WEB can a youtube clone be succesful?

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  1. Buck something?

    Buck something? New Member

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    I think I have a good idea for a niche video viewing website (like youtube, but specific). I am wondering how much bandwidth the average you tube video uses, and if I can make up bandwidth costs through advertising revenue.

    Is 1500gigs of bandwith enough?
     
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    how much traffic do you expect?
     
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    if more than 1k/day.. not even close to enough. :o
     
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    No. Please don't do this.
     
  5. Buck something?

    Buck something? New Member

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    what does it take to get decent ad revenue? (though i think I would make more money contacting websites selling products related to the niche)
    i was thinking 50-100k uniques/mo?
     
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    youtube doesnt make a profit... and if any other video sites are making any kind of profit, it probably isn't much. Look at sites like Stage6.com. Failed because there just wasn't any money in it for the cost of bandwidth :hs:
     
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    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    forget the bandwidth issue, it will take forever just to get that site popular and to get people to use it, alot of money to spend advertising it and what not too
     
  8. Tony Stark

    Tony Stark John McCain has an illegitimate mexican baby

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    actually youtube has started to make profit I believe 6-7 months ago. And that was before the new adsense flash based products
     
  9. telc

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    Youtubes bandwidth cost them around $1,000,0000 a month before they were bought by google around 25 petabyes per month, and that was before they were as big as they are now.
     
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    :eek3:

    I can't even begin to fathom that amount of bandwidth! :cool:
     
  11. symptic

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    http://hulu.com makes millions in profit. http://metacafe.com makes a profit (presumably millions as well, at least last time I checked). There's also a France-based video site that is profitable.

    I think starting a video site is asking for trouble, unless you intend to push traffic and monetize it on other sites within your network or have an amazing business model (which judging from your posts, you don't). The key to being profitable from video is cutting costs where ever you can. Bandwidth, implementation, scalability, marketing, maintenance, etc. etc.

    My advice would be to niche the shit out of it.
     
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    telc OT Supporter

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    You have to ask yourself, why would someone want to post a video to your 'new' site. When they can already post it to the most popular video site on the internet for free and get 1,000,000x the exposure?
     
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    mainstream video sites are hard to make popular unless you have VC funding. :o
     
  14. Buck something?

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    because my idea is very very niche. I dont think it would get the attention on youtube
     
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    Buck something? New Member

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    whats that?

    edit: a venture capitial. This site wouldnt be mainstream, it would corner a very small niche that appears to have nearly 0 competition. My marketing strategy includes facebook (website profile, link in my profile, targeted ads, etc), large forums, and specific forums related to the niche.
     
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    i mean it all depends on the niche, without knowing what it is, it is hard to say how successful or what kind of traffic you will get

    i mean you can be talking about senior citizen knitters as a niche for all we know
     
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    :eek4:
     
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    DnA02 Hey, how YOU doin?! OT Supporter

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    you will need more bandwidth than 1500gigs. watch out for overage costs as well, that can rise real fast and cost you a lot
     
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    DnA02 Hey, how YOU doin?! OT Supporter

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    forgot to ask, are you hosting the videos, embedding, or combination? that would affect your hosting needs/costs
     
  22. telc

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    Host all the videos on youtube using thier API and display them on your site. You can setup a community on your site and have video specific to that dispalyed on it. Youtube ancourages this, because if the videos are clicked it goes back to youtube. You can still display your own ads on your website.

    You will never be able to fund the bandwidth bill for a site that streams videos just on ad revenue, if the site got popular.

    http://apiblog.youtube.com/

    http://code.google.com/apis/youtube/casestudies/index.html

    "A common way to use the YouTube API is to make a niche site" isn't that what you are trying to do?
     
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    srsly?
     
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    Yep.
     
  25. Shampoo

    Shampoo Rinse & Repost

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    Clones, no.

    Spinoffs for a targeted niche, yes.
     

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