I wrote about this topic a couple of years ago, but here’s additional insight that should be able to help you save money on domain names, no matter what domain registrar you prefer to use.
10 tips to find domain name coupons:
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- Search Google or Bing: Many domain registrars such as Go Daddy and Network Solutions look at domain names as loss leaders, meaning they are willing to sell them for less than cost in order to make money on upsells and renewals in the future. They advertise domain name deals and coupon codes using Adwords campaigns to make them easy to find. Search Google or Bing for terms like “domain name deals,” “domain name coupons,” and “cheap domain names,” and you’ll find lots of coupons and deals.
- Check your registrar emails: Oftentimes on your renewal emails or other notices sent by domain registrars, there will be a coupon code to save money on domain names, transfers, and even renewals. Some of these are great prices and others aren’t really deals, but check out those communications for special offers.
- Coupon websites: There are a number of coupon sites like RetailMeNot.com and FatWallet.com that offer coupon and promo codes for domain names. Most of these are related to domain registrations and not renewals or transfers, but if you are looking for coupons, you might have luck there.
- Blogs & other domain industry websites: A number of blogs promote coupon codes and discounts for a variety of products and services. Some of these are affiliate links and probably aren’t the best deal, and some promote special coupons they find elsewhere. I know Domainsville has a section where coupon codes and offers are listed, so that may be a good place. I see that Domain Shane also regularly posts deals that he finds.
- Twitter: Twitter is a great place to find special promo codes that are promoted by the registrar throughout the year. Dynadot and Name.com often promote their promo codes on Twitter, so you might want to follow those accounts if you use those domain registrars. I’ve seen renewal discounts offered by both registrars on Twitter, and those are more difficult to find.
- Company blog or website: Namecheap is one of the most prolific domain discounters, and their special offers and deals are often announced on their blog. The company is a big supporter of Internet rights, and when they are backing a campaign such as CISPA Action Week, you can almost guarantee there will be transfer deals.
- Refer a friend deals: Some domain registrars promote “refer a friend” deals. They give you a special code that you can send to friends or colleagues, and if they use the code, you’ll earn some account credits while giving your friend the discount.
- Hosting company and partner offers: Along the lines of upsells is cross-sells. Many hosting companies that aren’t domain registrars have relationships with certain domain registrars. When you sign up for hosting at a hosting company, you can probably find domain name coupons listed on the website, your control panel, or your welcome emails.
- Domain forums: Some domain forums (like DNForum) have subforums for companies to advertise coupons and special offers. On other forums, people will post special offers they see and hear about. Word of mouth deals may be more difficult to find, but if someone takes the time to write about it, I would imagine the deal is probably very good.
- Ask the domain registrar: Sometimes domain registrars can give you discounts or deals when you ask. If you have a high volume of registrations that you may want to transfer out, you can contact the domain registrar to see if they have a special offer to save your business. Many will hook you up simply by asking (more likely to work with smaller registrars).