iPage.com – Now a top 5 Endurance International Group trusted host review site

iPage.com got my attention the other day when I decided I was off topic once again with this site. That topic being that review sites are not honest, and want you to buy who they recommend so they can get a payout. What do you expect I suffer ADD (attention deficient disorder). Shiny things like the new iPad or even as simple as a shiny pebble can easily get me off topic.  Seriously I have a lot of rocks I have picked up over the years. So I figured while I wait on new tablet accessories I would do what I used to do and actually look at search engine results, and try and stay focused.

This time around I looked at “host reviews” on Goggle, what caught my eye was what appeared at the top in a paid position was an ad by iPage.com titled ‘ 5 hosts that don’t suck”.

I had to do a double take, was I reading this right? Was this a sub-d0main off of iPage.com. Yes it was.

Wait a second, iPage.com is one host. But for those that do not know like I did not 2 years ago, iPage.com and around 40 or more hosts belong to a company called Endurance International Group.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/endurance-international-group-inc.html

Didn’t they send out FTC compliance emails to their affiliates about disclosing affiliate relations to them?

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipage-com.html

Well they do disclose, but not very clearly you have to click on the link labeled:

About top5hosts.ipage.com

http://top5hosts.ipage.com/disclaimer.html

Where iPage.com states:

Top5Hosts.ipage.com is presented by iPage to provide information about hosting solutions offered by iPage and other hosting brands our company operates. We wholly own and operate all sites listed on top5hosts.ipage.com.

In compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, we want to be sure our visitors understand that this site is a promotional vehicle, and the opinions expressed are those of our company.

We operate this site because we believe that our brands offer an outstanding value, and we want to give customers an opportunity to compare our brands to each other.

To bad they can’t do some disclosure on how they are 100 % windpowered. Not to mention some explanation on what separates them from Justhost.com which for all intents and purposes seems nothing more than a clone of fatcow.com and justhost.com.

So in short EIG (short for Endurance International Group) threw together a subdomain that lists 5 of many of their sites who are part of the iPage family on to what is called a “promotional vehicle“. I can’t say I find any of what Endurance International Group did impresses me. They seem more interested in buying hosts than actually working on owning and maintaining existing companies.  This is really a cheap attempt at marketing that amounts to a fancy tinfoil wrapping.

“promotional vehicle” is really a colorful way to say oh drat you decided to read the about iPage.com page, guess we better disclose.

SuperGreen – SuperGreenhosting.com -7th EIG host to become FTC compliant?

Here is another almost exact copy of 6 other blog posts, Supergreen joins the list. This is another host that I have never done a review on.  Back with one of my posts on Endurance International Group, someone commented on my blog telling me that supergreen was an EIG Host.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/endurance-international-group-inc.html

I did not get a lot of details about supergreen, just bread crumbs.  Up til now I had little legitimate details linking this host to EIG,  Unless in the unlikely event that Supergreen copied the EIG mail outs.

SuperGreen is  added onto the list of Endurance International Group hosts to send out FTC compliance notices to their affiliates.  If you read some of my previous posts you will see that just like fatcow.com and ipage.com they used the same exact notice.   I will continue to do a post for each notice I recieve from Endurance International Group.  This is my first post on SuperGreen, I have to say that it does not have the same feel as many of the Endurance International Group sites, not to mention I don’t really recall seeing it on any review sites.   I do know that they are with cj.com (Commission Junction). The first email about Federal Trade Commission guidelines was sent to Just Host affiliates.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/just-host.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipower-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/fatcow-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipage-com.html

StartLogic.com – Fifth of the EIG hosts to ask affiliates to comply with the FTC


http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipowerweb-com.html 

A copy of the Email from supergreen – supergreenhosting.com

Dear SuperGreen Affiliate,As you may know, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict guidelines that relate to affiliates who offer reviews, rankings, endorsements and testimonials; and we require all affiliates of our CJ program to comply with these requirements.To be compliant with the FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, SuperGreen expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and SuperGreen anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services.WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUIf you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like SuperGreen.As an advertiser, SuperGreen will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANT

To make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:

SuperGreen Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and Examples

The FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The SuperGreen Affiliate Team

So what does this email from supergreen – supergreenhosting.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

If SuperGreen.com sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have Supergreen.

