Dan Green, the well-known — and very entrepreneurial — mortgage re.net 2.0 blogger, mortgage broker, businessman, and 50% of the brains behind the re.net’s “Associated Press of blogging” pinged me last night with some interesting, if perhaps geeky, news: a new top-level domain .Blog has been announced and will be available starting today.
What does this mean? Quite simple — if you’ve been thinking of starting a blog, you may have noticed that every single possible domain name has already been taken. Seriously. Trust me on this. Say you’re in Wapatachee, WI. WapatacheeBlog.com, the obvious choice, is already gone, as is its plural form. WapatacheeHomeBlog and its plural twin — taken. Same with WapatacheeRealEstateBlog[s].com, WapatacheeHomesForSaleBlog[s].com and so forth…you’d have to content yourself with something like WapatacheeRealEstateAndMortgageServicesInformationForYouFromMeYourTrustedRealtor[s].com
With the new .Blog domains available, you’ll now be able to settle for something much simpler and much more memorable. Wapatachee.Blog, for instance, would be a good choice.
At just a few minutes after midnight, just after the domains had become available, I thought I’d reserve a few obvious choices for myself — 3Oceans.blog and 3OceansRealEstate.blog. Guess what — taken! I did some sleuthing and found both domains had been registered just minutes earlier by a company named DotBlog.Blog, headquartered in Cincinnati OH at 10979 Reed Hartman, Suite 118B. Some more investigation proved my suspicion: DotBlog.Blog’s head office is in the broom closet of Dan Green’s mortgage business.
You see, Dan Green is not, in fact, a mortgage broker. He’s actually a domain cyber-squatter. He got wind of the new .Blog domains a few days ago and took the time to write an automated blog that reserved every single conceivable re.net domain name within minutes of them becoming available. Greg Swann — want Bloodhound.blog? Sorry, Dan’s got it. Joe — looking for Sellsius.blog? Same news.
It turns out that through another of his nefarious shell Cayman Island-based shell companies, Dan has started another venture called BringTheMoolahForYourDomain.Blog.com If you want to ransom your hijacked domain name, send $50 in crisp $3 notes to Dan Green’s West Coast office in Menlo Park. Email me for the address.
Tags: Dan Green, Humor, Industry