Why You Should Keep Your WHOIS Information Public If You Want To Sell A Domain Name

Over the last two years my focus has been on helping startups acquire domain names. We’ve done deals as small as $5,000 and as large as $500,000 and everything in between. One of the topics that comes up over and over again and causes a lot of confusion is domain names with privacy protected WHOIS info.

WHOIS Privacy

Here’s the issue. While domain name investors know that you can still email this address, the general public does not. In fact, most new domain investors have no idea you can either. Just in case you’re missing this point, that weird email address that you see in the screenshot above can be emailed and will make it to the owner.

While you might think that if someone really wants your domain they’ll find a way to get in touch with you, you’d be wrong quite a bit. I’ve worked with a number of startups who were fixated on one name and then after assuming it was not available fell in love with another name and pitched it to their investors.

One domain investor I know who brings in seven-figures a year actually goes as far as to change his WHOIS info to say “This domain name is for sale” and has seen a nice spike in inquiries since he made the change years ago. Of course if you don’t want to sell a domain, keep it private, but if you’re looking for a way to increase your inbound offers removing privacy can go a long way.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying you’ll make seven-figures a year by making this change, he has an amazing portfolio. What I am saying is that he gets a lot of inquiry and has seen first-hand how making this information public, accessible, and even marketed as for sale can increase inbound offers.

On top of this I also highly recommend using a parking service like TrafficZ or Domain Name Sales that makes it easy for you to place a “For Sale” banner at the top of your site. It’s the little things that when added together are a big deal and keeping your WHOIS information public and up-to-date might be more important than you think.

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  • Alan Dodd May 8, 2013, 6:37 am

    Wow I didn’t know that, thanks for the post. Oh well, time to dig up those archives again 🙂

  • BlogAboutDomains.com May 8, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Morgan that is exactly right! It seems to me that once someone sees the privacy protected they immediately move to another domain. Great piece!

  • joe May 9, 2013, 9:57 am


    Interesting that you write in this post, but as many of the leading ICANN accredited registers U.S. somehow always look that imposing the whois email to be owned by the company register and not the owner and administrative contact of the domain name .. gTLD or ccTLD.

    I have one issue with which to register first gTLD domain name Whois Privacy deal with spam and other hazards, price $ 4.99 year.

    Then when you touch Renewal, the same gTLD domain name I do not want this Whois Privacy, that want to be my own email.

    Once renovated and paid back to receive emails from the company register the email Whois Privacy must be renewed, if I do a few months after entering my user panel and see that even continue the Whois Privacy First Time to register the gTLD domain name.

    Visit the Whois. Domain Tools and see that continue as see above, not terminate if no renewal payment remain the same forever.

    How to solve this problem I have with four gTLD domain names medium and high local and global value?

    Thank you.

  • Nancee September 19, 2013, 7:51 pm

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  • PR Domain fb September 8, 2014, 5:43 am

    Hey thanks for the idea!


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