Ipowerweb.com – Sixth host of EIG – CJ.com affiliates to Seek Compliance with FTC

Here is another almost exact copy of 5 other blog posts, Ipowerweb.com joins the list. Ipowerweb.com is  added onto the list of Endurance International Group hosts to send out FTC compliance notices to their affiliates.  If you read some of my previous posts you will see that just like fatcow.com and ipage.com they used the same exact notice.   I will continue to do a post for each notice I recieve from Endurance International Group.  This is my first post on Ipowerweb.com, I have to say that it does not have the same feel as many of the Endurance International Group sites, not to mention I don’t really recall seeing it on any review sites.   I do know that they are with cj.com (Commission Junction). The first email about Federal Trade Commission guidelines was sent to Just Host affiliates.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/just-host.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipower-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/fatcow-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipage-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/startlogic-com.html 

A copy of the Email from Ipowerweb.com

Dear iPowerWeb Affiliate,
As you may know, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict guidelines that relate to affiliates who offer reviews, rankings, endorsements and testimonials; and we require all affiliates of our CJ program to comply with these requirements.To be compliant with the FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, iPowerWeb expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and iPowerWeb anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services.View more information about iPowerWeb’s strict adherence to the FTC Endorsement Requirement.WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

If you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.

The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like iPowerWeb.

As an advertiser, iPowerWeb will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.

TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANT

To make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:

iPowerWeb Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and Examples

The FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The iPowerWeb Affiliate Team

So what does this email from Ipowerweb.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

If Ipowerweb.com sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have Ipowerweb.

StartLogic.com – Fifth of the EIG hosts to ask affiliates to comply with the FTC

Here is another almost exact copy of 4 other blog posts this time StartLogic.com is in the spot of other company names. StartLogic.com is  added onto the list of Endurance International Group hosts to send out FTC compliance notices to their affiliates.  If you read some of my previous posts you will see that just like Justhost.com and ipower.com they used the same exact notice.   I will continue to do a post for each notice I recieve from Endurance International Group.  This is my first post on StartLogic.com, I have to say that it does not have the same feel as many of the Endurance International Group sites, not to mention I don’t really recall seeing it on any review sites.   I do know that they are with cj.com (Commission Junction). The first email about Federal Trade Commission guidelines was sent to Just Host affiliates.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/just-host.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipower-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/fatcow-com.html
http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipage-com.html

A copy of the Email from StartLogic.com

Dear StartLogic Affiliate,
As you may know, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict guidelines that relate to affiliates who offer reviews, rankings, endorsements and testimonials; and we require all affiliates of our CJ program to comply with these requirements.To be compliant with the FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, StartLogic expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and StartLogic anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services.View more information about StartLogic’s strict adherence to the FTC Endorsement Requirement.WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

If you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.

The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like StartLogic.

As an advertiser, StartLogic will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.

TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANT

To make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:

StartLogic Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and Examples

The FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The StartLogic Affiliate Team

So what does this email from StartLogic.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

If StartLogic.com sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have StartLogic.

iPage.com – Fourth of the EIG hosts to ask affiliates to comply with the FTC

Once again another repeat of an email that is almost exactly alike the others, where iPage.com is in the spot of other company names.  iPage.com is  added onto the list of Endurance International Group hosts to send out FTC compliance notices to their affiliates.  If you read my last two posts you will see that just like Justhost.com and ipower.com they used the same exact notice.   I will continue to do a post for each notice I recieve from Endurance International Group.  Unless EIG stole this notices from Justhost.com,  I think it is safe to say that Justhost.com is a eig owned site.

The first email about Federal Trade Commission guidelines was sent to Just Host affiliates.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/just-host.html

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipower-com.html

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/fatcow-com.html

As I had hoped ipage.com was next.  After all it was a chat on ipage.com and fatcow.com that lead me to look into their connection.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/fatcow/fatcow-sucks-beware-read-this-fatcow-review-first-before-buying.html

A copy of the Email from iPage.com

Dear iPage Affiliate,

As you may know, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict guidelines that relate to affiliates who offer reviews, rankings, endorsements and testimonials; and we require all affiliates of our CJ program to comply with these requirements.To be compliant with the FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, iPage expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and iPage anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services.

View more information about iPage’s strict adherence to the FTC Endorsement Requirement.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

If you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.

The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like iPage.

As an advertiser, iPage will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.

TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANT

To make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:

iPage Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and Examples

The FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The iPage Affiliate Team

So what does this email from iPage.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

If iPage.com sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have iPage.

Fatcow.com the third of EIG hosts to comply with the FTC

I hate to be repetive, but Fatcow.com is  added onto the list of Endurance International Group hosts to send out FTC compliance notices to their affiliates.  If you read my last two posts you will see that just like Justhost.com and ipower.com they used the same exact notice.   I will continue to do a post for each notice I recieve from Endurance International Group.  Unless EIG stole this notices from Justhost.com,  I think it is safe to say that Justhost.com is a eig owned site.  I can only hope that ipage.com is next.  After all it was a chat on ipage.com and fatcow.com that lead me to look into their connection.

