Towards the end of last month, I received a few excited emails from some internet marketing contacts who I also consider to be very good friends. They told me about a web hosting company called GVO that would be relaunching and would offer hosting and website services of specific interest to internet marketers. And even better, the bonus of hosting clients sites with them would be that members would earn high affiliate commissions for themselves and from their referrals, for life.
I decided to assess GVO for myself, and signed up for the low cost 14 day trial as they had done – as did some of my other online contacts who work in marketing.
Is GVO Hosting Any Good?
During my trial with the company, I did not move any of my websites to the GVO hosting service as I am happy with my current hosting. I checked out the features and services on offer at GVO, but didn’t find any I thought were worthwhile or particularly useful to me. The price also seemed extortionate – GVO costs $49 per month which includes:
- access to an autoresponder (similar to that at Aweber)
- services such as irritating popups and popunders
- a lead prospect capture system
- a private web conference room
- access to a members forum
I currently pay $9.95 a month for the top package offered by Bluehost, and if I were to use Aweber, I would pay $19 a month for that. In total that would amount to just over half the monthly cost of hosting with GVO – which is probably why their attention is mostly on promoting the affiliate programme and the high profile users who vouch for the service.
The GVO Affiliate Program Money Making System
When you sign up the GVO hosting, you are automatically enrolled in the ‘affiliate program’. Likewise, if you leave, you are removed from it. There is no possibility of promoting the service if you are not a paying member also, which I suppose is fair enough.
If you search around for a GVO review online, chances are you may think it is only a new money making system and hear little about the hosting – I believe there is good reason for this.
I had heard that the affiliate programme was rather unique and was a major feature in itself, and this part is true. It is a new MLM scheme whereby existing members pass some of their commissions, known as ‘overspill’, down to newer members, and all members earn lifetime commissions from those they recruit.
Many people were joining the service when I did in the pre-launch stage simply because the affiliate programme alone promised residual income, whether or not the hosting was of use. Also GVO is promoted as the hosting of choice for well known internet marketers including Mike Filsaime and Ewen Chia.
Does it Work?
A few days after joining, several of my online contacts began reporting large commissions being credited to them already. I was near the top of the pyramid when I signed up, and it is likely I might have made a lot of money each month after the launch date, possibly even without any promotion. Unlike most others who signed up only days before me, I personally didn’t receive any ‘overspill’ or commissions, although I did not actively promote the service and was merely observing how it worked. But because of this, I would not feel comfortable asking others to sign up in the hope that they might earn money.
Also pyramid schemes seem unethical to me, and I could not promote one or be comfortable making money from one. GVO’s matrix system (the MLM) seems very similar to AGLOCO was several years ago – where you sign up people in the hope that you and they earn money. But that pyramid fell down eventually, with it’s members receiving nothing. (At least it was free to them to sign up to in the first place).
Summary of GVO
GVO is a MLM scheme attached to a genuine web hosting service. It is an expensive service, which is specifically intended for internet marketers, but I believe you can buy better services individually and for a lot less. I was signed up for 14 days, in which time I saw the service experienced a lot of downtime with users unable to access their sites – this wasn’t the fault of the hosting service itself (they mentioned it was due to Dell) but was not encouraging – although they do have a downtime monitor so you can witness the fact you can’t access your site should it happen!
Just to clarify, I signed up in the pre-launch stage which means that further features may now have been added, but I am just judging on what I saw during my $1 trial membership, and for a hefty $49 a month service, I was not impressed with the overall package.