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Google now Selling Domains

Posted in: Google,Search Engines,WebDev by Richard Hearne on December 15, 2006
Internet Marketing Ireland

Well everyone has known for quite some time that Google has been using WHOIS info. After becoming a registrar some time back, many theories have sprung up about the use of WHOIS by Google, and more recently over whether Google could see through private registrations.

Well today Google announced some new features of Google Apps.

You can now register your domain name as part of the service. The cost is $10 per year with free private registration. Regardless of your feelings about privacy and Google seeing your WHOIS info, that price is still cheaper than GoDaddy who charge $4.95 per year for privacy on top of $8.95 for a .com registration.

Funnily enough the service is actually through GoDaddy

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  1. Odd. Google became an ICANN registrar a year or so back

    There are some serious issues with the entire WHOIS privacy thing though…..

    Comment by Michele — December 15, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

  2. It’s very controversial since a recent SES where, during a clinic, Matt Cutts used his Google ‘tools’ to see a whole bunch of domains owned by some guy. Only problem was that they were all privately registered.

    Later debunking claimed that Google only use public data… of course Google would never tell a fib to protect their methods.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — December 15, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

  3. We all know that is a lie. Google have so many ways to gather a users domain portfolio, it’s not even funny. I don’t think Matt Cutts was expecting the uproar that caused.

    Comment by Dave Davis — December 17, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

  4. Cheers for the heads up. Did notice that when the whois data changed on a domain that it stopped ranking as well. Dont know if it alters some aspect of the historical data when you change the ownership of the domain.

    Comment by Mike — January 29, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

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