I run a few sites and I rent a VPS (Virtual Private Server) from http://tektonic.net/. I think I have 10 sites on there right now plus a uokaillera server that always seems responsive. $15/mo for the unmanaged VPS and anothet $3 for automatic daily backups. I usually register the domains on dyndns.com.
I’ll do just about anything I can to avoid godaddy. You can get a ton of bandwidth for a little bit of money but the service I’ve had from them has been straight up abysmal. Not sure what shared hosts are actually good anymore. It’s been a while since I used one.
The last time I used a shared host and didn’t have any problems was http://www.deltawebhosting.com/
They were cheap. I had a couple sites on there for as long as 3 or 4 years without any issues. I only left to get all the sites onto the VPS.
Does that help? I’m sure exactly what you’re asking.