Web Hosting Directories (aka the utter tripe shit that claim to be directories)

22 Jan
2007

If there is any niche that has abused (and raped and pillaged) the definition of a ‘website directory’, the honor definitely belongs to web hosting directories.

I just did a search for web hosting directory on Google. Lets look at the top 10 sites:

  1. Shill. Using the guise of ‘award winners’ they list every advertiser they could possibly cram into the site.
  2. Shill. From ‘top 10 web hosts’ to ‘hosts they recommend’, just a big big list of advertisers.
  3. Shill. ‘Showcase’ – what about an actual directory?
  4. Shill. What a surprise – TopHosts.com is the grand-daddy of shill hosting directories. On the frontpage alone I saw 16 image ads and 20 text link ads (both direct and redirects).
  5. Mostly Shill. Their search does seem to bring up honest results, but everything else is shill/sponsored.
  6. Shill. Their top 10 hosts are really ‘top 10 who will pay me the most’
  7. Legitimate. Or sort of. They do push HostGator down your throat without mentioning its an advertisement, but its far better than the rest. The name is also very miss-leading (free?)
  8. Semi-legitimate. I actually created this site a long long time ago. It was sold a long time ago (opportunity cost folks), and it looks like it has not been updated in ages. They have splashed AdSense all over the site (which didn’t exist when I made this site), and also list sites with an affiliate program first.
  9. Shill. Ads and ads and more ads.
  10. Broken. I couldn’t get any search form to work.

There is so many crappy websites out there claiming to be a web hosting directory it makes me gag. My above list only factors in ‘sponsors’ – when you start adding the fake ‘reviews’ thrown in there that do nothing more than shill for the top paying hosting companies – gag x 2.

So whats a person like me to do? Write his own web hosting directory. More on that soon :)

UPDATE January 29: It is now live.

9 Responses to Web Hosting Directories (aka the utter tripe shit that claim to be directories)

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Nabil Feisal

January 23rd, 2007 at 3:21 am

I’ll challenge you to that! The game is on! :-)

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Ahmed

January 23rd, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Accepted! :)

I’m confused though – I need a URL to see what you have ;)

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Nabil Feisal

January 24th, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Well I have the software, but design wise, it’s got no web2.0 looks as of yet. Do you have a beta of the web hosting directory running already?

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Nabil Feisal

January 24th, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Well I have the software, but design wise, it’s got no web2.0 looks as of yet. Do you have a beta of the web hosting directory running already?

I would love to show you the software I’m running on. Let’s collaborate, instead of challenge, what do you say?

Email me for further discussion at caracom_at_gmail.com

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Ahmed

January 24th, 2007 at 2:48 pm

I guess a sneak peak here is do-able :)

You can find our URL at http://webhostingdir.blogflux.com/

The site is actually 100% ready – we are just working on the new design for the other parts of Blog Flux, and inputting more hosts. Otherwise it is 100% feature complete – all written by me in the last few days :)

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Moses Francis

January 25th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Really good looking webhost directory you have there Ahmed, i’m sure it will do well.

I started a similar one late last year but it has been an abandoned project of mine :P

http://directory-webhosting.com

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January 29th, 2007 at 7:56 pm

[...] From my past post about how web hosting directories suck, happy to say our own Blog Flux Web Hosting Directory went live roughly 15 hours ago. Still tweaking some aspects, but its live and ready for some reviews. Not that we have all the hosts we want to have there, but we are working on it. [...]

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January 30th, 2007 at 10:22 am

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bwb

March 3rd, 2007 at 1:39 am

Hi, just found your post, we have been around since 2002 but just did a massive redo of the site, we have over 5k in reviews though, take a look and let me know what you think:

http://www.webhostingunleashed.com/

We just redid the frontpage but it still needs a lot of work, we have a lot of stuff in progress such as a comparison engine, hosting plan database, and lots more. Basics are there right now and still have a lot of design work and working on fixing guides right now to allow sub pages.

thanks, Ben

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