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Do you add privacy / whoisguard to your domains?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SEOfarmer, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. SEOfarmer

    SEOfarmer Regular Member

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    Do you add privacy / whoisguard to your domains?
    Does it really matter at all?
     
  2. Autumn

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    I use fake whois info and I also use privacy.

    Yes it most definitely matters both from the SEO perspective (especially if you're interlinking your domains) and from the legal / spam reporting perspective (you don't want your real name or biz info linked to spammy domains, and you don't want people turning up at your house wanting to shoot you because you spammed their blog).
     
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  3. SEOfarmer

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    My host charges premium for privacy, is there a way I can transfer my domain somewhere else and add privacy on top of it?

    Please advise. Thx
     
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    Both namecheap and internet.bs have free privacy for the first year on new domain registrations, I dunno about on transfers though. Every registrar will allow you to transfer in domains from other registrars.
     
  5. ionica21

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    Just use fake info, or just put dashes. On my whois I only put my first name and dashes for the rest of the information. I haven't had any problems, it's been around a year.
     
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    You mean registrar?

    You could transfer to namecheap. They may give free privacy on domain transfers. If not, it's only a couple of dollars with them.
     
  7. Autumn

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    That's not a very good idea because your theoretically have to have real contact info in there. I would go for fake over dashes because if someone takes a dislike to you, it's very easy for them to report you to your registrar and get you in trouble. Some registrars levy fines or seize domains for not having real contact info.

    Even if the name, address etc is fake, you should always have a serviceable email address in case someone needs to contact you about your domain (even if it's just contact@yourdomain.com, forwarded to a catchall account for every domain you own).
     
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  8. SEOfarmer

    SEOfarmer Regular Member

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    Thanks for the input guys.
    Well, the thing is that I think the domain i just registered as huge potential and I would like to keep it as whitehat / legit domain.

    In that case, will putting fake info allow them to cease my domain somehow? I am really not familiar with the law and stuff.

    Thanks for your help once again.
     
  9. catmanu

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    I definately suggest what Autumn did about the whois info emails. I had trouble with that before, with people trying to contact me about UPDATING info on some of my micro sites. Can you believe that people will do work for you for free? You always want them to be able to contact you, you never know what can come out of it, a lot of good can if your sites aren;t SUPER spammy
     
  10. Autumn

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    It's not the law itself that is the issue, but the main administrative body for domains (ICANN) requires that (theoretically) all domains have real whois info.

    If you have fake info in there and you get caught out by some snooping prick then theoretically you could get in trouble and have your domain seized or you could have to pay a penalty to your registrar.

    In practice it hardly ever happens, especially if your whois info looks real (ie real looking name, valid address and zip, phone number matches the area code etc) and a deliverable email address. I just scrape my whois info from the white pages and I've never had a problem.
     
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  11. SEOfarmer

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    Thanks again Autumn.
    So will it 'wise' if I can change it now, or does it not matter anymore, since they already have my original info on their record?

    Thanks again.
    Thanked and REP'ed
     
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    So far no, since i belive its extra cost and faking it is not my buissnes or do i know how i do
     
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    ofcourse i add privacy to my domain whois, it is vital. i get domains from internet.bs as it offers private whois for free
     
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    Its better for SEO point of view . I always add whois to all of my domains . And buy from namecheap about 10$ for .com with whois guard .
     
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    I have privacy on all of my domains. It just seems to make my life easier.
     
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    I always use privacy

    because when you use scrapebox and nohandsseo - and put a bunch of links out all the time

    you get complaints

    so I always use Internet.BS with privacy and let them complain too themselves.
     
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    Changing or hiding your whois info now will protect you from relative noobs who try to cause trouble for you. However savvy users can look up the past whois info for your domain using tools like the whois history feature of domaintools.com so changing the whois on a domain with existing public whois is of limited value. It's mainly useful when you use fake / hidden whois info right from when you very first register a domain.
     
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    You just wouldn't be Paranoid Android if your domains wouldn't have privacy ;]
     
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    who.is protection leaves your domain very safe. Nowadays most of the internet users go for that. Many trust that even Google cannot detect their server if who.is protection is bought for their website.