Amazon S3 is a very low cost, secure storage solution you can use to off-load your data from standard hosting services or even your PC. This article provides you with a a head start using Amazon S3 services.
I started this series because I wanted to use video more in my marketing. I was reluctant to rely exclusively on third party video broadcast solutions like YouTube. About 2 years ago YouTube (Google) dumped all the “make money online” videos and didn't even give the owners a change to download the data before purging it. I'd rather be in charge of my own data purge so I want to store my videos on S3. However, that meant I had to find a new say to display the videos. This series of 3 videos will get you started and you won't have to plow through all the instructional videos on Amazon.
As I watched my videos, I noticed that my video production skills are pretty raw. If you are interested in video marketing take a look at this mega pack of video marketing PLR. Also a good product for your promotions.
If you use your PLR to create videos to use in your posts or promotions you'll appreciate having these large files stored and backed up on a very low cost storage solution called Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Services). An elevated level of service is their Cloud storage which replicates the data across multiple regions. Amazon's Cloud service is something to look into when you want to get the data closer to the web visitor. For example, if you upload files to S3 in the US, but the video is streamed down to a visitor connecting from Australia the video download will be faster when stored on a Cloud server closer to the requester. Cloud services keeps the data closer to the connection service by replicating it around the globe.
However, I'm just using Amazon S3 for my video and data storage. One challenge at a time is all I can handle.
In the first video I show you how to login to Amazon and access the AWS console. The video assumes you are already signed up for S3 services. If you haven't done so already, I recommend using the same login id and even billing credit card that you use for Amazon purchases and/or affiliate payments. Mixing up the accounts will cause confusion and at one time it caused access problems to the S3 services. Enrolling in Amazon S3 is free. New AWS customers receive 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, 20,000 Get Requests, 2,000 Put Requests, and 15GB of data transfer out each month for one year.
If you haven't signed up for your free account go here to get started: http://aws.amazon.com/s3/
The first video walks you through getting logged in to Amazon S3 and setting up your buckets.
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The next video shows you how to use JW Player as the video player and change permissions on files.
NOTE: When you watch this you'll immediately recognize that there is a security concern regarding the way you have to open up access to files. Basically, you have to allow EVERYONE to be able to read and download a video.
Your first reaction might be that you won't really care if people do this to your openly shared files and videos. Don't forget that you are being charged for data transfer. If you have a cool video or report, unscrupulous characters can hijack that file or run the video from your S3 storage on their own sites. That bandwidth and data transfer volume is assigned to your account. Also, if the video is part of a product offer, you don't want people stealing your goodies.
Security is for another day. For now, watch the video to see how to use JW Player and how to change permissions on files.
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You can download JW Player for free at: http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/jw-flv-player/
There are a number of different skins you can use to give your player a nice professional look:
Here is the script and settings I used in the example:
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This last video shows you how to use a WordPress plugin called FV WordPress Flowplayer.
It is another free download available here: http://foliovision.com/seo-tools/wordpress/plugins/fv-wordpress-flowplayer . The benefit of this plug in is that it is easier to change and paste into a post. It is also not dependent on java script which can cause issues with some browser platforms.
Watch and learn.
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