Why We Use Affiliate Links
There are two main reasons why we utilize affiliate links.
For starters, HostingTribunal.com functions as a business. We have hosting expenses (for testing purposes and otherwise) and we pay salaries.
The second reason why we feature affiliate links from mostly all hosting providers is to level the playground among the hosts we review. We are humans and we are prone to err, willingly or not, especially when temptation is involved.
With monetary incentive coming from all hosts we review, the potential subconscious inclination to favor one company over another because of the allure of material gain is removed from the picture.
Lastly, we were considering to run ads, but they have two major caveats.
Ad banners need a lot of space, and we cannot control what products are promoted through them. We decided to use the space we have to display useful information and provide smoother navigation.
Also, with affiliate links, we can and do choose what goes on our site. That’s why all hosting solutions we have analyzed are, if nothing else, trusted and legitimate companies that will not scam you.
Which brings us to the next point.
Do Affiliate Links Impact the Product Reviews and the Ratings We Ascribe?
No, the affiliate links play no role in the final ratings and our recommendations (or lack thereof).
The presence of affiliate links in mostly all products we present removes the potential monetary incentive to favor one hosting solution over another.
All our reviews rely on months of monitoring and comprehensive testing. We collect extensive data regarding: