When you’re hosting video, especially with monetization as your goal, Youtube is probably the first place that crosses your mind. However, there are certainly other video hosting websites that exist. In fact, there are certainly occasions where an alternative site may make more sense for a certain video or series of videos. If you’re looking at video hosting platforms, you’ll want to check out these Youtube alternatives. As of mid summer, 2018, these are all active and viable options.
- Vimeo – Founded in 2004, Vimeo is a long-standing video sharing site. You can monetize through Vimeo and you may be surprised to find that Vimeo was actually the first site to offer HD video. While not quite as large as Youtube, Vimeo is a big site with many different alternatives including paid and free options. If you’re looking to pull away from Youtube, but you don’t want to mess with anything too small and unreliable, Vimeo may be a good alternative.
- Wistia – Wistia boasts that it is the simplest video platform. For companies just getting into video sharing, Wistia may be a good choice. There are not nearly as many options and features on Wistia as there are with Youtube (or even Vimeo) but there are plenty of options to help you get started. You can get started for free, and there are options for monetizing your content.
- Facebook – Yes, Facebook is a possible place for hosting content. However, there is not currently an option for monetizing your content. However, if you just want to share a video now and then, without any worry about monetization, Facebook may be a simple solution for business owners.
- Vzaar – Vzaar is a “high-end” video hosting site. They offer paid options to help you protect your hosted videos. While this may not be the best choice for small businesses just getting started, it can be a good choice for companies that are tired of losing content to competitors or overseas thieves.
No matter which host you choose, just remember–video is a great option for marketing and customer outreach of all types today. Make sure you take advantage of this excellent way to connect with your customers, employees and even the world at large through social sharing.