Vid.me is a growing alternative to the flawed YouTube video sharing platform. It allows individuals to upload their video content and then share that content with the world. It lacks the YouTube ad revenue system, at least at this point in time, but they do offer other means by which a content creator can earn income from the videos the produce, and in a lot of ways, it’s a far better system.
A Vid.me Content Creator can add a monthly subscription fee for whatever amount they deem appropriate for their content. They can then release both public and subscription based videos to their channel. If someone is subscribed they can see the sub only vids, and those who are not subbed see only the public videos. The system works much the same way that Patreon does, where the creator can have offer other rewards to subscribers as well.
Other ways Vid.me Content Creators can earn money from their videos is by receiving Tips from the videos page. This allows a viewer of a video to donate money to the creator.
YouTube is the king of video sharing websites, it has been around for over 10 years and has millions of hours of video, if not more. The problem with YouTube I think, it’s it size. It’s too big to be managed properly and many creators, especially the smaller ones, fall through the cracks. YouTube has not tried to hide the fact that they really don’t have the manpower to care about a channel that is less then a certain threshold in subscribers. From false copyright claims to community guideline strikes, many creators are left in the dark with no where to turn for help.
With the recent pulling of over a billion dollars in ad review by major marketers like McDonalds, Wal Mart, Volkswagen and more. YouTube’s elite are also losing money hand over fist now too. These problems then compound themselves with how difficult it is to get to a point where you can earn an income with your videos in the first place. People with 100,000 subscribers are only earning a dollar or 2 per 1,000 views. And let’s not even talk about smaller channels. They get nothing really.
I still like YouTube, but it’s definitely not my preferred platform anymore when it comes to creating content. I have to still use it for many of the creators I like to watch, such as Lazy Game Reviews, Metal Jesus, Techmoan, Diresta, & My Virgin Kitchen. But as more and more channels experience compounding problems, I think they will move to other platforms.
So, Pigmy Gamer & TSnowCrash have decided to make Vid.Me their primary platform for video content. We will still release our videos to YouTube as well, but Vid.me gets our primary attention.