Best Hosting

It is called "Marketing" and this is how it affects your perception
And can affect your business online, which after all is the most important part

Hosting Review Websites Fake?

How to tell if a review site is just another fake review or affiliate website? Some are the biggest name Review Websites like CNET are nothing more than Advertisement Websites. Websites that contain Fake Ratings and Reviews

Affiliate Programs

Why does every website, blog, and YouTube video about Hosting, Domain Names and Web Services seem to recommend one of just a handful of companies?
They pay the highest affiliate commissions

Most all of the biggest hosting companies have affiliate programs. And the top web hosting reviews sites manipulated ranking and reviews for their own profit
These hosting review sites contain only EIG* owned and high paying commissioned Web hosting companies

Below is a short list of these companies:
GoDaddy 30% commission
BlueHost $65 per referral
Host Gator $50-$125 per referral (depends upon sign up volume per month)
DreamHost (not an EIG company) - $30 for month to month and $97 for annual referrals
LiquidWeb (not an EIG company) - $60 per referral
Squidix $25 per referral
MDDHosting $15 per referral
Fresh Roasted Hosting $15 per referral
MonsterMegs $20 per referral

Most of the major names in web hosting are all owned by one company:
* Endurance International Group formerly BizLand
(EIG) owns over 70 web hosting brands
Including BlueHost, HostGator, iPage, FatCow, Domain.com, IPower, A Small Orange, etc. There’s nothing wrong with owning a bunch of brands, but not having honest reviews by honest Reviewers is just bad businesses. This company grows by acquiring new brands continuously to stay on top of the "Best of" and "Top 5" lists out there on the Internet. It’s a public company, feel free to check it out for yourself

Full List of EIG Companies and Brands With Details
Wikipedia.org - Endurance International Group
When a big company like EIG seizes a bigger share of the hosting market by aggressive buying and offering bad services, it ruins the web hosting ecosystem. As a result, great hosts become harder to find by ordinary people who have less of a chance to find a good hosting service

Now you see why all the "Best Web Hosting Reviews" sites point you toward the same companies
Fees seem low and they appear to be easy to start up with
But keep in mind the options that you think you are getting are not really options at all

How to tell if Websites are Affiliates

You can always tell by the "Link" they list for the Site they are reviewing. Does it have a normal looking "Link" like this:
RSH Web Services GoDaddy.comHostGator.com

Now hover your mouse over the above links, look in the bottom right corner, what do you see? Links going directly to their web site like these?
https://rshweb.com    https://www.godaddy.com    https://www.hostgator.com/

Or do you see links like these:
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/316108/the-best-web-hosting-services#
http://partners.hostgator.com/6MWRq
https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1061685&u=74149&urllink=&afftrack=cnetwebhosting|xid:fr15efj
https://hostadvice.com/go/host/8764
https://www.whoishostingthis.com/go/hostgator/?t=wiht027a-v1_&track=WIHT-Reviews
These are all Affiliate Links!

Other Big Names Review Sites that are Affiliates

Here is a short list of "Best Hosting Review" Sites we found using Affiliate Links
Some are the biggest name Review sites are nothing more than Advertisement Websites. We all thought we could trust for their unbiased reviews!
CNET
Techradar.com
PCMag.com
ZDNet.com
TomsGuide.com
HostAdvice.com
WhoIsHostingThis.com
HostingTribunal.com
WebSiteBuilderExpert.com
TomsGuide.com
UK WebHostReview.com
Hosting.Review
HostingCanada.org
WebHostingGeeks.com
ColorLib.com
And yes even Business.com
Is there no one we can trust anymore?

Other Sites that blog about Fake Review websites

Hostgator and EIG Review by OutwitTrade.com
How to Spot a Fake Review Website: WikiHow.com
Fake Hosting Reviews – The 14 Types of Fake Review Sites
How to Recognize Biased Online Reviews
How to Differ Real & Fake Reviews
Honest Guide to Choosing a Web Host – no affiliate links and no promotions
How to tell if the web hosting review site you're reading is affiliate
Fake web hosting reviews. How to recognize them (But even this site is a Affiliate site)
CNBC.com
Cybercashworldwide.com
Tired of all the fake reviews
Spotting Fake Magento Hosting Review Sites
Fake Web Hosting Reviews Suck. Spotting Affiliate Links
Guide on choosing a web hosting provider without affiliate links
How to Spot & Avoid Bad Web Hosting Companies
Web Hosting: It’s a Giant Scam!
A Beginner’s Guide: How To Choose A Web Hosting Company


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COMMENTS

Kim Mourik
Thank you for taking the time and writing this post, I always wondered why when you type in "Web Hosting" you only see a hand full of big named companies. Now we know. Thanks!!


Kelly Montilla
Great help for me


Shane Pierce
This guide has been very useful. Thank you


Kim Mourik
Very unique post, I like your content. Nice to know these things. Thank you much for sharing this with us


Jenny K
This drives me nuts. For anything important, the only reviews I trust are from Consumer Reports (and no, I’m not advertising for them). Other than that, I pretty much ignore those reviews


Patty R
The fake review problem significantly diminishes the value of those Hosting websites. I believe that there needs to be some layer of accountability for reviews to be trusted


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