Tuned Hosting Review: Domains and web hosting
There is no information on the Tuned Hosting website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Tuned Hosting website domain (“tunedhosting.com”) was registered on the 20th of April 2015, with Rick Weston listed as the owner. An address in the US state of Oregon is also provided.
In 2013 Rick Weston (right) appeared on BehindMLM via comments on our My Fun Life review (comment #3 onwards).
My Fun Life, a recruitment-driven travel opportunity, was in decline for most of 2015. In March, 2016, CEO Dan Edwards announced the My Fun Life affiliate database had been sold to WorldVentures.
Prior to My Fun Life, Weston was an affiliate with North American Power.
North American Power was a recruitment-orientated utility MLM. The company terminated its MLM operations in 2015.
Weston also owns WP-MLM, a WordPress plugin that promises to ‘change how you MLM recruit online forever‘.
Read on for a full review of the Tuned Hosting MLM opportunity.
The Tuned Hosting Product Line
Tuned Hosting sell monthly domain and web hosting services.
Advertised services on the Tuned Hosting website include:
- domain registration and transfer ($10.53)
- shared hosting ($3 to $12 a month)
- VPS hosting ($29 to $89 a month)
- cloud hosting ($49 to $59 a month)
- dedicated hosting ($169 to $369 a month)
Tuned Hosting provide no indication of whether they offer their domain and hosting services directly or through a third-party.
The Tuned Hosting website domain was itself purchased through eNom. The Tuned Hosting website is hosted with Enzu. It assumed Tuned Hosting are reselling the services of one or both of these companies.
The Tuned Hosting Compensation Plan
Tuned Hosting pay affiliates to sell the company’s domain and hosting services to retail customers and recruited affiliates.
Direct commissions, which includes retail orders, pay out a 20% commission each month on hosting.
The Tuned Hosting compensation plan makes no mention of commissions paid out on the sale of domains.
Residual commissions in Tuned Hosting are paid out via a unilevel compensation structure.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):
If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team.
If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
Tuned Hosting cap payable unilevel levels at ten, with commissions paid out as a percentage of sales volume generated within the unilevel team.
- level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) – 5%
- level 2 – 2%
- levels 3 to 5 – 1%
- level 6 – 2%
- level 7 – 3%
- level 8 – 5%
- level 9 – 7%
- level 10 – 10%
Affiliates must qualify to earn on all ten unilevel levels, via the following qualification criteria:
- sell and maintain three hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 3
- sell and maintain four hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 4
- sell and maintain five hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 5
- sell and maintain six hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 6
- sell and maintain seven hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 7
- sell and maintain eight hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 8
- sell and maintain nine hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 9
- sell and maintain ten hosting services = commissions on levels 1 to 10
After initially qualifying to earn on levels 8 to 10, an affiliate must qualify to earn on these levels each month by selling at least one new hosting package.
Joining Tuned Hosting
Affiliate membership with Tuned Hosting is free.
Tuned Hosting don’t effectively differentiate their affiliates from retail customers, with affiliate membership being free (sending in an application).
This raises the potential problem of the majority of Tuned Hosting customers being affiliates, which happens at the expense of retail activity.
If the Tuned Hosting MLM opportunity is pitched to drive domain and hosting service sales, the income opportunity itself is effectively being sold.
The only way to verify it isn’t, is by demonstrating healthy retail sales activity, which brings us back to square 1.
As a potential Tuned Hosting affiliate, you can suss this out by asking your prospective upline how many retail customers they currently have active. That is, retail customers who are paying a monthly fee for Tuned Hosting services.
Compare this with how many affiliates they’ve recruited and you should have an idea of how strong (or not) retail focus is within the business.
Given the otherwise legitimate nature of Tuned Hosting’s products I am tempted to give Rick Weston the benefit of the doubt, however his MLM history leaves much to be desired.
On the product side of things, one issue you might run into when trying to market Tuned Hosting to retail customers is the highly competitive nature of the niche. Hosting packages are aggressively advertised online and even someone new to the concept should be able to price compare with relative ease.
Do this yourself first and be prepared to explain any discrepancies either way.