Believe it or not I have been in the web hosting review niche for over 3 years and while I have had a lot of success with it there is one thing I have learned as a full time affiliate marketer/SEO/niche marketer etc. There are bad business partnerships and there are good partnerships. Hostgator is a bad partnership.
Don’t get me wrong Hostgator is a great company. I actually have a VPS there, but from an affiliate standpoint they are hell and quite frankly a waste of time. True, having adds on our blogs for web hosting pays nicely at $100 a sale from Hostgator, but the cold hard facts are they get reversed like no other. Drives me up the wall.
True story I used to promote Hostgator like no other. I had 39 sales from them 26 of them got reversed. So, lets break it down 39 sales at $100 a pop should be $3900. Well, you take that 13 sales I actually got credit for and 13 sales at $100 a pop are $1300. Hmmm…. that means 66% of my commissions got reversed for no reason at all. Thanks Hostgator for screwing me!
Had a couple of friends test it out tracked there sale and would you believe it they got reversed or corrected. I email them numerous times and they basically told me their policy and all that bullshit. I finally, told them yeah I promote them, but I will recommend other hosting companies over them by far.
Needless to say they didn’t really care and assured me 66% of sales they reversed were legit. It was complete bullshit, but why argue with them. I am running a legit business and if I don’t want to do business with someone I don’t have to.
Take a look at my sales in February of 2012
Take a look at what I got paid from them on the 6 sales:
Nothing, well that was when I finally just took it as a loss and switched to companies that I had been working with that payed me more and never reversed. Just so you don’t think this post is just a load of crap Google “hostgator not paying affiliates”. This post was a long time coming and I feel better about spreading the word on them from a business standpoint. Great business, but NOT for affiliates! Fill free to take advantage of the offer down below which is a partnership with Dead Dog Design Inc (my company) if you’re unhappy with Hostgator or just want more money promoting web hosting. Please leave your thoughts down below:
So just an update on Hostgator. They sent me a message basically stating they have a new affiliate manager, Sefa. This was an excerpt for the email they sent:
I am aware that historically, there have been some questions and issues with regards to our affiliate program and our affiliate control panel. We have made many positive changes to our affiliate program recently and it’s my priority to ensure we properly support our affiliates and work directly with you to make certain that we resolve any issues and answer any questions you may have.
Never have heard back from them, but yet they precede to send me offers stating that they’re having a promotion, but when I contact them to show them why I will not do business with them they don’t ever respond to any of my emails. I guess there affiliate manager isn’t doing his job or doesn’t feel I am important enough to write back.
Once upon a time they followed up by wanting me to keep promoting them. I sent them a message back to this post. They told me we are sorry and would like to look into the commissions. I told them they could call me on the matter but had to agree to let me record it. Never heard back from them and stated that they have burned that bridge years ago. Will I hear back from them, probably not. Do I care, not really!