Services like Blog Explosion and BlogClicker are going to run your bandwidth up. I have quite a few clients who aren’t sure why their bandwidth is going up and up and up – – and much of it can be related to all of those 30-second Blog Explosion and Blog Clicker surfers. That, and if you have a lot of banners in rotation on those blog surfing programs – – those banners are hotlinked to your account . . . so every time your banner is loaded in their rotation, that equals bandwidth use for your account.

Take a look at your stats for your account – – make note of how many surfers have come in from Blog Explosion or Blog Clicker. Compare that traffic and bandwidth use to what your useage was prior to joining those services.

If you have a ton of credits for your blog and/or your banner on one, or both (or more) of those services – it is going to cause an increase in your bandwidth. A little, a lot, a WHOLE lot – – it all depends on how often your site is surfed and how much your banners are being loaded into their rotation.

As your host, no – there is not a thing I can do about it. If you have decided to join those blog surfing programs, then you also need to make sure that you are ready to handle the bandwidth use that goes along with it.

Of course, this begs the question on what you want to use your bandwidth for? Surfers who actually come to your site to view your content? Or surfers who are dropping by for the required 30 seconds so they can gain more credits to get more 30 second surfers to their blog?

This is been a public service announcement from your friendly web host. 😀

15 thoughts on “Bandwidth”

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I’m a subscriber to both (recently signed up for Blog Clicker but have been a member of Blog Explosion for a while now). I only wish I had the bandwidth problem! My problem is I don’t know how either of them works – the explanations on their webpages don’t make sense for a super simple gal like myself LOL. My biggest questions come in “assiging credits” – what does that mean and just how do I assign credits? What do *I* have to do? If anyone out there has answers to these questions, please lemme know! 🙂

  2. I often wondered what the benifit of those were, the only posts people from there are “I surfed here through BE, great site, I’ll be back for more…” and nothing s ever heard from them again… would make a good pole for your regulars 🙂

  3. Oh, Zee – – I’d love to help . .but it’s all so confusing lol It depends on which program you use . . .you earn credits by surfing . . those credits you can assign to your account in order to increase your presence in the rotation. You can also assign those credits to banners that you have assigned to your account. Try giving their customer service an email and letting them know how unclear it is for you – maybe they can help you? 🙂

  4. Michael – Mine is the story of a reformed 30-second clicker lol – – I used to use it . . I still have credits and banners floating around in those two programs, which I am letting run out and run down. Quality is always better than quantity, any day 🙂

  5. its not so much the banners as it is the blog visit and that depends what one has loaded on their blog, pictures, music, java etc, should be kept small mayb 300px x 400px music shouldnt be loaded except by request and then that should be a wav not a mp3 ..some will argue that mp3 sound better and they’re correct but 90%+ of computer owners dont have sound systems that can tell the diff.

    from a glance of my server logs BE, Clicker etc add about 10% visitors to my blogs. All they promise is deliverance and its up to us the blog owner to get them to stay and build loyalty.

    Search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN should always be your priority, then reciprocal links, then word of mouth ..then such things as BR, Clicker ect.

    actually 30 seconds is a long time, the average stay from majors search engine is about 10 seconds..

    btw lisa have you looked at your blog via FireFox? maybe its my browser not sure but you may want to check it out

  6. Thanks for the advice, Lisa – I’m really of the mindset that I shouldn’t worry too much about it. As you and someone else said later, it’s better to have quality than quantity in most cases 😉

  7. I think a lot of people have issues with bandwidth because they clutter their pages with either huge layout images or animated gifs and the like – people like me (ego here!) who tend to stick to simple layouts and mainly text don’t suffer with bandwidth issues.

    Surfed in via Blog Explosion, btw. 🙂

  8. I would say (depending on your purpose) any traffic is good traffic. I routinely surf BE and have come across many blogs that I have added to my read list. As a new web site operator, I was glad to have the near instantaneous traffic flow plus feedback.

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