If you’ve ever spent an afternoon messing with a camcorder, or even trying to record videos on your phone, you’re probably familiar with the fantasy of getting paid to make videos.
We all know that some Youtube stars make a good living doing what they do, but what if you heard that it was possible to make money with your videos without needing to become an internet superstar?
Here I’ll be listing 10 sites that you can use to turn your videos into cash— just don’t expect to sell your old family videos!
Brightcove, located at studio.brightcove.com, allows you the option of posting your videos for purchase, or even for rental, as long as you’re willing to charge their minimum of 99¢.
Brightcove is unique in that it gives the creator the lion’s share of the profits– a whole 70% of them!
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This site accepts original flash games, videos, and pictures. You can actually earn up to $2000 for any of your videos that make it to the front page.
You are paid via PayPal.
MetaCafe is a website that allows you to earn money for your videos on a per-views basis.
Unlike YouTube, where you’ll make an average of $1 per 1000 views (reports on this vary,) on MetaCafe you can make $5 per 1000!
Since MetaCafe doesn’t have as large of a site as YouTube does, they’ll actually put new videos on the front page, news-feed style. This is a great way to score some views.
A site that functions similarly to Revver, FlixYa pairs your videos with demographics and uses that to target ads.
The amount you can make depends on your content and how much traffic you bring, so all uploaders are NOT created equal for FlixYa.
Another benefit to using FlixYa is you can upload any content that isn’t copyrighted and still get paid.
5. CustomFlix (Now known as CreateSpace)
Here we have a website with some strong backing, as it is owned by Amazon itself!
CustomFlix is a site that favors independent fimmakers and other types of longer video content.
The stuff they host is syndicated with Amazon Unbox, a download service, and allows the makers of the content to keep 50% of the profits on sales or rentals through Unbox.
Blip is a video share website which wants to attract creators who make content often. This could mean that you do Lets Plays, or some kind of TV show, something which is recurring.
If you want to only upload a few videos, you can, but you’ll get better use on a different platform.
Something that’s very nice about Blip is the level of control they give content creators over their advertisements. Not only are you allowed to choose what ads play, but where in the video they play! That’s a great level of control for a site like this. Of course, if you’re not into that, Blip can set it up for you.
This is another site that pays out to PayPal.
7. Atom Films
Atom Films is a subsidiary of MTV Entertainment, which means that they’ll be wanting videos which are aimed at the MTV demographic.
This means quirky, edgy, amusing videos that you are willing to sell distribution rights for. Not the place to submit your lecture on quantum physics!
While it’s true that YouTube is a platform which favors the ‘big dogs,’ don’t doubt that it is a viable platform nonetheless.
YouTube partners (the people who get paid for advertisements) are usually the type who net a couple thousand views per video, but there have been instances where YouTube allowed users to monetize their viral videos.
Above all else, your primary advantage to using YouTube is having a far superior platform for gaining viewers than anywhere else.
You’ll want to navigate to their “publisher” section if you’re looking to sign up.
DailyMotion is a website that is throwing its hat in the ring against YouTube and MetaCafe, and is a strong contender with 190 million visitors, per month. What’s more, they’ve recently made their form of the ‘partners’ program available internationally!
Uniquely, they make their payments by the quarter, or, 4 times a year. They’ll transfer as long as you have $100 earned, and they’ll do it via bank transfer.
This is a website that’s somewhat similar to the YouTube model, but in a superior way for content creators. While YouTube monitors “video retention” rates and the like, Revver is prepared to pay you as long as your viewers sit through the advertisements.
They’ll cash out to your PayPal once you amass $20.
If you’re an aspiring video-maker, or even just a layman looking to make a few bucks, you should seriously consider hosting some videos on at least one of the sites listed here.
After all, you’ve got nothing to lose. But there is plenty to be gained!