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Old 05-06-2009, 12:12 PM
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Bandwidth limitations? Down time?

I have 2 questions here, but first I'll explain why I have those questions!
Our site went from page 11 on Google for our most popular search term "mineral makeup" to page 2 last month. I thought WOW! great! finally! But overall, the traffic increase was only about 300 visitors. We average about 300-400 a day...so not a big increase considering the page jump. This leads to the following questions or ummm conspiracy theories.

1. Can a hosting company limit your bandwidth without you knowing it? Say you're using too much bandwidth, can they put the skids on your site and it just says "page cannot be displayed?" Like at 3:00 in the morning when I'm not likely to be working?

2. Is there a service that monitors your site and it's down time? Site was down last night, and was down about a month ago too. That makes me nervous.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:06 PM
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1. You should be informed about that. In the rush hours you might have some downtimes
2. Host-tracker.com

Good luck
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:42 AM
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Use multiple monitoring services. That is very Vital to have web site UP during SE update
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:07 AM
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1.You should start with reading your hosting provider's TOS, 'cause this is where you will find all the limitations as for the bandwidth consumption.
It's difficult to tell you for sure how it works with your host, as situations may be different, say a hosting provider connects 10 servers to 100mbs port and once 5 servers reach this limit, the rest 5 servers are left with nothing,
or your server may be connected to 10mbs port and as your traffic reaches its limits, your site starts working slowly.

As a provider myself I can assure you that hosts don't generally limit bandwidth, they'd rather charge their clients for bandwidth overuse.
The more, the better, that's the rule.
2. The best uptime monitoring services are
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:39 AM
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You should discuss with your host about this issue and make sure the site should not face downtime because contentious downtime will drive away visitors and Google crawlers may return back without crawling your site during the downtime.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:22 AM
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Others have answered the monitoing question fairly well.

Have you studied your log files in your stats to determine what % of your traffice came from Google in the current and prior months to figure out if the % went up or down? Most people will make it through the first 3 pages of a search if they are really looking for something.

Also compare the terms searched. Maybe your keywords are not the ones being searched for the niche you are in. Just because the keyword you choose places you on page 3 does not mean that others use the same search term.

Is this a seasonal type site?

On my sites all my traffic is somewhat down the last 2 months.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:47 AM
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I would use monitoring options to track changes in this.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:25 AM
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I would use monitoring options to track changes in this.
That's it. She asked about that. But having web sites monitored and knowing the roblem will never help to solve that...
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