Domain Privacy Protection, Closing the Hole to Thievery.

Last Update: February 22, 2016

Domains are a very important part of your business and when you buy a domain, it is usually a very exciting moment as you are buying a “piece” of the Internet. You are claiming your stake on your online brand and you are purchasing the future in your business.

It’s exciting.

But one thing that people take for granted is their privacy. Unfortunately, when you buy domains through most services, your personal contact details are not kept protected from the general public, and worse yet, solicitors and scammers.

When these contact details are left open, you open yourself up to people calling you and offering you services, tricking you into buying things you don’t need, and emailing/mailing you to make you various offers and solicitations.

This is why domain privacy protection plays such an important role in your business. This is know as protecting your WHOIS data (“who is”).

How Does Domain/WHOIS Privacy Work?

When you buy a domain, by default your contact information for that domain is made public with most domain registrars (unless you pay a premium). This can easily be looked up through one of the many free whois search engines out there.

Here is one that I use.

Ex. http://whois.domaintools.com/

If you go there and type in your domain name, you will be able to see if your contact are private or public. By default, all domains you buy here at WA are set to make your contact details private through our "domain privacy protection", Domain Shield. Here is what the whois will look like for this.

As you can see the domain is registered with domain details that are particular to the domain protection organization, DOMAIN SHEILD which are static contact details for every domain that is purchased here at WA (and this is what protects you).

But what exactly can happen if you leave your domains information wide open to the world...

Domains Not Private? The Ways You Might Get Scammed.

There are many ways that people are being contacted through their whois contact details (when they are left as not protected). You will either be contacted by email, snail mail, or telephone with one of the following offers:

  • Offering to renew your domain at higher prices. There is one such company that in Canada that does this called iDNS (internet domain name services) and they try to create panic in domain owners making them feel as though they need to renew their domains using their service (which happens to be $40/year for a .com). Your domain will automatically renew through the domain registrar your purchased through, if you bought through SiteDomains, you will pay the same price every year. This is a pure and blatant attempt overcharge and you can see one such letter I received just last week from them.

  • Selling Similar domains. Lots of the time you will get contacted by a company/individuals that tries to sell you a similar domain (see below). You have no reason to buy similar domains, in particular at the Premium price that they will want to charge you (usually $100+).

  • Offering SEO services. Lots of the times someone will phone you or email you telling you that you need special SEO submission services for your domain. This is a lie, this is another scam.
  • Offering high ticket training/mentoring packages. There are people that are claiming to be “Wealthy Affiliate” related out there trying to do this. If your domain is not private, they will contact you saying they are from Wealthy Affiliate and try to sell you some $1,000+ mentoring package. Total scam.
  • The “probers”. People will call you or email you not telling you what they want, rather inquiring and asking you to call them back. One such lady called just the other day and left a voicemail on our business phone. Complete and utter scam.

Most Domain Registrars Charge For Domain Privacy?

The likes of Namecheap.com and GoDaddy.com, two of the biggest and most reputable domain registrars charge for their whois services. These can range from $2.88/year at Namecheap.com to much more at $7.99 per year if you want to protect your domain on Godaddy.

This can really add up and since this is an essential part of a domain purchase, you definitely do want to choose this option as part of the upsell/checkout process. A $12-14 domain soon becomes much more expensive (closer to $22 at Godaddy.com).

We have taken the initiative to change how the industry behaves with the SiteDomains platform. We make EVERY domain, by default, completely private and protected against solicitors and scammers. In fact, we include everything you need in the domain costs, privacy, domain protection, email, auto dns, and next year price guarantee.

This is something that is not offered anywhere in the industry and we have done this because we feel that the domain industry behaves like the internet marketing industry, consumers are being taken advantage of.

Your contact details are 100% private with any domain you purchase using SiteDomains here at WA.

So do know that, a domain registrar or a company that contacts you by PHONE, MAIL or EMAIL that you are unaware of or that even “pretends” to be part of another company is a solicitor/scam. Please be careful and MAKE SURE you register all your domains privately.

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PhilMorton Premium
Hi Kyle,

This is a great blog. I have already discovered how good it is to register a domain with you guys. I have registered with other services and have always had to pay extra for privacy!

I have looked at so many providers and I can't find anyone with better value than Wealty Affiliate.

I'd personally like to thank you and Carson for shaking up the industry. You provide SO much value. I know that I ncluded privacy is just the tip of the iceberg. Who else includes SSL as well!? I can't find anyone. Believe me, I've searched!
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BYOBANK Premium
Kyle, Please see my post on the new affiliate tool. Also I have 29 TLD I want to Transfer or point to the DNS.. I dont want to Reregister any as I use private. 100% off shore hosting with a proxy registrar to protect me legally and from malicious attacks etc.. Can you recommend a solution.
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Gem91 Premium
I will remember to revisit this when I purchase my first domain. Great tip! (=
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DaisyB Premium
Hi Kyle, I did purchase a new domain name through WA. I am really glad it is private. However, I purchased my original domain name through GoDaddy.

WA is currently hosting that original domain. I would like to know that if I "transfer" the registration of it to WA, would it become private also?

This kind of thing has worried me a lot over the years. Honestly, I have Ex's from my past that I have always been nervous would be able to find me. It has always been scarry for me to have to register my real name in a public place like the internet.

