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My guide on starting a private torrent site

Discussion in 'Torrents' started by BBBBB, May 8, 2009.

  1. BBBBB

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    Just a short guide i wrote on how to start a private torrent site

    Domain:
    your going to need to go with a private domain registry i use http://www.katzglobal.com/hosting/anonymous-domains.html it costs alot but its worth it you don't want to use a regular domain register even with fake info because your ip is logged when you registered the domain and you still don't want to use fake details because its against ICANN policy and they will take your domain if they find out

    Hosting:
    First rule is to get a Dedicated server if you don't your site will not run properly and once you get some members it wont run at all because of the large amount of cpu usage a torrent site can use this can be expensive but its needed second rule is to host it offshore try to stay away from Malaysia (they have been taking down alot of torrent sites recently) and any other countries who don't like torrent sites canada can be safe if there is no music on your site but i wouldn't risk it The Netherlands is where i suggest hosting your site

    Source Code:
    most private torrent sites use tbdev source code which can be found at http://tbdev.net/ its good source code and has a large amount of mods on the site and you will have to install some (invite mod, snatchlist, passkey ect..) this will take a bit of coding knowledge and if you don't know how to code it will give you headaches if your planning on running a private torrent site i suggest getting a coder you will probably have to pay him but if your lucky you might be able to find someone who will work just because he wants to be a part of the site first thing your going to want to do before doing any mods is make the site secure there are alot of holes in the script which need to be fixed and if you dont fix them YOU WILL GET HACKED there are alot of hackers who use torrent sites and they will try to attack your site the most common type of attack is DDOS which can cripple a server make sure you or your coder knows how to deal with these kind of attacks i am a coder so never had a problem but if you dont know how to code and dont have someone who does you will have problems

    Design:
    another important thing is the design and whats great is there are alot of designers in the torrent world who will work for free this is how i got all of my designs simply start out with a nice login and signup page and make a competition on the site for the design (offer vip membership or upload credit) this way the ugly signup page and login page don't scare users off right away hehe your coder will need to integrate the design into the site and do the css coding and everything the designers in the torrent world usually dont do that they just give you a image you need to slice code and make a style sheet

    Advertising:
    Before advertising the site your going to want to try to find some uploaders before you do anything (content is important!!) there are a lot of people on the net (filesharing torrent forums would be great place to ask around) who have seedbox which they will upload from for you for nothing more than a shinny uploader title and special privileges now lets get back to the advertising you need to make a abbreviation to refer to your site scenetorrents.org uses SCT feedthe.net uses FTN not hard to do but important hehe never post the url anywhere and make it a rule to never post it start out as invite only make a post on a invite site saying you have invite to a new super secret torrent site that is just starting up (be as secretive as possible) and soon you will have people begging to join your site for some reason people love to join secret sites even if they don't know anything about the site or its content you may want to make a nice userbar with your abbreviation and allow users to use this in there signature basically make people think you don't want members then they will want to join

    IRC:
    members of private torrent sites like irc channels make sure you have one google it if you don't know how to make one its very easy

    Paying Server Costs:

    members of private torrent sites are usually pretty generous and you should be able to get $300+ a month with even a userbase under 1k users with donations if your not getting donations after the first month send all users a message saying you need donations try not to threaten to close the site right off the bat this may driver users away wait a few months before doing that
     
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  2. letusgo

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    thanks for your great share.
    Choosing hosting is very important step i think.
     
  3. BBBBB

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    Thanks for the kind words sorry for the spelling errors guys i just got stoned and felt like writing this up real quick so there are some spelling and grammar problems and please note i am still stoned so there will probably be some in this post also hehe
     
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    Good share. Would you tell me what hosting service you use? I want to start torrent site too but this project is rather expensive for me in the start up cost. Therefore I don't want to spend my hard earned money in something that not worth it.
     
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    Great guide, but try and add some periods. I got a headache after the first paragraph. thanks added.
     
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    Sorry about that i would edit it but it wont let me anymore. I usually host my sites on leaseweb.com.
     
  7. navy101

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    great tips
    but why would someone pay for a torrents site when their are plenty of free ones out there?
     
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    You don't pay for them. It's donations.

    P.S. Public torrents suck (besides isohunt.com)
     
  9. premvb6

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    btw BBBBB ..what is ur super secret torrent site..can i get a invite in that..:p

    anyways,good tutorial mate.:)
     
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    I no longer own it (Its still around and they are even more active then when i owned it. they can now afford a server with a 1gb line with donations.) but, I wouldn't be able to give you an invite anyway, they have an application (Which i put up when i was still there.) and it is very long and not everyone gets accepted. No one is given invites except a handpicked team of recruiters who use the same application and are even stricter then the people who review them on the site. If anyone needs help starting a site send me a pm.
     
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    0. Choose Type & Theme
    1. Name
    2. Domains
    3. Server
    4. Source Code
    5. Coder
    6. Staff
    7. Content
    8. Design
    9. Marketing
    10. Paying The Bills

    0 - Type Of Site

    Think of what type of torrent site you want. This is all up to you if you can't decide you would probably want to go with a general tracker. also choose a unique theme to go with. The most common is a pirate theme these days. I wouldn't suggest using it though as a large amount of sites do . Try something new and Unique.

