Earn Money From Sharing Videos?

February 24, 2007

Recently, there have been a couple of video sharing sites which rewards people for sharing their videos. Most of these sites allow people to earn money from the Google Adsense clicks accumulated from the ads being displayed on the same page as one’s video.

Users get to earn a percentage of their referrals’ Google Adsense earnings as well. Hence, it functions as a referral program as well.

I also came across a script selling at around US$197 which enables people to set up such video uploading websites.

Now we all know that Google Adsense earnings are quite low and with the gaining awareness of Adsense, it makes it extremely difficult for people to generate a stable income from Google Adsense.

Coupled by the fact that with so many such similar sites springing up, to be able to command a reasonable traffic flow to one such site would be extremely challenging. Furthermore, everyone who sign up as a member knows for a fact that they will earn money through the Google Adsense clicks accumulated. Hence, it provides little incentive or reason for them to click on others’ ads.

Hence, personally I feel that the business model of such websites is rather weak.

Nonetheless, as video sites look for ways to attact higher-quality content, they are dangling cash, usually offering to cut creators in on the advertising revenue their work generates.

I recently came across one video sharing website – http://www.metacafe.com. It pays creators US$100 when their video has been viewed 20,000 times, and US$5 for every 1,000 additional views.

Hence, it pays video creators based on how many viewers their work attracts. This, as compared to the above mentioned websites which pays video creators based on how many adsense clicks it generates, is certainly more viable and practical.

It also promotes creativity and innovation of videos, which will in the long run generate a constant flow of traffic to the website.

Not surprisingly, the website’s alexa ranking is 136 when I last check. Very impressive I must say.

Other sites like TurnHere and ExpertVillage.com, offer upfront payments for videos on assigned topics, like a tour of Golden Gate Park in San Fransisco, or an instructional video about skydiving.

And in January, Mr Chad Hurley, a YouTube co-founder, announced at the World Economic Forum that his site, now owned by Google was exploring similar ways to ‘reward creativity’.

Web opportunites certainly promise to be more exciting and lucrative as avenues open up for ordinary individuals to showcase their talent and creativity and get rewarded at the same time.

If you have an interesting video to share, why not head on to http://www.metacafe.com now?

And if you become famous one day, do remember to treat me to a cup of coffee one day if you heard of it first here.

Have a great weekend folks!


One Response to “Earn Money From Sharing Videos?”

  1. TJ on March 10th, 2007 1:23 am


    Have you heard another video sharing site called Revver.com? They add ads after your video clip, so it is possible to earn some money way before video is viewed 20,000 times. You get payed if someone clicks your ads. Check out my videos:

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