privately held company.

Why you need Top Level Domain Name?

Your business website should definitely have its own top level domain (TLD) name. This means a name like It doesn’t mean a subdomain of someone else’s domain name, such as

Sometimes persons hesitate to register a proper domain name because of cost, lack of knowledge, or indecision. However, paying the nominal fee charged by the domain registrar for your own domain name can reap rich dividends.

A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or Internet address like (ignoring the http part), or, just doesn’t look as professional as It might be free (as in included with your web space) but it just doesn’t cut it.

Consider: If you put your URL on your letterheads, business cards, signs, et cetera, which Internet address looks more professional?

If you mention your URL on your radio advertising or to a customer over the phone, which one will be easier to remember?

As well, what if your web host goes out of business or you decide that you want to change to another provider. Now, you need to notify everyone that you have now changed to You will also need to change all your stationery, signs, and advertising to reflect the change.

On the other hand, the domain name, could be transferred from one web host to another simply by informing your domain name registrar of the change.

So, to avoid losing business and incurring unnecessary additional costs, be sure you have your own top level domain name.

Limitations and Disadvantages

Here are some of the restrictions noted on the Dot TK website.

  • You may register no more than three free domain names.
  • The ownership of the free domain remains with Dot TK. This means that you can’t sell it. (Of course, if you pay for the domain you do own it and can transfer it to a new owner.)
  • Also, if you don’t have 25 visitors come to your home page within a ninety day period, your free domain name registration is cancelled.
  • You need to have existing web content somewhere so that your dot tk name can be forwarded to it.


test said...

A good post indeed. Kindly also tell what should one do when he/she setup a domain "without email" option. How can he cancel his domain other then waiting for 90 days.

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