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    Do you trust hosting reviews websites?

    Hey Guys,

    Do you trust hosting reviews websites?

    If yes why? If no why?

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    I wouldn't trust them simply because most of them (if not all) are affiliates, so they'll say anything to make sure they get that commission. That's the main reason I would never trust hosting reviews.

    If your website is still brand new or getting less than 200 visitors a day, then you don't really need to worry about which hosting company you're using. The problem comes when you have to move from shared hosting to VPS or dedicated server, it can be hard to get a good and affordable provider, most are expensive.

    So I wouldn't recommend reviews, I would recommend that you contact different providers to test their professionalism, especially support. Also avoid big companies and go for independent hosting providers, even if you can find someone who's local in your area.

    Hope that answers your question.

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    Sadly, most of the hosting review sites out there are useless. They simply "rank" hosts based on which ones they get the best affiliate payout from.

    The best review sites I have found would be ReviewHell.com (Site owners honest opinion of hosts) and WebHostingGeeks.com (moderated, user submitted reviews)

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    I agree with what's already been said. Usually don't trust them myself. Last time I went looking for a host, I did alot of research. Best place I've found was web hosting talk. I checked there, the host I was looking at was a long time regular member and most every one has very good things to say about them.
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    As a whole, I wouldn't trust most of them because most hosting review site owners only care about making money and not providing accurate information. There are a couple of respectable ones out there that I have came across that seemed to be impartial for the most part. The trick is separating the junk ones from the few decent ones.
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    Pick and choose but as others have said most of them are ranked based on affiliate payout or advertising. I think a good rule of thumb is if you see a bunch of EIG companies at the top you can be sure it's fake rankings.

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    As mentioned by others, the Hosting Review sites are simply an affiliate scheme to build rank and achieve higher affiliate payouts. This used to be an excellent model, and for some it still is... However, the vast majority of "Top Hosts" are simply those owned and operated by EIG, creating a monopoly to begin with. Unfortunately, this isn't a good thing...

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    Each day is more difficult to trust user reviews about products and services on the internet because many of them are posted by people who earns something with it.

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    There's a lot of affiliate review websites.
    However, there's a few good ones - Review Hell and Host Jury spring to mind. Then there's forum posts about user experiences...
    Steer away from "top host" reviews as they are generally getting paid to have a host within top 10.

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    Depends how much their rating are. High tusted with 70% is trustble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaver08 View Post
    Depends how much their rating are. High tusted with 70% is trustble
    Not necessarily.

    A) A lot of the hosting review sites, use fake reviews to trick people into using the host that gives (the review site owner) the highest affiliate commission.
    B) You can look online and find a lot of actual, positive reviews for companies like HostGator, Arvixe, A Small Orange, etc. However, most of these reviews are from before the hosts were acquired by EIG and are no longer accurate reflections on the hosts level of service.

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    Well you can check hostsearch for it, well i used them and they have IP tracker so there can you see if they fake or real. But you have a point of it. But I should choose always one who use IP check. And I should register by one and search everything out. If the support does not reply your tickets then its not safe and https makes a way also to trust a bit more but that will says either not everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxoq View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Do you trust hosting reviews websites?

    If yes why? If no why?
    Unfortunately, it is hard to find a nonpartisan web hosting review site. Most are paid affiliates with professional-looking websites to give off the feeling of a legitimate review company. Unfortunately, there isn't a Consumer Reports-esque monthly report.

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    I do not trust on reviews, everyone have they own words for it. I should check first the reviews of the hosting self. Remind that it can be fake reviews that they made at they own. I should try the first month to see how it goes and go on. Thats the offically way to check if a hosting got the promised features that they put on the site. And then can you put reviews and for real proof can you use Images that you can use as link, I use lightshot for picture witch is very easy to use. But this is the way how i doing it.

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    When I want to check reviews of a hosting site, I usually go to wht website for genuine reviews. Most of the hosting reviewing sites are made biased opinion to skyrocket their affiliate sales. You can also rely on reviews posted on independent hosting directory sites which were reviewed by users with their domain hosted on that particular hosting Company.
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    I like WebHostingGeeks.com for finding user reviews.

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    All of the decent review sites have already been mentioned here. Anytime you see a top ten list where all of them are EIG brands, don't trust their reviews.

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    I believe the reviews of the sites on the third party websites like hostadvice and serchen as they verify everything like geolocation, bot verification and much more

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    As I remember, one of those review websites offered me 4th place for 500$/month. LOL

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    No. I don't trust the reviews on those dedicated review sites.

    Most of the hosts that are on top are just on top because of high affiliate payouts.

    I trust reviews more from blogs and forums.

    Chad

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    If it quite long and not all positive, yes.

    If it only Great! Thanks or I love this one.... it may be fake review

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    I only go by referrals from friends, family or online buddy's I trust.
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    It's a case to case matter actually. If the site reviewing is a reputable site with a long history of honest and pertinent reviews and many readers, then I would definitely trust what they say no matter what. But if the site is something new, with few followers/readers/visitors, and has a low ratings in terms of the reviews they are publishing, then I'd probably have to think twice before believing the things they are saying in their reviews... But in any case, a review is mostly personal opinion of the person or site reviewing the product. In the end, the decision is still up to your whether you believe what they say (or if their review is applicable to your situation) or not...

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    Its true that hosting review sites are biased towards some hosting sites. But thats not the case anymore. Why I feel so?
    I am also running a hosting review site, my top affiliates are siteground, wp engine, HostGator, etc. For a fact, all these hosting companies offer me 125$ per sale. So why should I be biased towards one when all are paying the same? Its true that for a new hosting review site its not the case, some companies pay them less because they bring less sales whereas who are old and experienced gets higher payout as hosting companies recognize them as more important.

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    In my opinion almost all are fake, and i don't believe in review sites but I trust into benchmarks from web hosting providers who tested on real hosting packages.

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