BlueHost, CPU Throttling And Dedicated Server Packages

It’s been close to three weeks since moving WassupBlog to BlueHost, and so far I am very happy with the move. The original reason for the move was because my last host suspended my account because my CPU usage was above the allowed amount for shared hosting.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, as my post Of Web Hosts And Blogger Friends describes how LunarPages handled the very same situation. The problem seems to be with the shared hosting package that most bloggers, including myself, go for, as it is by far the cheapest way to host your blog.

I think it is safe to say that most of the time a shared hosting environment is all that the average blogger will ever need, and they may never have their blog suspended or banned by their host because of excessive CPU usage. Then again, you never know when one of your posts may go viral, or when you may cross the line by adding one too many plugins, or by installing a poorly written script, any one of which may cause your CPU usage to spike to such an extent that causes your blog’s suspension.

You may want to check with your host to see what their policy is in regards to this situation. I’ve found that this blog’s host, BlueHost, has a very unique way of handling this problem. They have incorporated what is known as CPU Throttling, so instead of your site going offline due to excessive CPU isage, it merely slows down to lower the amount of CPU being used. As you can appreciate, it’s a whole lot better to use this method to deal with the occasional spike in CPU, causing your blog to slow down for awhile, rather than having it shut down altogether.

This is all great stuff, but there may come a day when your blog outgrows your shared hosting package, and you will need to move over to a dedicated server, which is a single web server within a network of computers, dedicated solely to one customer. Once hosted on a dedicated server you no longer need to worry about other sites causing your site to slow down.

The reason that most people do not go this route is because of the added cost. I have had look around and managed to come up with several low costing packages that may suit the small business blogger who want go straight to the better package rather than go through the stress and hardship of moving over when things pick up.

  • ServerPronto: At $32.95 per month it is one of the cheapest dedicated server packages around.
  • 1&1 internet Hosting: Also offer dedicated server hosting for less. Apparently you even get your own box? Check out the following special. Click here for 50% off First 6 months of already low priced server plans.
  • LunarPages: I have several blogs hosted with Lunar pages, and they also offer dedicated server hosting which will set you back $99 per month.
  • At the moment I am quite content with the way things are going with my shared host packages, but there may well come a day when I outgrow them, and when that day comes I reckon I will will be considering on of the above packages.

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    WassupBlogs Rockin September Statistics

    You will see that September’s stats do not include any paid post’s revenue. This is largely due to the fact that I can’t seem to log onto my PayU2Blog account? Reckon that perhaps I’ve done something against their TOS, although I am pretty sure I didn’t as I am always really careful. I’ve also turned down a lot of opportunities from other sites because I wasn’t happy with the amount offered for the tasks.

    Knowing that this month’s stats wasn’t going to include any paid posts I really expected them to be pretty dismal, but luckily for me Commission Junction performed really well. I reckon it was partly due to my Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs post which may have convinced some people to make the move to hosting their own blogs.

    Anyway, let’s have a look at this month’s stats, and if you’re lucky I may even include some analytics for you.

    • Adsense: $21.53
    • Voxsant: $0.19
    • Kontera: $0.31
    • Clix Galore: $0.22
    • Chitika: $1.66
    • Infolinks: $0.75
    • Advertisers: $20
    • Commission Junction: $90
    • E-Junkie: $0.00
    • Jumbo Affiliates: $10.27
    • RegNow: $0.00
    • Paid Posts: $0.00
    • Commission Monster: $14.11
    • Amazon Associates: $8.40
    • CashBurners: $51.00

    TOTAL: $218.44

    As you can see the bulk of that is from Commission Junction, but I also have two newcomers to the table, Amazon Associates and CashBurners, which is my main affiliate for my Top Sexual Aids blog.

    These earnings are a concerted effort from all my blogs, but just to give you an idea of some of the traffic my main ones get I thought I would post some traffic stats for you.

    The first is from my Load Of Bullshit blog. All in all this blog had a total of 1582 visits, 1331 of those from search engines. All in all this blog’s share of Adsense amounted to $12.29

    Then we have this blog. In total it generated 1759 visits, only 488 of those from search engines.  This isn’t all surprising as most of my time is spent on WassupBlog and almost all my commenting on other blogs link to this one.  Adsense earnings for this blog amounted to $2.89

    Even though I don’t spend all that much time on my Scenic Adelaide blog, it still generated 725 visits, 514 of those from search engines, and it earned $3.75 in Adsense dollars.

    And finally, Top Sexual Aids the newest of my blogs. Out of the 112 visits, 23 of which came from search engines, it still managed to earn $1.46. The other few cents were generated by my other sites.

    I have to say I am a little shocked to see that this blog was pretty well the worst performer as far as Adsense earnings go, and it seems that my Load of BS site is the best performer. I reckon, seeing how most of the visits on Load Of Bullshit are search engine generated that you could almost say that search engine traffic are the ones more likely to generate Adsense income.

    WassupBlog’s Ultimate Blogging Contest Winner

    No, that’s not a spelling error in the title at all, because I’ve actually only got one winner in the contest, although there were three prizes available. That prize goes to Mitch of I’m Just Sharing. Mitch has always been an avid reader and commenter of my blogs and it’s with great pleasure that I award him the first prize of $20 and an add spot in the sidebar.

    Actually, as no-one came even close to completing all the tasks, I reckon I will give the whole lot to Mitch, seeing as how I allowed for $35 in prizes. So, don’t take all day about it Mitch, the sooner I get the banner and PayPal details, the sooner I can give you your prize.

    As for future contests, I reckon I’ve done my dash as far as they are concerned. I know that some commenters thought the prizes weren’t substantial enough, but I figured, for the amount of work involved in completing the tasks, it was more than adequate, especially considering the current economy.

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