Marcia - 4:50 am on Jan 25, 2008 (gmt 0)
I've been with the same hosting company for several years. In 2006, the owner asked if I wanted to do some SEO work on his websites in exchange for him not charging me for hosting or even domain renewals.
18 months goes back to the middle of 2005, not even any time in 2006. Were you paying $400 a month for your hosting before the "deal?"