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Hosting Websites (Web, Images, Files Etc) Good Idea? What Are Your Experiences And Advice?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by facebookdude, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. facebookdude

    facebookdude Elite Member

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    I've been looking into starting a hosting site of some kind. I have made a fortune in social networking websites and I'm looking to get into something more stable. Are these types of websites a good idea?
     
  2. dvdvids

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    I had a dabble at setting up my adult image hosting service 3 years ago, had a dedicated server,bought the software,etc... I gave up after less than a year because too many idiots were uploading illegal images like cp,etc, had to be online nearly 24 hours a day to delete this crap that was being uploaded! Don't let this put you off though, give it a go and see
     
  3. gjeken12

    gjeken12 Newbie

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    I have an adult image host that i started about 6 months ago. There's a LOT of competition and its really hard to get other people to use it. I promoted it like crazy in the start and managed to get it into a top 30000 Alexa rank. That only made me about $10-15 a day on ads. Now i don't give a shit about the site since it's to much work for pennies but it still makes me about $5 a day on autopilot.
    I haven't had any issues with people uploading illegal stuff.
     
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  4. reallife

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    You're competing with enormous companies, many of whom have existing big traffic deals, completely questionable business ethics (to put it mildly), and many more of whom have a dozen different ways (and lawyers) to get around DMCA requests.

    On top of that, they' re just not, on the whole, very profitable.

    Hosting biz? Sure, there are lots of ways to make that one go.
    Image hosting or video hosting service?
    Not without very deep pockets, minimal morals and some novel business plans.
     
  5. jangozo

    jangozo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    i would trow you an idea for serios business - usey our social marketing skills and develop some long term businesses offline that you boost from online to bring offline long term clients, services developed whatever ... brand your offline business than start hosting company eventhough if you do 1 thing proper you will do all things proper - but new age is comming of cloud servers, cloud programming and so on :)

    i sent you a pm as i like to communicate to talents hope we can get in touch for more ideas
    i wont beg you to teach me social marketing ;) im just lazy thats all & i know it haha
     
  6. facebookdude

    facebookdude Elite Member

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    hey jangozo I have msn. I cant pm atm its not working lol. Do you have msn?
     
  7. meepp

    meepp Newbie

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    If you want to start in the general web hosting business then you need to make sure you have a great business plan before you even go further, it's much easier to offer hosting for niche markets as there's less competition and you can charge more as a result :)
     
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  8. aftershock2020

    aftershock2020 Senior Member

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    I own a network of sites/businesses that include hosting, as well as image/video uploading sites. They are whitehat in nature but the principle concept is the same for all of us.

    Adult hosting, as well as any uploader site has to be moderated when there is a risk of users violating content TOS. For anyone that goes this route, I have a couple of staff that search through every upload my clients push. I built a dashboard to handle my upload processing against my user databases and if a member uploads and it isn't approved content, the mod will check the violation tag on them. I use a 3 strike rule before members are banned permanently, unless it is something to do with children and they are gone instantly, no questions asked, no second change.

    You have to moderate those types of things.

    As for the hosting side...

    I run a couple of very successful hosting companies, which are completely whitehat in nature, ( which is why I don't promote them here ). The best advise I will give you is to set yourself up 3-5 standard package offers, meeting everyone's general hosting needs.

    More than 5 tends to confuse the customer and makes them overthink the decision, normally leading to their choice being to wait/leave. Less than 3 tends to leave you looking unprofessional/unequiped to handle the requirements of the customer.

    Makes your money from these subscription fees and MAYBE some domain sales. Don't hit these people with a ton of email, ad page and promotional spam. They are giving you their money for hosting, keep it that way.

    The 3-6 month lifespan of a client works the same in any niche. The client leaves when they are not getting the results they desire from where they presently are, so they change it. Taking 3 months to try and giving up after 6, due to frustration.

    Let them have the chance to make their sites work without you getting in the way with throwing crap at them they don't need. Earn your keep from the service fees and leave your clients alone so that they will remain so.

    As for the business model, yes, you need one. It isn't rocket science though. Use your head, make a list of what it going to cost you in operational fees; servers/hosting, advertising, seo and staff.

    If you are just starting out, use email support and chat support when you are online, giving your customer a standard, guaranteed time frame of atleast 2-4 hours per day, even if it is some kid your hire to watch it for you, calling you if something important comes up. If you generate a policy manual, you won't have to worry, as it will work as the standard guide for them.

    Think ahead for what you will need and do in this business, write it out, cover as many bases as you can but, know you can't cover them all in the beginning.

    Real business takes a little bit more than just throwing a website up and making $3-$5 per day. Spam these customers like on your other services and you won't last a week because they will dump your service for another of the 1000's of competitors in a heart beat.

    Best of luck with it.
     
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