I run a fairly large and growing Canadian content and forums site ( www.canadaka.net ).
Use to be on fastclick banner/add network, but had to switch to google adsense. Adsense was slow at first but now is increasing each month.
My site got a new server 2+ months ago, that sped up the site A LOT, since then the sites traffic has increased A LOT.
With the increas in traffic (average 11,000 unique visitors per day this month) my bandwidth hosting fees have skyrocketed! Where as my revenue from Google Sense has gone up as well, it has not done so enough to cover the inscrease in bandwidth cost, so I am loosing money!
I'm looking for suggestions on how I can bring back balance to the force, heh. Suggestions of othe ways to generate revenue, ect. Also would like to hear how some other large sites manage, if this is a common problem.
Here are the hosting costs for alst month. Unfortunatly I can't post my google results though.
Colocation fee with 100GB
Extra bandwith fees (at $1.50 CDN per GB, i think thats a good price, was at $3 when i started, but since i use a lot now they lowered it)
The problem with moveing to a US datacenter is that my website is a Patriotic Canadian website, so i have tried to keep it all in Canada. But that aside I own my own rack server, so moving it to a datacenter in like texas is a bit of an issue.
I currently colocate through Canada Web Hosting at the Peer 1 datacenter in downtown Vancouver, which is where I live.
but hearing that other companies offer 1200GB a month!!! makes me mad.
A fellow Canuck here. Look, if Canada Web Hosting colocated with Peer1, odds are slim to none of you getting such a good deal because Peer1 data transfer is very expensive ($1/GB in ADVANCE to colo customers).
I am in your shoes and I'm looking at NetNation's dedicated for $200 US and 500 GB transfer. Here is a good company that will also do server management for free which you need because I mean as you expand the LAST thing you want to do is worry about security and uptime. The company I work for is seriously hampered from growth because we chose colocation. Trust me, even if you own the hardware, it may not be worth it. Thing of the cost of 24 hr monitoring by staff... thats $1000/month at least for a proper full time staff to monitor your dedicated box, not to mention the security services they offer free.
It would seem that you could rent a dedicated server in the new datacenter, migrate to it, then have your boxes forwarded to the new datacenter as well and get everything back up and running on your hardware.
1 month's dedicated rental might be cheaper than sticking with the current setup.