It’s kind of like a great battle, isn’t it? Should I put my video on Vimeo or YouTube or somewhere else? Or my own website?
I’d steer clear of using your website. Video is a large file and so if you put it on your server you’re gonna use a lot of bandwidth. If you don’t understand what that means, don’t worry. It’s not a good idea, you should put it somewhere else.
Here are the pros and cons for YouTube. YouTube is the biggest video search engine in the world, so if you want people to find your video through a search engine, a video search engine, you’ll find it through YouTube.
YouTube has some great analytics tools. You can see when people are watching, how long they’re watching for, where they’re watching from, it’s kind of backed by Google so you got that advantage.
The kind of the main disadvantage I see in YouTube is that, well there’s kind of two main disadvantages. One is that there is a lot of rubbish on YouTube. There’s a lot of cat videos, there’s a lot of kids crying and winging about things which seem to go viral, I don’t understand it.
And the other one is the advertising. It’s plastered all over YouTube and when you embed a clip you’re likely to end up with some advertising whether it’s in the ad on the start of a video if it’s been monetized or if it’s kind of watch these other videos.
So I think that YouTube has a few weaknesses there. Next week I’m gonna talk about the advantages of using, and disadvantages of course of using something like Vimeo.