Sometimes it feels like almost everyone on YouTube is unhappy with YouTube. People hate the 45/55 revenue share and the site’s constant tinkering has left it with more than a few detractors.
While VideoInk doesn’t recommend you leave YouTube entirely in search of internet gold (oh lord, please don’t do that), we’ve put together a list of platforms that gives creators way to earn a little bit extra on the side, without having to sell their eternal souls for it. That’s right, here’s another VideoInk-sanctioned primer:
Chill, like VHX or Vimeo VOD, allows creators to sell content for a set price. What sets Chill apart, however, is the platform’s Insider Access model, which gives filmmakers the ability to build communities, tease projects, and sell merchandise before a film even gets released. Chill offers creators a 70/30 split.
Founded by YouTubers John and Hank Green, Subbable is a subscription service that allows fans to fund their favorite creators so they don’t have to rely on advertisers. For niche creators with a small but passionate fan base, Subbable helps them stay afloat while remaining largely independent. According to Subbable’s mission statement, the platform was founded so that creators can worry less about building subscribers and more about making good quality content.
Subblime is an interesting platform that acts as a sort of interactive Pinterest board for YouTube creators. Essentially, creators can list products on their Subblime page. Those products can then be purchased by fans. Subblime is as a two-way win for creators simply because it allows them to generate a second income source while developing their own off-YouTube brand and advertising deals.
Simply, TubeStart is Kickstarter for online video. TubeStart gives creators the ability to set up crowdsourcing campaigns, which will help them fund a new or existing project. The international platform boasts a variety of funding options similar to Kickstarter’s “flexible funding.”
VHX has a simple premise: Using the platform, filmmakers can distribute directly to their audience through their own website. VHX handles the rest. VHX will make sure your content remains DRM free and able to stream on every digital platform. It’s a good fit for filmmakers and web series creators looking to sell their work outside of YouTube.
Consider Vimeo VOD like a digital Blockbuster Video. Filmmakers with a premium Vimeo account can list their work to rent or buy. The filmmakers set the price and Vimeo provides multiple backend tools including an analytics dashboard.