    1 - Name

    Ok, I know you may be thinking i want to go with <yoursite>torrents.com and you know what? Don't, i know this sound like the most logical name you can think of but its not. You should pick something that has no real relevance to torrents. FollowTheWhiteRabbit (FTWR) is one of the most wanted sites, You should try to think like they did talk with some of the other people who will be involved with the site and see what they think. The name is very important to grab users, you can also try something that relates to your content. Some other examples of popular sites are intheshadow feedthe.net and cosanostra. If you would like to run your names by me feel free to do so.

    2 - Domains

    When registering a domain you need a TRULY private domain register. Even with whois guard or any privacy addons you still leave a trace when registering (your ip). The one i use is http://www.katzglobal.com/hosting/anonymous-domains.html . Its about twice as much as a normal register but if you use them they will not leak your info because they don't log your info. Do NOT try just putting all fake info at a normal domain register they still have your ip and fake info is against ICANN policy. That means if you do THEY CAN TAKE YOUR DOMAIN.

    3 - Server

    First rule is to get a Dedicated server if you don't, your site will not run properly and once you get some members it wont run at all, because of the large amount of cpu usage a torrent site can use. This can be expensive but its needed, second rule is to host it offshore try to stay away from Malaysia (they have been taking down alot of torrent sites recently) and any other countries who don't like torrent sites. Canada can be safe if there is no music on your site but, i wouldn't risk it. The Netherlands is where i suggest hosting your site. And if your looking for a specific place try leaseweb.com.


    4 - Source Code:
    Most private torrent sites use tbdev source code, Which can be found at http://tbdev.net/ its good source code and has a large amount of mods on the site. You will have to install some (invite mod, snatchlist, passkey ect..) and do modifications to the site to make it work for you (proper category's, forums, user classes ect...). This will take a bit of coding knowledge and if you don't know how to code it will give you headaches. You can do all of this on your own, all of the info is on the TBdev site but, if you are planning on running a site you will need a coder. if your having trouble with a certain modification read through the thread the answer is usually there. Make sure you have a IRC channel private torrent site members like that.

    5 - Coder

    If your planning on running a private torrent site i suggest getting a coder. You will probably have to pay him but if your lucky you might be able to find someone who will work just because he wants to be a part of the site. First thing your going to want to do before doing any mods is make the site secure, there are a lot of holes in the script which need to be fixed and if you don't fix them YOU WILL GET HACKED. There are a lot of hackers who use torrent sites and they will try to attack your site, the most common type of attack is DDOS which can cripple a server. Make sure you or your coder knows how to deal with these kind of attacks, i am a coder so never had a problem but if you don't know how to code and don't have someone who does you will have problems. If your looking for someone to work for free check the tbdev.net & http://filesharingtalk.com/vb3/f-bittorrent-43/ Forums.

    6 - Staff

    If you cant find staff from people you know try some torrent irc channels or filesharingtalk.net. Some torrent sites will not appreciate you asking on there forums try not to do this. You will need a staff leader, three moderators and as many uploaders with a good connection as possible (try for people with seedboxes). Any other staff positions are probably not necessary when starting out but, you can add others. If you have any trouble finding people contact me i might be able to find some people for you.

    7 - Content

    Get your uploaders doing there job get rid of inactive uploaders, you can make uploads public just put a message asking slower connections not to upload. Make competitions for the uploads of any sections that are empty offer upload credit or a user class upgrade as a prize. Try not too launch the site with less than 100 uploads and then only if you make it clear that this is a very new site.

    8 - Design

    Another important thing is the design and whats great is there are alot of designers in the torrent world who will work for free, This is how i got all of my designs. Simply start out with a nice login and signup page and make a competition on the site for the design (offer vip membership or upload credit), This way the ugly signup page and login page don't scare users off right away. Your coder will need to integrate the design into the site and do the css coding and everything. The designers in the torrent world usually don't do that, They just give you a image you need to slice code and make a style sheet.

    9 - Marketing

    You need to make a abbreviation to refer to your site scenetorrents.org uses SCT feedthe.net uses FTN not hard to do but important. Never post the url anywhere and make it a rule to never post it. Start out as invite only make a post on a invite site saying you have a invite to a new super secret torrent site. that is just starting up (be as secretive as possible) and soon you will have people begging to join your site. For some reason people love to join secret sites even if they don't know anything about the site or its content. You may want to make a nice userbar with your abbreviation and allow users to use this in there signature basically make people think you don't want members then they will want to join. You can make a Recruiter staff position (below all other staff) whose job would be picking members (this makes you look special if its hard to join) .


    10 - Paying The Bills

    Members of private torrent sites are usually pretty generous and you should be able to get $300+ a month with even a userbase under 1k users with donations. If your not getting donations after the first month send all users a message saying you need donations. Try not to threaten to close the site right off the bat, This may driver users away wait a few months before doing that. You can offer upload credit for cash and offer people a elevated user class when they donate.
     
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  12. SpamRaider

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    Nice info :)
     
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    i also have a full backup of a popular private torrent site (over 2k active members) that no one else has (complete with the modified source code) im looking to sell it for $100 unique and i will help you get it up and running. Send me a pm if interested.
     
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    very nice guide mate, i might open a private torrent site dedicated to a niche