To hide or not to hide – do you keep your WHOIS information public or keep it private?


So I wrote a post yesterday about Go Daddy’s heavy promotion of their privacy protection services. I personally don’t keep my WHOIS information private because, my domains are for sale, and I want to make it as easy as possible for people who want to buy a domain to contact me.

Of course that’s just my opinion, and I’m just one person. A number of people commented on this post saying that they disagreed with me and that privacy is the way to go.

First things first, I don’t think there is a right answer here. Second, both Uniregistry and NameCheap offer free privacy protection so if you disagree with me and want to keep your WHOIS info private, know that you can do it for free and don’t have to shell out $7.99 per domain, per year. Honestly, just think about it, this pretty much doubles the cost of your .COM renewals every year for each domain under privacy.

Here’s my reasoning for keeping my WHOIS info public:

  • I ran an experiment some time ago and learned that I got a LOT less offers if I turned privacy protection on
  • At the end of the day I do want to make it as easy as possible for people to contact me if they want to buy my domain names
  • I’ve never had an issue with spam as a result of keeping my WHOIS info public, sure I get an email here or there but it’s never bugged me
  • Like the examples I gave in my post yesterday, spammers and scammers ALWAYS have their WHOIS info private, whenever I personally see a domain that is privacy protected it always makes me think twice about what the owner is doing with the domain…do they have something to hide?

That’s just me thought, and I’m only one person. So I thought I’d expand the conversation that I kicked-off last night and ask my readers – do you prefer to keep your domain names under privacy protection or not?

I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Michael June 9, 2018, 1:57 pm

    The question you should really be asking is when you turn on domain privacy do you still own your domain name? hahaha

    Anyway if your names are for sale and you have a landing page to contact you isn’t that enough?

    I don’t see any of your information on domaintools for, so do you have privacy on already? Hmmmmm?
    Registry Domain ID: 101523001_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server:
    Registrar URL:
    Updated Date: 2012-07-30T18:39:29Z
    Creation Date: 2003-08-03T18:23:30Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-08-03T18:23:30Z
    Registrar:, LLC
    Registrar IANA ID: 146
    Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
    Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Registrant Organization: Pelican Domains LLC
    Registrant State/Province: Texas
    Registrant Country: US
    DNSSEC: unsigned
    URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:

  • Morgan June 9, 2018, 2:30 pm

    @Michael – I think you’re confused…this isn’t under privacy, the Registrant Organization shows up as my company, not a privacy protection service.

  • Michael June 9, 2018, 4:48 pm

    @Morgan I know it’s not under privacy lol! If you go to GoDaddy’s whois it will show all your info and stuff but on (isn’t that the biggest whois?) that is all that shows up now. So what I’m saying is I think they have turned on there own privacy for all the domains on their website. You can check it. I don’t have a paid account on their website but that is all I see. No more info, phone number, email just that. Weird!

    Your website never emails me when I click notify me of follow-up comments. Might be a glitch in the system, it would be cool to get the email.

    • JZ June 9, 2018, 6:03 pm

      godaddy is using gdpr as an excuse to reduce the whois info on all third party sites to organization and state.

  • Nick June 9, 2018, 6:07 pm

    NameSilo also offers free privacy. When you get slammed with hundreds of spams for garbage services after registering a domain name, its better to register it privately and set up a landing page. As long as people can get to you, that is all that matters. In my 19 years of buying and selling domains, maybe a handful of buyers came directly from the WHOIS. Most come from the parked page or landing page “this domain may be for sale” etc..

  • Jose June 9, 2018, 10:18 pm

    I’m like you not giving privacy in the domains.

    Happy day.

  • Laz Pujol December 31, 2018, 12:13 pm

    Hi Morgan,

    I went to Dreamhost and changed my domain info public. However, when I check on Whois it shows that it is still private. Any thoughts?


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