making money.

fileserve, easy share, bit share, freak share, oron, filesonic, rapidshare...

i’ve noticed a pattern on rlslog over the last few weeks. it’s not just releaselog, it’s happening all over scene sites. people are moving away from linking torrents to linking to direct download sites. instead of a peer to peer network you visit a website and enter a captcha, wait few seconds and download the whole file directly to your computer.

how bittorrent works – a bunch of people share all of, or part of a file (known as seeds) and others take all or a part of it they need (known as leeches). it’s worked well for years but as you’ve noticed (and i’ve linked) crackdowns are happening all over the shop.

people are cashing in.

time was when the comments section of rlslog was just that – comments. people talking shit about whatever movie/tv show/release got posted or comments on quality of picture. now it’s all links to files hosted by the poster. why? because they get paid every time a file is downloaded. i should clarify, they get paid everytime their file is downloaded. thats a generalisation because each site offers ‘uploaders’ different pricing plans depending on a) how much data gets downloaded and b) where that data is going to. you get more money from an american downloading than say, an indian guy. it’s all to do with page clicks and advertising for the hosting website.

for example. sploogeserve (owned by you) allows people to upload files to your website (server). servers cost money and you want to make some income too. so you offer people incentives to upload to you rather than anyone else. soon, you’re running out of space, and want that shiny new cat for your house so you reach out to advertisers (like every websites does, including facebook) and say “bro, check out my stats, i get 1000 hits a month” and they say “1000 hits? we’ll pay you $3 a day to put our advert on your site. you think “shit, all this work for $3?” i need more hits. so you offer another bump/incentive. it goes on and on.

a typical pricing plan is this:

doesn't matter which, although this offers more money (simply to attract people)

so per 1000 downloads of your file, perhaps an mp3 for example (usually 1mb per minute so normal songs around 5mb-ish) would net you $4.00 if all of those 1000 people were from a category a country:

at least we're a. suck it france.

which is the main reason for this post really. when edthebear was in singapore i thought since rlslog started uploading copies of magazines/ebooks i could email them over to keep him busy. not so fast. looking at the file sizes for say, iphone magazine april 2011 – it’s a pdf file, they all are – it’s 110mb. it’s a hundred and something pages of bullshit and pictures.  but when you scan it at an incredibly high resolution, that’s a bigger file size, and earns you more money.

magazines are one thing. say you had a good dvdrip of a new film. say avatar, which was downloaded over 16m times via torrent > via file sharing but the number is in the hundreds of thousands. you’ve just made $3200 for about 10mins work and a couple of days waiting. games are where the big money is because the file sizes are way bigger than a movie. e.g. a new game can be 15x bigger than a dvdrip. you do the math.

anyway, it’s interesting stuff.


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