How to Know the Contact Information of a Domain Name Owner

How to Know the Contact Information of a Domain Name Owner
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How to Know the Contact Information of a Domain Name Owner

Today in our internet age, knowing someone contact information is really worth. Especially, if they’re the persons we need to contact to for the business purposes.

In the domain name industry, knowing the domain name owner also helps many domainers or domain investors to deal directly with the owner for the best price. So that, finding out who is the domain name owner and his contacts is really a necessary thing to do.

Knowing a Domain Name Owner

If you still don’t know about domain privacy, you can read this post first What is Domain Privacy and Why should you need it?

1. Introduction

The job of finding out who registered a domain can be very easy. Sometimes, you just need to go to that domain name and see the contact information at the homepage, it’d already listed there for everyone who wants to get in touch with the owner. However, sometimes this can be impossible and you can not find their information anywhere on the internet. This depends on the domain name owner whether they used a Whois privacy protection or not.

The ICANN’s policy states that you need to use your real information like your name, phone number, and address. But I see that many people don’t want to show their personal information to the eye of an internet or to their competitors. Hence, in order to resolve this problem, almost domain name registrars offer a Whois privacy protection service for an additional fee. It’s just a small fee besides the domain name price. It’s usually from $1 – $5/year depending on each registrar. But today, I see that some domain registrars offer this protection service for free like NameSilo and NameCheap.

When using this protection service, your real contact information will be replaced with the registrar’s information. So that, it’s much harder to find out the domain contact owner if it’s being used this service. In many cases, you can not find out about it.

Here below I’ve introduced to you guys some ways to find out these contact information

2. Find the domain name owner via Whois lookup websites

2.1. Whois lookup websites

Go to any websites which are providing free Whois lookup services.

Knowing a Domain Name Owner 1 - Whois lookup websites

I’ve listed for you some of them below

2.2. Enter your domain name to the box

Enter your domain name to the text-box and press the green “Search” button to find out its information

Knowing a Domain Name Owner 2 - Whois lookup ecoupon

An example of entering my website ecoupon.io at domaintools website, press the “Search” button to continue

Continue by clicking on the checkbox “I’m not a robot” to verify that you’re a human.

2.3. Read the results

Knowing a Domain Name Owner 3 - Whois results

Example of the Whois search results above are the information of website ecoupon.io

The page then shows you the information about that domain name. You need to research and find out whether that information is the domain owner’s contact or it’s just the information of the domain registrar.

Example of my site eCoupon.io above, the contact information is the registrar’s information. It’s because that I am using the Whois privacy protection service from domain registrar to hide my real information.

If you see that the result is the information of the domain name owner then you can reach them via that contact. Otherwise, you can not know who registered that domain.

3. Find the domain owner via a Domain registrar

3.1. Whois lookup feature from a Domain registrar

Go to any Domain name registrars that have the Whois lookup function. Today, most domain registrars have this function. I’ve listed for you some of them below

3.2. Enter your domain name to the box

Enter your domain name in the text-box and then press the “Search” button to continue

Knowing a Domain Name Owner 4 - Whois Domain registrars

An example of the Whois lookup feature from Godaddy

Continue by clicking on the checkbox “I’m not a robot” to verify that you’re a human.

Knowing a Domain Name Owner 5 - Godaddy Checkbox
Wait for a moment and the page will show you the results of that domain name.

3.3. Read the results

Knowing a Domain Name Owner 6 - Whois ecoupon results

The Whois search results of ecoupon.io website, it was checked at Godaddy

You may want to acquire that domain by pressing the “Go” button on the right side. This feature of Godaddy helps you to backorder or to negotiate with the domain owner. However, if you can see the real email and name of the owner, you can contact them directly for the deal.

4. Conclusion

Finding out who registered a domain name helps people in getting a right contact information for their business. These contact information can be used in their business such as offering a deal for products/services or even offering a deal to acquire that domain.

In the domain industry, many domainers or domain investors make a good revenue by using this way. If you’re working in this market, I think you will need to know these ways too.

Good luck to you.

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