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    Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Personally, I've never thought it was a good idea for any business to use privacy services when registering a domain. I've been suspicious of companies with hidden domain ownership data.

    Is this a factor in overall domain or website trust? I've not seen anything listing domain registration records as a valuable citation but it seems to me that it could be considered very authoritative.

    Has anyone tested this?

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitesell View Post
    Is this a factor in overall domain or website trust? I've not seen anything listing domain registration records as a valuable citation but it seems to me that it could be considered very authoritative.
    When you mention website trust are you talking about a visitor or a search engine spider?

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    I'm thinking in terms of trust given by Google - trust built by consistent NAP, hi trust citations, etc.

    I'm wondering if you lower the trust Google has in a website if the domain owner's NAP is hidden by domain registration privacy?

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitesell View Post
    I'm wondering if you lower the trust Google has in a website if the domain owner's NAP is hidden by domain registration privacy?
    Maybe, but domains regged by proxy are really common. It's tough to say for sure.
    Marketer's Center: Reseller Services for Local SEO Consultants. Soon to have 3 different types of citation services.

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    from my experience you don't receive any penalization on privately registered domains.
    99% of your ranking is good back links and the right keywords and text on the page. Its still pretty much like it used to be in the beginning just that blogs received more weighting than they used to.
    I am the owner of www.nuxr.com . a product and business review website. feel free to add yours.

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitesell View Post
    I'm wondering if you lower the trust Google has in a website if the domain owner's NAP is hidden by domain registration privacy?
    Like others have said it's kind of hard to tell. From all of the stuff I have read where people have broken down the 200 things that they think Google looks into to rank your site, I don't remember seeing anything about registration privacy on domains be one of them.

    If it would be a little tough to test it as well. I wouldn't be to worried about it as there could be a multitude of reasons why someone might keep the domain registration private.

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Yes I believe it is, and if you put your business NAP in the whois info that helps more I'll tell you that it is in some of Google's patents for search algorithms - not that private whois will hurt you but more so that public can help a bit.

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Broland View Post
    Yes I believe it is, and if you put your business NAP in the whois info that helps more I'll tell you that it is in some of Google's patents for search algorithms - not that private whois will hurt you but more so that public can help a bit.
    Do you have a link to some of the patents? I have never heard or read anything about the domain privacy helping or hurting in anyway.

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    Quote Originally Posted by armstead View Post
    Like others have said it's kind of hard to tell. From all of the stuff I have read where people have broken down the 200 things that they think Google looks into to rank your site, I don't remember seeing anything about registration privacy on domains be one of them.

    If it would be a little tough to test it as well. I wouldn't be to worried about it as there could be a multitude of reasons why someone might keep the domain registration private.
    Well to be fair those 200 "ranking signals" are just speculation.

    Personally, I've never had a problem ranking sites with domain privacy. I have a lot of data at my fingertips from my own clients but I never checked correlation of rankings with whether or not privacy was enabled. Should make for an interesting analysis.

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    Re: Is domain registration privacy an issue for trust or local ranking?

    I have had the privacy options on for as long as I remember since my domain registrar offered them for free. A few months back, they made it paid and I did not pay up. I have not seen any change in ranking for any of my websites.

    So if your question is from a search signal point of view, then I think the answer is no.

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