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Whois domain privacy -- is it a bad idea?

3:56 pm on Jul 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've got a .com address with legit contact details in Whois. But i'm always getting phone calls from people selling stuff, and SEO firms wanting to improve my rankings etc. The only place where they could get the telephone number is whois (i often ask them this, and they say they looked it up in whois)

the company i got my domain from offer a whois privacy thing, where they swap the legit details out for theirs, and pass on any relevant emails to me -- sort of like a middleman.

i know that most domain name companies offer this too, so it seems like a pretty normal thing to do.

i was just wondering what your thoughts are on it. I dont see how it would affect my rankings, but has anyone tried it and seen a drop?

[edit: i should add that the replacement name and address are in america, and my site is in the UK. the site would still be hosted in the UK -- so if the two locations suddenly don't match do you think that would be a problem?)
7:02 pm on July 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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An offshore address against the domain would probably be taken as a warning flag by those of a suspicious nature.
8:10 pm on July 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I changed to whois privacy a few months ago and i didnt noticed any change in my google rankings. My domain is registered in the US and the new address is also in the US. But my hosting is in Europe. No problem...