online video Online videos are extremely hot online sales tools. This post introduces 13 sites for sharing your videos.

Did you know YouTube is the 2nd most used Internet search engine after Google. And YouTube is owned by Google. 

The smallest of businesses and online marketers can become huge money makers with proper use of video. Online videos effectively grab attention for product sales and explaining ‘how-to’ on a variety of subjects. Text search information is great, but there’s nothing like seeing step-by-step instructions for installing software, or constructing a camp stove from discarded items.

Videos online shot and posted by average people like us celebrate life cycle events.  They take us on exciting adventures. Some introduce viewers to new and exciting ways to enrich ordinary lives. Today virtually everyone can be a successful online movie producer. That means you can promote your online business, sell your products, and establish your credibility easily via uploaded video.

A key is don’t be boring! When you are original and creative there is no telling how often your video will be shared and go viral. Remember that young international music superstar Justin Bieber jump-started his career when an unknown Canadian lad posting self-produced music videos.   

I use my smartphone for videos. However I probably will get a Go-Pro pretty soon, starting with the basic model then moving up.

YouTube is the monster video site online.

  • YouTube has more than 1 billion users
  • Every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views
  • The number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month is up 50% year over year
  • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • ~60% of a creator’s views comes from outside their home country
  • YouTube is localized in 75 countries and available in 61 languages
  • Half of YouTube views are on mobile devices

Here’s what you lugged around when personal video cams first hit the market several decades ago… Sony PortaPak system

Today all you need is your iPhone or Android to shoot video on the go. Or simply use your Mac or PC video cam to easily capture your image and message.

There’s a lot of free software available to edit your video, adding custom open and close images and enhancing the sound track.

If you are reading this post you already have what you need to begin your video career. The only question is when are you going to begin shooting and posting your business and personal videos online?

Here’s an excellent article describing the many opportunities along with YouTube for sharing your videos.

13 Solutions for Sharing Video

by SIG UELAND

Video content accounts for approximately 80 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic, according to Cisco Systems. If video isn’t part of your business’s content marketing strategy, perhaps it should be.

Here is a list of solutions to create and distribute video content. There are video platforms, social networks focusing on video and video apps for creating and sharing content. Use video to engage your audience and establish your brand.

YouTube

Launched in 2005, YouTube is the largest online platform for video for original content creators and advertisers. Its Creator Hub features a variety of programs and tools to create better content and increase your fan base, including production space, video editor, and analytics.

Facebook

Currently Facebook has more than 4 billion daily views of its video content, rapidly approaching YouTube numbers. And, according to the Socialbakers blog, Facebook video is now bigger than YouTube for brands. Facebook supports native video uploads and native video embedding on websites. It also offers premium 15-second video ads, currently for a select group of advertisers.

Dailymotion

Dailymotion is one of the biggest video platforms, with over 125 million monthly unique visitors. It’s available in 18 languages and 35 localized versions. Upload videos of as much as 60 minutes long. Users can also broadcast a live stream in high definition. Official partners can make money from video uploads, as well as benefit from exclusive features to boost quality and visibility.

Twitter

Recently Twitter has launched a variety of initiatives to drive video on its platform. Twitter’s new native video player allows standard users to record and edit up to 30 seconds of video and advertisers up to 10 minutes. Twitter offers promoted video ads for businesses and native video embedding. Twitter has also purchased various video apps, Vine for looping videos, and Periscope for live streaming.

Veoh

Launched in 2005, Veoh accepts all kinds of videos, including vlogs, short films, original TV series, funny viral videos, and more. Upload videos of any run length. Video categories include Educational & How-to, Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty, and Tech & Gaming.

Vimeo

Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work and personal moments from their lives. Vimeo is a site to upload original content. Basic members can upload up to 500 MB of video per week. Access Vimeo Video School for tools, tutorials, and advice.

Vine

Vine is an app to make short, fun, looping videos. Record or import videos from your phone, and edit with Vine’s tools. Videos on Vine can be 6 seconds long. The share screen lets you share to multiple networks all at once — Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Vine is owned by Twitter.

Instagram

Instagram, the platform to share images, is also a place to share short videos. Videos on Instagram can be 3 to 15 seconds long. Record with the iOS and Android apps. Add a filter, a caption, and location. Post to Instagram, or share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. Use the Hyperlapse app from Instagram to create dynamic time-lapse videos.

Periscope

Periscope is Twitter’s app that lets you broadcast live video from your smartphone. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment, and send you hearts in real time. When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. When you broadcast live on Twitter, you’ll tweet a link so that Twitter followers can watch on the web or in the app.

Meerkat

Meerkat is another app to live stream video from your phone to all of your followers at once. Originally an app solely for the Twitter platform, Meerkat now lets users push live and upcoming streams directly to Facebook as well. Watchers can retweet any stream to their followers in real time. Streams are pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.

Instructables

Instructables started at the MIT Media Lab as a site to share projects, connect with others, and make an impact on the world. The site has grown from a few hundred to over 100,000 how-to projects. Share you work, and reveal your expertise. Categories include technology, workshop, living, food, play, and outside. Instructables offers free mobile apps to create on the go.

WonderHowTo

WonderHowTo provides more than 170,000 how-to videos and articles from more than 17,000 specialized creators, with 35 categories and 424 sub-categories. It also has subject worlds for the community to meet up and share tips and tricks.

MindBites

MindBites is a site to find, publish and sell video instructional content. A full publishing and commerce platform, MindBites enables everyone from individuals to content sites and publishing companies to publish sell and distribute video tutorials and how-to lessons.

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