I am very grateful that WA is addressing this "unspoken" issue for many people. Things aren't always about scams. I have a right, as you said, to have a business and earn an income from the internet. I shouldn't have had to jeopardize my personal security just to do that.

Thank you so much for selling domains and making the privacy issue important. Really grateful. WA and all the work you and Carson do is so excellent and it is wonderful to be part of this community.

Daisy B
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SimplyT Premium
"We have taken the initiative to change how the industry behaves..."
That one sentence - powerful. For me, that line sums it all up.

And, I just purchased two domains... I'm so excited!!! [I know it's a little too soon in the training, but I couldn't wait.]
Thanks Kyle & Carson!

And now, back to my regularly scheduled training.
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Kyle Premium
Awesome, nice work on getting your first couple of domains! It is exciting when you buy your own piece of the Internet pie!
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adaba063 Premium
if you already have registered a domain name with another registrar such as namecheap or godaddy, is it possible to transfer the registration to WA?
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Takatomo Premium
Hi,

I think this tutorial is going to help you.
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adaba063 Premium
nice try, but that is not the answer to the question that was asked

that tutorial is about having a domain that is registered with namecheap/godaddy/etc hosted on wa

the question is about moving the registration from namecheap/goddady/etc to be registered on wa
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ladyval30 Premium
Hi adaba063,
I hope you are going through all training lessons. In Phase-1 between lessons 1-2 it tells you how to update your DNS nameservers.

All you have to do is go to your domain site select your domain list, go to transfer DNS by clicking add nameservers

ns1.mywahosting.com
ns2.mywahosting.com

doing this will point your domain to Wealthy Affiliate.

Hope this helps!
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Jurgen78 Premium
Just to clarify the issue: It's not about pointing the domain to the WA DNS.

When you buy your domain at (in this case) Namecheap, then you need to renew your domain when it expires (usually after 1 year) again at Namecheap.

What he wants to know is how do you renew your domain at WA instead of Namecheap, so he doesn't have to pay extra for the whoisguard service, since it's included at WA.

He could let it expire and then register the domain again at WA, but that would be risky as someone else could grab it. That's no fun :)

Cheers :-)
Jurgen
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Jurgen78 Premium
Hey Derrall, did you already found out how to transfer your domain to WA?

I've just checked in my Namecheap account and under Domain List -> Sharing & Transfer, you can transfer your domain name out from Namecheap to another registrar.

It tells the instructions, but I've not tried it myself yet...

Cheers!
Jurgen
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Kyle Premium
At this point you cannot transfer domains to WA, you can point your domain to WA of course so you can host here, but the actual move of your domain over to the SiteDomains service will be ready hopefully this week.

Just making some final small changes to the platform and then we will be rolling this out to everyone here. Coming soon!
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Jurgen78 Premium
Excellent Kyle! Let us know when it's possible.

Cheers!
Jurgen
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adaba063 Premium
Thank you Kyle,

good to know that this will be possible soon!

all the best,
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adaba063 Premium
Thank you Jurgen78,

"What he wants to know is how do you renew your domain at WA instead of Namecheap, so he doesn't have to pay extra for the whoisguard service, since it's included at WA."

very well put, & yes, changing the DNS is a simple process,

changing registration is a bit more complicated -- so looking forward to how Kyle & Carson can simplify the process for WA

all the best,
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mjbarrelet Premium
Hi Kyle,
Do you have a specific Canadian Price for your Domains? I'm with GoDaddy and do not want to pay more with the exchange (now about $19/yr Can).
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kiliwia62 Premium
This is a good question, but as far I know and can see all the prices are in U.S. currency only.
I know though what you are saying, for us Canadians it is since last year a bit of a struggle, since the Canadian Dollar did such a plunge downward.
But, no one really is touching on that. I think, form a business viewpoint dealing with only one currency (the strongest too) makes sense.
Sylvia
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Daniel01 Premium
HI I am not sure if Kyle is around but the domain's price in US dollars for registring a domain through WA is 13.00 us.
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adaba063 Premium
be sure to add G.S.T. to the price as well!
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Kyle Premium
The domains are in USD, so it depends on what the exchange rate currently is. $13.99 for a .com + whatever the going rate is that your credit card would apply.

We do not have different prices, they are always the same and they are always in USD. Companies in this industry use exchange rates to earn even more on the difference (when they apply these exchanges in house).
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Xavant Premium
Kyle:
I have mentioned a concern in another thread before about domain privacy here at WA, as some scam artist had contacted me (and apparently a few others) reminding me about "domain registration". My concern was "how did they know to contact me when I had never had any activity at all with the domain since purchase from you"? I hadn't even started building the website.

Today, I received another email from "BuyItHere.net@gmail.com" with the following message (I took out my domain name):

"Would you like to own the premium domain name xxxxxxx.org for just $199?

I'm reaching out today to many targeted leads, so the first to reply with "SOLD" will have the opportunity to acquire it.

I thought you'd be interested since you represent xxxxxx.com.

Thank you,
Amy Conyers
Independent URL Broker"

Again, this is a site that I have done absolutely nothing with except to buy it.
I am starting to get concerned about this recurring issue.
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KatieMac Premium
Have you put in a support ticket about this so they can look into the matter
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Xavant Premium
No, I haven't but that is a good idea. I still am concerned how this could be happening though, and I believe everyone should be.
Thanks for your help.
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Daniel01 Premium
There is a site that if you do not have a security block on your domain that you renew every year, it will show the name and address of the owner automatically. Personally I was also the target of one of these scams.
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Xavant Premium
Yes, but this is a brand new domain purchased with "whois" protection.
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Kyle Premium
Do you have your email address somewhere on your website? If so, this company is contacting you through these details and this has nothing to do with your whois information.

