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Prosecutors: The Pirate Bay makes $4 million a year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 31 Jan 2008 16:44 User comments (19)

Prosecutors: The Pirate Bay makes $4 million a year The infamous torrent Tracker The Pirate Bay which has been back in the news recently because Swedish prosecutors have dragged them into court after complaints from Warner Bros., Colombia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal and EMI just had its first day in court.
One of the early surprising situations that has occurred is the fact that Swedish prosecutors are claiming that the Pirate Bay makes $4 million USD a year from advertising alone. The site does not host any of the files making that figure even more impressive.

Currently, TPB tracks one million BitTorrent files, has over 2.5 million registered users and has even peaked at "more than 10 million simultaneous users downloading files at one time." Those numbers are not so great for advertisers but it seems in a volume business like BitTorrent, a big name like TPB is worth every cent.

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19 user comments

131.1.2008 17:30

w00t!!! is all i have to say.
EVERYONE PLZ GO BUY A T-SHIRT HELP EM OUT

231.1.2008 18:00
fgamer
Inactive

Sadly in time TPB will suffer the same fate as many other popular torrent trackers. 4million dollars is allot of money for just running ads.

331.1.2008 18:07

yeah but think of their legal fees. this isn't the first time they been in court :D

431.1.2008 19:16

THis Awesome They are the one of the greatest torrent sites

Shummyr

531.1.2008 20:23

4 million dollars a year, based on what evidence?

631.1.2008 20:51
varnull
Inactive

Guesswork, as usual.

This may just be the case that finally convinces people to stop buying ANY US made films and music... ever.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Jan 2008 @ 20:53

731.1.2008 21:29

Originally posted by varnull:
Guesswork, as usual.

This may just be the case that finally convinces people to stop buying ANY US made films and music... ever.
That would be nice, sadly though, most people just don't care one-way or the other.

81.2.2008 0:08

Originally posted by SatoSky:
4 million dollars a year, based on what evidence?

Web Sheriff has clicked so many times on porn banners from that website. It has to be that much =)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Feb 2008 @ 12:55

91.2.2008 1:46

$4 million a year? Just for giggles I decided to checkout the ad prices and status for TPB and here they are:

Prices:

1-day link (approx. 266 clicks) - $44.21
7-day (1,864 clicks) - $277.31
30-day (7,989 clicks) - $1,061.14

Other fun information:

6,000,000+ pages views per day
1,100,000+ unique visitors per day
Alexa Rank: 152 (according to AdBrite) 146 according to the actual Alexa site.
40% of advertisers re-purchase an ad
AdBrite member since Oct. '05

Last but not least (and probably no surprise) most traffic comes from Sweden, the U.S. and the U.K.

One funny fact, AdBrite has TBP listed under "Games -> General".


Anyway, even with $1k/month ad prices I couldn't see them making $4 million even with the ads they have plus AdSense.

Maybe something around $500k tops, and thats if each individual link is its own ad.

Peace

101.2.2008 2:05

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
$4 million a year? Just for giggles I decided to checkout the ad prices and status for TPB and here they are:

Prices:

1-day link (approx. 266 clicks) - $44.21
7-day (1,864 clicks) - $277.31
30-day (7,989 clicks) - $1,061.14

Other fun information:

6,000,000+ pages views per day
1,100,000+ unique visitors per day
Alexa Rank: 152 (according to AdBrite) 146 according to the actual Alexa site.
40% of advertisers re-purchase an ad
AdBrite member since Oct. '05

Last but not least (and probably no surprise) most traffic comes from Sweden, the U.S. and the U.K.

One funny fact, AdBrite has TBP listed under "Games -> General".


Anyway, even with $1k/month ad prices I couldn't see them making $4 million even with the ads they have plus AdSense.

Maybe something around $500k tops, and thats if each individual link is its own ad.

Peace
Add donations and I can see that number double or triple sever costs can be 100K a year easily with that much bandwidth and hardware going about, hen tack on donations to file sharing orgz that lobby to make it legal and legal costs..sure they have money but they live monthly like the rest of us.

111.2.2008 2:24

Ah, thats true ZippyDSM, I forgot about donations. :p

121.2.2008 2:27

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Ah, thats true ZippyDSM, I forgot about donations. :p
Ya but lets not mince words they GIVE to thos orgz not the other way round, butthey do get donations the trick is they either use that money for up keep or give it to fight the media mafia.

131.2.2008 6:08

Quote:
Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Ah, thats true ZippyDSM, I forgot about donations. :p
Ya but lets not mince words they GIVE to thos orgz not the other way round, butthey do get donations the trick is they either use that money for up keep or give it to fight the media mafia.
or they do what was reported and confirmed in the Swedish Press - 2 of the 4 charged bought luxury houses in the centre of Stockholm at prices between $ 750,000 - $ 1 million over the last two years.

either way the true profits will come out in court as they will gain access to all their financial records, kept, hidden or whatever and then we can judge for ourselves instead of speculating.

141.2.2008 6:10

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Ah, thats true ZippyDSM, I forgot about donations. :p
Ya but lets not mince words they GIVE to thos orgz not the other way round, butthey do get donations the trick is they either use that money for up keep or give it to fight the media mafia.
or they do what was reported and confirmed in the Swedish Press - 2 of the 4 charged bought luxury houses in the centre of Stockholm at prices between $ 750,000 - $ 1 million over the last two years.

either way the true profits will come out in court as they will gain access to all their financial records, kept, hidden or whatever and then we can judge for ourselves instead of speculating.
True,i wouldn't doubt theres some...err..umm... nice life styles going on, prehaps not that decadent, but sooner or later it shall be known.

151.2.2008 10:46

If the pirate bay can make that much money off of ads and donations isn't it a good sign that the big companies should maybe take up a similar business model? I know some of them are but come on!

161.2.2008 13:38

That's some expensive advertising costs! I wonder who would pay TPB so much money. I've never clicked on any of the ads, so I have no idea who is advertising. I prefer isohunt anways.

172.2.2008 13:55

Prosecutors: The Pirate Bay makes $4 million a year

Big Deal. More power to them.

As of her latest Court filing Briney Spears earns $737,868 a month http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20520293/ Who is overpaid?

184.2.2008 14:29
agwild99
Inactive

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
$4 million a year? Just for giggles I decided to checkout the ad prices and status for TPB and here they are:

Prices:

1-day link (approx. 266 clicks) - $44.21
7-day (1,864 clicks) - $277.31
30-day (7,989 clicks) - $1,061.14


Knowing that what you are doing is driving the MPAA and law officials COMPLETELY INSANE, and getting paid for it - Priceless.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Feb 2008 @ 14:30

1922.2.2008 15:59

I love hearing news like this cause the more they try to find on tpb they are going to end up going on a wild goose chase that will have nothing at the end of the ride.

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