Google lost important domain name, cannot be renewed

For some reason, the Internet tycoon also lost one of the important domain names, millions of websites of users could not access.

The blogspot.in domain name expires in May 2020 and deleted on June 24, 2020. It was immediately acquired by an Indian domain provider, Domainming, for sale on Sedo for $5,999.

Blogspot is the name of Google’s Blogger service, which has been in use for decades. While .COM domain names are used as the primary domain names, ccTLD national domain names are used to serve local customers.

Currently, in Google’s index database, I check that there are more than 4 million links, and of course, all are inaccessible:

Google has always used MarkMonitor’s service to manage its domain name portfolio. If the company forgets to renew the domain name to cause problems like today, it will be very discredited, affecting the brand.

However, it seems the truth is not so. According to the Whois historical data on DomainTools, the blogspot.in domain name has been precisely prevented by the provider from renewing.

On June 1, 2018, blogspot.in was updated with another status: serverRenewProhibited. It means prohibited domain names are not allowed to be renewed by the registry. The first time I saw a domain name in this weird state.

According to ICANN description, this domain name status means:

This status code indicates your domain’s Registry Operator will not allow your registrar to renew your domain. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes or when your domain is subject to deletion.

Often, this status indicates an issue with your domain that needs to be addressed promptly. You should contact your registrar to request more information and resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, and you simply want to renew it, you must first contact your registrar and request that they work with the Registry Operator to remove this status code. This process can take longer than it does for clientRenewProhibited because your registrar has to forward your request to your domain’s registry and wait for them to lift the restriction.

Domain status at this time includes clientDeleteProhibited, clientTransferProhibited, clientUpdateProhibited, serverDeleteProhibited, serverTransferProhibited, and serverUpdateProhibited at the same time.

The sad thing is that Google has not solved this problem nor informed users about losing ownership of the blogspot.in domain name. Users are required to use the blogspot.com domain name instead. This means that the entire old link on other websites will lose value, the effort to link will be lost.

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