Create Your Own Social Network And Make Money

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Hi

Recently i heard about social technology platforms which are allowing users to create their own social network for free. There is one in particular which will be a paid service that is still in test mode which i am waiting for but....

Until then im still searching for a service that gives me the resources to build a social network and to actually make money from it. So far i have found 2 platfroms;

the first one is called NING.com

The seconds is WackWall.com

I can see that both allow ads on their pages but yet none of them stipulate accurately as to who that money goes to. For the mean time i have sent them both emails asking this. But was wondering if anyone knew something new perhaps.

*edit* just found a site called rSitez that allows you to monetize.... Cool! *edit*
#create #network #social
  • Profile picture of the author Mangozoom
    I am considering ning for a project .. but am still thinking about it.

    My concern is that because ning branding apears on sign up forms and in different places which makes it easy and tempting for potential members to start their own network.

    The long and short of it is that these platforms benefit the owners and are designed that way ...

    I am realistic and do not resent this but want to be sure there is enough in it for me

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Wah Bhatti
      I will be launching my own platform soon based on fox
      It's being tested at the moment

      Freetribes.com

      Will also have unlimited paid membership up grades
      So let's say your niche is gardening you can provide the community and all can interact
      Users can create blogs articles videos pod cast groups like indoor gardening and fourums
      Then you can have a paid membership level where you can charge a monthly fee for premium contend that you deliver
      Other profit centres will be
      Own banner management system sell your own or use adsenze or adbright or any other
      Classified ads sell or give away
      Directory again your choice for paid or free
      Online shop to sell your product via points or money

      And many more
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      • Profile picture of the author Zubair Zm
        This looks like a good script. Any idea when will you be launching it and if you will be having WSO for this?
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        Originally Posted by Wah Bhatti View Post

        I will be launching my own platform soon based on fox
        It's being tested at the moment

        Freetribes.com

        Will also have unlimited paid membership up grades
        So let's say your niche is gardening you can provide the community and all can interact
        Users can create blogs articles videos pod cast groups like indoor gardening and fourums
        Then you can have a paid membership level where you can charge a monthly fee for premium contend that you deliver
        Other profit centres will be
        Own banner management system sell your own or use adsenze or adbright or any other
        Classified ads sell or give away
        Directory again your choice for paid or free
        Online shop to sell your product via points or money

        And many more
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        • Profile picture of the author goindeep
          Very very cool guys. If anyone with a good coding skills wants to help me with my social networking idea then feel free to PM me.

          Im not that much of a tech head. Im more of an idea's man who can write and market.

          But seriously if anyone knows of any good scripts be sure to share.

          Thanks again.
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          • Profile picture of the author goindeep
            I have been researching this topic for the last few days and have found a few scripts that stick out:

            PHPFox

            BuddyZone

            Efriends

            only thing is that im note a coder so buying or using these scripts and customizing them would either mean more money i need to spend or a damn big headache if i do it myself.

            I am also leaning towards NING because they have a simple point and click system for me, but i want my site customized, i want the ability ot have my own ads and of course no NING logo. I have sent them some questions today so hopefully i get a reply soon.

            For the meantime is there anyone here that can specifically give a good review of any script or other online service they have used for creating a social network?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Reeves
    Hi,

    Are you looking only for already hosted solutions? Because there are a few cool scripts out there you can buy to start your own social networking site...full with profiles, video sharing, etc.

    If you had your own script then you would be in full control in regards to monetizing it in any way you want. But it would be pretty server intensive as the community grew.

    How would you go about marketing the site and gaining members? If income is simply from banners/adsense (hosted solutions) you'll surely need a LOT of members to make any decent money from what I can see...maybe I'm mistaken?

    Regards,

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    if your interested in making a social network platform of your own take a look at joomla and community builder, there are other plugins too that will build your network - these are open source and dont cost a penny... although donations are always welcomed

    i have developed several sites for clients with a good number of members and theyre still growing daily
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  • Profile picture of the author enterpryzman
    This seems like a great chance to build a regional site that you can sell ads locally on. I am in process of a local video exchange site for my wife to run....trying to help her catch the Internet BUG !

