Andre Oentoro October 12th, 2020

8 YouTube Alternatives for Video Content Creators

Whether you are a professional video content creator or just an indie production company, YouTube is undeniably the top dog for hosting videos.

Since YouTube went live in 2005, it has garnered approximately 2 billion active users each month. It is also left behind only Google to be the second-largest search engine page. Therefore, YouTube is everyone’s top choice to share their videos effortlessly.

However, with its huge number of active users, it can be so hard to get your videos reachable to more viewers, especially when you are a new creator. YouTube algorithm can either flush you down in the abyss or let you shine after ten years. 

So, is there any way to share your video content to the world wide web without battling hard on the YouTube platform?

Well, there are YouTube alternatives that help you reach and connect more viewers for a first-timer. These alternative platforms are great for building your audience and get a link back to your YouTube channel.

Without further ado, these are the list:

1. Vimeo

This platform has over 100 million active users each month, nothing big compared to YouTube, but it is still a huge number for an alternative. Vimeo has some nice things that the former platform doesn’t have, for instance, a more business layout. With this look, viewers know \what they expect from this platform.

If you are looking for no ads platform, Vimeo is a great choice as it doesn’t have this monetization. It also allows you to choose what next videos are suggested after your video ends. This choice lets you keep your viewers to stay only on your page. This is truly a big deal to build an audience for your business.

Moreover, Vimeo has more advanced analytics compared to YouTube. It lets you know who left a comment, who stopped watching your videos, the number of plays on the embedded video, and many more. 

Vimeo enables you to upload in 4K-ultra HD resolution with a maximum of 500 MB space each week. If you need more space, you could upgrade your plan to get better experiences. 

2. Dailymotion

Not many of us realized Dailymotion has been on board in the same year as YouTube. It is highly popular for its second choice after the latter. But it has something that the red platform doesn’t have.

Dailymotion has more variety of content than the former competitor; it has less strict rules that enable creators to upload almost everything. With its monthly 300 million users, it is easy to get views from this platform. In fact, you can gather more viewers with the same video uploaded on YouTube. So, if you are looking for more viewers, get yourself on set on Dailymotion.

This platform allows you to get real-time analytics to track your video performances. Dailymotion also provides one of the best live-streaming experiences in this industry.

3. TikTok

Unlike its former image, TikTok is no longer a cute app for some random teenagers. TikTok has unsurprisingly collected a whopping 800 million active users just behind YouTube.

This app allows creators to share content and modify it on the spot. It is then directly shared to the users worldwide. It’s also no surprise when a thing can be viral in a short time.

TikTok is also popular among businesses as it enables them to reach out to a broader audience effortlessly. It is a great platform to increase engagement rates besides Instagram, thus, making it the top choice to build an audience. 

4. Veoh

If you are looking for a specific niche platform, Veoh is your go-to place. It allows you to create content based on the niche you choose. Viewers will then find your videos based on their interests.

Unlike other video sharing platforms, Veoh provides both sharing and streaming services. You can find the on-going TV shows on this platform and upload your content at the same time.

If you are on the creator side, connecting with the audience is a great deal. With Veoh, you can add contacts, direct messages to strangers, and even create a group. This way, you can connect directly with viewers and listen to their suggestions. 

5. Twitch

Twitch has over 15 million daily active users making it the biggest and probably the best streaming platform in this industry. Twitch has a very specific niche as a gaming streaming platform that connects gamers around the world. It is mainly used by game companies to market their products.

But, if you create gaming content, Twitch is your best bet to collect massive viewers in a short time. You can connect with them through the add friends button. Twitch provides metrics for you to analyze your streaming content. It also brings many undisputed things YouTube doesn’t have.   

Twitch offers an annual convention (TwitchCon) for game creators and streamers to connect in real life. It allows you to engage with your audience directly and leads you to reach out to more potential viewers that can enhance your gaming channel. 

6. Metacafe

In the opposite of Veoh, Metacafe offers a short-form video for content creators. It is one of the oldest video sharing platforms, making it more viable for boomers who generally come here for short and quick entertainment. 

Metacafe is easy to use and has a straightforward interface. Users can upload videos, create a playlist, and an image gallery on one account. With its unlimited upload, you can basically upload everything here and gather fast viewers from the older generation.

Therefore, many of the videos are driven by advertising from electronics, home appliances, gardening, etc.  

7. Facebook

Long story short, Facebook Video is still rocking in building an audience. You can upload your video content on your Facebook page without having trouble getting no view. It is a great choice when you have established the page beforehand, that means you already have dedicated followers.

You can also make your video into ads to reach a broader audience. By using Facebook, you can embed your original YouTube video or link it back to your channel.

Although Facebook is a social media platform first, you can still share your video content there that is shareable across multiple platforms. Therefore, opting to use Facebook to share videos is another big deal. 

8. Patreon

If you want to make money aside from YouTube, then Patreon is your best deal. Patreon allows you to connect exclusively with your subscribers that other platforms don’t offer. It lets members access early videos on your page and gets more benefits from it.

Patreon itself isn’t a video sharing platform. It is where subscribers enjoy a rare and unique content from creators that are not publicly shared. The biggest fans will directly fund the creators by joining a certain tier in a Patreon. The subscription fees can be as low as $1 per month, making it easier for them to continue the next month.

Closing Thoughts

YouTube isn’t the only option when it comes to sharing your videos. Other platforms have more advantages for video creators than the former has. However, some of them won’t fit your niche content compared to YouTube, which is more friendly to general content.

Either you are an indie production company or just a small content creator, these YouTube alternative platforms can be a massive deal for promoting your content and building a greater audience.  


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Andre Oentoro

Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, an award-winning explainer video company. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order).

One comment

  1. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this article because it helps lot of people like Me.
    For Video Content Creators these 8 youtube alternatives are really helpful. Great job-Keep doing

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