How to Reserve XXX Domain Names

Sites with .com domain names are everywhere, you’d see .net and .org ones occasionally too and you might stumble upon a .biz one too. But soon, .xxx domains will start appearing. As you could have guessed, these domains are meant for XXX-type of sites. Yes, porn sites. Eleven years after the idea surfaced in 2000 and much objections and disapprovals earlier, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) finally approved this new top level domain (TLD) on 18 March 2011.

The idea was mooted to protect children from being targeted and exposed to pornography. Once the domains go on sale, they can only be used for adult entertainment sites that have been verified to be genuine and legal.

.XXX Domains

With “sex” being the most searched for Internet topic and an estimated $3,000 spent each second on online porn, there is a huge online market for adult entertainment. This is evident in the fact that 542,000 domain names have already been booked before the start of the sale of the domain names in Q2 2011. Content providers can expect to benefit from these domains by having an increase in traffic and customer confidence in the domain. A safe, anonymous and secure micro-payments platform is also be in place that could potentially lead to more revenue for the porn industry.

How to apply for a .xxx domain name?

So just how do you apply for a .xxx domain? The process is actually similar to the application of .com and other domains.

  1. Register for a free account on ICM Registry

    ICM Registry is the registry company approved by ICANN to handle the allocation of .xxx domain names. Clicking to pre-reserve your domain will take you to a page where you would have to register your particulars before you can proceed with the registration. Click on “Click here to sign up for an account” to do this, or simply log on if you have an existing account.

  2. Check your email and log in to your account

    Once the registration is completed, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address provided earlier. Either click on the link given in the email or copy and paste it into your browser to verify your ICM registration. Once done, you can then log in to your ICM account with the email address and password.

  3. Reserve your domain names

    There are two methods of domain registration. The first is “pre-owned” and the other is “wish list”.

    Pre-owned

    Preowned XXX domains

    If you already owned mydomain.com and now want to register mydomain.xxx, you would need to input your existing domains in the “pre-owned” section. You have an advantage over the rest in securing your .xxx domain. Those who own their domain names before 1st February 2010 are given priority in securing these desired domains. However, bear in mind that having a trademark doesn’t guarantee you your preferred .xxx domain. If there are several pre-owned requests that qualify, a closed mini-auction will be carried out between those parties.

    You can submit as many names as you want but there can only be 1000 names per form. Just insert the domain name instead of the URL.

    Wish list

    Wish list XXX domains

    This section is for those who want to reserve a domain without already owning it in any other top-level domains. Similarly, one can reserve as many names as they want but limited to 1000 names per form.

  4. After filling in the domain namess, click on the “Submit” button to send your requests to the ICM Registry.

.XXX domains will cost about $60 but the final selling price will be set by the registrars themselves; there aren’t any other additional fees that you need to pay. At the moment, there isn’t any system put in place to check the availability of a domain name but ICM is looking at putting in a search function soon. With the current count of pre-reserved domains at 542,461, it is very much advisable to reserve your adult domain as quickly as possible to ensure a better chance of securing it.

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