You can see your whois protection here:

whois.sc

Check your domain and see your private details will be hidden. Also, you will still get comment spam on occasion from people soliciting you as well, that would be totally unrelated to private whois.
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Xavant Premium
Hi Kyle: Thanks for your response. No, I hadn't even set up a site for those domains, that is what is so baffling to me. Apart from that, your domain service is excellent, probably the best I have used, but this issue is obviously a concern to me and, I assume, to all other members of this great community.
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stephhill Premium
I agree. Go Daddy is very expensive when you add everything up.
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Kyle Premium
They always get the foot in the door, then next year costs (unless you purchase upfront) seem to slowly go up over time to a price far beyond that of other domain registrars
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JChrisA Premium
Yes...everything you just said is spot on...in my opinion, GoDaddy wants you to pay them not to sell your info to someone else!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, it definitely feels like that doesn't it!
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JChrisA Premium
I have never looked into what it would take to actually transfer domains I have had at GoDaddy (some of them for many years) over to be registered with WA and Site Domains...would that be cost effective?
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Warner43 Premium
So, if I understand well: this is not necessary if we have a domain from WA?
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Timea Premium
Do we have a sort training how to register domain at WA?
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Dan-L Premium
When you click on siterubix in light blue. You will see on the top right how to get your own domain name right here from WA
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Timea Premium
Thank you. When I buy domain from here, it will be an extension after my name like "siterubix.com" is it? Did I understand correctly
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Dan-L Premium
You can have your own unique name. You buy the name for 15.99
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samu64 Premium
Hi Timea, the domain name (if available) can be anything that is relate to your niches or your own name.
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Antonia919 Premium
I purchased my domain from 1and1.com and I was able to provide alternate information. When I used the Who Is domain tool to search for my site, only the alternate information showed up. My real information that I signed up with was not shown. I guess this will help temporarily, until I am able to transfer my domain to WA.
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newy219 Premium
What if we already purchased the domain name at GoDaddy? Is there anyway we can switch over...I'm assuming we would have to let the name expire. Is there a way to do this without our domain name going on sale to the public?
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Maryc1 Premium
Thank you Kyle for explaining the domain site purchases. If I understand this correctly I can purchase any domain name through WA even if it was my herd name that has expired at Go Daddy I can now purchase at WA if it is available.
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soucss Premium
This is great Kyle, looking forward to bringing the site I bought elsewhere over to WA :)
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KatieMac Premium
That is reassuring to know Kyle I like many others bought my domains from namecheap and pay for the protection it is worth it though,shows me as being in panama lol bet it is warmer there than here
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mijareze Premium
That is weird Katie. My 2nd website domain info as read in an info site that the owner of my site lives in Panama. No he doesn't I live in California.
Ed
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KatieMac Premium
lol funny how I never seen you around in Panama but then again I live in Scotland ha ha
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Nancydee Premium
Hey guys I just tried to look up my domain name that I purchased weeks ago from "NameCheap" on http://whois.domaintools.com, however, they stated that my domain name is for sale! What gives? Anyone have a clue?
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tommydillard Premium
If you have not built a website with it they will post it as for sale I presume.
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TommyV Premium
Thank you Kyle.
I will certainly use WA when I get my domain-s .
I visited a WA site, soon I got an email followed by phone calls trying to sell me on a high ticket 2 to 4k buy in. To make crazy amounts of money. That's been the only bad experience I've had with a WA member. I'm pretty sure she went away.
Thanks for the post/training Kyle.
Tommyv
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roamy Premium
Thanks Kyle for clearing things up especially concerning buying similar name domains.
Great info.
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Daniel01 Premium
Hi Kyle I received the same form for one of my domains, they make sound like a must, quite a good spam in Canada. I wonder if they are doing the same in other countries.
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Rmeima Premium
Thanks much Kyle - The service is another important reason to work things through WA!! You guys sure do things right!!
Kudos!
Sailor Ralph
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, we are all about making your experience online more cost efficient, safer, and more productive. SiteDomains accomplishes all 3 things. :)
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LizPB Premium
Wow! Thanks for proving this service for us! Much appreciated ;-)
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lilyratna Premium
This is a great information...., I just want to ask, if my domain has been registered in WA, and then I want to change the username and email in my domain (admin), does I need to verify the new email to WA?
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EKautz Premium
You can use any email for your domain.

ROCK ON!
E
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Kyle Premium
If you change your email associated with your contact details, you will need to reverify with ICANN yes. If you use the same email for subsequent domain purchases, there is no verification process. They just need to validate that you can be contacted if there was ever a situation where they would need to do so.

ICANN is the governing body of all domains.
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lilyratna Premium
Hi Kyle, I received an email from WordPress that my new username and a new email has been registered on August 17, but a new email can not be used until now, I found out the notification above on my WA's page like this : "You have 1 domain pending removal in 9 days due to DNS issues", what does it means?
If I have to re-verify my email in ICANN, can you help me how the process
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nickohls Premium
Thanks for the assurance. I received an email entitled "Domain Service Notice" quoting my website which was recently hosted by WA. They wanted me to respond by 2/22 to extend my subscription. I posted for help and thankfully got 2 responses from fellow WA - confirming it was scam.
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Kyle Premium
And this is exactly what I am talking about. When the contact details are left open, this is exactly what can happen.

