5 Alternatives to YouTube

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If you’ve uploaded video to the Internet, you’ve probably used YouTube to do it. And why not? YouTube is synonymous with online video. It’s easy to create an account and just as easy to upload your videos on it. YouTube has also created its share of viral superstars. But YouTube isn’t the only video-uploading service on the Web. And some of the site’s competitors offer some nifty features of their own.

5 Viddler

Viddler focuses on a niche customer base: business owners. But that doesn’t mean that individuals can’t use it, too. And Viddler offers plenty of professional tools for its users, especially the ability to really dig into analytics to determine who is and isn’t watching their videos.

4 Vimeo

Need help making your videos? Consider working with the Vimeo video platform. Not only does the site make it easy to upload videos, it also offers its own video school. The school will provide you with plenty of advice and strategies for making higher-quality videos. The Vimeo community is considered more professional, too, than YouTube’s. This means that you might actually receive constructive criticism on your videos, not just insults.

3 Veoh

If you want to upload long videos—really long ones—Veoh is a good choice. This site comes with no length restrictions for uploaded videos. What’s best, though, is how easy this site is to use. Uploading your videos is intuitive. And it doesn’t take nearly as long as you might think. You might also enjoy your company on this site. Veoh boasts some of the more intriguing video content on the Web.

2 Flickr

You probably think of Flickr as a site focused on photos. But you can actually upload videos on this site, too. Be aware, though, that you’ll have to be pithy; Flickr videos can run for a maximum of 90 seconds. That’s why Flickr calls them “long photos.” You have two options with Flickr. You can sign up for a free account that lets you post two 90-second videos every month. If you want to pay, a Pro account allows you to upload as many 90-second videos as you’d like. This site might seem limiting, but it’s a good option for users interested in creating short, experimental videos.

1 Blip.tv

Thinking of starting a Web series? Then Blip.tv might be the smarter choice than YouTube. This service focuses heavily on serial content, giving users the chance to plan long Web series in advance, promote them and analyze their viewership data. You might also make some money off this site if your Web series takes off; you can sign up for an advertising account that lets you split ad revenue with Blip on a 50/50 basis.

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