The War Between Mediafire and Rapidshare

By Posted 2009 Updated   Guest Posts

Have you ever heard of Mediafire or Rapidshare? You may have already used them and downloaded many GBs of stuff. These websites offer something called “one-click file storage”. One-click file hosting is an internet based service that allows users to easily upload whatever they want, except copyrighted materials, from their hard drives or from another similar file hosting provider (called remote upload). This is usually free or very cheap.

These sites have many users utilising their services every day. So I thought it would be a great idea to explain these websites further for people who are curious to learn more. In this article I will explain some of the features of Mediafire and Rapidshare and compare them.

There are a few popular one-click file storage services, the market leader right now is Rapidshare. Rapidshare.com is a German one-click storage website operating from Sweden and financed by paid Premium members. They still offer a free service to non-premium users with some restrictions. A non-premium user cannot upload more than 100Mb of files. The user is then supplied with a URL where the file can be downloaded which allows anyone to download the uploader’s file.

Another popular one-click web hosting site Mediafire started up in 2006 and is located in Texas, USA. The domain Mediafire.com has received plenty of internet user’s attention in a short time because of its rather few limitations for non-premium users compared to similar service providers.

Mediafire vs. Rapidshare

Comparison of Traffic:

According to the Compete.com study, Mediafire gets 1 visitor for each 2 Rapidshare visitors. The figures are misleading though. Lets see how many links there are on the internet for each site.

Link Counts:

All the Mediafire links on the internet:17.900.000
All the Rapidshare links on the internet:140.000.000

According to Google search results Rapidshare has over 140 million incoming links on the internet although Mediafire only has approximately 18 million links. So why – according to Compete.com results – does Mediafire seem much more popular than the Google results suggest? As I mentioned before, Mediafire’s rather few limitations attracted many more downloaders than it would if it has the same restrictions as Rapidshare. Also, Rapidshare encourages their users to share more Rapid links with their point system.

Are you wondering why I searched “Mediafire.com/?”? Because all the download links from Mediafire.com are in the same format which starts with “Mediafire.com/?”. The same is also currently true for Rapidshare links, which start “rapidshare.com/files”. Of course, a forum/blog poster may link to the file with another name, or the same links may have been shared more than once. Also note that Google results are not constant, you might be reading this post a while after I wrote it. Ignore this for now thought because we are just making a comparison.

What is Rapidshare Point System?

Rapidshare started a service called Collector’s Zone. This Zone allows users to gain free membership and some gifts. The more your links are downloaded the more points you will gain. Users are able to gain 1 point for each successful download as long as the file is larger than 1MB and the downloader generated less then 5 points in the last hour. This system though has also caused some unusual uploading habits; Users started to make 100MB files to 120MB just to bump up their link count (from 1 to 2) and to upload files which are already available on the Rapidshare servers. Despite this Rapidshare didn’t give up their promotion system. By contrast Mediafire has no promotion system for their users and this has prevented file uploads from Mediafire fans who always use Mediafire to download their files for free.

Conclusion:

Each service provider has their own upsides and downsides. Mediafire has less restrictions for free users like allowing download accelerators (something which is very rare among similar web hosting providers). Rapidshare use collector’s zone to increase their available link count while focusing their attention improving the experience for Premium users.

Guest article by Akif from Mediafire Search, which offers online search for Mediafire.com links. You can also write a guest article and share valuable insights with our readers.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

16 comments on “The War Between Mediafire and Rapidshare

  1. Watch Anime Online says:

    You seem to have missed Megaupload. They’re easily the best File Storage website on the internet. Free users can download 1gb files, as opposed to Rapidshare’s horrible restrictions. Megaupload also allows large 1gb max uploads per file as well, not to mention after each download, even if it’s 1mb, Rapidshare makes you wait 7-15mins before being able to download again. Megaupload allows you to download gb’s of data before making you wait. Alot of people use Rapidshare, sure, but it can’t compare to the service of Megaupload – not to mention Megaupload files last alot longer.

  2. Best Rapidshare Blog says:

    Rapidshare also allows you to convert points to cash. I have allways liked rapidshare better than any other file hosts.

  3. Akif says:

    Because rapidshare became extremely popular they started to put restrictions much more than its competitors. BTW the new interface of Mediafire is elegant.
    Thanks for your comments so far on my article.

  4. Cheech says:

    I avoid Rapidshare links as far as possible.
    It’s a real pain to download unless you’re a Premium account holder AND your account has not been hacked.

    Lots of stuff on Mediafire never get deleted due to copyright claims unlike RS. I’m definitely going for MF but most files are still hosted on RS, so there’s no way to escape it for the next 2-3 years.

  5. sumit says:

    great article on Mediafire and Rapidshare strategy.

  6. rapidshare search says:

    That’s a good article. never knew anything like that.

  7. isti says:

    nice writing. everyone is going for mediafire now. i guess it’s going to be short while when everyone will like mediafire more then rapidshare. but i am afraid, smeday, mediafire might act like rapidshare. putting some more and more restrictions. lets hope that’s not happen.

  8. upload2all.org says:

    check out upload2all.org,
    it upload your files to all host sites !
    multi upload !

  9. Manley Evangelista says:

    If you have to pick one, then go with MediaFire. It has few limitations than Rapidshare, but the upload limit per file is 50MB.

    They should change RapidShare to SlowShare.

    Go wih MediaFire.

  10. martin says:

    yes.. i have some free RS and HF accounts.. valid. till May 2011 it me up..

  11. hotels in killarney says:

    Mediafire drives me mad with all the pop up advertising they throw at you when you download from their site

    • Manley Evangelista says:

      If you have firefox, or chrome. Then you can install AdBlockPlus, which you can block ads on any websites.

  12. samsamall says:

    mediafire is better than rapidshare. Rapidshare Should be changed to Slowshare. I don’t know why most many peoples like to host their files on Rapidshare!!!???

  13. Tricksnhacking says:

    Ya! I also agree that Rapidshare being the most popular file sharing site has a lot of restrction the non-premium users, while sveral others new megaupload or mediafire are still more friendly for free users this is why there is a decline in the popularity graph for Rapidshare users.

  14. Thu Vien So says:

    mediafire is better than rapidshare.

  15. tinh huong says:

    Ye! I also agree that Rapidshare

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