What Hosts Do Affiliates Use?

If you think about it, affiliates are a sort of pathological case for web hosting. They have lots of sites and they rely on them for income. These are not dabblers, but serious web builders who can’t have their host go down without losing money. All of which raises the question of what hosts they use.

Conveniently, this question was recently asked on ABestWeb by Geno Prussakov, author of A Practical Guide to Affiliate Marketing and Online Shopping Through Consumers’ Eyes and major domo at AM Navigator, an outsource affiliate management company. Clearly, Geno is a guy who has good reason to ask this question.

So, what were the results? Well, you can see the complete poll results, but the top choices were these:

Rank Host Type of Hosting
 1   HostGator  Shared unix hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers
2  The Planet  Dedicated servers
 3   ThinkHost  Shared unix hosting
 3   FastNext  Shared unix hosting, virtual private servers, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers
 5   RackSpace  Anything you might want, but be prepared to pay.

I was impressed by HostGator’s popularity, given that it gained more votes than the next three put together; I’ll have to revisit them soon. Also surprising to me was ThinkHost’s placement, since they don’t offer dedicated servers. My thinking has always been that if I am running a bunch of sites, I want a server with root access and all that. Then again, I am a geek with control issues, so I might not be a typical affiliate.

Now obviously this is not a scientific poll and it suffers from all sort of selection errors. Even so, it suggests that these hosts are doing something right and might be worth a look.

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