    Enterpryzman
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Ok dont think ill be using NING i just found this on their FAQ page:

    How do I buy premium services for my social network?

    no way im pay money per month just so the ning logo doesnt appear. And 4.95 per month just to use your own domain thats ridiculous! They really should consider doing a 50/50 approach with ad revenue instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Here is something that compares the biggest platforms:

    TechCrunch White Label Social Networking Platforms Chart
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  • Profile picture of the author edpudol1973
    I am using ning.com and multiply.com two of my favorites.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmoconnor
    Take a look at Dolphin. Very sharp script. It has a free version or upgrade for only $39 per year for one domain or $99 for unlimited domains.

    Dolphin :: Smart Community Builder :: Free Software (not an affiliate link)
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    • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
      Originally Posted by mmoconnor View Post

      Take a look at Dolphin. Very sharp script. It has a free version or upgrade for only $39 per year for one domain or $99 for unlimited domains.

      Dolphin :: Smart Community Builder :: Free Software (not an affiliate link)
      I wish I could find someone that would help create this site..more specifically move my current membershiop site to this community site..dolphin/orca expert
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    • Profile picture of the author debra
      Originally Posted by mmoconnor View Post

      Take a look at Dolphin. Very sharp script. It has a free version or upgrade for only $39 per year for one domain or $99 for unlimited domains.

      Dolphin :: Smart Community Builder :: Free Software (not an affiliate link)
      I soooooo Love that script. Done several of them and have a few more in the works.

      Works great with the magenta ecommerce cart.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
        Originally Posted by debra View Post

        I soooooo Love that script. Done several of them and have a few more in the works.

        Works great with the magenta ecommerce cart.
        Debra..did you install this? what host?
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        • Profile picture of the author debra
          Originally Posted by Nutrifitness View Post

          Debra..did you install this? what host?
          TeraByte

          or

          Joomla Hosting | CMS Hosting | Open Source Web Hosting | Boonex Dolphin Hosting | RMS Hosting - Home

          Forget hostgator, hostmonster...they can't handle the script. Unfortunatly, not just any hosting company can handle this script.

          Curious to know what you got going?
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          • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
            Originally Posted by debra View Post

            TeraByte

            or

            Joomla Hosting | CMS Hosting | Open Source Web Hosting | Boonex Dolphin Hosting | RMS Hosting - Home

            Forget hostgator, hostmonster...they can't handle the script. Unfortunatly, not just any hosting company can handle this script.

            Curious to know what you got going?
            Debra..thank you...I need someone to install for me but it also involves more...such as moving a site to this platform..so I've been searching around ...you can pm for more details
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            • Profile picture of the author debra
              Originally Posted by Nutrifitness View Post

              Debra..thank you...I need someone to install for me but it also involves more...such as moving a site to this platform..so I've been searching around ...you can pm for more details
              Your Most Welcome.

              If you use the joombyte hosting...they will install the script for you free. That will save you some time and money. It can be customized from there.

              The reason I'm picking on joombyte is because, on one account, they will allow you to host the script up to 5 times.

              Meaning...you can create a carnival of networks or sell/rent/lease the other social networks spots to help cover your costs.

              Also...the guys at terabyte and jommbtye are very proactive with the Dolphine script. They also can move your database, and are more than confident to do so, over to the new script. Even though they will charge a fee for the migration of your site...it would be much smaller than if you had outsourced it to someone that may not know the script as well as these guys.

              Plus...if it breaks something...they know first hand how to fix it.

              This way your costs are kept at a minimum and you get the most competitent people working for you.

              All your left with at this point is customizing your site.

              PM me when you get ready for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    I would like to mention a Social Networking script that works great for me:

    Elgg.org

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  • Profile picture of the author templarjustice
    Overall, your best bet for a social network is either the following:

    1. DIY -create your plan & outsource the work overseas.
    2. White Label - Check the whitelabel chart via Techcrunch
    3. Software Solution - PHPFox, Ning.

