Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Chad BeanMany will remember "Billy the Human Billboard", who we covered in our previous blog post after he received a HostGator tattoo on the back of his neck. Billy’s HostGator tattoo has sparked a range of responses from: people asking to get this done, outrage, and even proposed boycotts. Someone even went as far as to compare HostGator with human traffickers as you can see in the video below: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXSJUu8-zkU Billy has gone on to receive additional tattoos from other companies (27 and counting), moving him closer to his goal of having the most tattoo advertisements in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since then, Billy is no longer "Billy the Human Billboard", as he has legally changed his name to "Hostgator Dotcom". httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6R6O7uqPSc&feature=youtu.be&a Hostgator Dotcom's driver license: Hostgator Dotcom's certificate of name change:
Friday, May 22, 2009 by Brent OxleyI'm going to share some quick facts about our business with you. HostGator currently spends:
- More than $30,000 per month advertising with Google Adwords
- More than $350,000 per month on affiliate commissions
- And $100,000's more per year on random advertising.
Billy proudly wears the first ever permanent HostGator Tattoo on the back of his neck. Billy, an accomplished boxer and entrepreneur who is currently located in Anchorage, Alaska, sold the first chunk of his body to Goldenpalace.com. The funds were used to purchase a flight to San Diego, where he donated his kidney to a complete stranger that he met off of MatchingDonors.com. Billy has even tried to donate part of his liver to patients in need (he was denied due to having already donated a kidney).
Friday, May 28, 2010 by Josh LoeGator Happenings The Harbor has been secured. HostGator is now Safe Harbor Certified. Safe Harbor is the name of a policy agreement established between the United States Department of Commerce and the European Union (E.U.) in November 2000 to regulate the way that U.S. companies export and handle the personal data (such as names and addresses) of European citizens. The agreement is a policy compromise set up in response to a European directive that differed from traditional business procedures for U.S. companies dealing with the E.U. In 1998, the E.U. established the European Commission Directive on Data Protection, which prohibited data transfer to non-European countries that did not adhere to stringent criteria. In effect, because the guidelines were very strict, they made it illegal to transfer most citizens' personal data outside of Europe. If you are still awake after reading that, let me summarize this for you. Basically this means that we follow strict privacy rules agreed upon by the EU(European Union) and US and allows personal data to be transferred. We figured our overseas customers would be interested to know that we are now certified. (This really is a big deal). http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/ http://safeharbor.export.gov/companyinfo.aspx?id=9625 Desperate times, call for desperate measures. I want to apologize for starting this month's newsletter off with legal mumbo jumbo. There were some exciting things that happened here at HostGator this month besides the Safe Harbor certification. We have a new member to the HostGator tattoo club! Below is a picture of a tattoo that was received in Las Vegas, NV. The person in this picture received this tattoo for 2,000$ in gambling money and a trip to Vegas with Brent. Which raises the question, would you do this for the same price? Fill out our online poll here: http://forums.hostgator.com/would-you-do-t71561.html This is the second person to get a HostGator tattoo, the first was Billy the human billboard. You would be surprised how many people ask about getting our logo tattooed on their bodies.