Over the last few months, Obama Conspiracy Theories has served on average about 7,000 pages per day to visitors. However, with the increased media coverage of the “birthers” and Orly’s Cook v Good lawsuit, traffic has has more than doubled to 15,000 pages per day. But that was before yesterday: fueled by interest in the new fake Kenyan birth certificate, a stunning 45,000 pages were requested, 5500 of them through a link in an article in the Wasington Independent, and about 3000 of them from search engines returning information on Orly Taitz.
The hosting plan I subscribe to is just not able to operate at such a load without problems and many of you were no doubt seeing “Internal Server 500” errors.
I don’t have a good solution right now, except to throw lots of money at the problem, reduce the functionality of the site, or hope it goes away from less traffic. For starters, I’m jettisoning a few features. The polls widget on the sidebar is the first visible victim. I have also reduced the number of articles displayed on the home page from 10 to 7.
Hmmm, I wonder if I could get a stimulus grant.