Are you a video blogger or someone who produces videos occasionally?
Chances are you must be using YouTube to upload videos. Well, if your answer is yes, this post is going to be highly useful for you.
YouTube is indeed the king of videos, however, once you have completed a video production, you should not look beyond YouTube to upload your videos. By uploading videos to other video uploading sites, you are not only increasing your visibility, you are also adding extra branding for yourself & for the brand, you are representing.
In this epic post, I’m sharing all the sites like YouTube where you can upload any kind of original videos. I would recommend making it a part of your video promotion strategy & especially when Internet bandwidth is getting cheaper; this technique is going to help you make more out of your video content. You can also upload already created videos in the past to make most out of it.
One important thing, keep your video title & description ready. I usually keep it handy on Evernote & simply copy paste when uploading videos. Another thing that you must do (in case if you are not doing) is to add intro & outro with every video of yours. You can use a site like Fiverr that cost not more than $10-20 to get high-quality intro & outro. I have spoken about this earlier here.
To give you a better understanding, watch this video where you will find intro at the beginning & outro at the end of the video.
I believe now you & me are on the same page, so let’s go ahead & use this epic list of websites like YouTube to upload your videos. You can treat these sites as an alternative to YouTube for uploading videos. However, I don’t find any single site in this list as good as YouTube for video discovery & promotion. I suggest using all or few of the listed sites along with YouTube to make most out of your hard work.
Best Websites to upload videos like YouTube For extra reach & branding:
Facebook page & profile:
Once you are done uploading your video on YouTube, Facebook is the next place where you should upload your videos.
- Allowed Size: 4 GB Max
- Time length: 120 minutes Max (Source)
- Allowed size exception: 1.75Gb
- Caption text length: Max 2200 characters
If you have a larger video, you can always split it into 2-3 parts & then upload. However, I believe most of the blogger who creates videos; the length is usually below 120 minutes. There is one tool call TubeBuddy that you can use to natively publish YouTube videos on your Facebook page. I often use it to save time.
Twitter is another popular social networking site that supports video sharing. You can either record a video or upload an existing video on Twitter. You can upload videos using the official Twitter app on iPhone or Android. You can also upload videos using the Twitter web. I have listed down important things to know about uploading videos on Twitter below:
- Max video length: 2 minutes 20 seconds
- Supported format on mobile apps: MP4 and MOV
- Supported format on the web: MP4 video format with H264 format
- Upload size limit on The Web: 512 MB
If your video is lengthier than allowed 2 minutes 20 seconds, you can always trim video on the app itself before uploading. Here is the official specs & help guide for uploading videos on Twitter.
— Harsh Agrawal (@denharsh) February 4, 2017
You can also upload your video to Instagram, but unlike other websites, the video length is too short. You can upload max 60-second video. What you can do is, create a video teaser of the main video & post it on Instagram. You can add the video link in the description of your profile & ask users to see the complete video in the video description. It’s a little bit of extra work but the kind of high-quality audience you will drive from Instagram, it’s completely worth it.
- Max allowed length: 60 seconds
- Upload using mobile app only
Another thing you can do on Instagram is taking advantage of Instagram live video or stories. You can use it to let people know about your latest published video on YouTube & drive more traffic.
Here is an example of one such uploaded video on Instagram:
Vimeo is another free video hosting site. They have both free & paid plan. Usually, brands prefer to host their videos on Vimeo. I use a paid plan of Vimeo for hosting videos for our membership site ShoutUniversity. To start using Vimeo, you need to create a free account which offers 500MB per week of upload space. You can upload maximum of 10 videos every day.
However, their have strict rules regarding commercial videos so you should read their basic membership guidelines here. For a blogger, independent production company, author, artist, or non-profit there is no problem when using free plan.
One interesting thing on Vimeo is; you can upload videos directly using Dropbox, Google drive, one drive & box. I like Dropbox feature to upload videos on Vimeo.
Dailymotion is an old video sharing sites that let us upload videos for free. Here is important information you need to know about video limit on Dailymotion:
- Maximum file size: 2 GB
- Maximum video duration: 60 minutes
Here you can find more technical specs for Dailymotion video upload. Just like Vimeo, Dailymotion also allows video embedding, so it’s a good alternative to YouTube for hosting videos. Here you can see an example of videos uploaded by me on Dailymotion. Another interesting thing to know about Dailymotion is; you can also monetize your videos just like YouTube. So, this adds another good option for you to make money from your videos. As per my observation, Dailymotion lacks views but again if you are in a country where internet bandwidth is cheap, it shouldn’t stop you from uploading videos on Dailymotion.
Other websites where you can upload videos:
There are more sites like Periscope where you can share live videos. There are ways by which you can stream existing videos as live on Periscope & another platform like Facebook. However, that is out of scope for this post. So, I will talk more about this nice hacks in upcoming posts.
For now, if you are uploading videos to any other web or mobile platform, do let me know by commenting below. If you haven’t uploaded your videos on another platform, well, now you have more options apart from YouTube to get extra views for yourself. That’s all from me for now.
If you find this video sharing sites like useful, do share it with others on Facebook & Twitter. I would see you in the next blog post. Here are few hand-picked articles that would help you improve your career as a video blogger:
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