With the rapid growth of broadband, videos have become a vital part of the Web and watching videos on the Web have become much more commonplace. My 4-year old son, for example, is addicted to YouTube and watches videos of Bugatti and Ferrari cars.
But if you’re at the other end of the spectrum and loves to produce videos about your dogs or hilarious kids, a number of options are now available to help you get cash for your creations. Here are ways you can earn from your videos:
1. Put advertising on your videos. The best example is the Youtube Partner Program http://www.youtube.com/partners = requires that you must own the copyright of your videos and that these videos generate thousands of impressions. Other similar ad-based programs are:
- Revver http://revver.com/go/faq/#makingmoney1 = offers both CPM and CPC ads and splits the revenue 50/50 with the video content producer
- Atom.com (formerly AtomFilms) http://www.atom.com/creators/go_pro/ = payout to Pro Videos vary but could be $8 in revenue share for every 1,000 content plays. Focuses on funny and witty videos, and now allows video creators to have their work shown in Comedy Central TV show.
- BrightCove http://www.brightcove.com/products/advertising/ = inserts ads in the videos and provides syndication platform for video producers.
2. Be paid by number of views. Metacafe Producer Rewards program http://www.metacafe.com/producercentral/ is open to any creator of an original short video, and the payment system is simple and straightforward – $5 for every 1,000 views, starting at the 20,000 views mark.
3. Earn money by producing videos for others. TurnHere.com http://www.turnhere.com/ helps small local businesses produce professional looking videos for an average fee of $1,000 per video. If you don’t think you can compete head-on with TurnHere.com, you can join them as a freelance video producer.
4. Sell your videos. Some of the sites that allow you to sell your videos are:
- Apple’s iTunes Music Store http://www.apple.com/itunes/contentproviders/ requires tha you apply and be approved as a content provider
- Behemoth http://www.behemoth.com/ which targets Christian family audiences
- Steamyo http://www.streamyo.com/ allows video producers to set the price of their videos
5. Get paid for responding to requests for specific types of videos. Videos submitted to CurrentTV.com http://current.com/make.htm are broadcast on the their web site, as well as on cable and satellite channels. There are two options to earn. The first is to submit a “pod” or a 7-minute video on pre-announced topics such as the hottest trends on the street to voting outside of mainland to the juiciest hooking up stories. Payment is negotiated per pod basis, and your video may be broadcast on television. The second option is to submit a video ad as dictated by the sponsor, and you get paid if the video is shown on the Current website or on another television station.
6. Sell videos on a royalty basis. iStockPhoto.com , well known for their subscription model in selling photos, has branched out to videos. After passing a rigid test, you can submit videos and earn as much as 40% of the royalties paid. CreateSpace.com http://www.createspace.com/ allows your videos to be sold on Amazon.com and you can earn royalties on every sale you make.
7. Sell your video on demand. If you are a more established video content producer and independent filmmaker, FlickRocket.com http://www.flickrocket.com/ offers a direct online VOD/rental and download-to-own/burn service. Jaman http://www.jaman.com/ and GreenCine http://www.greencine.com/ offers a venue for independent filmmakers to sell their films.
For more detailed information, check out 8 Ways to Earn Money from Online Videos