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Old 24th January 2007, 06:12 AM   #1
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Default Can Whois Privacy Protection Service Influence Google Ranking?

I had problems with a lot of Email spam. I noticed that spammers used the Email address mentioned in the WhoIs domain lookup. Therefore I decided to use "Whois Privacy Protection Service" instead of my real Email address and other contact information. Just 3 months since the Whois Privacy Protection Service had been active I started to observe decline in Google traffic for most of the keywords.
Do you think this correlation between Whois Privacy Protection Service and Google ranking is accidental? Can really Whois Privacy Protection Service have influence on Google ranking? Perhaps Google considers websites with Whois Privacy Protection Service activated suspicious because they hide the real organisation name.

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I have heard Google considers it, but I would describe my understanding of it as a 'signal' they use. For example, while using privacy whois won't hurt your rankings alone it may be used as one of many signals to determine the quality/trust of the site. A couple thoughts, google is a registrar. Many who setup networks of spammy sites have used privacy whois to try and thinly hide the affiliation between sites.

My gut, based on past experiences says that it probably isn't the reason for the change in your rankings. Towards the beginning of this month, many saw changes with rankings with some google updates. When did you first notice the changes, and do you rank for any keywords still ... or just lower rankings but there still there?

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Old 24th January 2007, 06:50 AM   #3
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I use private registration for my domain, and my site is doing extremely well.

Based on my own experience, I don't see any correlation between private registration and website rankings.

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I know this doesn't really answer the question but I have an email address set up that I only use for domain registrations. And I set up Outlook to filter anything to that address that's not from my registrar as spam. It's more because I'm too cheap to pay the extra for private registrations, but it seems to work.

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I have heard Google considers it, but I would describe my understanding of it as a 'signal' they use. For example, while using privacy whois won't hurt your rankings alone it may be used as one of many signals to determine the quality/trust of the site. A couple thoughts, google is a registrar. Many who setup networks of spammy sites have used privacy whois to try and thinly hide the affiliation between sites.

My gut, based on past experiences says that it probably isn't the reason for the change in your rankings. Towards the beginning of this month, many saw changes with rankings with some google updates. When did you first notice the changes, and do you rank for any keywords still ... or just lower rankings but there still there?
Thanks for the reply. I activated the Privacy Protection in October 2005. The change in ranking came in January 2006. I still rank for all keywords but the ranking is 3-4 pages lower than it used to be in 2005.

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Well, its January 2007 now. Has it been that way for a year then? Just trying to make sure I understand... because if it changed in Jan 2007 that would be one thing vs January 2006.

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Well, its January 2007 now. Has it been that way for a year then? Just trying to make sure I understand... because if it changed in Jan 2007 that would be one thing vs January 2006.

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Yes it had been that way for a year. It all changed from Jan 2006. I did nothing with the site design. Either Google changed the ranking algorithms in December 2005/January 2006 or the privacy protection triggered the change.
Since January 2006 I changed the site design couple of times in order to get the same ranking as I used to have before January 2006. A year passed and so far nothing helped. Therefore I started to suspect that it might do something with the privacy protection. Besides none of the sites having better ranking than my site for "business ideas" have privacy control.

Now I try to deactivate the privacy protection to see if it has any influence on ranking.

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I also read in another thread that google will be making updates on its pageranking within days instead of months. So it could or it could not be about whois private protection.

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