Webhostinghub.com – Seeks FTC Compliance

This is the first time you will find Webhostinghub.com on Hosting Reviews Exposed. I was reviewing their new affiliate agreement because a so-called “top 10” hosting review site decided to spam comment on this site.  Like the first hosting company, they appear to be following along the same lines as Hostgator.com and Endurance International Group.

Why would anyone want to put webhostinghub.com on a top 10 list?

 

As you can tell from the screen shot, $100 per sale is very enticing.  Which is why I see webhostinghub.com on many so called top 10 site sites.

What I find interesting is that Inmotionhosting.com and webhostinghub.com have the same FTC notice.

https://ref.webhostinghub.com/affiliates/tos.php?page=tos

http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/?p=2896

Perhaps at a later date I will explore the relationship between these two companies as  I find it hard to believe that Webhostinghub.com would borrow copy from InMotionhosting.com.

So Called Top Host Sites take notice of Webhostinghub.com Affiliate Terms:

As with the other FTC notices, in a nutshell Webhostingpad.com requires its affiliates that do endorsements disclose that they make a commission:

FTC Endorsement Compliance

At Web Hosting Hub, our aim is to care for our customers in a fair manner and to fully abide with all Federal Trade Commissions regulations that relate to advertising. At the same time, we necessitate that our affiliates do so as well. The regulations include, but are not restricted to, Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, which necessitates, along with other criteria, that material connections between advertisers and endorsers be revealed. Therefore, directories, review/rating websites, blogs and other websites, email or collateral that claim to provide an endorsement or assessment of an advertiser (in this case Web Hosting Hub) must clearly state that the fact financial or in-kind compensation is given by the advertiser.

You can get further information and suggestions on complying with these guidelines via the links below. You are advised to search for and acquire your own legal advice on how these rules apply to your website or any promotional activities that you receive compensation for. Web Hosting Hub reserves the right to withhold commission fees and cancel the affiliate relationship with you should we find, at our discretion, that you are not abiding with the previously mentioned guide or other FTC regulations/guides we view as applicable.

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

 

Webhostinghub.com joins the list of hosts that require review sites to disclose that they make money when people use them to sign up with a host.  If you’re a review site and choose to show case Webhostinghub.com be prepared for a visit from me.

Non-disclosure of getting paid for an endorsement for by Webhostinghub will result in me contacting  them to enforce their policy.

2 Replies to “Webhostinghub.com – Seeks FTC Compliance”

  1. Glad someone is exposing the non disclosure of payments. I’ll hopefully join you at some point — been meaning to expose this for years.
    BUT, while that aspect is unethical, I’ve found carefully selected review sections on some of these sites to be an effective way to select hosts.
    Your brush is a good one, just a very little bit too broad.

  2. Hello Steve,

    There are thousands of hosts out there, yet I have reviewed only around 100, and thousands of review sites for which I have reviewed less then 20. I am not sure how I have been a bit too broad. I have not said all hosts are bad, or all review sites. I have only posted on hosts that engage knowingly or turn a blind eye to what their affiliates are doing. Every review site that I have posted on here is in one or another failed to disclose why they put a host on a high pedestal. or for that matter their relationship with a host (in some cases the host owned the review site). I have also done posts on hosting companies that engage in unethical practices such as spam. On top of this my posts depend upon my free time. Keep in mind the hosting industry is far from my first interest, I would rather be in some far off forest/jungle/desert studying biology. It would be safer to say my work is less than adequate.

    It would be nice to know what sites you think are effective for choosing a host, and what site(s) you have with one these companies. Not to mention who you formerly were with. The devil is in the details.

    Regards,

    Benjamin

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