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Starting a File Sharing (hosting) website - A jouirnal

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by MarketerMac, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. MarketerMac

    MarketerMac Regular Member

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    Ok, so I've been searching and searching for information on this and haven't come up with much, so I thought I would put it out to everyone here. The journals seem to be popular (everyone and there brother is starting one about a billion micro niche sites by yesterday! type of threads) and I thought I would take a different direction.

    I am interested in starting a file sharing website (similar to mediafire). I've never run one of these before, but I have one of my dedicated servers that I've rented (for a year in advance) collecting dust at the moment and I thought I would try to put it to use. Here is what I've come up with and some questions for the community:

    The Script
    I've been searching for a script, and the best I've found is: http://www.sibsoft.net/xfilesharing.html (free versino available at http://www.sibsoft.net/xfilesharing_free.html). If you know of better please share it here!
    My criteria for the script was pretty simple. It needed to have:

    • Members area for file management
    • Payment processor integration (for premium memberships)
    • Upload meter (to show uploading progress for larger files, something AJAX)
    • Template system to integrate ads
    • Multi-Server capable
    • Control file size, types, download limitations, etc. (this script is fairly limited here, but this isn't a huge priority for me). In the future I would like geo restrictions on the above to ensure I get a positive ROI on every DL.
    • Antileeching of some sort
    • Admin panel to delete files, edit users, etc.
    • Stats of some sort
    The above script does everything I just listed and a bunch of other stuff. Visit the site if your interested in reading about it.

    The Hosting
    I have read that processor speed isn't so much a factor with these type of sites, RAM is very important, and obviously you need a lot of storage space for everyone to upload there stuff to. I have a server via Hivelocity that is as follows:
    Core2Quad 2.33ghz
    8GB DDR 3 RAM
    2x500GB HD
    100mbs Port

    I imagine that'll at least get me started. I'll post here in a couple of days if it's running along smoothly or if its crashing every ten minutes so those who also decide to follow me know what's what.

    Monetizing
    Eventually I would like to have a subscription (premium) membership option, but as a marketing gimmick it's going to be free in the start. I will also run CPM ads on th site (adversal pops, PM me if you are looking to join them :) ). Ideally I would like to be able to just run the pops but chances are my numbers are not right, here is what I figured -
    $200 gets me the server with 5TB of bandwidth
    Adversal, on average, gives me about $1.10 CPM (I run a number of other sites that uses pops, this is an average of all visitors to those sites)
    Break Even Point (expressed in popups served):
    ($200 / $1.10)*1000 = ~182,000
    Break Even Point (expressed in downloads, assumes 2 pops per DL):
    182,000 / 2 = 91,000
    Average download size required to break even:
    5,000TB / 91000 Downloads = .055GB each

    (this can also be expressed as 45,500 uploads and 45,500 downloads, assuming that popups are triggered both on the upload and download)

    Since I'm in this to make money, I would like to get a 100% ROI on each server. So if the average file is 25MB (half of my break even point expressed above) then I'll make $200 per server running, per month. Each server (2x 1TB drives, 5TB monthly bandwidth) can host about 80,000 of these 25MB files.

    A few other considerations:
    To reach my goals, I need about 3000 downloads a day.
    Everything above includes only popups, any other revenue streams (other ads, premium memberships) are just gravy. The first month, from a bandwidth standpoint, should be one of the worst (lots of people uploading, not as many people downloading). The second month should bring lots of downloading and help equal this out as uploading expands.


    Marketing
    With this type of site this should be the easy part. There are tons of forums out there that have downloads, I can simply mirror these downloads on my site and post the links. Not only will I get downloads and adviews this way, but people will discover that my site:

    1. Works
    2. Has no annoying DL timer
    3. Has limited ads
    4. is easy to use
    and hopefully make the switch (the same reason lots of people I imagine use mediafire today - it's simply better then the others).



    I also have a number of spinoff sites for this one planned (more on that as the journal progresses).

    So, my action list for today:

    • Grab a catchy domain (I'm going to go dig through my portfolio in just a minute for something suitable)
    • Install the script, setup ads, test out everything
    • Find at least 50 files to mirror and start posting on forums
    • Find someone to outsource the file mirroring and posting to.

    It's great if you like this idea. That's what the thanks button is for. It's great if you want to follow this thread, subscribe to it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE though if you're going to post either ask a question or post something useful that way this thread doesn't end up being 500 pages long and far less helpful to those that reference it in the future. I appreciate it!
     
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  2. bigbooby

    bigbooby Registered Member

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    I like this idea,Have you started your site?
     
  3. xRommelx

    xRommelx Newbie

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    No offense but dont expect to go big or even start with that kind of server and a non-custom script.
     
  4. zoomsixx

    zoomsixx Senior Member Premium Member

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    I know this is a 3 year old thread but I'm looking to start a file sharing site. I have a great domain and it's already on page 1 for a really good file sharing related keyword.

    Are there any other scripts that anyone knows about? The one mentioned by the OP looks pretty good and has a lot of features but I'm wondering is there are any more recent scrips that may be better.
     
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    It's always nice to see new journals/case-studies popping up on BHW :)

    I assume that the hardest part of this project is would be to monetize your site, since the CPC it's quite low for the file-sharing niche.

    Subbed

    GL pal!
     
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    I don't think it's new if you see clearly :D
     
  7. khoosat

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    There are 2/3 other scripts like mhfs and oxishare. Not as good though.
     
  8. virtualpurity

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    There are great paid scripts for filesharing .. The tricky part is the hosting ... with 2x500gb HDD you will do nothing... The space will be used in 2 days ... I am starting a filesharing site and the hosting costs approximately 400-500Euros .. The main monetizing is from Premium accounts and second you can use CPA , PPV sites when you grow your revenue.. And do not expect to make money out of it in the first 4-5 months top .. So overall you`ll need some $$ to start off but it does pay off in the long run..
     
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    For your information :

    Uploaded.net
    Crocko
    NovaFile
    MediaFire
    4Shared
    etc ...

    You see how can it be a good idea ?
     
  11. HVDMarketing

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    Thanks for your insight. Now, how much would you be looking at, say per GB or TB, and how does the backend connect with the storage servers? Also, I'd imagine you'd need to find an offshore cloud storage provider in the Netherlands or Switzerland, and even then, you've got a lot of legal issues on your hand. How would one manage the risks involved (e.g. KimDotcoms service now encrypts all uploaded files and forces uploaders to agree to the TOS before uploading any file)?
     
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    hi mate, how are things going? just curious for I like the idea, cheers
     
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    Look at the date of the thread before bumping it.. he's probably not even in the forum anymore.
     
  14. HerpDerpSlerp

    HerpDerpSlerp Power Member

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    Search feature is awesome.

    Anyway I am starting a site like this. Pretty much done programming the site from scratch. Just looking for the best hosting. Currently looking at 100tb.com and FTCservers.net

    Does anyone else recommend a good place to get hosting for a filesharing site?
     
  15. pvmtoilet

    pvmtoilet Regular Member

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    Great idea! These sites are fking popular right now :)
     
  16. nabilvirani

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    Did you start your site? If so, how did it go?
     
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    Get a dedicated hosting.
     
  18. manohar2515

    manohar2515 Newbie

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    Iam searching for developers from past three weeks i hope i will find good developer in bhw for my feature projects
     
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  19. manohar2515

    manohar2515 Newbie

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    Hey Man Mee to want to start file sharing site i want developer like u if u are interested will discuss further