It is 2:44AM here in Los Angeles, California and one of the (.org) domains in my portfolio just expired. Instead of renewing the domain name at the going rate of $14.99 + $0.18 ICANN fee I ended up spending twenty minutes to locate a discount code which would work for the domain renewal. I spotted a code PIXEL14 which brought the price down to $7.49, although it took me upwards of twenty minutes to find this code it was well worth the wait. This code alone allowed me to save $7.50 on the domain renewal.
This now brings me to my theory. You should never have to pay full price for a GoDaddy domain registration or renewal. In fact I can’t remember the last time I actually paid full price for a (.com, .net, .org) domain registration or renewal. Whether it be a marketing ploy or not, GoDaddy has made several discount codes available at any given time. The fact that they have done this causes me to search for a discount code anytime I need to register or renew a domain name.
The new year brings an entire new set of codes which are valid for 2011. One of the best websites I have seen which keeps up to date with any and all GoDaddy codes is the:
FatWallet provides users with a forum based interface allowing them to publish codes as they see fit. It is probably one of the most up to date threads for GoDaddy discount codes that I have seen. In 2010 I visited this site a countless amount of times and I have a feeling 2011 will be the same. Next time you find yourself registering or renewing a domain name spend a little time searching for the applicable domain discount code, you might end up saving enough money to free up another domain registration / renewal.