Glad you investigated this before getting sucked in and moving forward, if you use SiteDomains all of your domains will be protected from this sort of thing.
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sunny1960 Premium
Thanks Kyle for the great information.
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tobias816 Premium
I also purchased my domain name from WA. Another reason to be part of this great organization
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Maryc1 Premium
Thank you for the information. I have purchased my domains here at WA and will continue to do so.
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IbaNiang Premium
Interesting information.. I've bought my domain via Namecheap.com but I don't really know if my details are protected, I have tried to look for it at http://whois.domaintools.com/ like Kyle said but it is not very clear to me.
Does somebody know what I could try ?
Iba
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aikiman Premium
Go to https://who.is key in your domain name:
if it is protected you should see something like that:

Admin Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Admin Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411

if it is not protected you can see you particular being expose, like your email, home address etc
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IbaNiang Premium
Thank you very much ! I will check it out right away
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Gavriel Premium
Thanks for this information. Makes it so much easier when you know how to deal with the unexpected.
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dickw Premium
Thank you Kyle. SiteDomains is a great addition and this info is needed.
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alexkok Premium
can i purchase whois.domaintools at its site instead thru WA?
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SusanAL Premium
Hello, if you purchase a domain and/or have your site hosted somewhere else besides WA (ex. Bluehost or Godaddy), they offer WHOIS protection, too. It's an add-on. In other words, something you have to ask to have applied to your site and will pay extra for. That is one thing that makes SiteDomains here at WA stand out, it's included in the price. You can't find that in other places.

Hope that answered your question.
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Martstervt Premium
Alex you can buy a name Cheap Domain that offers whois guard.
Then would could change the hosting to WA.
I hope this helps.

Marty
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SusanAL Premium
Namecheap offers free Whois for the first year, then it is $2.88/yr. Still a good deal for the protection, though.
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alexkok Premium
marty, you mean i can host my site at any hosters plus whois, ex. namecheap, then change/ migrate to my WA's free account?
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ChrisScott Premium
I like the way you teach. :-)
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Kyle Premium
That domain tool is simply to look up what your details are for that particular domain. This includes things like contact details, DNS settings, registered dates, etc.

You an purchase your domains from wherever you like though, that is up to you. The SiteDomains platform at WA is cost efficient, is secure, and offers you absolutely everything you want with a domain for one price though...and you don't have to mess around with DNS settings to set-up your website.
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Martstervt Premium
I have had 2 NameCheap domains hosting changed to WA. If you buy a domain anywhere you can change the hosting to WA and use the WA platform. I am not sure if you are in the free account as you can have only 2 websites.
But if you are premium the hosting comes with your dues. I had to use two hosting numbers and get help from Name Cheap's support.
Things have changed and it would be good to find a current tutorial on it. I also know that it is different with other domain registrars. Your domain lease still remains with who you bought it from and your yearly payment will go to them. I hope this helps. If you have more questions you can PM me.

Marty
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CBe Premium
Thanks Kyle for that information.
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bettinaG Premium
Very valuable info there, so I've just bought a domain name through namecheap the day before I found WA. Looking up the Domaintools, the Registrant name states whoisguard protected, Registrant organization: whoisguard inc. Sounds like my privacy is protected ?
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ChrisScott Premium
Yes, If you put privacy on it. The big problem now is going to be getting it migrated to WA, you will have to change your D.N.S., at the registrar's website. Not your host.

They have information alright, they have to. Problem is it is all made up to protect your privacy. Their policy keeps even them from being able to connect you to your own domain.
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bettinaG Premium
Wow ok, thank you I will try to possibly migrate it to WA.
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ChrisScott Premium
Thank you. Always like the comment if you like it. This will help our ranking. :-)
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Marketboom Premium
Wow, Can we move all our domains to SiteDomains?
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Kyle Premium
At this point no, but this is a platform (transfers) that we have been working on and should be available within the next month or so. It's coming!
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johnhevans Premium
That is great to hear. I will be he first on the list to change over.
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MoritzS Premium
Nope! I will be the first! ;)
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GaryHelm Premium
Thank you Kyle for this great piece of security and some possible scams that you have just taught us about.
I hope everyone that has read Kyle's blog, realizes how serious WA and Jaaxy are about our well-being.

