Is Godaddy Spurning DomainTools on Whois Lookups to Sell Domain Names?
I’ve noticed something when performing Whois lookups at DomainTools for domain names registered at Godaddy, and I believe it is a fairly recent change. Instead of providing the full registrant information, there is a link to the Whois lookup page at Godaddy.
Interestingly, however, when you do a Whois lookup of a Godaddy-registered domain name at iWhois.com, the full Whois information is available.
When you visit the linked page on the Godaddy website, you are first met with the available domain names with the same term in other top level domain name extensions. Below this are available alternative domain names that can be hand registered, and further below this are premium domain names that can cost in the thousands of dollars.
There is also a link to Godaddy’s Domain Buy Service to help you acquire the domain name that is being looked up. Finally, below all of this, you can see the domain registrant information.
Although this is a bit annoying for me when using DomainTools to lookup domain names, it is probably a shrewd financial move by Godaddy.
Standard Whois Lookup at DomainTools:
Whois Lookup at DomainTools for name registered at Godaddy
Whois Lookup at iWhois.com for name registered at Godaddy
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