Avoiding Hosting Scams

Recently, one of my friends found a web host that provided fantastic facilities, including unlimited data storage and unlimited data transfer, for only $1 per month.

Pop quiz: What are three of the surest signs that a hosting company or an Orlando SEO company is a scam?

If you don’t know the answer to that question, read the first sentence of this section again.

Three of the surest signs that market my market professional seo is a scam are a promise of “unlimited” (or unusually high) data storage, a promise of “unlimited” (or unusually high) data transfer, and an unusually low price. Paying $1 a month for hosting works out to $12 a year. Can you really expect a hosting company to survive with an income like that? They’d only get a lunch or two each year out of your $12.

Providing “unlimited” data storage and “unlimited” data transfer is technically impossible. No computer system can keep storing information forever – if you wrote a program that continuously uploaded 10 kilobytes of data to your host every second of the day, you’d upload 843.75 gigabytes of data in a 24-hour period. In a week, you’d have almost 6,000 gigabytes. Most hosts would not be able to store that!

Data transfer costs money, even for hosting providers. If a hosting provider promises you unlimited data transfer, it’s a sign of a scam. If it costs them money, how can they afford to give it to you for free?

Before going with a new hosting company, always take some time to check them out. Do a quick search in Google for your host, and read up on any articles and reviews that come up about them. By reading about other people’s experiences, you can learn from their mistakes.

When I mention scams, I don’t mean that scamming hosting companies are not giving you what they promise. I mean that they are promising something that is too good to be true, to get you lured in, and then they run off with your money. A simple well-known phrase that will keep you protected most of the time if you stick to it – If it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

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