    All services will have its ups & downs. But I will say this, any mid-size social networking system that you develop will take a minimum of 3 months of planning, and then 5 - 9 months of development. You can quickly get started with Ning & services similar to Ning. It's not directly branded, but remember, you can always upgrade.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
      Originally Posted by templarjustice View Post

      Overall, your best bet for a social network is either the following:


      2. White Label - Check the whitelabel chart via Techcrunch
      3. Software Solution - PHPFox, Ning.

      All services will have its ups & downs. But I will say this, any mid-size social networking system that you develop will take a minimum of 3 months of planning, and then 5 - 9 months of development. You can quickly get started with Ning & services similar to Ning. It's not directly branded, but remember, you can always upgrade.
      1. DIY -create your plan & outsource the work overseas.
      Any suggestions for outsourcing ?
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
        Here is a site that I used Dolphin to create.
        I had to set the project a side and really need to get back to it soon.

        Ukmojo.com

        Loved working with it and have very big plans for it in the future.

        Have a Great Day!
        Michael
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        • Profile picture of the author goindeep
          I have just got off Elance.com where i placed a job to see what would happen. Got many requests some bidding 1500USD and other 15K USD!

          It seems there are many developers out there who have created great networking sites before. Ill let you all know how it goes.
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      • Profile picture of the author templarjustice
        Yeah.
        Sorry, I didn't get to this quicker.

        Grey Matter India -- They created the successful MyYearbook.com (it was built in aprox. 3 months).
        Shine Tech China
        Sparta Social Networks
        Live World
        Leverage Software
        Those are just a few.


        Originally Posted by Nutrifitness View Post

        1. DIY -create your plan & outsource the work overseas.
        Any suggestions for outsourcing ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Lee
    Nice suggestion, and I'm having a look at ning at the moment and seems like a good choice for a business and project management. I guess my only concern at this stage is that the ning marketing watermarks are on all of the materials for signing up so this could divert your prospectives into creating their own social sites! A great marketing ploy, so will investigate further! Thanks for your post!
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  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    I have created an account at ning.com but i still need to figure out more stuffs on how it really works. But i think it's a nice site to start something.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chase Beach
      Great loads of information here.... I ditto most of you


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      • Profile picture of the author AfteraDream
        Don't know if it was mentioned but there is another site to create Social Networks - BuddyPress.com It is based on WP though..
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  • Profile picture of the author heidigroleau
    For developing and instigating it seems NING could be good choice because of the simple interface, but it would be nicer to customise a little further though by removing some of the logos and default layout. Can anyone reccomend or provide a review of Php fox? Looks like it has similar features, but a greater level of customization.
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    • Profile picture of the author ploked
      i have used phpfox on a number of sites. for the price, i feel it is tough to beat. there are many nice add ons you can get for it, such as the use of myspace layout codes, vbulletin integration, and the ability to send gifts to users to name a few.

      unfortunately, most developers charge for these "add ons" and they are not free like the vbulletin community offers. other than that, i have been pleased with phpfox.
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      • Profile picture of the author Allurre
        before running your own social network.... start with a forum for a practice =)
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        • Profile picture of the author ploked
          Originally Posted by Allurre View Post

          before running your own social network.... start with a forum for a practice =)
          or you can integrate a forum into your social network

          btw, you can create a forum first and import the users into phpfox...i am pretty sure there is a plugin for this....
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  • Profile picture of the author ajiabs
    When you start with a social networking platform you have few options. If you know what exactly you want to do and its not going to change in the future, hosted solutions like ning or kickapps are fine. You are confined to what they have in their servers. For some its okay. For most you will require some more control over the data and the network. In those cases you might want to host it on your own server/host. Here also make sure if you get the full source code or you are at the mercy of the developer. The best solution for somebody who needs the flexibility to do whatever direction future throws at you is a source available software platform hosted in your server/hosting account. there are bunch of them like PHPfox,iScripts Socialware, Dolphin etc..Other thing to watch out is the addon modules. For some you get the main software for $100, but then you pay $1000 buying addon modules to make it usable. good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author nmh
    Originally Posted by GoinDeep View Post

    Hi

    Recently i heard about social technology platforms which are allowing users to create their own social network for free. There is one in particular which will be a paid service that is still in test mode which i am waiting for but....

