You look at Facebook and wonder how this guy (Mark) makes a lot of money from the air. I think you have a logical question, can I repeat his success? Let's look at how to create a social networking site like Facebook, Youtube and earn good money.
Easy money doesn't happen, of course, if you don't play the lottery) Although there to earn money, you need to have good luck. Facebook, like other companies, has no exceptions. Legal claims, problems with financing (at the first stage), problems with confidentiality, etc. This is certainly not pleasant, but when your product enjoys popularity, these all go into the background. So the first rule is to have patience and be ready to fight. Everything starts with small.
So, you want to create your own social network that will have similar functions like Facebook. It's not as difficult as it seems, but not as easy as we would like. Let's divide this process into several stages.
1. Development of ideas
Big projects start from an idea. It must have value and be unique. Of course, you can copy the idea of Facebook, but who needs Facebook #2. Take care that your social network is interesting for users. Segmentation will help you in this. You can build a social network for lovers of movies, books or music. But…. this already exists. Anyway, the idea should stand out you among other similar projects. Like the crypto currency exchange platforms, which are gaining popularity in the world.
Very often people have an idea, but they are afraid to tell it to their friends. They think that someone will steal it and earn a million. This is a big mistake. First, to make a project, you need money and effort. A lot of effort. Secondly, no one gives a guarantee that a good idea will have great success. So, only you can create what's in your head. Moreover, the more you share your thoughts, the more feedback you get. Maybe you will find like-minded (co-founders), who will help in the development of the social media website.
You knew that investors do not want to deal with the alone founder. The minimum team should consist of 2 people, but better of 3. This is due to the fact that all ideas are amenable to the collective discussion but only the best ones are being implemented.
2. Preparing for the development of a social network
First of all, you need to make a list of the functions of the future project. This can be a small document, which briefly describes the goal of the social network and its functions.
Before the phases of the development, you must select the name of the social network and the domain name. The cost of the domain will be $10-20 per year. I recommend using one platform for domain registration and hosting.
If you plan to start a large social network site that will have 500,000 - 5,000,000 users per month, I highly recommend using powerful servers, for example, VPS. It will enable you to cope with high loads.
3. Social network design
Design plays a big value. It should not be flashy or dull. It is best to use modern web design trends. It will allow you to promote your network more actively. In addition, the first page should have a call-to-action, so you can get more signed up users. Trust only professionals.
4. Development of a social network
The development of a social network site begins with the choice of technology to be used. They can be divided into two types: ready-made CMS and frameworks. Let's see what is the difference between them and what is better to use.