Often times students are looking to create their new web address or identity on the web, but may find themselves not having a credit card or cash in general to purchase the domain name.
Luckily if you do a quick search you may find out that there are free top level domains out there, for instance the .TK TLD. Which is the country domain for Tokelau - which consist of three coral atolls covering about three square miles with a population of 1,400 and no airport or seaport - this has become the third largest in the world, and with 31 million registrations under the .tk TLD it's the worlds largest country code domain. Fun fact, according to some reports one sixth of Tokelau's GDP comes from the .tk domains.
So if you're just an average Joe building your own website or blog, a popular choice is the .tk TLD domain. It's operated by the Freedom Registry in New Zealand which also operates other free TLD's, if you want to read more on how they operate you can read this article.
Keep in mind I wouldn't use the .tk TLD officially for a global brand or identity in the long run for various reasons, these include SEO, too much people using the .tk TLD for phishing and spamming, Google adsense wouldn't work at it's best, and so forth each would require sometime to go into detail.
It is useful to build up traffic and popularity and experiment along despite it's low ranking in search engines, so why no try it out on your next class project. 🙂
published by Alberto J. Matus