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Best YouTube Alternative Sites to Make Money From Videos

Ever since YouTube changed its policy to require more than 1000 subscribers to qualify to earn money from a YouTube channel, people have sought alternatives video sharing sites that have less restrictive policies. The reality is that there are many sites that allow people to share videos online and earn money in various ways, including advertisements that appear as part of the video viewing experience. Some alternative video sharing sites provide other ways to make money from video views, beyond the traditional advertising revenue sharing model.

Alternatives to YouTube have much lower thresholds regarding the number of subscribers needed to monetize videos. Some allow contributors to start making money right away, once a contributor's account has been approved, while others have their own thresholds based on other criteria besides subscribers.

Leading YouTube Competitors For Uploading Videos to Make Money

Dailymotion, Vimeo, and Metacafe are the top three competitors to YouTube for making money from videos.

Dailymotion, Vimeo, and Metacafe are the top three competitors to YouTube for making money from videos.

Alternatives to YouTube That Allow You to Monetize Your Videos

With YouTube now requiring channel operators to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of viewing time over the prior 12 months to be eligible to earn money, many people that do not meet this threshold are looking for viable alternatives. This especially applies to causal YouTube contributors that just want to post random videos they shoot and earn extra money without the hassle of meeting high thresholds. If one is seeking to establish a professional or semi-professional presence on the Internet as a videographer, YouTube still offers some of the best opportunity in this regard since it has huge market dominance. However, getting past their 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours viewing threshold is a tall order for people who just want to have fun posting their videos online and make a little coin in the process. There are many other sites that offer users the ability to monetize their videos without the hassle of exceeding steep thresholds. The following are some of the more popular and useful websites if you are seeking to earn money from videos you post and share online.

DailyMotion Is the Most Similar Video Sharing Site to YouTube

Dailymotion is a popular video sharing site that is quite similar to YouTube as far as look, feel, and content. If you are looking for a place to post videos online that has similar content as YouTube, Dailymotion is the place you want to be. With monthly views of over 100 million and growing, the video sharing site is quite popular and is capable of generating organic video views and earnings. Signing up is easy, and they start paying right way on earnings from advertisements that appear with your videos as soon as you qualify for their advertising program. Once you have enabled monetization, you will automatically start earning revenue from your uploaded videos.

Videos that run on Dailymotion include advertisements that can appear before, during, or after a video is viewed. The site is free to use and has many of the analytical bells and whistles that YouTube channel operators have become accustomed to using to analyze their viewer's habits.

Vimeo Features High-quality Videos

Vimeo is an excellent site for anyone who has a knack for making high-quality videos, as well as those who enjoy watching such videos.

Vimeo is an excellent site for anyone who has a knack for making high-quality videos, as well as those who enjoy watching such videos.

Give Vimeo a Try If You Are Serious About Making Videos In a Professional Manner

Vimeo is an excellent site for anyone who has a knack for making high-quality videos, as well as those who enjoy watching such videos. This highly popular video-sharing site is geared toward serious videographers. Vimeo is essentially a professionally oriented video sharing site that allows videographers to stream, sell, or rent their videos to a worldwide audience. This can include full-length films and ongoing series. If you like to post shaky videos of your vacation or your dog chasing its tail, this site is not a good fit to upload your videos to make money. However, if you have a talent for making high-quality videos, you will find Vimeo to be an excellent place to make your videos available online and make money. You might even be recognized by the videographer community since many serious video creators use Vimeo.

Vimeo offers a different model for making money than many other video sharing sites. Instead of relying on random advertising revenue, as YouTube and Dailymotion channel operators do, Vimeo allows contributors to sell their videos to users of their site or sell subscription access to their channel. This ratchets up the pressure on videographers to produce professional-looking videos since poorly produced videos are unlikely to find a paying audience. The payout for selling videos or channel subscriptions on Vimeo is substantial, with the site paying contributors 90% of the revenue generated after modest fees are taken out. A videographer who is successful at selling videos can theoretically make a lot more money on Vimeo than competing sites that use the ad revenue sharing model.

Metacafe Distinguishes Itself As HostingShort Catchy Videos

Metacafe is all about short entertaining videos.

Metacafe is all about short entertaining videos.

Metacafe Is a Good Place to Post Short and Videos That Are Catchy

Metacafe is another site that can be used to broadcast videos through the Internet and make money from them. Metacafe diverges from Dailymotion and Vimeo because videos that Metacafe accepts tend to be short (less than two minutes in length) and about eclectic or eye-catching subjects. This is the site to post videos that are on the odd, wild, or funny side. In other words, entertaining videos. If you try to post longer videos that don't fit into the site's parameters, they will likely be rejected by the reviewers that review every video submitted to the platform.

Contributors have to work hard to make money using Metacafe. Once approved as a “Content Partner" and eligible to earn money on the site, a contributor has to reach a 20,000 view threshold before payouts of $5.00 per 1,000 video views begin. That is a rather steep threshold, but at least there is no subscriber threshold to meet. To make money, contributors have to be proactive by posting links to their videos on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook in the hopes that they gain significant viewership or go viral and really hit a viewership jackpot. As a guideline, those who run the site say their most popular videos are funny ones.

Metacafe also allows contributors to make money from internal and external affiliate systems. If a contributor embeds videos from Metacafe on a site or blog that they run, they can collect income from advertisements that appear alongside the embedded videos. Contributors can also review products via videos uploaded to the site and include a link in the videos to place to buy the products to collect an external affiliate payment on any sales generated.

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Doug West from Missouri on December 23, 2018:


You can follow me at canddcoins1 on Youtube. I am mostly publishing video somehow related to science or technology. Kind of like my hubs, I am a STEM guy. Please update your article if you run across any other Youtube alternatives.

John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on December 23, 2018:

You're welcome Liz. I enjoy sharing and expanding knowledge.

Thanks for the insight Doug. What is your YouTube user handle? I'll follow you to get you closer to the 1,000 thresholds.

I used to enjoy making videos, loading them to YouTube, and watch them make a few dollars here and there. Helped my AdSense earnings back when they were part of YouTube. Now, I'm looking at alternatives, which is why I wrote this article.

Seems like YouTube is opening up its market to a lot of competition and perhaps preventing some up and coming videographers from blossoming on their site. They will either get discouraged or go elsewhere. I get that they don't want to deal with 1,00,000s of tiny accounts, but the 1,000 follower threshold is rather steep.

Doug West from Missouri on December 23, 2018:

Good article. I am a Youtuber with 800+ followers. It is very hard to break the 1000 followers barrier. I'll keep trying but might switch to an alternative if I don't reach Youtube's threshold. I have heard it takes a long time (months) for Youtube to monitize your channel once you reach the 1000 subs mark.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 23, 2018:

Thanks for expanding my knowledge of viddo sharing sites. It's good to know that there are alternatives to YouTube out there.