No matter what domain registrar you use, it always seems like they are trying to upsell their customers. Whether I am transferring a domain name to a different registrar or I am hand registering a domain name, I almost always see some sort of upsell opportunity. Annoyingly, many of these upsells seem to be added automatically, and I need to remove them before making my purchase.
Here are a few of the upsells I generally avoid:
- Extra registration years – Most registrars I work with already offer great annual renewal pricing, so it doesn’t make sense to renew for multiple years without a really special deal.
- Free email services – Most domain name acquisitions are investments, and I have no plans to set up email. Even if I did, I would probably use G Suite / GMail for email rather than a registrar-operated service.
- Privacy service – I don’t generally use privacy. When I want privacy, I almost always use a registrar like Uniregistry that is competitive on registration costs and offers free privacy.
- Additional domain name extensions – Yes, I am registering a .com domain name I think will be good. No, I do not want the .net, .biz, or .whatever, but thanks anyway.
- Website development – Some domain registrar operated services are pretty easy to use and quick to set up. If I am going to develop a website though, I will most likely use a third party option. If you do use the “free trial,” make sure you turn it off in time.
The only upsell that sometimes makes sense to me is Whois privacy. I don’t generally use Whois privacy, but when I want to keep an acquisition under wraps, super cheap privacy is an upsell I might take (some registrars like Uniregistry offer privacy for free though). I don’t really remember taking this upsell, but I would if I wanted to keep a name at GoDaddy for its Afternic network but also wanted Whois privacy.
When I am racing through the checkout page, I try to click on all the “no thanks” buttons, but sometimes the add-ons are already added. This is especially pervasive when it comes to length of registration. I understand that domain names are a very low profit margin product, so it makes sense that registrars offer these upsells. To them, I say, “thanks but no thanks.”