Gary
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Kyle Premium
It actually never used to be such a gateway to getting spammed, you could safely leave your contact details open years ago and not get solicited to. Much different now though as the spammers have caught on.
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AlexEvans Premium
Cleared up a few misconceptions,thank you Kyle. The domain feature here at WA is an excellent addition to the platform. Privacy is a big deal these days.I will be taking advantage for this reason amongst others, Streamlining the whole process and also emails included, real value.
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Kyle Premium
Absolutely, I can think of very few reason to leave your domain public these days. It is a gateway for spammers/scammers to get at your personal information.
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Dmorrow Premium
Another reason I LOVE WA!
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karell Premium
Thank you, Kyle, for very important information
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vincent1950 Premium
Kyle, thanks for the valuable information on domain scams and how to protect your domains.In due time I'll know how to proceed.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, I just want to make sure nobody falls for any of these!
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linglin Premium
Thank you Kyle for your advise.
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OrlandoGee Premium
Thank you, Kyle, this is very important information. I have gotten mail from the very same you spoke about, I ignore them totally. Thank you! :-)
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Kyle Premium
That is great, it is pretty obvious what is going on but when some folks are starting out they definitely do get take advantage of by things like this.
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OrlandoGee Premium
Yes, absolutely. Thank you Kyle.
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MatteoMeli Premium
Thanks for the information Kyle, Glad to know I am protected :)
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Digger2014 Premium
Thanks Kyle for the info. I am new to making websites. I got my domain from WA , but thanks to you I have more knowledge if I go outside WA
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Kyle Premium
Awesome Daniel!
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NaomiS Premium
Thank you so much for this information, Kyle. As a beginner in making website, I have very little knowledge that I have be aware of.
It really helps and saves me from possible trouble.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, that is always my worry. Not a week goes by where someone doesn't contact me about the legitimacy of a particular offer.
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Pisquali Premium
Thanks for the heads up Kyle.
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VeraWood Premium
Thanks Kyle, I would never guessed they could get your domain info.
You guys have an awesome site
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Plume1 Premium
Thanks Kyle. My confidence is growing more an more. I made a very good choice coming on board with all of you. thanks again
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Kyle Premium
Great to hear Stanton!
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mckm Premium
Thanks, Kyle. That's something I didn't know. I bought my first domain through Hostgator and I've just seen that my website and location details are online for everyone to see. That's scary because I'm home alone a lot of the time. Is there a way to move the domain to WA?
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Kyle Premium
You can add these after the fact or you can wait and move these domains over to WA when we have the facility available. This will be coming very soon to the platform here and upon moving all of your domains over your contact information will be automatically protected.
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mckm Premium
Thanks for your quick reply, Kyle. I can now look at both possibilities and make a decision. I appreciate your help :)
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BusyOne Premium
Thank you very much Kyle, this is good to know
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Good information to know! Thanks!
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MKearns Premium
Just give me the instructions and I will get the site I have with Name Cheap back fully into WA immediately.
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Kyle Premium
It's coming very soon!
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Smeetab Premium
Thanks for the info Kyle. Just one question, if we are into flipping of websites and we want to buy a new website but it is private and whois will not display authentic seller information. How can we know that seller is genuine owner of that domain?
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Kyle Premium
There would have to be some sort of validation within the "flipping" site you use. There are a lot of sites that you can use to sell your domains out there that can verify ownership and legitimacy.
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KatieMac Premium
you can go to sites where you buy other established sites such as flippa.com .. if you go to namecheap for instance searching for a domain and it says not available it does come up with an option make an offer, so you can do that through the domain owner
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leluka Premium
Thanks for info.God bless you ...
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SusanAL Premium
Thanks for the information. I did get an email recently. Wondered how we got connected. Now I know what to look out for.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, now you know where this is coming from. Just ignore any offers like this.
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bsmith1222 Premium
Great work and thanks for sharing.
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Amanda914 Premium
Thanks, Kyle! Amanda
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SStarrs Premium
Thanks Kyle great advise.
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Boag Premium
Something else I didn't know before today,...THANKS!!!, brotha...
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Ahadoo Premium
Thanks Kyle
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kiliwia62 Premium
Thanks Kyle, good advise and good to know.
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elinormavor Premium
Good to know we are protected and what to watch out for. Thanks, Kyle.
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Traveller75 Premium
Thanks for the info, good to know and will save some money.
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ZEGU Premium
Thank you so much Kyle for the invaluable information.
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forresth1 Premium
Thanks kyle
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NicholePaige Premium
This is really great for everyone to know. Working in IT I know a lot about anything and everything that can harm your computer and site, however, i did not know about these settings behind websites and purchasing domains. Glad you decided to share this.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, now you know. Good information to have in particular if you start getting emails/mail/phone calls promoting stuff. This should never happen under any circumstance, if it does it is solicitation.
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xhjregina Premium
Thanks Kyle. Now that's a real solid reason to purchase domain names with SiteDomains!
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Jazzi Premium
i bought my domain from namecheap and the who is was already added....is this ok?
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, completely fine. I have a lot of domains over at namecheap.com and they offer a good service.
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Jazzi Premium
so is my info already private on namecheap?
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writenow Premium
Thanks Kyle, one less thing to be worried about!
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EKautz Premium
I was unaware that we could purchase domains here at WA, when did this start? Excellent stuff Kyle, thanks man!

ROCK ON!
E
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Kyle Premium
Haha, hiding under a rock? lol

We have offered this service since mid January. You can access SiteDomains within the SiteRubix menu. Here is the direct link.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/domains
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Juliusrocks Premium
Thanks for the information Kyle. I will look up my domain and
I guess it's not on private and have to pay extra on Godaddy.

