For SEO purposes, I like to not only spread my domains across webhosts but also domain registrars. Of course, along with that I want free whois privacy.
My favorite places to register are:
NameBright.com – $8.53
NameSilo.com – $8.99
Above.com – $9.45
NameCheap.com – $9.71
*I have a promo code/deal locked in my account, I don’t know if you’ll get this price. Otherwise it’s $10.87.
Godaddy I usually reserve for domains I plan on reselling nowadays because their privacy protection is $7.99 which is ridiculous.
I also use my Godaddy domain reseller storefront, DomainShoe.com.
I have the prices set at $8.99 and $1.95 for privacy. If I could set privacy below $1.95, I definitely would but Godaddy limits the minimums on what you can charge.
DomainShoe.com – $10.94 (including $1.95 whois)
Whois.com is $9.88 + $2.88 for whois
Whois.com – $12.76
If you know of another good registrar (doesn’t have to be the cheapest) that you’d like to recommend and that doesn’t have balloon renewal fees, please leave a comment below and if it checks out I’ll add it to the list.
By far the two best options are NameBright and NameSilo and I especially love NameBright because they have the best domain bulk search tool, allowing 5,000 searches at once.
They’ve definitely earned a special place in my dark, cold heart for being so generous (NOBODY, repeat nobody comes close with allowing as many domain searches).
And, NameSilo is entrenched at #2. Just rock solid, no frills, and gives me exactly what I want.
Hat tip to NameCheap for also having initially very cheap webhosting that’s actually reliable and fast.
And last, I’ll recommend my own reseller. I always keep my .com, .net, and privacy prices as low as Godaddy Wild West will allow me.