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hello all, this question will appear childish to u but i m very curious to know.millions of people surf the internet daily.all the websites we visit, most of the mail servers we use,and bulk of information we gather, no one pays for it.how the sites or servers benefited then?i mean why those web sites and servers specially mail servers that provide now hundreds of MBs of free space for our mails serve us for free. i'll be thankful if anyone could satisy my queries.also i wnat to know the way how it is determined that which sites are visited by how many. thanks xevier

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when they provide service, they basically getting hits on their sites, then they can start offer advertising services which would generate a lot of money. as for your last question, there is a feature on every site that tells you how many visitors visited your web site for any time you want, it also tells you which sites are visited the most and how they were referred to your site “from what search engine”
I hope this helps.
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  • Xevier
    thanks ahmad,could u please tell me what is that feature?also i have seen on some sites, they show u ur visitor no. how that is done?
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    Not long ago, it was necessary to pay for email and file transfer. AT&T and MCI would charge, for example, $.50 for a short message (e.g., 300-400 bytes), with multiple charges per copy-to. An EDI catalog price update file transfer involving a few thousand rows of short records could cost $25.00 to send (at $.40 per thousand characters). If the transactions crossed national borders, the prices could double or triple. Note that the companies that sold those services were not making a lot of money on those service, so most of those charges were cost - money they had to pay out for facilities and services. Two things happened. Most importantly, technology advanced. The raw costs of network pipes, processing and disk space dropped to a tenth and then a hundredth of what they were. For example, disk space went from $10 or more per megabyte to $.01 or less per megabyte. The reduction in cost made it uneconomic to charge by the transaction, so most payments are flat rate - for example, in U.S. terms the individual user pays, roughly, a flat rate for $30-$40 per month for a cable data connection or for a DSL connection. The cable company in turn pays some of that money out to other Internet service providers for interconnections, and what it pays out for interconnections in turn enables backbone service providers for network pipes. Ultimately some of that money goes to equipment providers like Cisco or Lucent. Companies who provide "search" or email service therefore can provide enormous capacity at very little cost. "Giving away" the service in return for - as the previous respondent mentioned - the right to advertise is therefore a small risk, because the advertising rates can be kept quite low. The real heroes are the technologists, manufacturers and service providers who have driven mostr of the costr out of the network.
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    Hi! U hav asked a question and U got the answers well. now comming to ur last asked question about the webcounter it is actually a program which counts the number of times a visiter open the site in browser all this is done with the help of programming or even u can search it on the web if u want to apply a ready made script to run on your site. Thanks
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  • Xevier
    hi all, thanks for ur replies and the interest u shown to satisfy my queries.i have found many web counters and i m going to use one of them soon on my website.hoping to get ur help always... good bye and thanks.
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  • Careid69
    how the sites or servers benefited then? If it is not a vanity site , then it is advertising, think of it as the Yellow pages, all those little add's and popups like the one's on this site.
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