I was browsing a hosting site, and was curious as to if their testimonials were original or something from their template, so I popped one into google. Amazingly, 2 hosts have the same testimonials, with different names as the posters :/ How many sites fake their customer reviews? Even steal them?!
Wait a second. I cant for the life of me understand why these people would copy eachother's tesamonials??? Cant these people at least write their own? I mean here... They can have this one I wrote for them. I should email it to them:
Your service and support has been excellent! Thanks for helping me get my email accounts setup so quick. My site is now much faster than my old host!
Mike Stevens - versio.net
Is it really that hard? Anyways, I dont use testamonials right now, but when I do I will at least be honest about it!
It's easy to find out there who is the real one and who is not. Elehost is legit. Look at the domain names that they provide with their testimonials, then run a whois and you'll see that they are actually hosted with that company.
As far as them being the same company, nope. The elephant is out of Nevada and uses Microsoft boxes. The penguin uses linux and is out of Ontario.
One would actually be surprised at how many web hosts do actually have fake testimonials; it is very shocking, but there isn't anything stopping them from doing so.
Personally, I've never used fake testimonials as I don't see a point - if you're clients are not happy enough about your service to send you feedback, then you need to do something about it to make them happy enough.
For my company, I only show testimonials for certain services - and with each testimonial the person's web site is linked as well; showing who made the testimonial and the fact that it's real. It also gives prospective clients the chance to ask some questions to your current clients if they want to.
We are going to have a testimonials page and this includes a link to the site hosted. This way if the visitor wants they can just email the site owner and ask questions about the services if they need to.
Originally posted by Stormhosts We are going to have a testimonials page and this includes a link to the site hosted. This way if the visitor wants they can just email the site owner and ask questions about the services if they need to.
That is what we did at Elephanthost.com
Sadly, this did not prevent someone from copying them.
I guess the responses must be really good for someone to take them and put them on their company's web site
I would think for any customer looking at testimonials and seeing a page without a few links to contact the clients who gave the review of the host should be asking serious questions about this host.
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Last edited by SoftWareRevue; 04-28-2004 at 10:22 AM.
>> any host not include full info of the testmonial (domain, date) is laier .. <<
Should actually be: Any web host that doesn't include full information in the testimonial (domain name, date, etc.) is a liar.
Apart from your bad English in that post, yes you are very right in what you say. Web hosts, usually, have many clients - meaning it shouldn't be too hard to find a testimonial; whether it be a positive or negative one.
It is pretty bad of web hosts to do what they do, however unfortunately no one can stop them. However, I notice that many web hosts whom actually do this are newer web hosts - in which case they don't have many clients, or even any, so they cannot ask for testimonials.
We use hostrating.com to manage our client reviews. Any client can post their review there with their name, domain etc.. and the star rating comes up on a logo on our website. Works pretty good and there is a host admin panel to display our packages.
Originally posted by johonbravo We use hostrating.com to manage our client reviews. Any client can post their review there with their name, domain etc.. and the star rating comes up on a logo on our website. Works pretty good and there is a host admin panel to display our packages.
anyone trying to get to hostrating.com might want to put an s on the end (hostratings.com)