How to Buy a Domain Name Anonymously (3 Easy Ways)

Want to buy an anonymous domain for your business?

When you purchase a domain, your personal information is listed in the WHOIS database, which is publicly available. Thanks to this, anyone can search and see who owns the domain.

In this article, we will show you how to buy a domain name anonymously.

Why buy a domain name anonymously?

When creating a WordPress website, you will need a domain name. It’s your website address that people will type into their browsers to visit your website.

However, when you purchase a domain name, your personal information is stored in a public WHOIS database. For assigned names and numbers, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names or Numbers, or ICANN, requires each domain registrar to maintain a WHOIS database.

Using this database, anyone can find out who actually owns a domain name. This includes your name, email address, physical address, server name, DNS and other information.

WHOIS database

Buying an anonymous domain allows you to protect your personal information and use proxy information in the WHOIS database instead. Additionally, you can prevent malicious or accidental domain transfers.

In addition, obtaining a domain anonymously increases the online security of your website. It prevents hackers from stealing your domain or abusing it for monetary gain.

That said, let’s look at how you can buy an anonymous domain name. We’ll show you 3 ways to hide your information in the WHOIS database using domain registrars and web hosting companies.

You can click on the links below to skip to the section of your choice.

  • Method 1: Buy a domain name anonymously using Domain.com
  • Method 2: Buy a domain name anonymously using Bluehost
  • Method 3: Buy a domain name anonymously using GoDaddy

Method 1: Buy a domain name anonymously using Domain.com

Domain.com is one of the most popular domain name registrars. You can easily find a domain for your website as it offers more than 300 website name extensions.

With Domain.com, you get access to many domain management tools. For example, you get bulk registration, easy transfers, DNS management, email account and more.

To buy an anonymous domain name, you must first visit Domain.com and enter the name in the search bar. After that, just click on the “Search” button.

Domain.com website with search bar

The domain registrar will now see if the domain you’re looking for is available and show you a list of options with different website extensions.

If your domain is available, Domain.com will add the Domain Privacy + Protection add-on by default. However, this is a paid add-on and will cost you an additional $8.99 per year along with the cost of the domain name.

You’ll see it in your cart, and the “Add domain privacy + protection to every domain for $8.99/year” option will also be activated.

Add domain privacy and protection functionality

Domain.com offers WPBeignner readers a 25% discount on domains and add-ons like Privacy + Protection.

All you have to do is use the Domain.com coupon code at checkout.

Method 2: Buy a domain name anonymously using Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world and an official WordPress hosting partner. When you sign up for their hosting service, you can register a domain for free.

Bluehost allows you to add the Domain Privacy Protection add-on to your package during the registration process. Thus, your personal information will not be publicly available as it will be replaced with generic Bluehost contact information in the WHOIS database.

Bluehost offers an exclusive discount for WPBeginner users. Using a Bluehost coupon code, you can get web hosting, a free domain name, and a free SSL certificate for just $2.75 per month.

To get started, you need to visit the Bluehost website and click the “Get Started Now” button.

Bluehost website

Next, you need to choose a pricing plan.

Just click the “Select” button for any program you want to use.

Bluehost Pricing Plans

Bluehost will then ask you to create a domain. You can either create a new domain or connect an existing domain name.

Since we are buying a new domain, just enter the name in the “Create a new domain” section and click the “Next” button. You can also choose the domain extension you want to use.

Enter your domain name

Bluehost will now check if the domain name you entered is available. If so, you’ll see the account information and payment page.

Next, you can add your personal information to create an account. From here, simply scroll down to the “Package Add-ons” section and make sure the “Domain Privacy + Protection” add-on is selected.

Make sure domain privacy is turned on

Domain Privacy + Protection costs $11.88 per year at Bluehost. With that option selected, you can go ahead and enter your payment information to purchase anonymous web hosting and a domain name.

Method 3: Buy a domain name anonymously using GoDaddy

Another way you can get a domain name anonymously is by using GoDaddy. It is one of the oldest and most popular domain registrars on the market.

To get started, you can visit the GoDaddy website and search for a domain name.

Search for a domain name on GoDaddy

Next, GoDaddy will check and see if your domain name is available. It will also show you the different domain extensions that you can buy along with the .com extension.

After that, just click the “Proceed to Cart” button.

Continue to cart

On the next screen, you can choose different plugins for your domain name. This includes protecting your domain and keeping your information anonymous.

Simply select the Full Domain Protection option, which costs $9.99 per year, and click the Continue to Cart button.

Choose full domain protection

GoDaddy will then show you a summary of your cart. You can check if everything is correct.

Next, go ahead and click the “I’m ready to pay” button to go through the checkout process and complete your purchase.

View cart summary

Also, GoDaddy differs from other registrars in that you can purchase a domain name that is already taken using their domain brokerage service.

If the domain name you are looking for is owned by someone else, GoDaddy will act as a broker and try to make a deal with the domain owner.

Because GoDaddy acts as an intermediary and handles all the steps, your identity is never revealed to the real owner.

Simply visit the GoDaddy Domain Broker Service web page and type the domain name into the search bar.

Domain brokerage service

Next, you can hire GoDaddy as your domain broker so they can negotiate the purchase of your domain name.

Doing this and using GoDaddy as a broker will cost you $69.99 per domain, plus a 20% commission on the final price of the domain.

Hire a broker

We hope this article helped you learn how to buy a domain name anonymously. You can also see our guide on how to improve your WordPress SEO ranking and the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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