[FoRK] Should we add some ads to FoRK-archive? At 60K hits/day...

Stephen Williams sdw
Wed Oct 5 20:43:16 PDT 2005

Something innocuous like Google ads would be fine with me.
How much bandwidth does that use?

Next week I'm having a full T1, 100% CIR, 29 static IPs, and unlimited 
commercial use installed. It's a replacement for my now-flakey DSL. I 
also have a natural gas line powered backup generator and, for the 
office, redundant cooling. Plus, two racks below grade all on GigE 
backbones. Plus, I have something of a backup link with my cablemodem 
and I know that my ISP will could tunnel my IPs if the main link was down.

I have two other sites (Sprintlink T1 and Road Runner commercial) I 
should be using as a backup, at least a read-only backup, if I can get 
around to it.

I certainly could use some subsidising. I've been thinking of adding ads 
to http://www.skatedc.org for instance.


Rohit Khare wrote:

> During the 34 hours from 02/Oct/2005:06:36:21 to 05/Oct/ 
> 2005:16:54:22, xent.com had 146782 "hits", of which 55399 were for 
> xent's users (~) (of which 54645 were Ben Sittler! :) and 1530 were 
> for robots and 3645 were for favico.ico -- so almost one hit per 
> second overall, and 60K hits on FoRK-archive per day. Now, some of 
> them are robots spidering the site. But this is a significant leap 
> over 25K page views per week I last found when I analyzed the logs 
> long ago... During that same period, 10K of those were hits referred 
> by search engines of one stripe or another (actually, 48% of those 
> were google alone). So that's a floor of 6K visitors per day, I'd say.
> Like everyone else, we have server and bandwidth costs -- it's 
> headquartered at Adam's house, and we'd like to go somewhere, er, 
> "cat-free" -- so what do the various voices on FoRK suggest?
> Last I checked, by the way, a disappointingly large fraction of pages 
> I tested on googlesyndication.com ended up with links to "complete 
> your china set -- replacement cutlery warehouse..." :( Today, almost 
> all the pages I tested would end up with Email archiving & compliance 
> ads. Basically, it's possible that AdSense would still suck immensely 
> because it *still* doesn't know what pipermail/hypermail output 
> templates look like?
> Rohit
> PS. to quote my seatmate at Web2.0, "1.8 million hits a month? If you 
> could only get a flamewar on mortgage refinancing going, you could get 
> VC backing for that!" :)
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