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Be Wary of Host Rating Sites

May 28th, 2009

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I don’t know about you, but when I look into purchasing a product or service, my first point of call is usually a quick google search. Terms such as: “<product name> review” or “<product name> sucks” will pretty soon let you know if your decision is going to be a potentially bad one. The great part about looking for information this way is that you’re less likely to come across biased (particularly financially) results that may give you the wrong impression.

It’s a sad fact that most, if not all host rating websites, are based on not how good a host is – but how much money the hosts pay to appear in their lists. That’s right. Hosts pay to have their names appear in the top 10 list. The number 1 spot? That’s right, like an eBay auction it goes to the highest bidder.

Please be wary of these so-called “host rating” websites. The best way to obtain an accurate representation of a hosting service is to utilise social methods. Take a look on Twitter, see what people are saying. Look on various forums, particularly www.webhostingtalk.com and discover what REAL people are saying about these services.

Good luck in your search.

Two Comments

  1. deb

    May 29, 2009

    And that is exactly how i found about ThisHost [my future webhost].

    C ya ThisHost in October 😉

  2. John Pastor

    June 2, 2009

    This is why we picked this* for our flagship website, ConnectReviews.com.

    Just signed up and very pleased with performance.

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