Shared August 30, 2017
Are Youtube alternatives viable option today? It's hard to build a video sharing platform that will compete with Youtube, when even Google can't make it profitable.
This is my review of some Youtube alternatives and current problems alternative video sharing websites face. Which alternative to Youtube is the best? Some alternatives to Youtube could actually make some significant noise in the coming years. But most video sharing websites struggle to gain traffic.
If you are content creator and consider that you stop using Youtube, you can turn to these alternative video sharing platforms.
What best Youtube alternative should do
Should any Youtube alternative succeed, it ought to give people a strong motivation to stop using the second most visited website, second largest search engine, most profitable digital marketing platform, and most open video sharing service in the world.
A proper Youtube alternative that’s gonna be successful needs to be doing things Youtube does right, and correct things Youtube does wrong. It can’t be opposite to Youtube. It has to be a social network where people are able to connect easily without a steep learning curve. The hurdle of transferring from Youtube to another platform must be very low.
The alternative platform essentially needs to be a search engine with smart algorithms able to show results people are looking for. It has to be possible to optimize the content for search engines and have them indexed in search aggregates. It can’t be an isolated website people have to actively look for to find.
Successful Youtube alternative is going to have to balance the relationship between creators, advertisers, and its own platform.
Many promises and desires about Youtube alternatives are that they fix the copyright abuse problem, broken flagging system, totally unusable Youtube comment section, and won’t actively take down or demonetize channels or videos that conflict with the politics of Youtube and its advertisers.
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Vimeo has been around as long as Youtube and is a name that is perhaps equally as known as Youtube. It has only one problem. Vimeo is nowhere near a Youtube alternative.
Vimeo strictly doesn’t display any ads over its videos. The only revenue stream for content creators is if their viewers pay to watch. Which means you’d have to have some strong motivation to pay for content and that’s not an option for unestablished creators.
Vid.me is not a good Youtube alternative either because it's less popular than Vessel and Vessel got shut down very soon after its launch. Vid.me doesn't offer anything special for viewers and creators to subscribe to their website.
In my short review of Minds I mostly rant about its user interface and lack of features.
I like minds core ideas, but from UE and UI perspective – are they trying to be an alternative to Facebook? But they do call in a lot of Youtubers promising payoffs from various monetizing features – like peer-to-peer support, paid subscriptions, donations, and they apparently want to make an alternative to patreon. Minds doesn’t have any objective reasonable algorithm content creators could follow to make their videos searchable. Search engine optimization is completely absent, videos are viewed as posts, which makes it impossible to search for them by merit, you can’t add tags to your videos, if you share your videos they’ll get zero views unless you boost.
The channel’s content is viewed as posts in feed and not list of videos on a channel page.
Bitchute could actually be the best alternative to Youtube by design of its own project. But it lacks the momentum.
Bitchute trades as a peer-to-peer network based on a web browser version of bit torrent. This means that the site’s developers do not provide their own servers for hosting the videos, but rather spread this costly burden to the network of torrent users seeding file storage from their devices.
Bitchute currently doesn’t serve its own search. Any search will transfer you away from their website to DuckDuckGo’s search engine, which proxies results from Yahoo. It is crucially important to see a thumbnail of a video. Youtube heavily relies on it. Videos wouldn’t get nearly as discovered if they were offshoot of Google index pages. You don’t search for videos to read but to watch.
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