For the last several months I have been providing free hosting friends, contacts and some people who sent me requests. I have several (~20) accounts that I am hosting.
I feel that I have the resources to open my free hosting service to the public. I would plan on offering:
1-2GB/month of transfer
PHP, no CGI
MySql on request
Some sort of advertisement on the client's page.
No movie or archive or split file types, and a filesize limit of 150k
I would probably open this up to the adult market. I would open for signups for a week (beta test, if you will), just to assess the situation, and see if it would be too much trouble.
I would rather grow slowly and have stability than be the latest one month wonder host.
How does advertising pay these days? Specificaly for the adult market.
Are there any things I should be wary of in doing something like this?
Are there any reasons why i should NOT do this? What about reasons TO do it?
Are there any members who have attempted similar things?
I have drawn up a plan of sorts so if I do decide to go through with this I'll have some direction.
If I do this I plan on doing it right; I have my own vision of what "right" is. What would your idea of "doing it right" be.
If your willing to give it away, charge like $10/year. You'll make more then you would with CPM based banners. If you have the extra bandwidth, and just don't care (and only want the banners to recover a little), go for it!
But if youíre thinking of using the banners to cover the actual costs of hosting, nope. The banner ad hype is dead. You'll be lucky to get $3-5 CPM, and if it's adult content, just think of how much bandwidth a user will use vs the income from banners since most banner companies only count unique visitors.
To make a long story short, if each GB costs $2.00, and if a user uses 25 MB of transfer <thinking now>.. Thatís about 40 visitors per GB, and the banner income would only be, if your lucky, $0.05 with a loss of $1.95. (did that make sense?? I donít know lol). Is it worth it, no!