Do private domains hurt rankings?

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This is a question that I have not seen asked, but I think it deserves consideration. Search engines use many factors to determine whether to trust a website and the links to a website, and I believe whether or not a domain is registered privately contributes to these factors.

Because of the number of domains registered with the same data and the percentage of domains that are spam with that registration data, could all private domains be taking a hit in the rankings?

More of my thoughts on private domains.

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It may be private on the

It may be private on the *public* WHOIS database - but as Google is a registrar, I would be surprised if they didn't have access to full WHOIS details, regardless of privacy options.

My guess is that's at least

My guess is that's at least part of the reason why Google became a registrar.

dont think so

I've never seen any evidence to suggest that hidden WHOIS has a negative ranking effect.

Even if there is a marginal negative factor applied for hidden WHOIS data, a good website should have enough other quality signals to overcome that. If it doesn't then you have far more serious things to worry about than domain whois info ;)

I read a while back that

I read a while back that google trusts more sites that are registered for long periods of time because it shows that the owner is commited to the site.

But I can't think of any reason why the domains being private or not would suggest a level of seriousness. So I don't think it does.

Do private domains hurt

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Do private domains hurt rankings?

Yes, if only by association.

There's an article by Nick

There's an article by Nick Wilsdon on Jim's blog about the issue of what degree Google could access here:
http://www.jimboykin.com/what-does-google-know-about-your-domain-names-by-nick-wilsdon/

Thanks Brian, yes Jim asked

Thanks Brian, yes Jim asked me to comment on this topic a while back. It really just covers the basics (and some of my speculation) but I hope it was useful.

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