Whenever you register a domain name with Godaddy.com you are asked for Private Domain Registration which offcourse is mostly a free service. All new & current customers get free private registration service using which they can hide all their private information, though i personally avoid this act because when your contact information is not available , you may lose a client or opportunity who may check for the whois ownership of your domain name in order to contact you with a great offer, though people still opt for Private Registration in order to stay private.
Did you know that when you register a domain, your name, address, email address and phone number are immediately made available to anyone who wants to see them? That’s right. Your personal information is exposed 24 hours a day, everyday, to anyone, anywhere.
You have the power to change this. With a private (“unlisted”) registration through Domains By Proxy® (our affiliate company), registering a domain name doesn’t mean sacrificing your privacy.
Godaddy.com charges you almost the registration fees ie around 8-9$ per domain name every year while renewal which is a big amount to pay when you are having a big domain name portfolio and when you are holding the domains without running actual websites. I have more than 300 domain names in total, with many holded at Godaddy which means that i need to shell out lot of bucks while renewal because of the Private Registration service i opted while registration. Now the question arises, can i cancel this private option while the domain renewal time comes or not.
The answer to this question is yes, but you cannot directly cancel it on the renewal check out page, because the private registration is handled under DomainsByProxy.com where you need to login and manage the cancellation process. Under your domain name control panel in Godaddy you will find the Private Registration Icon which needs to be selected, redirecting to your control panel at Domains by Proxy.
After you cancel you will get a Item Cancellation Confirmation and you have saved around 7-8$ every year now on renewal because of this small setting. Godaddy does smart marketing by offering you with free stuff in the beginning and at renewal charging you double, and many people like me who have opted for automatic renewal would get charged through their Paypal Account on file with Godaddy.com