Domain Private Registration?

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Hello,

I am a very happy go daddy customer but as my domain count piles up I am getting tired of paying $8-$10 per domain for privacy. This seems like it should be a free service to me.

Is their a registrar that offers low cost or free privacy registration?

thank you in advance
#domain #private #registration
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Not sure whereabouts you are based but as stated above just buy a business mailing address you can use for domains and other business related stuff. In the UK you can get them now for free or for £11 ($20) a year including so many mail scans.

    Rich
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    • Profile picture of the author Mena Jo
      Originally Posted by Richard Tunnah View Post

      Not sure whereabouts you are based but as stated above just buy a business mailing address you can use for domains and other business related stuff. In the UK you can get them now for free or for £11 ($20) a year including so many mail scans.

      Rich
      Care to share where?
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
        Originally Posted by SEObabe View Post

        Care to share where?
        Sure. I've used a few mailing addresses but my current 2 are:-

        scanmypost.co.uk (about £11 a year including 5 mail scans)

        Home | UK Postbox (from free but pay 90p per scan)

        Hope that helps.

        Rich
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    • Profile picture of the author StunningWarrior
      Originally Posted by Richard Tunnah View Post

      Not sure whereabouts you are based but as stated above just buy a business mailing address you can use for domains and other business related stuff. In the UK you can get them now for free or for £11 ($20) a year including so many mail scans.

      Rich
      Where do you get this price? I've previously used MBE which is around GBP20 per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    Yes Namecheap offers free Whois-Guard with it's domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    Just change the contact records, or does GoDaddy not let you put in what you want?
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  • Profile picture of the author dracoboar
    Thank all of you for your replies.

    I want private registration for several reasons but mostly I dont necessarily want google or anyone else to know the blogs are related.

    Although the blogs are all original and decent content it is nobodies business tha tthey are owned by the same company
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  • Profile picture of the author nrmillions
    try namecheap, dynadot, name.com, or moniker. if you have any domains that are not developed i would recommend not using privacy.
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    • Profile picture of the author JMSD
      Originally Posted by nrmillions View Post

      try namecheap, dynadot, name.com, or moniker. if you have any domains that are not developed i would recommend not using privacy.
      Can you explain what you mean about "not developed" and why you'd recommended not having privacy for them, please?

      Jamie
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      • Profile picture of the author nrmillions
        Originally Posted by JMSD View Post

        Can you explain what you mean about "not developed" and why you'd recommended not having privacy for them, please?

        Jamie

        i mean if you have some domains to use for a future project but havent turned it into a website yet then its a good idea not to turn on privacy. you never know what person or company might look you up on the whois and email you wanting to buy your domain for a lot of money. i get several emails per day from people emailing me wanting to buy my domains from the whois.
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        • Profile picture of the author davezan
          Sorry to burst your bubble, but there's something else you ought to know.

          Go Daddy has this (in)famous 60-day lock that kicks in if the registrant name has
          been changed for any reason. Unfortunately that also takes effect if you turn off
          their Domains By Proxy/WHOIS privacy thing, which (also unfortunately) needs to
          happen if you want to transfer your domain name/s away from them.
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          • Profile picture of the author dracoboar
            Originally Posted by davezan View Post

            Sorry to burst your bubble, but there's something else you ought to know.

            Go Daddy has this (in)famous 60-day lock that kicks in if the registrant name has
            been changed for any reason. Unfortunately that also takes effect if you turn off
            their Domains By Proxy/WHOIS privacy thing, which (also unfortunately) needs to
            happen if you want to transfer your domain name/s away from them.
            What exactly do they lock? can you explain this a little further for me please.

            thank you
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            • Profile picture of the author davezan
              Originally Posted by dracoboar View Post

              What exactly do they lock? can you explain this a little further for me please.

              thank you
              If you try to transfer your domain name from Go Daddy to whoever registrar, it'll
              not go through because the gaining registrar can't "see through" the Domains By
              Proxy thing. If you remove DBP, it'll change the registrant name.

              If the registrant name is changed for any reason, that'll turn on Go Daddy's lock
              for 60-days. If that happens, you can't transfer your domain name from them 'til
              60 days after that.

              Hope this clears things, although it might not be a good thing once it sinks in.
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              • Profile picture of the author woobie
                Originally Posted by davezan View Post

                If you try to transfer your domain name from Go Daddy to whoever registrar, it'll
                not go through because the gaining registrar can't "see through" the Domains By
                Proxy thing. If you remove DBP, it'll change the registrant name.