The first email about Federal Trade Commission guidelines was sent to Just Host affiliates.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/just-host.html

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/ipower-com.html

I can only hope that ipage.com is next.  After all it was a chat on ipage.com and fatcow.com that lead me to look into their connection.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/fatcow/fatcow-sucks-beware-read-this-fatcow-review-first-before-buying.html

A copy of the Email from Fatcow.com

Dear FatCow Affiliate,As you may know, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict guidelines that relate to affiliates who offer reviews, rankings, endorsements and testimonials; and we require all affiliates of our CJ program to comply with these requirements.To be compliant with the FTC

Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising,

FatCow expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and FatCow anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services.

View more information about FatCow’s strict adherence to the FTC Endorsement Requirement.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

If you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.

The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like FatCow.

As an advertiser, FatCow will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.

TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANT

To make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:

FatCow Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and Examples

The FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The FatCow Affiliate Team

So what does this email from Fatcow.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

If Fatcow.com sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have Fatcow.

Ipower.com the second of EIG hosts to come clean?

If you read my earlier post, then this post on ipower.com is going to be very similar to the Justhost.com post.   I will continue to do a post for each notice I recieve from Endurance International Group.  Which I think it is safe to say that Justhost.com is a eig owned site as the notice for Ipower.com is almost exactly the same. until now I have never wrote anything on Ipower.com as a host, unless you read my previous posts on Endurance International Group.

The first email about Federal Trade Commission guidelines was sent to Just Host affiliates.

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/just-host.html

A copy of the Email from Ipower.com

Dear IPOWER Affiliate,As you may know, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict guidelines that relate to affiliates who offer reviews, rankings, endorsements and testimonials; and we require all affiliates of our CJ program to comply with these requirements.To be compliant with the FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, IPOWER expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and IPOWER anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services.

View more information about IPOWER’s strict adherence to the FTC Endorsement Requirement.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

If you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.

The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like IPOWER.

As an advertiser, IPOWER will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.

FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANT

To make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:

IPOWER Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and Examples

The FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The IPOWER Affiliate Team

So what does this email from Ipower.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

If Ipower.cpm sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have Ipower.

Just host – A start to Justhost.com being honest?

A friend of mine who is a Just Host affiliate sent me a email he got from justhost.com.   He runs a blog that is part personal / part business advice.  Where he places ads from hosts like Just Host, and other hosts through a rotating script.  Unlike the review sites that I go after he does not provide any endorsement for any of the hosts whose ads appear on his site.  He engages in a true form of advertising.  I for one would not run ads for them as I was not impress with the speed of the server when I had to upload a site for a customer.   This was a host that was supposed to have bought by Endurance International Group.  Which if true, would be the first of their hosts that I have ever tried.  My experience with Just Host can be found at:

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/webhostingstuff-com/justhost-just-dont-a-review-of-actually-use.html

Justhost

A copy of the Email from Just Host / Justhost.com

Dear Just Host Affiliate,We’ve made an important addition to the Just Host Affiliate Agreement that may impact the way you manage your online promotions.The change expressly requires you to disclose that there is a “material connection” between you and Just Host anytime you offer an endorsement or testimonial on our services. This disclosure is necessary in order to be deemed in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.View the FTC Endorsement Requirement in the Affiliate AgreementWHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU If you provide reviews, rankings, endorsements or testimonials about a service for which you receive commissions from us, you must clearly disclose the fact that you receive such compensation in a clear and prominent place–that is close to your endorsement.The FTC takes the Endorsement guidelines seriously and has started to enforce them for both content providers like yourself and advertisers like Just Host.As an advertiser, Just Host will monitor affiliate sites to be sure our services are represented appropriately. Under the updated Affiliate Agreement, failure to comply with the endorsement guidelines could result in removal from our affiliate program and the cancellation of commissions.TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOUR SITE IS COMPLIANTTo make it easier for you, we’ve pulled together information, based on a recent FTC enforcement case, to illustrate ways you can disclose a material connection between you and your advertisers. Take a few minutes to review this summary at:Just Host Affiliate Disclosure Requirements and ExamplesThe FTC also offers a variety of resources to help make it easier for you to comply with the guidelines, including:

Please note: These links are intended to provide guidance only. If you provide endorsements of some type, you should obtain legal advice on how the FTC rules apply to you.

Please take steps immediately to make sure your site is in compliance with these guidelines. Several of our leading affiliates have already posted their disclosures, and they continue to enjoy great success.

Best wishes,

The Just Host Affiliate Team

So what does this email from Just Host / Justhost.com mean?

In short if your a review site, and you don’t disclose that you created your site for the purpose of making money they will remove you from the affiliate program.  Here are the steps they recommend to be in compliance with the FTC.

  1. Frequent: Disclosures must be available on any page that has an endorsement.
  2. Clear: Language must be easy to understand; don’t attempt to hide the fact that it’s a disclosure.
  3. Conspicuous: Place your disclosure close to your endorsement or review. Differentiate the disclosure’s font treatment from the rest of your site.
  4. Require no action: The user shouldn’t need to click, hover or scroll to locate or understand the nature of your disclosure.

