I’m working on a image hosting project. People will use image hosting to host their image freely. They can latter use it in forum or free blogging service like blogger.com or wordpress.org.
You can also provide free image hosting and monetize it. First you need a domain name. Choose domains contains image or foto keyword. You should also find easy to remember domains and can have SEO benefit because it contains keyword (foto) in the name.
After having your domain, you are going to need hosting. You need a lot of space and bandwidth, because people will upload their image to your host and access the image from other websites. I suggest you using reseller account, because they provide huge space and bandwidth.
Next you need image upload script. You can use free script for your image hosting website, but they usually ask you to gave a link back to them. That is OK. Once you have your script, upload it into your hosting using FTP software. I use Filezilla as my FTP software. Install the script using the instruction given by the software maker.
Here are some marketing strategy:
Watermark you image with your image hosting website URL.
The image will be used in forum, so you need to promote your own service. Upload your image to your website and post in various forum using the image.
Comment in your friend’s social website profile, like myspace, friendster, and facebook. You can find birthday ecard and upload the ecard, then comment in their profile using the image.
Running an image host can be quite expensive, because it consumes lots of space and bandwidth. That’s why you have to tweak your space. When you first start, you can set more the quality image to be high. Some script can do this. You can also set for bigger upload filesize . After you have many visitor and you could not handle the expense, you can lower the quality and upload filesize. So it is very important to check on your statistic for space and bandwidth usage.
You can monetizing your image hosting using adsense, and adbrite. My two favorite. Put your ads before the upload box. This will attract more clicks. Happy building your own business and good luck.