14 video sharing services for premium video

Video is one of the best ways to reach an online market. In fact, 100 million people watch videos every month, giving you the opportunity to connect with tons of potential businesses.

Although YouTube is still the default for many small businesses wanting to share free videos, we are starting to see more premium video content distribution channels. These are ideal for webinars, in-depth explainer videos, or tutorial content that you want people to pay to access.

Below, we’ve identified 14 premium online video sharing options worth checking out.

YouTube has decided to offer a paid version of its video sharing tool. With paid channels, users pay a monthly or yearly subscription to access your premium content. Adoption is still relatively low (there are only 125 paid channels right now), but this is a great opportunity for you to conquer the market with your valuable video content before the competition.

Viddler Subscriptions

Viddler, which also offers free video content, makes it easy to monetize videos. There are three ways to make money from your videos: subscriptions, advertising, and reselling. With a membership, you can create a branded store that looks professional and invites people to donate money to access your great content.

If your Viddler videos are already getting high traffic, you can optimize it by working with ad networks and turning views into money. Or you can resell Viddler services to your customers, if they use online video.

Here’s a different model: Vimeo has an on-demand feature that lets people pay for the programming they want, starting at $0.99. You keep 90% of the income.

Vimeo claims to offer easy-to-use tools, which will appeal to those (like me) who are discouraged by the idea of ​​constantly taking, uploading and editing videos.


This newcomer claims to be the “world’s first open market for video”. Although it’s still in beta (and still hasn’t generated much buzz online), it might be worth exploring as a potential revenue channel. You set the price for your videos and they are distributed on Videolla’s social network.

Viewers have the option of watching your video for free with ads or paying to stream without ads.

But what if it’s not a video you want to monetize? Webinars are also turning into easily monetizable content, thanks to startups like Easy Webinar and others. With this tool, you can bill for webinars (both real-time streaming and pre-recorded ones) and access analytics that help you understand your audience.

There is also a cool social sharing incentive feature that gives viewers a free gift if they share your webinar on social media.

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While Youreeeka is similar in its revenue model (it offers an 80/20 profit split), where it stands out for video monetization is its embeddable Flash player. You don’t have to wait for people to find content on the Youreeeka site. You can also post your paid video to your site, blog, landing page, or social media profile.

If you want to drive traffic and take advantage of multiple angles, this is the way to go.

What differentiates Gumroad is its pricing model. It only charges 5% of your video price, plus $0.25. So if you sell your video for $10, you will only pay $0.75 per sale. When you count on every penny of your income, it can make a huge difference. Payments are made every 2 weeks, either to your bank account or via Paypal.

This provides a safe and easy way to venture into video monetization.

If you also have e-books, music, software, or any other digital property you want to sell, Sellfy makes it easy to sell it all in one marketplace. You can promote it on your own network or work with affiliates to get your videos (and other products) widely known. Then you can take a look at your analytics dashboard, see which products are really trending and give them more momentum.

Here’s another channel that helps you sell digital art, music, videos, photography, fonts, e-books, software and other downloadable products in one place. The dashboard is quite user-friendly and makes it easy to see what products you’re selling, as well as the performance of each. You can also personalize the emails you send to your customers, providing the ability to connect for possible additional sales down the road.

With so many startups in this space, you probably don’t want to start on a brand new site to sell your video if it doesn’t have an audience yet. But Fetch App has been around since 2007 and has sold products for people like Robbie Williams, Beck, Ryan Adams and David Blaine.

If that gives you confidence, go for it. You can create a stylish brand page to sell virtually any type of digital product.


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If you don’t know how to boost interest in your premium videos, Vidstore can help. It offers many marketing and promotion tools, such as SEO, promo codes, video trailers, affiliate programs and search engine marketing to generate more traffic – and therefore customers – to your video page.

More than just a content delivery system, Learning Cart is proud to offer users more ways to interact with customers, including the ability to create content pages, blogs, offer multiple pricing options , bundle discounts, coupons and course bundles.

So if you have a series of courses or videos and want to capture your customers and get them to buy more, this is a great tool to do that.

Although it seems to be aimed more at independent films, VHX is interesting because it supports crowdfunding campaigns on sites like Kickstarter. Videos tend to attract more crowdfunding investors, and VHX gives users the ability to create engaging branded sites that incorporate their crowdfunding details.

Cleeng is not so much a place to upload your video as it is a platform to help you monetize pay-per-view videos. In fact, you can broadcast through YouTube, Livestream, Ustream, and other channels, and use Cleeng to get people to pre-register for your live event. After the event, they will even help you sell rentals, packages, and subscriptions to monetize more.

With so many video monetization tools on the horizon, it’s exciting to think of all the ways we can make money from our content, isn’t it?

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Shirley K. Rosa