I’m not a big fan of how Go Daddy tries to push people into adding privacy protection to their domains

Over the years I’ve seen Go Daddy get increasingly aggressive with their promotion of privacy protection for domain names. As anyone who has been buying or selling domain names for years knows, privacy protection simply means that if someone wants to buy your domain name, or get in contact with you, it just makes it harder.

On top of that, if you’re running a business, using privacy protection rather than your business name as the registrant can make it look like you’re trying to hide something. For example, Twitter.com is not privacy protected, it is registered publicly by Twitter Inc. Facebook.com, you guessed it, Facebook Inc. The list goes on, just about every legitimate company you can think of has their domain name publicly registered under the company name.

Now what about something like BlackHatWorld.com? Yeah, the domain is under privacy protection. Pincoin.io, the website for a scam ICO that stole $600M, also under privacy protection.

So…here’s the screen that Go Daddy sends you to right after you register a domain name:


Telling people who register a domain name that if they don’t use privacy protection they will get mobbed by spam and scammers just isn’t true. The reality is they will probably end up looking like a spammer or scammer themselves if they’re hiding their identity using privacy protection.

All this being said I think it’s important to note, I am a proud Go Daddy customer, I’ve been using them for over ten years. I really like Go Daddy and think they have great technology, a stellar platform, and some truly amazing people that work their. But I think their messaging around privacy policy is just plain wrong and instead is just a way to make more money.

What do you think? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Scott Bender June 8, 2018, 5:27 pm

    I DO NOT agree with you on this.
    I have almost 100 lead gen sites and as soon as I register one at Go Daddy, within the first few days, I get lots and lots of people from India trying to sell me services.
    NOW with NameCheap.com, I get privacy for free and almost the same price as Go Daddy. And it eliminates the spam emails.

    But I do like the 24/7 phone support with Go Daddy vs. chat with NameCheap.com.

    • Morgan June 9, 2018, 11:49 am

      Thanks for sharing your opinions everyone, looks like there are plenty of people who prefer to have everything privacy protected. From my experience I found my inbound offers drop dramatically when I put domains under privacy protection in the past. At the end of the day, I want to do everything possible to make it easy for someone who wants to buy a domain from me to easily get in touch.

      I’ve never had much issues with spam but I also have a relatively small portfolio and no six-figure domains so it might be different based on the size of your portfolio and value of the names that you have.

      I do think that for big six and seven figure domains an interested buyer will do everything they can to get in touch with you. For a $2,500 domain, I think a potential buyer will move onto a different name if they can’t easily get in touch.

      That’s my two cents!

  • Bill Kara June 8, 2018, 5:29 pm

    I have almost everything under privacy. Why would you want the world to know what you own?

    Can I see your bank balance?

    What’s the difference?

    Once I had my email compromised from a public Whois and that led to a bunch of problems. Now that extra layer just adds one more level of security.

  • Michael June 8, 2018, 5:32 pm

    Not true Morgan, average people do get attacked by spammers if they don’t have privacy protection on. You will get tons of emails and real mail coming to your house telling you that your registration is due and to send $67 to renew it or you will lose your domain name and non-internet people fall for that stuff all the time! I got privacy protection on all my domains because I am sick of people bugging me! Namesilo.com privacy is free!

  • Bill Kara June 8, 2018, 6:56 pm

    If the buyer can’t sort out whois privacy and get to you it’s a good thing, one less low baller uninformed person you must reply to. Its a great filter. High value determined buyers have no problem navigating a private whois.

  • Matt Holmes June 9, 2018, 12:49 am

    Love this drama. +1 for being not hiding your web assets. You can look up who owns real estate through the county and clerk, and every gets spam thanks to that, too. But it keeps the property owners more transparent and accountable.

    Boo Godaddy! (I’m a long-time customer, too).

  • Mark Thorpe June 9, 2018, 6:54 am

    GoDaddy’s domain privacy pricing is way too high, I’ve been saying that for years.
    You shouldn’t have to pay almost the same price for domain privacy as you pay for the domain registration itself! It’s a money grab.


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