Domain Privacy - Is It Really Worth It?

by LilBlackDress 40 replies
I have a PO box and run ethical quality sites. So far I have been buying domain privacy but I am starting to wonder what am I gaining from it?

I would love to learn your thoughts regarding domain privacy.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaysteven84
    Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

    I have a PO box and run ethical quality sites. So far I have been buying domain privacy but I am starting to wonder what am I gaining from it?

    I would love to learn your thoughts regarding domain privacy.
    you don't need it. You need privacy only in that case if you do some shady stuff.
    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by jaysteven84 View Post

      you don't need it. You need privacy only in that case if you do some shady stuff.
      That is a incorrect statement ....

      Whois Privacy is for many reasons..

      * Hide you niche sites from Competition

      * Control Spam and Snail Mail Junk

      * Because "real" info is required you cannot register domain names under a pen name, thus whois privacy is required if you are running a site under a pen name

      * It blocks harvesters from nabbing your info to resell as leads to someone else

      * It saves you from stalkers, yes some people actually do stalk others

      These are just a few reasons... I say yes it is worth it ....

      James
    • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
      Originally Posted by jaysteven84 View Post

      you don't need it. You need privacy only in that case if you do some shady stuff.
      That's wrong on so many levels. I don't do 'shady stuff', yet I
      still use private registrations.

      I register them privately simply because I don't like giving
      my full name, address & contact details to the public.
  • Profile picture of the author Tyler Jonsson
    It makes it *slightly* more difficult for other marketers to "spy" on your other sites. Meaning if they run a whois search on one of your niche sites, they cannot just instantly see the other 10 niche sites you run.

    Depending on your business model this is a valuable thing.

    If you run adsense content sites for example ;-)

    It really depends...
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    • Profile picture of the author SEOPoints
      Originally Posted by Tyler Jonsson View Post

      It makes it *slightly* more difficult for other marketers to "spy" on your other sites. Meaning if they run a whois search on one of your niche sites, they cannot just instantly see the other 10 niche sites you run.
      What's the extra step that needs to be taken if someone wanted to find your other sites, assuming you're using some kind of WHOIS-guard type site? You mention it makes it slightly more difficult, so it sounds like there's an extra step that can be taken to get all the information anyway. What is it?
  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Domain Privacy is like locking your front door. It only keeps the innocent out. You are not protected from those who want to get in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    Makes it a little more difficult for someone digging through records to find you, but they can always email the privacy name - it has to work or the domain would be in violation of ICANN regulations.

    That said, spammers can still get to them and therefor your inbox.

    I do believe in using them (not for nefarious reasons) but simply to keep everyone in the world from having my physical address. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author schleprock
      Originally Posted by Gary King View Post

      Makes it a little more difficult for someone digging through records to find you, but they can always email the privacy name - it has to work or the domain would be in violation of ICANN regulations.

      That said, spammers can still get to them and therefor your inbox.

      I do believe in using them (not for nefarious reasons) but simply to keep everyone in the world from having my physical address. :-)
      If I am doing a background check I can find you. If you use your real name I will know (and use in legal document, possible court) and use it against you. You don't want to tell a judge you have no money and then I (my attorney) tell him you own a website with great traffic and Google estimates your earning at X amount.
      I own a website on addiction. If someone runs a backgroud on me I don't want everyone knowing I was a drunk and how flipping out of control things got.
  • Profile picture of the author Negotiator74
    I wouldn't go without it but thats just me. I don't want someone to be able to google my name and come up with every site I own....I'm just a little cautious like that.
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I never use it. I want people to be able to contact me if they want to buy a site of mine. Never had any unusual problems with not using it.
    • Profile picture of the author aaallday2010
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I never use it. I want people to be able to contact me if they want to buy a site of mine. Never had any unusual problems with not using it.
      Don't you have a contact form on your websites?
  • Profile picture of the author Amanda_Davis
    There's plenty of other ways people can track you down or find out your niches... e.g. just do a quick search to see what other sites are held on the same server.
  • Profile picture of the author bobsedge
    If you get your domains through 1and1.com, domain privacy is free.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cynthia A.
      Originally Posted by bobsedge View Post

      If you get your domains through 1and1.com, domain privacy is free.
      Also Namecheap.com has it for free & they're only $9.69/yr (just renewed a domain). I don't like receiving mail from companies trying to get me to renew my domain with them or sending me bogus "bills" in regards to my sites, or telemarketing calls (which is what I got when my address was available). For that reason, I use the free privacy guard.

      Cynthia
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    • Profile picture of the author RWilt
      Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      ....Chances are, the average person is not going to go look up your domain (or even know how).
      Totally agree, that many of the online customers wouldn't know how to find the information.


      I do think it really depends on the niche and how comfortable you are that your information is there. If you are trying to build passive income and not a full time online business, there is no problem with using the privacy.

      I use privacy on about half of my sites... one of my niche sites I got a call at about 3am asking me to elaborate on something in one of my posts. One more just today from my product site, a cold sales call about a great new system the person has come up with to increase my traffic... unacceptable in my opinion.

      So roundabout way to say the privacy is good and bad in certain instances, but I like using it most of the time.
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