I run a small node of ~1 TB more for fun than for profit, it’s just some old equipment that would not be used anyway so why not. I also have 1 Gb/s internet speed, no limit for bandwidth. I enjoyed setting node up, maintaining, monitoring it - it gives me a bit of new experience in using CLI, etc.
But still the question - I see people posting their earnings and those are far bigger than mine (and those people are still complaining it’s too low… ). I also get barely no traffic after vetting process was complete, e.g. so far this month egress is 37.30 GB.
So, do earnings depend on location - i.e. once files someone upload are cut into pieces, is there a higher chance that if client is from US, data will be split between nodes in US and I will not get a piece, or is it completely random?
I ask this because if that is true, I assume that if there are less or no clients at all in my location / region / continent, that would mean less or no earnings compared to same node with better location.
At the same moment, if my node coincidentally stores pieces of files that are just stored and never downloaded, I would also get no earnings.
Maybe even my disk I/O speed matters here? Or not?