Youtube is the biggest by far video streaming or sharing platform. It is actually also the second biggest search engine after Google its parent company’s search engine. It is because of this that most of the big stars use it and cannot think of any Youtube alternatives.
I have been using Youtube for more than 10 years and it is the first platform that showed me that it is possible to earn a living online.
I did not make boatloads of cash as I was making between $300 to $400 a month from the ads on my videos.
I had a number of videos but all this money was coming from 10 of the videos. The other videos were not attracting much traffic. The average views per month were 100 thousand.
Having said that Youtube is not the only game in town. There are video websites like youtube. They may not be as big as Youtube but they have their supporters too. And who knows what the future holds in video sharing and streaming.
Top Youtube Competitors: Youtube Alternatives
In the following paragraphs, I share Youtube competitors. These are sites like youtube without restrictions as regards viewers. In other words, they are free for viewers.
In terms of viewership, Daily Motion is a distant second behind Youtube which is by far the biggest. Dailymotion is a French video-sharing platform owned by Vivendi. It was formed in 2004 by a group of filmmakers.
At one point it was the number one video streaming site in France ahead of YouTube. It is now a decent second at 23% of the French viewership. Youtube sits at 57%.
Dailymotion and other competitors have over the years complained of the unfair competition as they think that Google favors Youtube.
This matter was investigated by the European Union who cleared Google of these allegations.
There are many similarities between Dailymotion and Youtube. For example, they both allow HD and no HD videos on their sites. They also offer targeted advertising on their videos.
If you are a Youtube user you must be aware of the fact that Youtube organizes the uploaded videos into various categories. The same is true of Dailymotion.
Finally, both Dailymotion and Youtube restrict certain types of videos on their sites. The prohibited content includes adult stuff and videos that promote violence, hate speech, etc.
Unfortunately, some of these prohibited videos still find their way on Youtube. Though I would say that they both have succeeded in filtering out some videos, most especially the adult ones.
I however feel that they have not done a good job when it comes to hate speech. It appears to me that they take too long to remove hate speech videos.
Below is a video from Dailymotion
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The first name that comes to mind when I am thinking YouTube alternatives is Vimeo. It is free for both viewers and uploaders for the basic version. The basic version limits uploads at 500MB per week.
Then there is the Vimeo Plus version where you can upload up to 5GB per week and 250GB every year as a single user.
If you want more, then there is the Vimeo Pro that limits your upload to 20 gigabytes per week and 1tb every year for 3 team members.
If you want even more benefits you can go for the Vimeo Business which has no weekly limits and has 5TB total storage for 10 team members.
Last but not least there is Vimeo Premium which has unlimited live streaming, 7TB total storage, and unlimited live viewers. You can try these plans for free for 30 days.
I first heard about Vimeo was when I wanted to listen to a certain influencer who then only had videos on Vimeo.
I am not sure of his present status but at that time he did not have videos on Youtube.
At that time I was earning some money from Youtube Adsense ads so I was biased in favor of Youtube.
There was therefore little chance that I would switch from Youtube to Vimeo.
Vimeo launched in 2004 and has since grown to over 80 million vieeo creators.
It is an ad-free video sharing site which is not the case with Youtube unless of course, you choose to subscribe to the $10 a month ad-free version.
Another difference with Youtube is that on Vimeo you can replace your video without losing your stats. Whereas on Youtube you cannot replace an existing video and maintain stats.
Perhaps the biggest difference is in viewership, Youtube is by far the biggest with over a billion daily views while Vimeo has a viewership of 170 million per month.
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Another online video platform that came in to compete with Youtube is Metacafe. It is an American company. It has its headquarters in San Francisco, California.
It is free for both viewers and uploaders.
Unlike Youtube which has all sorts of videos, both educational and entertainment Metacafe focuses on short entertainment clips.
Therefore if you are looking for funny movies and clips then you should pay Metacafe a visit though you can get the same on Youtube too.
Below is an example of a video you can find on Metacafe.
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Another competitor to Youtube is Amazon-owned Twitch. Twitch focuses only on live videos and not recorded videos like Youtube. Most of the live videos on Twitch are videos from gamers.
I should add that Youtube too also offers live streaming to gamers,
For gamers, Twitch is probably one if not the biggest live streaming platform for gamers in the world. It is bigger than Youtube Games.
It broadcasts esports competitions, music, and other creative content. One can view the content live or as video on demand.
Twitch originally started out as a spin off of general streaming platform Justin.tv.
In 2018 Twitch had 2.2 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users.
Its content is free to viewers but if one registers then he or she is given access to more services such as adding friends, chat, or the following of certain channels.
Why Would Anyone Want To Use YouTube Alternatives?
After discussing some Youtube alternatives I thought it would be helpful if we discussed why people use other Youtube alternatives.
1. Not All Video Creators Post Their Videos on Youtube
Youtube may be the biggest but there are some video creators who prefer other platforms to stream their videos. Some such as TED Talks have their own sites where they share their videos. TED also share their videos on YouTube too.
2. Some People Don’t Like Youtube
With its dominance, you may think that everyone uses it but the truth is that there are still people who prefer other platforms. Though few in number, there are still people who would never use Youtube. These prefer sites such as Vimeo.
3. Other Sites are Specialised Sites
There are sites like Metacafe, TED Talks, etc that are specialized and focus on one area. In the case of Metacafe, they focus on short entertainment clips.