I know there's a lot of talk on the Warrior Forum and other places right now about how HostGator was acquired by EIG and how this could have a big impact on HostGator's affiliates. And I've seen people posting about how they got screwed when EIG bought Blue Host.
I got an email a bit ago that triggered the idea of writing this post and mentioning some alternatives.
I've received over six figures in affiliate commissions from hosting, so I've been around the block a few times with this stuff...
Frankly, when I referred my traffic to HostGator, I felt like I got screwed over all the time. I was always left wondering why I only got paid on 50-60% of the buyers I sent. Even when I sometimes referred people I knew that kept their accounts, I didn't get paid on them and never got a good explanation. Just some BS about it was part of their policy.
Others I talked to were saying the same thing, so I knew it wasn't just me.
For a long time, I could not find a good alternative since whenever I went looking for one, I'd find people posting stuff about other companies that was as bad or worse as what I experienced. So I suffered with HostGator's practices since my customers needed hosting from someone and I was getting paid something.
Then about a year ago I started actively looking around for a better solution that paid on time but still offered a good package to its buyers with good hosting. After doing some of my own research and talking to several other marketer friends of mine, I pretty much came to this conclusion:
Almost all of the bigger hosting companies seemed to change their policies left and right, screwing both affiliates and clients from time to time, but the really small hosting companies seemed to either not be able to offer the same kind of support or low pricing, but also seemed to have a problem paying on time or paying at all (even more so than the big guys).
So the happy area is in the middle -- companies that are big enough to have huge support teams, reputations that they have to keep with affiliates, etc., but small enough where they still can work with you one on one.
There's a few different ones that fit this, but my personal favorite one is Brain Host and I'll tell you exactly why: they have a dedicated affiliate manager that I can always get ahold of and solves any issues I have, they pay a very good chunk in affiliate commissions, have transparent reports, open to custom solutions, pay their affiliates on time, and have a pretty big support staff and reasonable pricing.
I could never have made nearly as much as I have with Brain Host if I'd stayed with HostGator.
And this post was triggered by me getting an e-mail from them with a press release about how they wanted to take advantage of all the worried hosting affiliates now with the recent buyout of HostGator, so I figured I'd offer my two cents on this issue.
And for those that are interested, here's a link to check out their press release that they sent out and the bonus they're offering new affiliates: http://brainhost.com/affiliates/see-...-alligator.php. BTW - that's not an affiliate link and I'm not connected to them at all -- I just think this could be a decent opportunity for many hosting affiliates out there and thought I'd share my experience.
Or if others have any other suggestions for good alternatives, feel free to share.