How to blow up your webserver in one easy step? Most of the 4 dozen+ websites I host average around 100 unique visitors a day, including one for a very controversial friend who is featured on one of my sites. His normal traffic is about 20% Google search results, the rest from referral links. This week someone flamed him on Reddit resulting in 13k+ hits before shut down. (his site was bandwidth limited to detect unusual traffic patterns such as this) After restoring his site and reviewing the logs I found the Reddit links to his site. Too bad he had nothing to sell on his site other than his opinion. Ironically some of the 400+ comments left on the Reddit threads mentioned him selling t-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, etc to fund his "mis-guided mission". Those items were on one of my websites, not on his website which I only host (yeah). I can only assume my traffic came from people searching his name on Google due to the fact SEO puts my website above his in search results for his own name. There are other sites out there like Reddit that can generate that kind of traffic. Just shows you how a little controversy can blow up a server in one day. Thankfully (for me) the hoopla died down a bit so traffic is back to "normal". Makes me wonder how many t-shirts he could have sold through his site! So, if you are looking to blow up your server, the right backlinks could be a killer. p.s. Not all of the 400+ comments were negative, some actually support his views.