~Julius
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ameretis Premium
Thanks for the information Kyle was really wondering what those emails were just deleted them.
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demarsd Premium
I'll be getting my domains here from now on. Thanks Dave
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JeffBoivin Premium
Thanks for sharing this information. And Nothing less than FIRST quality service at WA :) Jeff
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Nono2013 Premium
Very important to know, thanks Kyle!
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speedicut Premium
I looked up my 3 domains and I'm glad no personal info is there!
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John1901 Premium
Thanks Kyle.
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BBR913 Premium
Thanks, Kyle, for the information. Good thing too as I just purchased a domain name through WA.... Bernie
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Kelly49 Premium
Thank you Kyle for the information.
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rthor1 Premium
Thanks for all the important info on Domains. Makes me feel at ease with Wealthy Affiliate.
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LeAnnM Premium
I just recently had a company email me related to my domain that I bought before I started at WA. It was written to sound like this company was renewing my domain, but on carefully reading it, they were not. They use words like SEO Domain which makes you think they are talking about your domain because they use the word Domain, but they are not. In tiny print in the letter they actually write that this is not a Domain service, but it's hard to notice compared to the other official looking bold words in bigger type. I'm glad you brought this up, Kyle, as those types of emails can make people think they are paying for their domain when they are not.
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Goldfishmind Premium
I really appreciate this post, and I wish more people knew about it. My day job is working for one of the many registrars out there, and we often get calls about the bad egg scammers who are using our system for just what you mentioned here.
Also something to keep in mind is that without privacy, not only is your e-mail and phone number out there for anyone to see, so is your address. For some, that alone is enough to make them want privacy, and for good reason.
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kacalhoun Premium
This is a good selling point to add to our reviews with a link to this page. Awesome
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ar20746 Premium
Good to know. Thanks for info.
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MamaJJ Premium
Thanks for the education, Kyle!
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hadams Premium
Really important info - thanks so much, Kyle!
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Maestrob Premium
awesome
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KariLee Premium
Thank you Kyle. I think Well Yeah said it best.
Well said, Well Yeah!
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albinchero Premium
I don't understand how similar msg got to my email inbox a few weeks ago yet I bought my domain at WA and is Private?
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WellYeah Premium
I have been with WA for less than a month and in this short time the one thing that is pervasive and stands out like a beacon is the foundation of integrity on which WA has been built and conducts its business.

My experience within the corporate world was one where a beautiful set of core values was set in place, yet there was minimal evidence of those values reflected on the worksite or towards the clients. I often wondered if the message got diluted from the top down.

Kyle, thank you for your diligence in being aware, active, visible and transparent in all parts of this business. It speaks volumes about your character and showcases an exemplary business model.
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terry6 Premium
Some of those companies really send out intimidating emails!
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Mubuyaeta Premium
Thanks again for the info.
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Woodyy Premium
Thanks for the info
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Merns Premium
Thank you for this info. I am enlighten about domains.
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Muule Premium
Thanks so much for this info, Kyle! I am definitely using WA when I buy my domain(s). Thanks for caring!
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Tim-N Premium
Thanks for the info Kyle (and all the team at WA). For most of us here in the community, we have become accustomed to the scams and tricks that can be used to make us part with our money. But unfortunately there will always be people that are 'frightened or pushed' into buying products and services they don't need!
It can be in all walks of life......there is always someone praying on the innocent and less informed to make a few dollars, pounds, euros or whatever. Multiply that by 1000's of 'victims' and we can all see it's big money.

Glad to see that WA is trying to set things right and also being open, honest and transparent along the way! :-)

Tim
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forevernew Premium
Thanks for the info. I received a letter like that last year. Lucky for me I'm a procrastinator and didn't act right away. I had a feeling something wasn't right.
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Fgonzaga Premium
Thanks for the information and clarifying this issue.
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olivingstone Premium
Thanks Kyle!
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Rean Premium
Thanks for the information and the great services you offer . .I have had unsolicited offers to purchase domain names that related to mine due to having had no whois facility.
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RoopeshG Premium
Always offering us the best.Thanks Kyle and Carson.
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CCCameron Premium
This is one of the reasons I decided to join WA. Thank you for making it easy to purchase my domain and keep my information private by default. Great benefit!!
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Tuze Premium
Excellent timing Kyle! I'm just finishing a post about buying domains and am certainly touching on this issue. I feel a link to your blog coming on!
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Cyrilg Premium
Very good advice i had two websites compromised by scammers.
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theresroth Premium
Kyle, thanks for this info! Yesterday I visited someones site, from the community, I found out later the host was godaddy, and suddenly my smartphone was "screaming for help", I had to do a complete shutdown and restart. Maybe I reacted wrongly by asking if anyone could help him, then of course, the last thing I would have wanted is for someone to go on his site, in that condition!
Thanks for the great protection and the timely reminders!
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kishtoc Premium
Thanks for the info. I will be sure to keep an eye out for scam emails.
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SylvesterH Premium
Hi Kyle
Thanks for the post!
Found out that my e-mail is public... Is it possible to move my domain to WA?
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richrivera Premium
Kyle, thanks for this info. I am getting my feet wet for the first time in this industry. I've had a computer for 2 yrs now, because I realized;in 2014 that without one you just as well live in a cave. I also can see, it's the same situation without a premium membership. Domain protection is another plus for going premium, I get that. What I'd seriously like to know is; because this domain and the application of same along with it's protection is part of my membership in WA, make WA a co-owner of said domain or is it solely owned by me?
I intend to go premium when I receive my new bank card. Which the bank says will be the 25th or 26th. I realize its an unfortunate fact but
a fact it is. I'm not concerned about the savings for purchasing at discount but I am concerned about keeping it protected. I knew the timing would be tight and I was right. My next bank task is to find one that will print you a card on the spot, without the 7 to 10 day wait after being issued. Thank you for this update on domains and I hope my discussion didn't cloud over my question on ownership.
Rich
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KatieMac Premium
the site and contents belong to you Rich and the domain name is being rented by you type of thing, like living in a house your rent it but all the contents are your's.. hope that helps
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Loes Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for this explanation. Is it possible to shift over my 2 bought domain names at Namecheap to Wealthy Affiliate?
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MoritzS Premium
I would love to know the exact same thing.
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AnaSantos Premium
I would love to know that too Loes!
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ChrisScott Premium
Hey, Loes. Yes I did just that. Go to Site Rubuix>>> Site Manager>>>Domains, (scroll to the bottom)>>>>add domain. You will have to change you DNS at your previous host's c Panel. P.S. This will devolve your verification and you will have to re-verify with Google,bing,Pinterest,etc....
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Loes Premium
Ow nice! Can you write a step-by-step training about this Chris? Inclusive all the things you have to change with it, suitable for nitwits?
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MoritzS Premium
This doesn't sound like a domain transfer to me but just like the normal change to another hosting company.
The thing we always did when we wanted to host a new site at WA.

