private domain registration!

by BIBI15
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hello warriors,

private registration has always been important for me, especially to protect my privacy. on godaddy i have to pay almost 8 dollars to hide my private info each year. Today i was talking to my friend who also runs couple of website, and he told me some interesting thing!. he thinks that hiding private info is bad for your site because google doesn't likes it!


how do you think will it cause any problems, to hide my private info???
#domain #private #registration
  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Why would Google not like someone trying to prevent getting bombarded with spam?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Russell
    It isn't a very important metric, but according to Matt Cutts, sites with real whois data are more trustable that those that are new and hide their data. So Google prefers without whois privacy.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by Alex Russell View Post

      It isn't a very important metric, but according to Matt Cutts, sites with real whois data are more trustable that those that are new and hide their data. So Google prefers without whois privacy.
      You have a link for that? I don't remember ever seeing him say that.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    From what I can gather, this idea that whois privacy can affect ranking is from a comment Matt Cutts made back in 2006 where he said:

    “Rather than any real content, most of the pages were pay-per-click (PPC) parked pages, and when I checked the whois on them, they all had “whois privacy protection service” on them. That’s relatively unusual.
    Having lots of sites isn’t automatically bad, and having PPC sites isn’t automatically bad, and having whois privacy turned on isn’t automatically bad, but once you get several of these factors all together, you’re often talking about a very different type of webmaster than the fellow who just has a single site or so.”
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  • Profile picture of the author BIBI15
    personaly i think that it's all about privacy. if i don't want to show my personal info it's my choice so i can't understand why google doesn't like those people??
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Namecheap includes privacy for a year. Makes it worth the extra cost over any GoDaddy coupon.
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    • Profile picture of the author SEOWizard417
      I use private who is on all my domains, no reason not to. Don't worry about it as far as rankings go, it's not going to hurt your sites.

      Privacy is free for the first year with some registrars, otherwise usually runs 5-6 bucks a year.
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      • Profile picture of the author BIBI15
        Originally Posted by SEOWizard417 View Post

        I use private who is on all my domains, no reason not to. Don't worry about it as far as rankings go, it's not going to hurt your sites.

        Privacy is free for the first year with some registrars, otherwise usually runs 5-6 bucks a year.
        5-6 bucks for each domain???
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  • Profile picture of the author doubleclick
    Google doesn't actually verify whois addresses. They don't check the difference between an actual address and another address.

    They won't know if the whois uses your home address, you nana's address, your office address or your dentist's address.

    The Google whois indicates 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, which isn't very accurate, given how vast the Google campus is.

    Wink wink.
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    • Originally Posted by doubleclick View Post

      Google doesn't actually verify whois addresses. They don't check the difference between an actual address and another address.

      They won't know if the whois uses your home address, you nana's address, your office address or your dentist's address.

      The Google whois indicates 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, which isn't very accurate, given how vast the Google campus is.

      Wink wink.
      Yeah, but registrars actually do and I receive annual emails from the registrars my domains are registered through reminding me to keep my Whois up to date, or I could risk losing the domains. It's not worth putting in false information and losing your domain.

      I am now very interested in the answer to the OP's question. If I have a couple hundred websites, I would really want them using private Whois information so a competitor can't do a reverse Whois on one of my sites and see all the sites I operate.
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      • Profile picture of the author doubleclick
        Originally Posted by ForgottenStrategy View Post

        Yeah, but registrars actually do and I receive annual emails from the registrars my domains are registered through reminding me to keep my Whois up to date, or I could risk losing the domains. It's not worth putting in false information and losing your domain.

        I am now very interested in the answer to the OP's question. If I have a couple hundred websites, I would really want them using private Whois information so a competitor can't do a reverse Whois on one of my sites and see all the sites I operate.
        I see your point and my apologies for any confusion.

        To my knowledge (limited though it may be), up-to-date means info is "correct" and not spammy (Peter Pan, 141 Neverland) and not PO Box. Registrars do not send mail out for you to verify the address, neither do they knock on your door and ask you to fill-out a form. I have also yet to receive a request for a scanned bill with my address (like PayPal) or any sort of address proof.

        I manage a few (388) domains and websites for clients, mix of private whois and not, the not being a mix of actual and not-so-actual addresses. 95% are on GoDaddy. GoDaddy has stepped-up verification of emails, but physical addresses, not yet. Or, at least, not for accounts I manage. That said, many of my accounts (personal and company) have been active for a very long time. Perhaps that's got something to do with it?

        To the OP's concern, my point was mainly not to worry too much about private registration.


        Question: "how do you think will it cause any problems, to hide my private info???"

        My answer (roughly): "no. don't sweat it"
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    I have tons of sites using WhoIs privacy. If Google has an issue with it, it's not an issue that is significant enough to keep them from ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Bottom line is private domain registration doesn't matter when ranking pages.

    It doesn't even matter If Matt Cutts said it matters.

    I've always had privacy turned on for my domains, still ranking pages...
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    • Profile picture of the author BIBI15
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Bottom line is private domain registration doesn't matter when ranking pages.

      It doesn't even matter If Matt Cutts said it matters.

      I've always had privacy turned on for my domains, still ranking pages...

      how much do you pay for privacy??
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOWizard417
    Yep, but it's worth it. You can find some coupon codes sometimes that provide it for free, but 5-6 bucks on a domain isn't a lot. If that's keeping you from getting it, you have bigger problems to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author BIBI15
    i fully agree with you, paying 5-6 bucks is worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author pawandave
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    yeah sure , Google like site without whoise privacy but i don't see any impact on ranking factor so its not a big deal ...go with namecheap good deal with whois privacy ...BUt wipe out from mind it will affect your ranking ...
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    Originally Posted by BIBI15 View Post

    hello warriors,

    private registration has always been important for me, especially to protect my privacy. on godaddy i have to pay almost 8 dollars to hide my private info each year. Today i was talking to my friend who also runs couple of website, and he told me some interesting thing!. he thinks that hiding private info is bad for your site because google doesn't likes it!


    how do you think will it cause any problems, to hide my private info???
    First, you can obtain private whois for free with many good registrars. As for what your friend told you, it is not true, private whois has nothing to do with SEO, Google and ranking.
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