Today’s blog will reveal some of the best video blog websites we’ve seen in 2021.
According to stats by Oberlo, 54% of surveyed customers want to see more videos from the brands they trust. And with the skyrocketing popularity of video content, it is normal that you’re considering becoming a video creator.
However, your experience as a video creator is hugely determined by the video hosting platform you choose. So right here, we will discuss ten of the best video hosting websites on the internet in 2021.
We will cover 5 top platforms for vlogging and regular video content, along with another 5 platforms that provide the best hosting for online courses.
Let’s dive into it!
Top 5 Platforms for Vlogging
YouTube is not just the world’s largest video-sharing platform. It has also established itself as the world’s second-largest search engine after Google, with over 1 billion users and over 30 million active daily users.
This has made YouTube a somewhat highly competitive platform for creatives. But it remains a top choice for video creators.
YouTube allows verified accounts to post up to 12 hours of video content. And while the platform is free to join, it also allows creators to make a living by posting videos. In fact, creators on YouTube have made a combined total of over 30 billion US dollars.
Facebook is the world’s largest social media platform. The platform allows users to post written content, images, and videos.
As a video-sharing platform, Facebook has earned a solid reputation for itself, with over 500 million views every day.
Facebook allows creators to post videos up to 4 hours long. Also, the platform is completely free to join and has since 2015 helped creators generate a full-time income by sharing videos online.
Over 5 million videos are posted on Instagram every day. It is also free to join and allows creators to post videos running from 15 seconds (for Instagram Stories) to 60 minutes (live stream videos).
The platform is popular among celebrities from all works of life: athletics, movie, music, arts, etc.
Just like YouTube and Facebook, Instagram allows creators to generate income through video ads, brand sponsorships, etc.
TikTok is a relatively younger platform. But in recent times, its popularity has blown up, amassing over 700 million users.
If you’re fond of making really short, engaging videos, TikTok is probably the best place to start.
TikTok is quite different from the platforms above because it takes a mobile-first approach. Thus, videos are shot in 19:6 (vertical) aspect ratio.
TikTok has, not long ago, begun paying its creators for views. Some creators have reported earning between 3 to 4 cents per thousand views. Indeed, this is quite low. But smart TikTok creators can make money on the platform through brand sponsorships and several other monetization methods.
Vimeo is a bit different from YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook because it allows viewers to watch videos without being interrupted by in-video ads.
Thus, creators mostly prefer to use Vimeo for premium content. While you may not have heard about Vimeo, the platform is quite popular and has amassed over 90 million monthly active users.
Top 5 Platforms for Hosting Online Courses
If you would like to host online courses, free or paid, your choice of platform will be tilted in favor of those that have the relevant tools that foster great experiences for you and your students.
YouTube is usually a great place to start due to its popularity. But because it has a low security level, your videos are prone to content theft. Also, a lot of times, YouTube has proven inaccurate at suggesting related videos to viewers.
So which platform should you host your courses on? Let’s take a look at our top picks!
With over 40 million students and 70,000 instructors, Udemy is a well-known online course marketplace. The platform allows you to host content for free. On top of that, your course content is highly discoverable on search engines.
When it comes to user experience, Udemy is quite impressive. It allows you to create interactive videos while grouping your courses according to sections.
The best part is that platform is entirely free to use. You will also be assisted with marketing for free. However, for every amount you earn by the end of the month, Udemy will take a certain percentage.
If you’d like to learn how to create a Udemy course and how the platform works in general, click here.
Skillshare is another online course marketplace like Udemy. However, it is more tailored towards creatives: artists, hairstylists, potters, writers, photographers, etc.
Some people refer to the platform as “the Netflix of online courses.”
Skillshare allows course creators to upload videos running from 20 to 60 minutes in length.
The platform is free to join and pays course creators using premium referrals and royalties.
With premium referrals, course creators earn $10 for every new student that joins the platform. With Royalties, creators get paid based on their students’ monthly watch time.
Top creators on Skillshare record annual income of over $100,000.
If you’re ready to fuel your dreams as a video creator with a budget, then Vimeo Pro is a great place to start. Vimeo Pro, as you would’ve guessed, is the premium version for Vimeo.
The platform gives you an extra level of security, allowing you to prevent viewers from downloading your videos without your consent. It also offers lead generation tools along with in-depth analytics functionalities. All these combine to give you an awesome experience as a course seller.
While it is similar to Vimeo Pro, Wistia takes its game to another level by allowing creators to make interactive videos.
Course creators can embed calls-to-action or data collection forms into their videos.
If you plan to host live events down the line, Wistia also integrates with Eventbrite to let you include signup links right within your videos!
With these advanced marketing capabilities, Wistia comes at a rather steep price and may be unfit for beginners.
It does offer a free trial, allowing users to upload up to three videos.
Uscreen is an all-in-one platform that helps users host, monetize, and distribute their own videos under their own brands.
The platform allows you to monetize your video via subscription or one-time fee access for your viewers.
Uscreen has a myriad of interesting features, including Geo-blocking, which allows you to restrict some countries from accessing your content.
To use the platform, creators can sign up for one of its plans, starting at $49 per month.
Having gone through this list, you might’ve already made up your mind on which platform to go for. But just in case you haven’t, here’s what we would do.
Start by using YouTube. As you get the hang of things as a video creator, you can start tapping into other social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
If you’re a course creator that needs something more than a basic video sharing platform, you can start with a free option like Udemy.
We hope this advice is valuable. Be sure to take things slowly and don’t overwhelm yourself.
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