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How would I monetize my image hosting site?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by jonbenwaa, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. jonbenwaa

    jonbenwaa Newbie

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    So I put together an image hosting site back in 2008 for a forum I run mainly because a lot of the members there couldn't figure out how to use photobucket (this was 2008). Since then I've kind of let it be and its gained a little more traction over the years. Well the last few months it has seemed to blow up and my webhost actually shut me down because of too many simulations connections.

    I moved it over to a new hosting plan (that cost about 10x as much as the shared hosting I was using before). But now I'm ready to get serious with this. I've been working on a redesign for it the last few weeks and I'm going to have a lot of new cool stuff on it. As of now I have Adsense ads on it earning me pennies a day :( . I have read through all the threads on BHW discussing image/file hosting and I know it's a tough gig to make money with. But I'm not getting into image hosting to make money- I run a site right now that I want to monetize a little better. I need to be able to make $3-4/day on it to break even on the server I'm paying for now.

    So any thoughts or ideas would be helpful. BHW rocks!
     
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    jonbenwaa Newbie

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    If I'm leaving out some needed info let me know.
     
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    what images are mainly being uploaded to your hosting, NSFW or family safe ? If they are family safe dont bother monetizing ! If they are NSFW there is allot of adult advertising companies out there crying for porn/nsfw website owners ... JuicyAds is one of them :)
     
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    Hey My name is Gil i would like to offer you several monetizing solutions for your website.
    Please send me your email or the name pf your website and i will contact you
     
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    jonbenwaa Newbie

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    Well it started as mainly car pics, then it grew to car pics, gun pics, and funny pics. Now just about everything gets uploaded there and I moved to a webhosting plan that doesn't care. I just try and clean up anything that might not be "legal" to have, but everything else I could care less about. Definitely NOT family safe.


    In a few more posts I'll be able to send you a PM. If you google "Anonymous Image hosting" I'm #3...

    Although I'm not against putting dirty ads all over the page, I'm just trying to think of a creative way to monetize the actual image hosting itself. No one is going to pay for an image host, there are tons out there. I haven't ever tried setting up a simple donation button, but can't imagine who actually donates to sites. I know I have a return rate of close to 50%, so people that use it come back...and that's why I don't delete images. I was thinking of "if you donate, your images will stay forever", if not delete images after a few months, etc...I dont know. Like I said, I'm open to any ideas.