Google Domains Is Coming And It’s A BIG Deal! Here Is Why…


Google seems to be on the verge of making a big dent in yet another key online vertical: Domain Registrations. And, from the looks of it, the services offered will be at par or even better than most of existing popular domain registrars.

When the behemoth Google enters any online vertical, it never makes a meek entry – They enter to dominate it. While in most cases, they are among the first few to enter any vertical, in this particular case, they are entering the market as late as it gets.

Google Domains

Domain Registrations business is always a level playing field game. Domains have to be renewed every year and anyone can transfer from one domain registrar to another with just a few clicks and no real extra costs. Infact, in many cases you are actually incentivized to do it!

So, even though Google has made a late entry, it does not really matter.

The service is currently in Beta stage and invite-only (You can join their invite list). They are currently gathering feedback from a small set of users, but their Google+ post update suggests that the service should be opened shortly for general public as well.

Now, before we look at why Google’s entry into Domain registration business is huge deal, let us first understand what Google Domain plans to offer.

When Google starts to offer something, they not only cover all the basics, but bring in additional unique features that entices users to go with their services. And, it is the same with Google Domain registrations.

Google Domains is offering everything that most would expect from a Domain registrar – Purchase and transfer of domains, domain forwarding, creating sub-domains and Domain management tools like adding A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, PTR, SOA, SPF, SRV, TXT records to your domains.

But what will really differentiate Google from others is that their domain services will be offered on Google’s fast, secure and reliable infrastructure which undoubtedly is the best in the world.

As far as the pricing goes, Google is expected to offer it at USD 12 a pop which includes private registration as well (generally, other domain registrars offer it USD 2). So essentially, Google is offering it at USD 10, a price which is offered by most popular domain registrars.

And here is the icing on the cake – For those who buy or transfer domains to Google, they will get 100 email aliases free of cost on that domain. While this is not same as having 100 different email addresses, you get a branded email address, which would have probably cost you more if taken separately from Google!

And if that was no enough, here is something more. Google has partnered with Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, and Shopify — businesses that specialize in helping consumers build complete and sometimes even moderately complex  websites in mere minutes. So, for a end user, Google is actually offering end-to-end services (sans hosting, which I am sure will come in due course!)

Why Is It Such A BIG Deal?

Most mid-size domain registrars would be pissing in their pants right now, and trust me, I am not exaggerating. Domain registrations is a difficult business to be in, with heavy competition and wafer thin margins. And I am sure the case is not too different with likes of Go-Daddy and other big registrars.

Google has brand name like no other, they are offering domains at extremely competitive pricing and to top that they are always innovating. So people who will be with Google Domains will get all the cutting-edge tech there is.

And like I mentioned before, Domain registrar business is always a level playing field. Transferring your domain from one registrar is extremely easy. I personally have about 20-25 domains names, and I will shift them to Google at the first chance I get.

Also, new top-level domains like .photography, .guru and hundreds of others are coming up, so the market for domain name is increasing exponentially.

One thing is sure, for most domain registrars, Google’s entry into Domain registration business must be one of the worst news they might have come across!

And from Google’s point of view, the following tweet pretty much summarizes everything there is to say..

Tweet Nikhil

Would love to hear your say on this…

  1. Albert A (Albs) says

    Looks Great effort from Google. But most people will think about their Privacy and leave this. Because, Google’s data can be easily audited by NSA (using PRISM) comparing to small companies data.
    Better Google should re-open Google Reader and Monetize it instead of offering domain registration service.

  2. Shahnawaz Sadique says

    This is big news and I can smell that Google want each and every section o search.I do not know about direct and indirect advantage but Google is well know cut off the advantages of webmaster..Let see what future brings for webmaster..

  3. Siddhesh Joshi says

    Guess its invite only for now… don’t understand the concept of ‘invite only’…
    anyways.. hoping it brings some aggressive pricing!
    I’d buy and park one if that’s the case.

  4. anil funde says

    yup .. i always scared of google when i comes to privacy and data theft … i am redy to pay more to other players .. but sorry google .. i worst case scroogling of personnel emails is fine .. but on commercial relations i will be horrible

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Yeah Anil – Though I agree with you, I for one feel that Google is new web order… you cannot escape it, and if you do, you will be left behind. That scenario may not be very pronounced right now, but surely it is building up to be that way!

      1. Rakesh says

        Feedback: The tone of this post appears more like an ad or a paid post

        1. Arun Prabhudesai says

          Rakesh, be rest assured it is not a paid post. Any paid post is clearly marked as “Sponsored post”. We are very transparent with our readers. And you should think… Do you think Google will pay us for writing about them?
          We ALWAYS disclose if it is a paid post or not..

    2. Rakesh says

      I agree! I too try and stay away from the evilish (if there is any word like that) Google. I won’t be surprised if these desperadoes make G+ mandatory even to register domains.

  5. Chitraparna Sinha says

    This is definitely big news, Arun. Google is out to dominate and other domain registrars have to find out new ways to retain their consumer base…As you rightly pointed out, their servers are the best and it won’t be long before website owners decide to shift their hosting. This has surely ‘upped’ the game!

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Chitra – Another thing which I forgot to mention in the post. All the top webmasters would not move their domains to Google, just because their is hint that somain registrations with Google will gain them some kind of direct or indirect advantage in Search rankings.. It may not be true, but that will not matter..

  6. Kaxil says

    Another Data that would now be with them. Not Good in terms of privacy.

    1. Albert A (Albs) says

      300% agree with your point.

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