Cox Enforcing Flat Data Limits on All Packages – Downgrade Speed to Save Bandwidth!

There are many articles and blog posts around the internet about people that had no idea Cox Communications limits their internet data usage until it was too late, and some were even lied to by Cox employees about data limits beforehand. A few years ago, I was no different.

I’ve been using Cox as my ISP for about six years on both the “Preferred” and then the “Premier” package. At first, I had no idea there were data limits, but since I didn’t have a lot of internet activity it was fine. Then one day I got a letter from Cox in the mail saying my limit had been increased from 400GB to 700GB, Hooray! Right? No…

The Cox Data Limit Problem

I was a bit annoyed that the Cox website’s pages for internet comparison/shopping did not ever mention a data limit back when I initially chose them for my internet service provider. When I set up an installation over the phone the representative never mentioned data limits, neither did the installation guy when he was going through my services with me after setting things up. Cox purposely avoided telling a potential customer and a new customer about data limits, while making information about data limits on their website hard to find as well. I could only find pages regarding data limits on Cox’s website by searching “Cox Data Limits” on Google!

Only recently have they added a mention of the data limits to the website, only instead of saying “1TB Data Limit”, they call it a “1024GB Data Plan”.

Cox Ultimate Lowered to 1TB data – Ultimately SCREWED!

The BIG Cox Data Limit Problem

When I got the letter that my Cox data limit was increased to 700GB I went to the Cox site and found the “Data Usage Meter” for my services after a bit of searching. It turned out that my data limit was initially only 300GB, then was shortly raised to 400GB after I started service. I also noticed that three months before the raise to 700GB I was blowing past 400GB due to Netflix and Hulu streaming plus running a couple dozen online-game bots. I was barely under my new 700GB limit, but since Cox had never charged or contacted me about going over the old 400GB data limit I figured I was fine.

And I was fine, for about 4 years. Then recently I got a Cox email saying they were raising my limit to 1TB! Sweet, right?! Nope… I then read that ALL Cox packages were placed at a 1TB limit, including the crappiest packages who’s customers pay nowhere near what I pay for internet. The worst part is that customers using the highest Cox internet package, “Ultimate”, were downgraded from 1.2TB data limit down to 1TB. What?!? So now, whether you pay $30 or $100 for internet, you will have a 1TB data limit from Cox Communications. What a joke..

Plus, topping off the bad news from Cox, the email informed me that they would now be charging for data overages in my area. An additional $10 per 50GB. Now that may seem fine, but at the time I received the email from Cox I was heavily into game botting with my Sun Fire X4600 M2 server (32-core, 128GB Ram) and was using far more data than I should have been, an obscene amount… The highest I saw was about 4.2TB in a month. At that rate, had I not seen the email from Cox, my bill after their 2-bill grace period, my internet cost would have jumped from $65 up to $705. I think a letter in the mail would have been nice, perhaps even a telephone call?

Obscene Cox Data Usage, Even more Obscene Data Limit!

Nope, Cox was ready to send me that $700 bill!

The Cox Data Limit Solution

So what did I do?

First, I rented a root server from Hetzner for $50/mo and moved all my game botting stuff to that. With a monthly limit of 20TB, the Hetzner server should do fine for me… and I was paying $60 in electricity to run my big server, so Hetzner was already saving me money.

Now, I think I’m going to lower my Cox Internet package from 150MB/10MB Premier down to 50MB/5MB Preferred or even the 15MB/2MB Essential since they all have the same 1TB data limit. Essential’s 15MB Download speeds and 2MB Upload speeds are fine for Netflix and Hulu streaming, especially if no other devices are online hogging all the bandwidth.

The only reason I ever even considered upgrading to Cox Ultimate Internet was for the 1.2TB limit. Once I got this latest email from Cox I would have paid up to $150 to have the same speeds I currently have but with unlimited data usage. That means I was willing to pay over double what I pay just for unlimited data, rather than the hassle of having to rent a dedicated server that actually saves me money.. But no, that’s not an option with Cox.