                If the registrant name is changed for any reason, that'll turn on Go Daddy's lock
                for 60-days. If that happens, you can't transfer your domain name from them 'til
                60 days after that.

                Hope this clears things, although it might not be a good thing once it sinks in.
                I disabled my "domains by proxy privacy" for my domain yesterday and transferred the domain from Godaddy to Namecheap successfully.

                They may have changed this rule recently. I think I recall reading somewhere that they got in trouble for doing this and it was an issue earlier.
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                • Profile picture of the author davezan
                  Originally Posted by woobie View Post

                  I disabled my "domains by proxy privacy" for my domain yesterday and transferred the domain from Godaddy to Namecheap successfully.

                  They may have changed this rule recently. I think I recall reading somewhere that they got in trouble for doing this and it was an issue earlier.
                  Ah, excellent. Thanks for chiming in!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ardral
        Originally Posted by JMSD View Post

        Can you explain what you mean about "not developed" and why you'd recommended not having privacy for them, please?

        Jamie
        Personally, I no longer do privacy on domains (as others have stated here) and use non-related whois info on different GD accounts. I do use an email address that forwards onto a real email address, however, on the off chance something needs to be confirmed.

        My reasons are:

        1. Google have previously stated, regarding domain privacy, if you use it then you have something to hide. They didn't explicitly state rankings would be affected but I would assume so if you read between the lines
        2. Trusting GD with privacy is humorous given their business track record



        ***damn this thread is old - didn't realise until after I posted. :p
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        • Profile picture of the author rpatsmith
          I use the GD privitization simply to avoid the hassle of scammers trying to contact me.
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          • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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            I only register my domains with companies that do not charge any fee for privacy.

            Cheers. - Frank
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            • Profile picture of the author Kay King
              Ahem - thread date....
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    • Profile picture of the author dracoboar
      Originally Posted by Pat Jackson View Post

      If you're buying a new domain use Namecheap.

      If you're talking about domains that you already have at GoDaddy, use these coupons:

      Privacy: GDBBA1550
      Renewal: GDBBREN8
      awesome thank you
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      • Profile picture of the author Abitha
        You can go with Hioxindia. They are one of the experienced domain registration company. You can register your all your .com, .in, .org domains at an affordable price.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sitestomp
    PO box is a solid method.

    Also, even if your domain is private there are ways to find out who owns it. Under pressure, hosting companies will give you up rather than face legal problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yahoo Webhosting offers private domain registration for $0.99 a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author dracoboar
    All excellent information thank all of you guys
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  • Profile picture of the author 99conversions
    Namecheap is excellent!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkUSA
    Hey, I have a question. Everyone is talking about getting a P.O. box, but what about your NAME? Yes, the address will be private, but it's not really the address that I want to be private, but my first and last name. After all, you don't want potential employers or relatives to do a search on your name and find out you own a domain like howtoturnsmallpenisintolargepenis.info ...or something
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    • Profile picture of the author Mena Jo
      Originally Posted by MarkUSA View Post

      Hey, I have a question. Everyone is talking about getting a P.O. box, but what about your NAME? Yes, the address will be private, but it's not really the address that I want to be private, but my first and last name. After all, you don't want potential employers or relatives to do a search on your name and find out you own a domain like howtoturnsmallpenisintolargepenis.info ...or something
      Lol yes that could be a tad bit embarrassing. I'm not sure where they would stand on using nicknames I.e. you could use Marky, Marko, Markie (then real surname). Or if you had a long first name you could shorten it. Or if you had a common name use it anyway, you can always deny you were the same person.
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  • Profile picture of the author StunningWarrior
    Originally Posted by dracoboar View Post

    Is their a registrar that offers low cost or free privacy registration?
    domainmonster.com offers free privacy and the registration prices are pretty reasonable too. I've used them as my main registrar for several years and had no problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Builder154
    Private domain registration will help, but if you use Adsense people can just search the publisher ID and find out which sites are linked. Are people aware of this? There seems no way around that. So even if you do hide your info on the domains, there is still a way people can tell the sites are linked if you use Adsense (and perhaps some other programs where you can only get one account). Thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSEO
    My vote goes to NameCheap. As about GoDaddy, so personally I would never recommend it to anyone. There are too many issues with them...
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  • Profile picture of the author dennis09
    1 and 1 offers free private registration, but just a warning: customer service sucks
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  • Profile picture of the author yougpeter
    Namecheap offers free Whois-Guard with it's domains for free in first year after you have to pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author MMartin89
    Even though you buy bunch of domains from them, why would they make it free for you? It's like one of their highest selling upsells..
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