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Create a Profitable Video Sharing Website

Aug 24, 2008
Video sharing websites such as Youtube have been enormously successful and show substantial traffic growth and visitors. The trends are also showing that increasing amounts of people are visiting video sites, rather than Google to research information. This might be the time to launch your own site. Below we detail the information to get you started.

1. Choose a niche for your video site. This will help in gaining some leverage initially in the search engines, and differentiate it from the very popular and well established sites such as YouTube and Google Video. A niche might comic or funny video's, internet marketing, howto's and tutorials or a particularly type of cooking.

2.Once you've decided on your niche, the next step is a great domain name for your site. This domain should ideally be short and memorable (though many of the short domains have now been taken). There are two approaches, use some of the keywords for niche in your domain, or think of a unique zany one, the latter is what a lot of Web 2.0 sites do.

3. Obviously you will need a web host for your video site. The cheapest option would be to go for shared hosting. So you may need a more specialist video provider. Once your site gets established you will need more resources, perhaps a dedicated server. A virtual private server is a good compromise.

4. Normal web hosting may not meet your requirements for running video site hosting. For instance you will need to check that web host has installed a software utility called ffmpeg. FFmpeg is popular software that converts video in various formats, on the fly to .flv format (or any other video format).

5. Users will probably upload their video's in .avi or mp3 format, and your server will convert them on the fly using ffmpeg. Other software that might be required to encode and play your video's will be ffmpeg-php, libogg
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Jay Newman works at a Web Hosting Review Blog and also works in support at a Cheap Web Hosting Provider in London
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