VPN Tier List FAQ
Q: Why trust Tom Spark for his VPN Reviews?
I have been reviewing VPNs since 2015, and I’ve always done it by myself. Lots of “VPN review” sites or YouTube channels are run by VPN companies or marketing companies just trying to make a quick buck. I’ve been doing it solo this entire time, which makes it easier for you to understand who is reviewing the VPN and how I form my opinions.
Q: How do you make money from your site and YouTube channel?
I make money through affiliations, which means when you click a link, I make a small cutback–usually between 20-30%. I don’t rate my VPNs based on this % though, which is different than other Youtubers and review sites. TorGuard and AirVPN are my top-rated VPNs for some time, and they have industry-low commission rates.
Q: Why did you make the VPN tier list?
I decided that I loved the idea of tier lists, mostly taken from online games like League of Legends. It’s hard to sift through hundreds of my YouTube reviews, so this site serves as a bookmark-able resource to keep up to date with my current scores.
Not only that, but sometimes I need to adjust scores post video or upon important news but can’t make a brand new video, so this website and comparison table reflects the most accurate up to date scores–which is why some scores and rankings can differ from the videos.
Q: I’ve seen some people say you work for VPN companies like TorGuard. Is that true?
Some shady and dishonest VPNs, as well as YouTube competitors, like to slander me or discredit my reviews by claiming that I work for VPN companies, but that is not true. You might have found a screenshot on a certain website, that was leaked my affiliate information (one of the VPNs I review, doesn’t like my content so they thought it would be fun to doxx me to scare me off). Hint: it didn’t work.
5 years ago when I started out, I use to guest post on websites in order to build my gaming brand website. I successfully published articles on USA Today, gaming fan sites, and was even paid to do app reviews for $10 a pop!
Near the end of my career, I was even lucky enough to get a few articles published on TorGuard’s blog in order to build cred for my gaming website News-Loot.com (which is the cause for conspiracy). However, I never officially worked for the company in any official capacity. It’s also pretty common in the affiliate industry for blogs to allow guest posting, and even to this day, I help some VPNs troubleshoot bugs and problems (but this doesn’t mean I work for them either!). If you think my entire rating system is void because of a few articles 5 years ago before I started my website and brand, then so be it.
However, freelance posting and guest posting didn’t pay the bills. After working odd jobs and freelancing for nearly a year, and I decided to start my own VPN review site, Best10VPN. Eventually, that site died as well, since Google is a bitch and SEO is not fun.
I decided to start my Youtube channel and that is where I am today.
Q: How often do you update the VPN tier list?
Most VPNs don’t change that much from year to year, but if they do, I try to make a new review and update the score. I will also monitor the VPN and how I feel about it post-video and update scores accordingly.
Q: Why did you start doing web host reviews?
The web host review industry is similarly corrupt as the VPN review industry. Most web host reviews on the internet are fake (in fact the biggest web host review site is owned by the same company as the biggest VPN review site), so I wanted to provide more honest critical content–like my VPN reviews, that I think people searching for the right web host provider will find useful.
Q: How can I contact you?
Leave a comment on one of the tier lists.