A domain transfer is usually not for free and you need to cancel the contract with the old registrar.
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Loes Premium
I already host my domains here, I just want to pay the yearly costs to WA and not to namecheap
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MoritzS Premium
I know. Same as me, but what Chris wrote above sounds just like the change of web hosting.
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Loes Premium
I have already done that:)
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ChrisScott Premium
Yes it is that exactly. Why pay for outside hosting? What you guys are talking about is the registrar . Once your DNS are pointed here from your previous registrar. Some host are the registrar and some use outside companies that are registrars only. WA is both. Stop the auto recurring payment on PayPal or the host and your previous registrar will die on its own . I understood the question. I saw no need for all this. WA is both. When you migrated it automatically cancelled your previous host who may stay active for the remainder of the year because they do not want to give you a partial refund, so they have to.
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MoritzS Premium
At the moment you can not transfer your domain to WA. Meaning, you can not change to another registrar (WA).
All you can do, when you bought your domain somewhere else, is to point the nameservers to WA to use their hosting.
But that is nothing new and will not enable the privacy protection of your domain.

Kyle answered this question here in this topic. You will find it when you go through the questions and answers.

Quote:
"At this point no, but this is a platform (transfers) that we have been working on and should be available within the next month or so. It's coming!"

So it will come. But is not here yet.
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Loes Premium
Waiting....:)
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kumar1992 Premium
Kyle, my domain is ending in june. I want to re-contract my domain with WA. I do hope in this coming months you guys can get that ready!
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bjdluna Premium
Kyle, I'm not sure if I understand correctly. Are you saying that you can use http://whois.domaintools.com/ to fine out if your site is protected? I probably sound really dumb but how do you use that statement do you change the part that says domain to your domain or is it something else. I'd like to check out a couple of sites I have but I'm not exactly sure how to check them.
Thanks for this info it is really important.
Barbara
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Mubuyaeta Premium
Hi Barbara,

We are all learning so you don't sound dumb.You go to the http://whois.domaintools.com/ website and enter the domain name you want to investigate. For example you enter http://whois.domaintools.com in the space provided and it will generate the details of who owns the site. Hope that helps.

Mubuyaeta.
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EFors Premium
Thanks, for the info Kyle. :))
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miike Premium
hi Kyle, a few questions.
1. Iss there a price list for domains, looking at both .com and .com.au. 2. Can the domains have nameservers setup externally. e.g. Pointed to cloudflare.
3. What happens to the domains if I was not a WA premium member in the future, although unlikely.

Thanks in advance!
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clergyman Premium
Thanks Kyle, i would have definitely fallen for such a scam judging from some similar email i received
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Megastar Premium
Hi Kyle thanks for the info. It will be very great to have all functions of our internet business under WA protection.
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SadieChan Premium
Thanks Kyle for the info.
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margnoel Premium
Thanks for the update Kyle....
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bosco50050 Premium
thanks for the info and thanks for keeping our details safe while not charging us exorbitant fees. thank you!
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I can charge for alcohol assances and online meetings to help those in trouble the help they need to be scessful in their business and life in general. I have been a Chemical Dependency Professional for over 16 years and in recovery myself. Please let me know if this could be useful to any of you. Thank you. David Baldwin, CDP
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You know it is not your job to determine if my plan to be available as a drug/alcohol counselor available to those struggling with addiction keeping then from achieveinformation those goals. That's what I do, and if this is not needed then I am wasting yours and my time.
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Carolwil Premium
Thanks fyi
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vibol168 Premium
Thank for the info Kyle
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KDClover Premium
It's a 2 edged sword. Websites like scamadviser.com will often say that you are using a service to hide your identity and make your website look very risky to do business with. On other websites I registered I did not have privacy from sites that report who owns the site, etc. and I did indeed get bizarre emails that tried to rip me off in a variety of ways.
Some tried to get me to pay $75 to renew domain registration for another year long before the expiration date. I got bogus emails that pretended to be from PayPal or the company that registered my website. They would often claim falsely that a hold or suspension was being imposed and try to get passwords or whatever from me.
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TechniSmart Premium
Good post Kyle, privacy stops the bots and and solicitors and the downright scammers.

