I disagree that they're fake, but I'd think before taking any of them as the end all be all.
there are a LOT of hosting places you're not going to find in any hosting review place. i mean let's look at reality. there are over 3.2 billion web pages google is tracking right now. there are so many providers it's just unreal. Not only that, from these hosting review places you also have to remember something, bigger is not always better and you're going to find that a lot of big companies are represented there, as well as numerous companies/people that are somehow connected there. Lots of times you're going to get much better support from a relatively small hosting company.
I'm not knocking these review sites, but i'm saying weigh it against other information.
Remember, the control panels and automation you can get dirt cheap nowadays makes hosting a very hands off approach now. most of your work will be done in control panels.
I personally don't think many people (average) of businesses or people looking for web hosting go to review sites; at least not from my experience. Most non-technical people won't even know where to look. I think the once that look are like the technical savy people, or resellers that are looking for hosts.
Of course I don't know any numbers or have any to back this up but just like hosting a new review site pops up every day.
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