In the next few years we will experience a revolution in the Internet. I am very convinced of that. Not in the sense of the whole Internet, but in the file hosting industry. Articles 13, 17, 11, Adblocker and advertising companies force filehosters to make massive changes. You guys have to understand the whole thing with articles 13, 17 and 11 all changed again. Adblock numbers have increased rapidly because even the stupidest users use Adblockers today. Advertising companies have pushed the CPM so hard that PPD (Pay Per Download) is no longer profitable today. Only PPS (Pay Per Sale) is profitable. Not only that, the advertising companies are forced today by some governments that they require personal data. There has never been such pressure before. Here for example you can read more. As if this wasn’t enough, the most used browser called Google Chrome has now brought an update that even blocks most pop-ups and ads. That was another slap in the face for all filehosters who actually need income to finance their servers.
We have to admit, we don’t live in golden times anymore where we could earn more than 100$ as webmaster for 20k impressions a day. Today it is for 20k impressions from the same countries with 100 times less CPM only maybe 10$. That is 90% less than 8 – 10 years ago in the file sharing scene. The times when streamhosters like Streamcloud, Duckload, Archiv.to, Filebase, Freeload and many other providers could earn a golden nose is no longer possible today. Also the Movshare group like Nowvideo, Videoweed or the group with Fileserve could enrich itself. Filehoster services such as Uploaded, Share-Online and Rapidgator can actually only keep themselves in the stable level through premium revenue. Even these sites would not be able to achieve anything without the revenue. At the moment there are 4 factors that put extreme strain on filehosters. Uploaded is also massively under pressure and will no longer be able to withstand this. Even a secure place like Switzerland is no longer as secure as it used to be.
What filehosters are putting under extreme pressure at the moment:
- Articles 13, 17, 11 put the file hosters under extreme pressure. This new law has caused extreme upheaval in some countries. Countries like Switzerland are also affected. There, for example, is Uploaded.
- Adblockers have increased dramatically and the CPM are no longer profitable for filehosters. Bandwidth is still too expensive in Europe even if server prices have become cheaper over the last 10 years. Only PPS is profitable and no longer PPD.
- Advertising companies like PropellerAds, PopAds that were once safe started using KYC. (Know Your Customer). Now it is mandatory to collect data and personal data from website operators because certain governments require it due to the high pressure. And no filehoster wants to give away data even if the site is on a legal level. Megaupload was also legal and Kim Schmitz was still fucked in the ass.
- All over the world 80% Google Chrome is used on PCs and this browser will bring a big anti-advertisement update this summer.
Also Rapidshare had his company in Switzerland like Uploaded. Even though Switzerland may be a safe place because of the lax Internet laws, it could be dangerous for uploaded.
On Wjunction some topics are hotly discussed as to why payments are no longer so regular. Many uploaders and well-known uploaders complain about the current situation and some even fear about its existence, because otherwise they could not earn anything more. Wjunction is still a webmaster forum for file sharing services. There are still many uploaders and official threads for filehosters. But also in this forum the activity has drastically decreased if you compare the numbers of the last 8 years. There are always new filehosters that open new topics on Wjunction but close later again because they are simply mistaken in this industry. Today there is only a small amount of successful filehosters left. Exactly because of the reasons that were listed above. It is said again and again that Openload delivers the payouts more and more late. Uploaded delays the payouts also massively and also in other filehoster topics rumors circulate again and again that payouts are delayed. Are some filehosters in a bottleneck? Some uploaders from the scene do not want to realize what is happening or do not understand the current situation. However, it is obvious what is happening here. The internet is changing again due to laws and the technology you have to adapt to.
We are curious how big providers like Rapidvideo, Openload, Vidoza will react and what the next steps will be. Here you can discuss what you think about the current situation. It is also very obvious that currently the Warez Scene is slightly inactive. Since the boom of Netflix and Spotify there are sites that are simply too unattractive for the world. Maybe it’s just in today’s digitalization? Because people are too lazy? I will keep you up to date on everything here on my blog.