legit personal referral sites

are there any legitimate personal referral sites with ratings form clients for things like tech support providers?

i can't find any that seem worthwhile.  angie's list used to be more respected and yelp is definitely extortionist (google the class action lawsuit against them)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2013/09/18/why-consumer-reports-says-you-cant-trust-angies-list/

many of the sites listed here are spammers:
http://www.capterra.com/referral-software/

any suggestions?

thx
Martin DDigital Privacy CoachAsked:
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Not directly forming that sort of rating but I though the Alexa rating that is used typically in Web site monetization strategy on reviewing the "reputation" of the traffic to certain website may give some sense to the tech suppt provider hosted website (advertising their service portfolio)
Alexa’s Traffic Ranks are based on the traffic data provided by users in Alexa’s global data panel over a rolling 3 month period. Traffic Ranks are updated daily. A site’s ranking is based on a combined measure of Unique Visitors and Pageviews.... The site with the highest combination of unique visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. Additionally, we employ data normalization to correct for biases that may occur in our data.....If your site’s metrics are Certified you can display Global and Country ranks for your site based on Certified Site Metrics, instead of metrics estimated from our data panel.
https://support.alexa.com/hc/en-us/articles/200449744-How-are-Alexa-s-traffic-rankings-determined-

and list of popular sites @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_popular_websites

...there are others like consumeraffairs.com where it is sort of crowdsourcing getting public consumer review of the product or service, this is one on the tech support services http://www.consumeraffairs.com/tech-support-services/ ... company can subscribed to have them monitor and share review with them .... and they share their review guidelines as well as share their reviews to the companies being reviewed by consumers and under their purview of the subscribed brand services
We forward complaints and reviews to companies who have signed up for ConsumerAffairs for Brands. To receive such information, companies must agree that they will use the information only in an attempt to resolve the complaint and/or improve their practices, not for marketing purposes. They must also agree not to use the information to sue a consumer.
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/about/faq/#what-are-your-review-guidelines

...others I will probably look out for "brand monitoring services" like below candidates whereby the tech suppt provider will have subscribed or even be part of it...not easily to directly know ...just thinking out of the box here ..
e.g. Brandtology’s Online Business Intelligence tapping on social media "senses"
http://www.brandtology.com/get-started/ourservices/how-it-works

one thing is really to avoid those blacklisted tech support scam - below is tips in recognising such scammer...
https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2014/08/beware-of-us-based-tech-support-scams/
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Just so I understand your request. You are trying to identify a company who provides referral software and you want to read reviews that customers have written about their experience with them?

The first question I have is what type of referral system are you looking for?

Are you planning on providing a paid service/product and want to give people the ability to refer others to your service/product, where in turn you'd give some sort of financial kickback for a successful sale?

Are you trying to give some sort of kickback to people who send visitors to your site and simply provide a non paid action (facebook like, tweet, etc.)?

Can you give some more detail on the system you are trying to identify and how it would be used?
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Martin DDigital Privacy CoachAuthor Commented:
i'm looking for a site like yelp or angie's list that includes or specializes in tech support.  i would prefer one without a financial kickback but am open as there don't seem to be any options.
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
This is an review (community based instead) site on tech support though it is tagged as "gizmo" - based more on good will and a sense of community http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-technical-support-sites.htm
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