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Will 40,000 visitors p/m crash my shared hosting?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by elmoisred, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. elmoisred

    elmoisred Junior Member

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    Hi guys, i've got shared hosting with Godaddy (I know I know... it's not the best)
    anyhow it's fine for what I need, however my seo is going great and I'm just 15 places away from having around 40000 visitors per month to one of my sites and I'm concerned that once I'm there the site may crash?
    I have unlimited bandwidth, but I know that's more likely to be a sales pitch rather than a true fact.
    It's an ecommerce site but most customers use it for browsing and email their orders through instead, any advice would be fantastic,
    thanks guys!
     
  2. xtopzi

    xtopzi Regular Member

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    Yes, unlimited is most likely based on your host's fair use policy, which means it isn't unlimited at all.
    In fact, there's no such thing as 'unlimited' as its a technical impossibility.

    If any one has ever experienced reaching their host's 'fair use policy limits', I'd like to hear as well :)
    And at what bandwith would you recommend switching to semi-dedi or dedi...
     
  3. Panther28

    Panther28 Elite Member

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    1.3k visitors isn't that bad, 54 visitors an hour. Thats not much. If they can't handle that they don't deserve to be selling hosting.
     
  4. Chintoo

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    When you say you are 15 places away, does it mean your 15 places away from #1 spot? If thats so, I wouldnt get too ahead of myself. Just wait, when you reach the top 5, then think about changing hosts.
     
  5. elmoisred

    elmoisred Junior Member

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    Hi, thanks guys, most visitors come within 4-5 hours each day so it'll probably be more like 300-500 visits per hour for several hours each day, probably not a massive amount (but it feels like it to me) i'll see if I can find out what their fair usage cut off point is... really don't want to move servers again, but I can't afford for the site to be unstable either!
     
  6. astronaut23

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    This. Wait until you get there. When you start making more money from it, you can easily upgrade your hosting. Although I think most shared hosts can handle <2k visits a day.
     
  7. elmoisred

    elmoisred Junior Member

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    I'm on page 2 at the moment, but the link building is working really well, Ive hit number 1 for every other phrase, just got the two big ones to go now, I was on page 2 without trying so it's going to be an interesting journey for the rest of the way, I know it's not guaranteed i'll get number 1, but I'm not giving up without a fight :)
     
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    I've had 15k visitors in a day on a site with lots of images not cause any problems. If that was repeated idk what would happen
     
  9. dinkish

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    Unlimited bandwidth is also CPU load too if I recall correctly, not just the immediate post get requests of "traffic". If your scripts are optimized, I really don't see how it could be an issue. You can look into seeing what pages you can cache from there too to prevent unnecessary back and forth between repeat visitors.

    I wasn't using GoDaddy, but I ran a resizing script that pulled all my images and optimized them, and made thumbnails. Unfortunately it took a higher than acceptable server load, so they temporarily disabled my account. They claimed this to be against the bandwidth rule (server load).

    I'd definitely look over GoDaddy's TOS, as they'll put it in fine print somewhere in there as you and others mentioned it's a sales pitch, and if you can't find it ask their support team to get a general idea of where you currently stand and how much you can push it forward.
     
  10. KeyzDT

    KeyzDT Power Member

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    40k visitors a month? lol you have nothing to worry about
     
  11. dinkish

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    That's what I would figure. I had 1200 visitors a day running off my free ISP account in the late 90's and I didn't even get a "why?" email from them. It'd be sad of GoDaddy couldn't support 40k a month.

    I'd still look into seeing what they'd cap you at though, since you are already concerned about it, probably shouldn't be something to ignore.
     
  12. MachineLord

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    I have 10k visitors daily on my hostgator shared hosting...and all is good.
     
  13. pg8806

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    It will depend on how well your site is coded and the amount of resources it takes to load. If you have tons of photos and database calls, you're going to be using lots of bandwidth.

    I had a site on Hostmonster that was getting about 1500 visitors a day and all of a sudden they shut my site down because my site was "slowing down all of the other sites on the server". I think this is a totally BS way to handle a situation like this, but whatever.

    My site was down for about 24 hours before I was able to move it to a VPS on a new host. This totally f*cked my Google rankings and my traffic dropped by about 50%. Eventually recovered to about 80% of where it used to be, but I was still really pissed about the way they just shut me down with no warning.

    Unfortunately, I don't have the stats to give you the exact bandwidth at which this happened (it happened almost 3 years ago).

    Moral of the story: if you got the money to pay for a better server, do it.
     
  14. proweb

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    I would be more concerned about your site's downtime on a shared server.

    When I first started IM, VPS and Dedicated servers were way over my head, so I used a shared hosting account with StartLogic and it seemed fine until I used Pingdom's Uptime Monitor. Turns out my site would go down for 1-5 minutes occasionally throughout the day. At the end of the month that would be the equivalent of 5-10 hours. That may not seem bad, but I was running a massive PPC campaign at the time and was paying for an enormous amount of traffic each day, so each hour of downtime would cost me a hundred or so bucks in lost sales and PPC costs.

    So my advice is, if you're making enough money upgrade to a VPS ($49/month). Not only will your site's uptime be better but it should load faster too.

    Just my $0.02.
     
  15. twitter.followers

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    Different hosts have got different reviews and Godaddy is probably not the best one.

    But since you have been using it and if you feel satisfied and believe they are pretty good shared host, then there must not be any kind of problem. Since a good shared hosting can easily manage 40,000 visitors per month.