GoDaddy’s SSL Certificate Price Increases Are Ridiculous

I’ve been using GoDaddy SSL Certificates for the past 3 years. This year, however, I might be changing providers due to GoDaddy’s SSL Price Increases over the years.

Sidebar: Why Do Internet Marketers Need an SSL Certificate?

As internet marketers, we need SSL certificates for 2 major functions things.

Firstly, if you want to use a custom banners on your Clickbank or Paypal checkout pages, you’ll need to host the image on SSL servers. Amazon S3 provides this feature…and so does…but some marketers like to use their own domain. SSL allows this.

Secondly, if you’re using a shopping cart with a merchant account, then you’ll need SSL on your website to keep information secure in the cart and during transit. Login Frequency Marketing,  Digital Access Pass, Wishlist Member and other self-hosted shopping carts all need an SSL certificate to process payments via If you only use Paypal, don’t worry about it. I use Nanacast, so all processing takes place on their servers, not mine.

In the world of SSL certificates, the names Verisign, GeoTrust and Comodo probably come to mind. Unfortunately, their prices are quite high.

So I’ve relied on GoDaddy for the better part of 3 years. Their prices were quite low compared to the big dogs and their certificates authenticated perfectly.

Here’s the GoDaddy Pricing for the Past 3 Years…

  • 2009: $29.99 per year for Standard SSL
  • 2010: $24.99 per year for Standard SSL
  • 2011: $69.99 per year for Standard SSL

Huh,  what? They increased the price from $24.99 to $69.99 in one year? Yes, they did. It may not seem like a lot, but remember, people with many SSL enabled domains names will take a bigger hit.

GoDaddy SSL Certificate Discounts

Luckily, I have a solution for you. If you jump on Google and search for “ssl certificate”, you should find a lower price of $12.99 per year being advertised. Here’s a direct link to save them some PPC costs. I don’t know how long this will last, so lock in the extra years asap. By the way, that competitor isn’t looking too bad, either. After all, SSL Certificates are pretty cut and dry. You’re not really paying for anything extra…just a “name” to secure it. In the end, all that matters is that HTTPS works properly in all browsers and nothing else.

GoDaddy SSL Price Increase
GoDaddy SSL Discounts

3 thoughts on “GoDaddy’s SSL Certificate Price Increases Are Ridiculous”

  1. Jesus,

    As your name suggest, you are nice guy who shared such a helpful information about Godaddy price. I have been using godaddy for most of my client’s SSL certificate but few days back i just annoyed due to their increased price. In-fact, i have lost one of my client who shifted to other providers due to huge price gap between godaddy and other reseller.
    Jesus, i need your feedback about ssl2buy! actually, i came across their article on same topic while i was looking for godaddy alternatives price comparison and customer feedback looks impressive but never used them before.

    Do you have any experience about their services? Your feedback will really help me to choose the best provider that does not increase price like Godaddy.

  2. I bought an SSL with Godaddy for around $120 for 5 sites, the next year it was around $249 to renew. This year almost $450! What the absolute heck Godaddy?!?!?! (this is in Australian dollars, but still) I’m furious for 2 reasons. 1. Obviously a 200% increase is beyond ridiculous. 2. This SSL is on auto-renew and I wouldn’t have know unless I looked at my credit card statement. Flabbergasted!


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