Bill Hartzer

Microsoft Buys 8 Search Engine Optimization Domain Names

Microsoft has purchased eight domain names related to search engine optimization (SEO). I am not quite sure about the reasoning behind this move by Microsoft, the owner of the search engine. There could be a few reasons, the most logical being brand and trademark protection, as I do not suspect that Microsoft is going to go into the search engine optimization business anytime soon.

Microsoft purchased 49 domain names today, and eight of the domain names were related to “search engine optimization” for their search engine:

What I find particularly interesting, though, is that there aren’t any .COM domains on the list. All of these domain names are either .net, .org, or .info domain names. It does not appear that any of the .com domains are owned by Microsoft at this point.

When you go to any of these 8 domain names, they appear to resolve to a search result for the related keyword phrase on

What I find particular funny, as a sidenote to all of this, the domain name appears to be pointed at Google right now:

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