Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Hosting experts will rip you off!

When searching for a hosting advice, you will be hit by competing offers of help. A typical hosting review site will project an image of independence and objectivity. Most likely you will be served a ranking of top 10 sites, which looks something like this:

RANK

WEB HOST

PRICE

DISK SPACE

BANDWITH

SCORE

REVIEW

1

AAAHOST

$4.00

200 GB

2000 GB

95%

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2

BBBHOST

$5.00

200 GB

2000 GB

93%

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3

CCCHOST

$5.50

200 GB

2000 GB

90%

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4

DDDHOST

$6.00

100 GB

2000 GB

88%

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5

EEEHOST

$6.50

100 GB

1000 GB

86%

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What´s the problem with this review? Is there anything wrong? Well, YES!

FIRST, the website fails to disclose a major conflict of ineterests - the reviewer is an affiliate of all hosting companies listed in the table! Whenever you follow a lead and sign up with a "recommended" hosting provider, the reviewer will pocket some nice commissions.

SECOND, since all reviews are driven by commissions, don't expect any reasonable objectivity or independence. All that you will get is a very limited offering from those hosts that pay generous referral fees, sometimes as high as US $100 per sale (and even more).

THIRD, once you have signed up, you are likely to find out that the quality of services is low and tends to decline over time. Keep in mind that most generous referral fees are likely to be paid by young companies that try to capure a larger market share ... and have a propensity to swiftly go out of business (with your website) once things fails to work out as planned.

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