I have to wonder if I am going to see more letters to other affiliates, if Just Host is owned by Endurance International Group.  Here is hoping this is a trend that puts this site off line.

If Just Host sticks with this, I have to commend them on doing things ethically.  I hope they did not start doing this because the FTC contacted them first.  I will be sure to contact them should I find any violators.

Be warned if you run a so called top review site, and you have Just Host.

Netfirms.com acquired by Endurance International Group

Netfirms.com, is not exactly a host the I had in my sights.  But one of their customers contacted me because they got an email telling them that the company had been taken over, upon further review the customer found the new owner is Endurance International Group which is a company that is in my sights as it has a lot of hosts, most of which engage in over the top affiliate commission’s which in turn motivate the so called “top host” lists.  Thankfully the customer that has posted to my blog was willing to send me a copy of the email, I tend to wonder if this is the same email that goes out to all customers that are acquired by Endurance International Group.    This is the first EIG acquisition that is openly acknowledged. On top of that migrations are not always smooth, Host4life comes to mind.  I had meant to post this sooner, but I had to set up a new machine, not to mention my copy of Photoshop went bonkers.

For details in to why Endurance International Group: http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/endurance-international-group/endurance-international-group-inc.html

The Netfirms email

I am pleased to announce that Netfirms will soon be transitioning to a new hosting platform, allowing you to benefit from:

  • Increased network security and a larger systems operations team, providing additional performance monitoring.
  • More disk space and data transfer for hosting accounts.
  • A new control panel with improved layout and navigation, custom designed from the ground up, based on user feedback.
  • Access to more than 200 tools and services for managing your website, domains and email, including more one-click application installs.

Plus, the new architecture is similar to our current clustered hosting technology in that your website and applications will continue to be distributed across a pool of servers, providing greater redundancy than traditional shared hosting platforms, with faster load times and fewer disruptions.

What You Need To Do

In the weeks and months ahead, we will be working very hard to make this transition a successful one. As with any change, there will be differences in the way you manage your account, and we will need you to be involved in the migration of your website and email. Not to worry, though: we will be in frequent communication with you to walk you through the process.

If you have any questions in the meantime, be sure to visit our transition information site, where you’ll find the most up-to-date information on the migration. We will continue to update the site with new information as it happens. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 866-317-4678 (press “1” for information regarding the transition) or emailing transition@netfirms-inc.com.

Please note: as part of the transition, domains will be transferred from the Netfirms registrar account to a registrar account with Tucows. Partnering with a company to manage the registrar side of things will allow us to focus on improving our core hosting services. This transfer will have no effect on your domains or where they point, and you will continue to manage your domains through your Netfirms control panel, just as you do today. More details >>

Why We’re Changing Platforms

We started Netfirms 13 years ago with a goal of delivering top-notch hosting and domain services to as many people as we could. Today, with 1.2 million hosted domains, we can’t help but be proud of how far we’ve come — and how far you’ve taken us. And now it’s time to take the next step: bringing our vision, our passion and our support to even more people in the coming years.

To help us take that next step, one of the top web hosting and domain management teams in the industry has acquired the Netfirms hosting and domain business. We realized that we needed a more scalable infrastructure, and that moving to an existing hosting platform, with proven reliability, would cause far less disruption to customer accounts than developing a solution in-house.

Please take a moment to review our revised Terms of Service, which will take effect on April 1, 2011. When customer accounts are migrated to the new hosting platform, which is located in the United States and managed by the new owners, customer data will, of course, continue to be hosted on a secure and confidential basis. Please review the new Netfirms privacy policy if you have any concerns.

The new Netfirms team has been in the business even longer than we have, and we trust them not only to continue providing the great service you’ve come to expect, but also to offer a variety of new features to help you better manage your websites and domains. More importantly, they have a proven track record of delivering on the same vision that we’ve all worked toward for the past 13 years.

We appreciate your ongoing support, and we understand that you, our customers, have made Netfirms the company it is today. On behalf of the entire Netfirms team, I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Thomas Savundra, CEO Netfirms

I recommend reading those links in the email if your a netfirms.com customer.

http://www.netfirmstransition.com/

Unused Domain Credits
If you currently have one or more credits for a new domain name registration, we encourage you to use them prior to March 15, 2011. Outstanding credits will not be carried over to the new hosting platform automatically. Reinforce your brand identity or protect yourself against visitor misspellings by using your domain credits to register alternate domain names.

I don’t think I have ever seen a point where Endurance International Group has acknowledged buying a host before.  I suspect Netfirms is the first.

If your with Netfirms.com you have to help them with the migration

If you want an example of an Endurance International Group migration, look up host4life.  From what I have seen most of the customers.

I would love to hear from people experiencing a migration from netfirms.