Cox Data Limit Conclusion

So basically.. Cox is charging people extra for faster speeds to hit the same 1TB limit that all plans have, just so they can then charge people even more for every 50GB data you use over the limit! Get slower internet, that 1TB will last longer. 😉

Enable Lightbox and Extra Media Functionality to WooCommerce 3.0 Themes

I upgraded a WooCommerce site using the theme Wp Portfolio and all my products started opening images in new tabs rather than a lightbox.

First I made sure my theme was updated, but it made no difference. So, naturally I started searching Google for answers. It turns out that WooCommerce 3.0 added new/different media functionality which removed the old lightbox and most WooCommerce geared themes haven’t been updated to use the new functionality.

In order to enable the new media functionality on my WP Portfolio theme I edited the functions.php file by finding the add_action(‘after_setup_theme’, ‘wp_portfolio_setup’); line and add the following three lines below it. (Your line will have wp_portfolio replaced with your themes slug instead.)

and the functions.php will look like this:

giving your WooCommerce store functionality like this:

Enjoy your newly working Zoom features and fixed Lightbox functionality! Don’t forget to bug your theme developer to update their theme release with the new WooCommerce 3.0+ media functionality!

Default Windows IIS WordPress web.config XML

Recently I was migrating a test site from a Linux/cPanel based web-host over to a Windows Server running IIS. After migration, none of the site’s pages or posts worked and all returned 404 errors.

I’m familiar with .htaccess files causing 404 problems so I knew that was probably the issue, and since this was now on a Windows server I knew it had to be the IIS equivelant file “web.config” causing problems. Upon further investigation I realized there was no web.config file at all even though I was used to it always being there after setting WordPress up through IIS. Since I’m using Server 2016 for the first time, perhaps things are different and web.config files aren’t created automatically any longer.

Either way, my problem was solved by adding this XML to a newly created web.config file in the site’s root folder:

Now pages and posts are working properly and pretty permalinks are functioning as they should! Note: If “URL Rewrite” is not installed then it will need to be first in order for this to work.

List of Proxy Server Affiliate Programs

A while back I needed good proxy server providers to recommend to some friends for game botting, and before that I needed to recommend some proxies for SEO program purposes. This lead to me to do a lot of research on the most popular shared, dedicated, and backconnect proxy providers around the web.

While I was doing my proxy research, I also took note of which proxy providers also offer an affiliate program to get paid for any sales referrals. Some of these proxy providers pay only 10% commission, some pay 50% or more!

List of Money-Making Proxy Provider Affiliate/Referral Programs:

Since not all of the proxy providers advertise their affiliate programs, the below links point to home pages.

For some, the affiliate link may be in the top navigation, for most it will be in the footer, and others you will have to register/sign-up to the site before you can access the affiliate program.

There are probably many other proxy affiliate programs out there. I will continue adding any new ones I find that look decent enough to even consider!

Feel free to comment below with any thoughts on the list or suggestions to be added!

Contextual Ad Network Alternatives to Google Adsense

Whether picking a new Contextual Ad network to replace or supplement Google Adsense – the task can be a major hassle.

Here’s a list of all the top Contextual Ad networks comparable to Google AdSense worth considering. serves ads from a large selection of local and national advertisers made up from the Bing/Yahoo! contextual ad network, while ensuring a 100% fill rate across all verticals and ad formats. Examples of’s high-profile publishers include Forbes, Reuters, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle, and more. supports the standard IAB ad sizes and has access to high quality ads from all major DSPs (Demand-Side Platforms – advertising in an automated fashion). Additionally, also offers desktop interstitial, in-content native, and mobile docked ads.

