.TK is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand located in the South Pacific.
Tokelau allows any individual to register domain names. Users and small businesses may register up to 3 domain names free of charge (with some restrictions). In addition to the name itself, users can opt to forward their web traffic using HTML frames and their email traffic, with a maximum of 250 addresses per user log in, or use full DNS, either via their own or third-party servers, or by using Dot TK’s servers. In order to ensure that names are being used, there is a minimum usage policy of 25 hits in 90 days, for both forwarded and DNS only domains, or 10 emails in 90 days for those domains that use only email forwarding. There are also content restrictions for free domains, banning sites containing sexual content, drug use, hate speech, firearms, and spam or copyright infringement.
Also if a domain’s redirect target doesn’t work (even temporarily) the domain is taken offline. If a domain violates any of these terms, it is replaced by a Sedo ad page, and no beforehand warning is given. Expired pages (except for those that received complaints of content violations) can be reclaimed by contacting their support system.
Dot TK also provides .tk websites with the option to join a network called TiKinet, a close-knit network that links sites to each other based on key words called TiKilinks. The network is expected to increase traffic to the websites, many of which are personal sites and blogs operated by individuals who otherwise would have no way to advertise their sites.
To be able to get a “special” .tk domain name the user must buy it. This includes trademark domain names for most Fortune 500 companies. Potentially valuable names with fewer than 4 characters are similarly unavailable for free registration, and must generally be purchased at a premium price of over $1000.