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. 😀