  • Ads Types: Display, Rich-Media, Interstitial, Mobile
  • Payment terms: NET 30 ($100 threshold).
  • Fill Rate: 100%.
  • Model: CPM, CPC, CPA
  • Minimum Traffic: None

Revenue Hits (Referral Link)

Revenue Hits utilizes contextual and geo-targeting technologies to deliver better revenue from served ads for their publishers throughout different types of mediums. They serves over two billion ad impressions each day with a promise of 100% fill rate across all geographic regions.

Rather than simple display ads, Revenue Hits also allows publishers to monetize their website using text ads, pop ups, apps, widgets, XML feeds, and other custom formats. (RevenuHits non-referral link.)

  • Ad Types: Display, Rich-Media, Text
  • Additional Monetization: Pop-Ups/Unders, Apps/Widgets, XML Feeds
  • Payment Terms: NET 30 (Wire, PayPal or Payoneer).
  • Fill Rate: 100%.
  • Model: CPM, CPC, CPA, CPV, Auction
  • Minimum Traffic: None

Clicksor (Referral Link)

Clicksor operates by scanning the text on your website’s pages and serves ads with the latest contextual technology which results in a higher CTR (Click-Through Rate) than other similar contextual ad networks. Clicksor serves 900+ million ad impressions on over 100k specialized and niche websites from their publisher network.

Along with regular banner ads, Clicksor offers rich media, in-text, interstitial, and pop-under ads as alternative formats. Installation is also very simple with one of Clicksor’s many plugins for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Blogger that just needs to downloaded and activated to start working. (Clicksor non-referral link.)

  • Ad Types: Display, Rich-Media, Text
  • Additional Monetization: Pop-Ups/Unders
  • Payment Terms: NET 15 ($50 threshold).
  • Fill Rate: ~100%
  • Model: CPM, CPC, CPV, CPI
  • Minimum traffic: Low (50% must be US, CA, GB)

Chitika (Referral Link)

Chitika offers several CPC ad formats that are simple to customize and start using. They are known for on-time NET 30 payments and a low payout threshold of just $10 via check or PayPal.

Chitika doesn’t disclose their ad fill rate, but it is most certainly on the lower side. Even though their statistic reporting is far better than a lot of the ad network alternatives, ad relevancy isn’t as effective and therefore earnings are also lower than can be expected with AdSense,, as well as some of the other ad networks. Despite the downfalls, Chitika does a lot of things right for smaller publishers and is one of the easiest networks to be approved for. (Chitika non-referral link.)

  • Ad Types: Display, Text, Mobile
  • Additional Monetization: List Units
  • Payment Terms: NET 30 (Check, Paypal – $10 threshold).
  • Fill Rate: NOT 100%
  • Model: CPC
  • Minimum traffic: None


Infolinks is an ad network that gets around the problem of users ignoring ads by offering an innovative set of profit-earning ad units including: InFold (overlay ads), InText (text links ads), InTag (tag cloud ads), InFrame (banner ads in margins and frames) and InScreen (smart interstitial ads) which result in increased relevance, better space utilization, less intrusion to your users, and better SEO.

Infolinks generates high monthly revenue for 200k+ publishers in 130+ countries today. A few of the biggest advertisers Infolinks works with are Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Ebay. Infolinks’ platform is easy to integrate into websites and because there is no minimum requirements for page views or visitors it is open to any and all publishers.

  • Ad Types: Display, Text
  • Additional Monetization: Pop-Over, Interstitial, Tag Clouds
  • Payment Terms: NET 45 (Wire, Paypal, Payoneer – $50 – $100 threshold).
  • Fill Rate: ~100%
  • Model: CPM, CPC, CPA, CPV, CPI, Auction
  • Minimum traffic: None


PulsePoint’s proprietary contextual ensures better ad targeting and increase relevance, giving publishers the opportunity to monetize impressions buyers would normally overlook. They’re big on data-driven ad optimization — crunching about 20TB of it every day.

PulsePoint processes 110+ billion ad transactions each month across its platform. The publisher dashboard is a bit confusing, and setting up ands and getting them running can be hard at first as well.

  • Model: CPM
  • Minimum traffic: None