If you spend any time surfing
the net, you have seen the dreded message "Bandwidth Limit
Exceeded" when accessing some pages.
Most people just think the
website is not there, but it is. You just can't get to it because
the site had too many visitors for the datatransfer the owner is
paying for, so the isp has closed it.
This can be devestating to the
webmaster since the time it is down, there are no sales and can
be removed from the search indexes.
So what is bandwidth?
Think of bandwidth like a jar
full of jelly beans on the receptionists desk. Each time someone
takes one or two or a handfull the number left in the jar is less
untill eventually it is empty untill someone refills it.
Bandwidth works the same. The
site owner buys a certain amount of bandwidth each month and each
time a page is viewed the amount left is less. If visitors eat
less jellybeans or pages then the bandwith jar stays full and
everyone is happy.
But if you have a big fat
robot crawling the pages and eating jellybeans the amount of
jellybeans eaten will be much greater.
Since you have no control of
how many jellybeans each person will eat, you need to have enough
in the jar so it wont run out.
If a bus load of politicians
shows up and they all eat some jellybeans then the jar will empty
out fast and the regulars wont have any when they show up.
It's all a big mess because
bots can eat jelly beans and you have to pay for it. If you don't
the website could close and you lose any potential that you would
If you can't monitor how much
you use, your hosting provider could tell you that you used a
million dollars worth and you have to payfor it. How do you know
Or you can use a company like
pageBuzz that does not have any bandwidth limits and your site
will never close for overages.
pageBuzz manages use over all
customers and allocates bandwidth based on combined volume. This
means pagebuzz customers wil never see the dreded message "Bandwidth
Of course here are limits to
systems that offer unlimited bandwidth, the biggest is they know
you wont use much. If you do, you need a different solution. But
for the average business, having the knowledge that the site wont
close when the jellybean jar is empty is reassuring.
For high bandwidth consumers,
there are options out there that can solve the problem also.
Dedicated bandwidth solutions like T-1 lines never close, but are
What every your plan is, try
to avoid an empty jelly bean jar.