Domain Privacy Tips

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Does domain privacy help reduce my spam?

Drop the Contact Info, Drop Your Spam Rates

Absolutely! Domain privacy will reduce the number of unwanted contacts people make to you via email.

With domain name privacy, your email is hidden from any searches and the domain privacy agency's email is listed instead. If it's important, it will get to you. If it's another get-rich-quick scheme, it'll find the trash heap.

   
Will domain whois show me who owns a site?

Who in the world with WhoIs!

Domain whois is a mechanism by which people can trace back information about domain names. Most whois systems work by entering a domain name, and the database will look up the information regarding that domain. Information such as business name, registrant name, contact addresses and phone numbers are readily available with Whois. However, if people prefer to remain relatively anonymous, they can pay a fee to a domain name privacy company who acts as a 3rd party between the domain owner and the ICANN registration databases. In this case, only the domain privacy comapny's information is shown, not the website owner's.

The bad guys are out there searching for victims—don't let it be you! They are equipped with sophisticated spyware and robot software programs perfect for violating. They want the info. that you are legally required dish out when you register a domain name.

   
What shows up for a domain lookup on a private site?

Look Me Up…Oh Wait. I'm Unlisted.

Absolutely! Domain privacy will reduce the number of unwanted contacts people make to you via email. With domain name privacy, your email is hidden from any searches and the domain privacy agency's email is listed instead. If it's important, it will get to you. If it's another get-rich-quick scheme, it'll find the trash heap.

*For business sites, it's not a good idea to use protection services—they can ruin the credibility of your company (if the contact information is hidden it looks like the business hiding something).

   
How can I get a legitamate domain appraisal on my website?

Finding the Right Domain Appraisal Firm

Don't make a rash decision! Domain appraisal is a relatively specialized field, and there is also very little wiggle room on how to judge a domain name.

Check the service's website to see how they value a domain name. Also, look for companies that have good references and lots of quality name sales under their domain name appraisal belt.

   
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