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    Running web site as anomymous - is that possible?

    Hi,

    I have a full time job and I would like to start my own company.

    On the start, I plan to work my business on the evening only and keep my daily job until I earn enough, and then quit from my regular job and go independent.

    I don't want to anyone know that I have a web site and earning money with it, especially not my coworkers and boss from my current job.

    So, how to hide answer to question who is registered a specific web domain?
    Is data about Google AdSense and AdWords accounts visible to everyone?

    I saw that Commision Junction has option to encrypt hyperlink, is that true?

    Please, tell me anything about this subject.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    You can register your domains privately. I do mine through Godaddy. right now you can register a domain privately through Go Daddy for about $10.50/year (including the domain) after you use the discount "SAVETEN" to save 10%

    I got one yesterday. I dont know about the Adense and AdWords though.
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    I honestly don't know anyone who has done WHOIS searches on their employees. A quick Google search maybe, but not searching for domains they may own. As long as your real name isn't attached to the sites you build (in the content, i.e. registering yourname.com) you should be okay.

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    Godaddy (aka Domains by proxy) only provides a very thin privacy:
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5833663.html

    I would rather register the domain in the name of my cousin / spouse / child ... dog ..

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    Some people won't do business with a site that has anonymous WHOIS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frox
    Godaddy (aka Domains by proxy) only provides a very thin privacy:
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5833663.html

    I would rather register the domain in the name of my cousin / spouse / child ... dog ..
    Hmm, what if I register a domain to some not existing name in not existing street and physical address and access only using my user name and password.

    Does GoDaddy (or Yahoo) check this?

    I only must use a correct credit card number, right?

    I hope my credit card is not visible through WHOIS:

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    Quote Originally Posted by frox
    Godaddy (aka Domains by proxy) only provides a very thin privacy:
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5833663.html

    I would rather register the domain in the name of my cousin / spouse / child ... dog ..
    Very interesting article. I started making my domains private when I began getting phone calls at all times of days from people who looked up my info in WHOIS. So, for my reasons, having that privacy there (however thin) was enough.
    Sara

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    Quote Originally Posted by SQL Mike
    Hi,

    I have a full time job and I would like to start my own company.

    On the start, I plan to work my business on the evening only and keep my daily job until I earn enough, and then quit from my regular job and go independent.

    I don't want to anyone know that I have a web site and earning money with it, especially not my coworkers and boss from my current job.

    So, how to hide answer to question who is registered a specific web domain?
    Is data about Google AdSense and AdWords accounts visible to everyone?

    I saw that Commision Junction has option to encrypt hyperlink, is that true?

    Please, tell me anything about this subject.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    Why would your day job even care about what you are doing outside of work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil_Red
    Why would your day job even care about what you are doing outside of work?
    I was assuming he had a non-compete clause or something.
    Sara

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil_Red
    Why would your day job even care about what you are doing outside of work?
    Maybe he signed one of those "we own anything you come up with while you're employed with us even if it was on your own time" contracts. I've seen it happen to many others. Or maybe he just doesn't want his boss to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ses5909
    I was assuming he had a non-compete clause or something.
    Or not even a non-compete clause.

    If he is (for example) a software developer doing some side work, his employer could accuse him of stealing trade secrets, fire and sue him. Regardless of the validity of the employer's reaction, it would be a drag, and since it is none of their business, the issue may as well be avoided.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    Maybe he signed one of those "we own anything you come up with while you're employed with us even if it was on your own time" contracts. I've seen it happen to many others. Or maybe he just doesn't want his boss to know.
    I think there should be big fat laws against that sort of crap.

    I would like to see some law to the extent of: if you include a clause in a contract that is really stupid or cannot possibly be legally binding, the entire contract can be voided at the other party's whim.

    Right now, employers can just go wild without any fear of actually having to be reasonable. "Hey, let's add a clause that employees must save the hair they get cut because some of that was grown on company time". It's really just about that stupid.
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    NameCheap provides the same service that GD charges $10 for for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsm
    I think there should be big fat laws against that sort of crap.

    I would like to see some law to the extent of: if you include a clause in a contract that is really stupid or cannot possibly be legally binding, the entire contract can be voided at the other party's whim.

    Right now, employers can just go wild without any fear of actually having to be reasonable. "Hey, let's add a clause that employees must save the hair they get cut because some of that was grown on company time". It's really just about that stupid.
    when i signed my contract to go to university it had a clause that said anything that i do while at the university basically belongs to them, no matter where i do it. im pretty sure my part time job at the time had something similar too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Add
    when i signed my contract to go to university it had a clause that said anything that i do while at the university basically belongs to them, no matter where i do it. im pretty sure my part time job at the time had something similar too.
    Good. Let the university and your part time job fight it out over what goes on in your brain.
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