Posting informative, entertaining, unusual or just otherwise great videos online is one of the fastest ways to gain a large following or even go viral. Millions of people visit various popular video hosting websites daily, uploading their videos, viewing what other users have posted and sharing their favorites through different social media websites. Video sharing services have evolved over time to become more than just a Web alternative to TV. They are now social media networks in their own right, with viewers subscribing to each other’s channels, sharing comments, likes and dislikes, and recording their own responses to existing videos.
If you are wondering where to post your video to get the most attention or attract the right audience, here is the list of some of the most popular video sharing websites, including a couple of specialized ones.
By far the most popular video sharing site, YouTube has an impressive following of 450 million monthly visitors. If you are about to start promoting your brand with the use of videos, want to get into vlogging or even if you are just trying to post your very first video online, stop by this popular platform and check what the most successful videos there have in common. The website has a very user-friendly design, with a lot of categories ranging from movies to sports to gaming. You can find popular music here, movie previews, latest news and different user-generated videos such as vlog posts.
To individuals, YouTube is a great place to grow their social networks and gain popularity with their video-making skills. To corporations, it is a great platform for advertising, training and business updates. The website currently allows videos up to 15 minutes in length and 20 GB in size, but the limits are raised for established users with no track record of piracy or other violations.
A Paris-based video sharing service, DailyMotion has been getting a lot of traffic from around the world in the recent years, becoming the second most popular video sharing site after YouTube. It is visited by 27 million unique users every month, not enough to truly compete with YouTube, but still a very solid number. You can upload videos up to 60 minutes in length but only up to 2 GB in size here. The quality of your uploads cannot exceed a limit of “half HD,” or 1280*720p, if you are a regular user. This limitation is lifted if you are part of the motionmakers group, consisting of original content creators. Joining this group allows you to get access to a lot of other features not available to someone with a regular account.
Another increasingly popular sharing service for video, MetaCafe specializes in short videos in different areas from movies to video games. As of this month the website has 26 million estimated unique monthly visitors. It has several interesting features that differentiate the service from its competition. It’s possible for any user to make some money off the original videos on MetaCafe, for example. After your video reaches 20,000 views, the website will pay you $5 for each of the 1,000 views after that. Another unique feature is the fact that MetaCafe doesn’t allow duplicate videos, which are in abundance on YouTube and similar video-sharing sites. Only one copy of each video is allowed here. The website’s special ranking system also ensures that only the videos of the highest quality end up on top of its listings.
Vimeo has also been quickly gaining momentum in the video-sharing market in the recent years. A little under 17 million visitors choose to upload or view the website’s videos every month. Some of the pros of the service are its emphasis on social networking and a lot of features that are designed with that purpose in mind.
On the downside, opening a free account with Vimeo means agreeing to a lot of limitations in the size of the files you can upload, video length, the total amount of space you have for all of your videos, as well as weekly upload limits, among others. To make more use of the website you can sign up for a paid account at $200 per year. Some of the perks you will get are unlimited video views, a lot more space for your videos and advanced privacy options, to name a few.
With 15 million monthly visitors, Break specializes in all types of funny videos. It has several useful features to it, allowing users to upload their videos on the website (naturally), through their phones or via e-mail. File sizes are limited to 60 MB, which seems to be enough for most users, considering that a lot of Break’s videos are brief jokes, pranks or other forms of entertainment.
Veoh has its own niche in the video-sharing market, and it involves movies and TV shows. There is a music section as well, and users can upload their own content in the given subject areas. The good thing about Veoh is that it doesn’t have video length limitations that most of the other sharing services have. It also gives you an option to upload videos in a lot more formats than YouTube and other major players in the industry. The downside to using the website is that Veoh has added some adware and tracking software to its services in the recent years, which is a major concern for security-conscious users. An estimated 13.3 million visitors still use the website every month.
This is another video-sharing service with its own niche, strictly specializing in music. At 4.9 million monthly users it falls somewhat behind many of its counterparts. Still, the video service has a solid following among music lovers and beginning musicians. VEVO is jointly owned by several major entertainment groups, such as Universal, Sony and Abu Dhabi Media, so the website takes copyright very seriously. The service puts a lot of emphasis on the quality of its videos as well. You can usually watch any VEVO videos on a large-screen TV without noticing any significant drop in quality.