Making money from posting videos is a fun, exciting way to earn some cash on the side by getting paid to post your clips. Best of all, anyone can do it! Here are our top five video-sharing sites. Some focus on niche subjects while others are similar to photo stock libraries for all media. Read on and discover the right video-sharing site for you… then start making money!
- How to get the best out of online media sharing
- Best for getting your footage out there – YouTube
- Best for professionals – Vimeo
- Best for smart tech extras – Brightcove
- Best for short, original clips – Metacafe
- Best for social media integration – Facebook Ad Breaks
- Best for passionate gamers – Envul
- Best for funny money-makers – Break.com
- Best for bloggers and website owners – Daily Motion
It’s good to have a basic knowledge of how to upload media (i.e. get your clips on the website) before you begin. But don’t worry too much, every site has its own ‘how to’ section or video tutorials. They also all have guidelines and requirements about copyright and file compatibility.
Remember to be patient; it may take a few months to get to grips with the sites or to earn any money, as many of them pay out depending on how many people have viewed your videos.
Consistency is key: As with a blog, you should build up a faithful viewership over the first few months as you upload. Set yourself a realistic posting schedule (say, two videos a week) and stick to it. Focus on quality and the viewers will follow!
Like anything on the internet, it’s always good to be cautious. Don’t post anything illegal, stick to the rules and regulations on each site and use a separate email address to keep spam and advertising out of your regular inbox.
Owned by Google, YouTube is the most popular and accessible of all the video-sharing sites. YouTube videos can be embedded on nearly all sites that many people view in their everyday lives. This means your videos can be seen worldwide – on websites, blogs, Facebook and so on.
Many bloggers use YouTube to post reviews and daily video diaries. Aspiring musicians use it as a platform to reach a global audience and others just use YouTube to post funny short clips or how-to tutorials. Take a look at out article about how to make money from YouTube here.
The best thing about YouTube is that you don’t have to join to watch, but if you’re serious about making money by sharing videos you can join here and start uploading straight away.
YouTube success stories include singer Justin Bieber, make-up artist Pixiwoo, and of course the infamous Psy, of Gangnam style fame.
Vimeo caters mainly to professional video makers. It’s the place for serious filmmakers to share their creations with other filmmaking and video-sharing enthusiasts.
Most often, potential filmmakers use Vimeo to showcase short films, animations and/or other original content. The site is relatively easy to navigate, and the featured content is produced to a high standard and filmed in the best quality. The site also embeds easily on social media and allows you to create a free account that provides 500MB of upload space a week.
Brightcove offers a lot of choice for video makers to earn cash through their site. By uploading videos (usually short documentaries), you can choose to make money through advertising. Like YouTube, you’ll get a share of the profits depending on the number of ads viewed on your videos.
Brightcove goes further than YouTube on the options though, allowing creators to specify exactly what kind of ads they want displayed. Set them to play at specific cue points, or insert banners and video overlays. The amount of freedom for perfectionist video makers is vast.
Beyond ads, syndication is another option. You can choose to allow your videos to be shown elsewhere on the web, earning a fee in the process. This is also an excellent way to increase the spread of your video content with trusted affiliates.
Brightcove is on the ball with its tech, allowing for live streaming and data-driven feedback on how you’re doing. For serious online video makers, it’s a platform that allows a lot of freedom and control over how you make a profit.
So for those with a keen eye on marketing themselves, Brightcove is a strong contender for building brand awareness of your video making business.
Attracting 25 million unique viewers a month, Metacafe is about entertaining large audiences with videos that amaze, inspire and amuse. You won’t get just any old clips on this site, they’re good quality and it’s easy to find interesting clips to watch and enjoy.
There are no full-length TV episodes or movies chopped into pieces. Copyright is strict and your video must be suitable for a mainstream audience. The average video is 90 seconds long, and the audience drives the content.
More than 80,000 volunteers take a first look at each of the thousands of videos submitted to the site every day. The videos are then ranked and the most popular ones are exposed to the community. The best original work, determined by the viewers, is rewarded.
With over 30 million users in the UK alone, the power of Facebook is hard to deny. Ad Breaks works by offering established businesses on the site the opportunity to make money through video advertising.
To start, you’ll need to have a page (not a personal profile) on Facebook with at least 10,000 followers. So, this suits established brands and successful videographers.
Once you qualify, it’s possible to upload videos through the programme and start earning money. Across the world, the site now has over 2.4 billion unique users. The incredible number of potential viewers makes monetising your videos through Ad Breaks an enticing option.
Like YouTube, Ad Breaks offers its creators a lot of freedom. Videos need to be at least three minutes long, but apart from that you’re simply encouraged to upload videos that tell a story. These could be self-made documentaries, travel vlogs, and other inspiring content that appeals to today’s viewership.
Do you love playing video games? Do you have something to say on the hottest titles or hidden gems? Envul is a website which allows users to upload gaming-related videos and make money from it.
The platform may be especially attractive for video makers worried about getting lost in the crowd on YouTube. As it’s a site dedicated to gaming in particular, creators can potentially reach a more targeted audience.
Money is paid out depending on how long viewers watch your videos. So, as ever, it’s essential you keep your audience engaged and offer a fresh and interesting spin on the topic. Bring your best presenting voice and create eye-popping graphics to draw those viewers in!
Break.com, aimed primarily at Gen Z and Millennial men, is a popular website that allows you to upload original and funny videos, pictures and web games that other men will be able to appreciate.
It prides itself on being a community of like-minded people who know what their peers want to see.
Break.com offers reasonable earning potential, again in dollars, for your videos, pictures and games. If your original video makes it on to their homepage you can sell it to them for $400 or licence it to them for $200.
The amount they pay to buy your work will increase with each subsequent video that ends up on their homepage, up to the sum of $2000! You can also earn smaller amounts if your video or picture ends up on one of their featured pages.
Daily Motion is a video-sharing site much like YouTube. It gets more than 400 million viewers per month and has a wide range of varied and engaging content.
The site offers you the chance to earn 70% of the ad revenue from videos you’ve uploaded. Better still, you can earn more by sharing your Daily Motion video on your own website or blog, and even more if the video is shared on a third party website. This makes it great for those who already have a high number of visitors to their own site. However, you must make sure you follow their instructions carefully and ensure you share it via the Daily Motion player, otherwise you won’t make a thing!
Which video-sharing website do you most often visit and why? Have you made money from posting clips online? Let us know in the comments section below.