I’ve asked this question in world’s biggest web hosting forums – Web Hosting Talk. And I’m very curious what do forum members think about it. I have asked myself this question a few times and I’m very close to answer “No”.
When you type “web hosting” or “hosting” in Google you can see a bunch of overselling web hosts, or “dumb” sites that claim to be hosting directories. Most of them are made to mislead consumers, to target their attention to some shared “overselling” web hosts or to bring to their owners some money from affiliate programs.
There are a very small number of quality web hosting related sites which provide unbiased hosting listings or reference which aims to help consumers. Some of them are Web Hosting Talk, Hosting Discussion, Devshed Forums, The Web Hosting Show, TheWHIR, WebHostchat.co.uk and a few more web sites.
None of those website is among top 20 search results in google on “web hosting” or “hosting” search terms.
The search engines should be relevant and useful. Otherwise they can create a mess in any market. It is strange that a corporation like Google is not just a company like many others which can follow the market. As a world’s leading search engine it has some responsibilities to keep the web clean and trustworthy.
I hope Google understands that and it will make some changes to its ranking system. This may include an implementation of some policies which will make its search results (at least those on “web hosting” related searches) more useful for consumers.