    Until then im still searching for a service that gives me the resources to build a social network and to actually make money from it. So far i have found 2 platfroms;

    the first one is called NING.com

    The seconds is WackWall.com

    I can see that both allow ads on their pages but yet none of them stipulate accurately as to who that money goes to. For the mean time i have sent them both emails asking this. But was wondering if anyone knew something new perhaps.

    *edit* just found a site called rSitez that allows you to monetize.... Cool! *edit*

    I used Ning now and you CANNOT get away from the Ning branding so to speak. You can pay to have their ads removed BUT the logging in etc. is still Ning. Also, from what i understand there is no way to have paid memberships on it etc. It's very easy to use but there are lots of areas where you do not have control to run a full business. I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Droopy Dawg
    Ning has been around for a long time now. A clasmate from my high school (c/o '92) set up a network for all of the alums, and its been great.

    Anybody wanting to create a network thru Ning its real easy... one of my buddies learned that my high school had a Ning network, so he created one for his high school. And if he can do it... I'm sure you guys can

    He's not the technical type at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlbertF
    Ning will be helping you out more than you will be helping them. Their page ranking is 8, so your link will gradually get more page rank faster than a site without a high page rank parent.
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      • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
        I'm looking at Dolphn here, but might take the buddypress route..

        Choosing a domain and going to give one or the other a run for it's money..

        I think one big problem with choosing BuddyPress is that when peoples login fail they are driected to a login page.. that says "powered by wordpress"..

        Do you think if I do use BuddyPress that in the future I will be able to have someone remove that page, without it being a problem with wordpress?
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  • Profile picture of the author ztrek
    There are open source solutions for creating a social network but of course you would need hosting for this. If you want total control over everything that is the route to go and be set up quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author DomiS
    Dolphin from Boonex is great but it requires the following pre-requisites for your server:
    • Linux/Unix (Red Hat, Debian, FreeBSD, Mandrake, etc.) or Windows OS, Apache Web Server ver. 1.3
    • If you're going to use media streaming features in some Flash apps, you should have VPS or Dedicated server in order to install and run RMS (Ray Media Server). You should be able to access root or administrator account on that server. JRE (Java Runtime Environment) ver. 1.6 or higher should be installed on the server as well.
    • The ports 1935, 1936 and 5080 should be open on the server (where Dolphin is to be installed) and on the local computers of your site's members
    • register_globals must be Off
      safe_mode must be Off
      exec() (executable files) must be allowed
      allow_url_fopen should be On
      allow_url_include should be Off
    • mbstring, domxml (only for PHP 4.x) and xslt extensions should be installed
    • The magic_quotes_gpc extension is also required starting from Dolphin 6.1.5 version
    • If some security module is installed on the server (such as mod_security for Apache), it should be able to be disabled or set up for specific folders.
    • Direct connection to boonex.com should be able to be established (i.e. connection without requiring proxy authorization).
    • You should be able to run executable files (necessary for ffmpeg.exe)
    • The server should be able to read any document located in public_html directory via http protocol.
    • Sendmail or Postfix programs for sending emails
    • 20MB of disk space and 1MB of MySQL DB space for installation
    • 8MB of disk space and 50KB of MySQL DB space for an average user
    • Your server should allow 15 KB/sec for media streaming capabilities for each user.
    If all the above requirements are met on your server then you are ready for installation.

    The above info is from Boonex - Dolphin wiki site
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    good stuffs here and lots of online marketeers here as well
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  • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
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    yes I will do that...!!! I didn't know you could do customizing!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cody.J.Hobbs
    Could anyone please share their results in terms of possible revenue with NING.com and WackWall.com?
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