See you @ the Top!

--Michael
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carllio Premium
Thank you Kyle for keeping us informed. I have been advised.
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PLowrey Premium
Thanks for the info.
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks Kyle, I am advised.

Marty
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paulmabee Premium
Thanks Kyle,great info.I'll be keeping my domain purchacses within WA..Why pay a premium elsewhere.
Paul
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LyndiM Premium
That is great info and thanks for keeping us aware!
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
Some I do and some I don't. To date I have had no issues with privacy.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, some people don't get bothered for one reason or another. The types of schemes and smoke and mirrors they are throwing up only seems to be getting worse and worse as time goes on.
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mystidark Premium
Good to know kyle thanks for the info on watching out for calls and "upsells", much appreciated
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, just keep an eye out. With a website there are other ways that you will get spam coming your way, usually through website comments (companies offering your services through comments like SEO, backlinking, domain services, etc). Just keep a lookout.
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PansyB Premium
Great info. I trust I have not been scammed recently.Oh no, I am cool.
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EdwardLarry Premium
Thank you Kyle good info, Paying a premium is the best. I will just keep it in mind.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, you shouldn't have to pay $8 for whois protection, but it is definitely necessary. It is completely included here at WA through SiteDomains though, we got you covered.
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BobZeiss Premium
Great, I just checked and found that my main domain (not on WA) is wide open. I will get that sorted today.
Thanks
Bob
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, you will want to add domain privacy (whois protection) to this so that you are not leaving yourself open to solicitation.
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dj-drea Premium
Awesome, you guys rock!
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Mklunn Premium
Very good info. Thanks Kyle! I will look at my domains going forward.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, just something that you should be aware of at the very least.
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BlessedB Premium
Thanks Kyle for this information, will definitely be getting on board. BlessedB.
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phoenix2 Premium
I love it that you can get domains here! I will be purchasing my new website's domain name here at WA for sure. I like the privacy aspect as well. Thanks.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, we wanted to offer a simple and powerful solution. We don't love the domain industry because of the upsells like this, things that we have always believed should be included within a domain name.
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scorpwealth Premium
thanks for the notice and info great info to consider..
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AriefWibowo Premium
Thank you so much for this new feature!
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Wedge910 Premium
I really appreciate the information that you have provided. Please continue to keep us informed and well-heeled with tools to improve conversions.
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Kyle Premium
Gladly, many people have brought solicitation attempts to my attention lately and they had no idea how their contact details were getting found online, hopefully this will offer a lot of clarity to folks on protection your personal info.
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mackiejw Premium
Question: Why is my who-is showing Panama as address and hosting?
John
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aikiman Premium
You have used the privacy thing that has block out your personal info; they always use some Panama address to mask off your real personal info.
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mackiejw Premium
Thanks
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, Namecheap's whois privacy company is located in Panama. Nothing to be alarmed about, that will be the static contact details if you use the privacy protection over there.
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Sui_generis Premium
While I'm happy with Namecheap, it would be great to have everything in one place and safe at that. You and Carson are always right on top of things. Thanks! ~Debbi
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MarvH Premium
It will be quite an advantage for us when we can switch from Go Daddy to WA. Thank you Kyle.
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Kyle Premium
Coming soon Marvin, we have been working on the platform for this even before SiteDomains came out, we just want to do it "right" the first time around.
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Lazyblogger Premium
Jaker just asked my question, Thanks. Great stuff Kyle, thank you for protecting us here at WA, and with very affordable prices.

Bishop
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Kyle Premium
No problem David, we will continue to integrate services that we feel can be done better than "what is out there". Lots to look forward to in the year ahead. :)
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jaker Premium
if you bought a domain through go daddy can you use site domains to renew it and keep it with wa from then on?
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Kyle Premium
Not yet but the ability to transfer your domains from elsewhere over to SiteDomains is going to be available very soon. ;)
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jaker Premium
great!
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charlesdrake Premium
How soon? And can I be notified when?
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aikiman Premium
Yes, to add on something from my experience, I have domain bought from namecheap, the domain privacy part have to do some configuration to block it out from whois. I have bought the privacy thing but did not do anything, when I check the whois and I can see all the information being expose.
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Kyle Premium
Every more reason to use the SiteDomains platform here at WA, I have had similar troubles using NC as their interface can be a little confusing to use.
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BobBarr Premium
At NameCheap, purchasing WhoIsGuard and applying it to a domain are two separate steps. Once you've purchased WhoIsGuard, you need to activatate it for the domain.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, I have had the same thing happen. I have had a domain renew but my whois privacy for my domain was not set to renew and since they are separate charges, all my contact details went public. I only realized this was the case when I started getting solicited for this particular domain.
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aikiman Premium
Just thinking, wonder if you register a domain with the intention to sell it, would it be advisable not to use the whois privacy so you can wait for people to approach you to make an offer. Or keep the privacy and put the domain name on Flippa or some site to sell.
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BobBarr Premium
Since I've never bought domain names with the intent of selling them, I don't have any good suggestions in that regard.
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PjGermain Premium
Totally agree, I like mine private, but does this affect SEO in any way?
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Kyle Premium
Has nothing to do with SEO at all. Always make your domain private, there are very few reasons I can think of to leave it public. Solicitors have a hay day when you leave it public.
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PjGermain Premium
Thank you!!
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