TekCities.com is a highly established free web site hosting service. It originally started as something of a hobby, so I have not made any real attempts at monetizing the traffic. The site has over 16,000 users and is growing by about 400-500 members per day. The site is only 3.5 months old, and is growing everyday.
TekCities is hosted on a $150 server with several other sites. It used about 1TB of bandwidth last month.
I have spent little time on advertising it (apart from submission to an top site or two). In addition, the site only requires about 5 minutes a day of upkeep (checking apache status, etc.). The site has a very active user base with several moderators who generally keep the support going.
I did not want to place advertisements or popupunders on any of our user pages, so that is another potential avenue. Considering the current amount of pageviews and a modest $2 CPM, you can see, there is considerable potential in this site.
Regarding my reasons for selling, I've swamped with work lately and I'm in need of additional funds for an upcoming project.
I submitted to a couple of high traffic topsites and did some internal advertising, but that's about it.
There are many things that you can do with the site, but I don't have the time to let the site grow. I don't feel I'm doing it much justice.
Honestly, if you were to take the time to sign up for the various ad networks (CPM, CPA, CPC, etc.) and experiment, I don't think breaking $5,000 a month would be difficult (2$CPM *3,000,000/1,000), I just don't have the time.
I'm not entirely sure what you mean about the break down of usage, but I've never really been a fan of half-paid, half-free sites, it complicates the process. However, feel free to try it if you buy the site .
I am a bit curious about this single server too. Your site says you give 5gb of space and you say you have 16,000 customers? Yet you say your server cost is only $150 a month? Did I misunderstand something here? Thank you.
Regarding the server,
I am overselling when I say 5GB, very few (if any), users use anything close to that. I've used less than 1/2 of my 2x160 hdd. In addition, my server is at a sagonet and they have offered to set up a linux cluster when the need arises.
I don't remember the exact ones. Just google "hosting directories" and I'm sure you'll find a bunch.
Current high bid is $5,000 via sitepoint.