So file hosting sites are basically that-a hosting site for your files. Simple enough. There are a few different types of file hosting sites, and hundreds of different services all with different features. Of course some are better than others. Most file hosting sites are basically run of the mill sites, nothing special about them.
Be warned! At the time of this writing there are a bunch, and I mean a bunch of file hosting sites that will claim to pay you for sharing your files, when they are in fact a scam. Some of these scam file hosting sites are new file hosting services that started up but just couldn’t get off the ground, so they cut corners where they have to and usually end up closing down or scamming their uploaders.
Okay so let’s go over some different types of file hosting services.
File Hosting – Non paying
These file hosting sites are just plain file hosting / file storage sites with no rewards or affiliate programs for their users. They sometimes offer premium accounts with better speeds. Usually these sites offer more quality service to the downloader, because they arn’t paying the uploader for the traffic.
File Hosting Sites – Paying
These are file hosting sites that offer their members rewards-usually in the form of money or points that they recieve for sharing a certain number of files. There is generally two types of affilate programs, Pay Per Download, and Pay Per Sale. Often times these sites offer a mix or hybrid type that’s 50% downloads and 50% sales. Pay per downloads usually in the form of $ per 1000 downloads. This value can range from anywhere from a dollar to thirty dollars. Usually different countries are worth more than others. For example downloads from the US / Uk are worth more than some downloads from certain parts of Asia, ect. The amount can also vary per file size, usually the bigger the file the more the download is worth. Companies advertise their high numbers like $35 per 1000 downloads. For smaller files to certain countries may only in fact be worth $3 per 1000.
The pay per sale option is usually a percent of the premium sale (when a downloader buys a premium account) and sometimes includes rebills (when a customer renews a premium account). Some file hosts also offer a referral bonus, usually through a referal link or they can add their website url so any accounts signed up directly trough their site will earn say 20% of their earnings. This is a good way to make money because if you get a few good referals then the process is kinda automated.
Another type of file hosting site is a cloud storage, or online file storage. These sites we won’t talk too much about because these sites are usually not for sharing files-these sites are more used for making backups or personal storage not to be mass shared.
Another type of file hosting site is one that offers streaming video, some of these sites also offer downloads too. Some of these file hosts offer pay per view of your file, and some may not pay at all. These streaming video sites are used to embed videos into your website so viewers can watch your video instead of download the file to their computer.
Like streaming video sites, there are also mp3 file hosting sites as well. A few of these sites offer to pay uploaders, but some of them are just free services with no uploader rewards. Usually these sites offer streaming audio or playlists you can make and embed your songs onto your webpage. Some even offer “hotlinking” which is a direct download link that you can share and visitors can download the song / file without ever leaving your site.
Survey to download sites are another type of file hosting site. These offer to pay more per download, often $.50-$1.00 or more for a single download. The only catch is the user must fill out and complete a survey before downloading. You can earn money with these but most visitors will simply just click out of the window because the surveys are long and troublesome to complete, often wanting your address, phone number, and other things like that.
File sharing has gained great popularity the last few years, and now there are even sites that are like multiple file hosts in one. Sometimes using a rapidleech script you can download from one of many file hosting sites. Just input your link and it starts to transload. From there you can download the file at premium speed, without having to buy seperate premium accounts for every file host. These have become very popular lately. Another variation of this is whats known as a “premium link generator”. Basically several premium accounts bundled into one paid service. You enter the link from any file hosting site, and it will give you a different link and you can directly download without waiting and at premium speeds.
That basically covers the main types of file hosting sites and how they operate. There are hundreds of sites and some of them are kinda neat with different features. If you are new to file hosting or file sharing I hope that after reading this article you have a greater understanding of how file hosting works. Have fun and good luck!