Change the Channel: The 9 Best Alternatives to YouTube

Whether you’re looking to see the latest popular music video, watch some creative vloggers, or your kids want to check out other kids unboxing toys or making slime; YouTube has turned out to be one of the most popular apps and websites on the Internet today.

Still, as time has worn on, an entire host of issues have arisen for the massive video uploading and streaming channel. One major one has been the toxic and negative comments from users. Another widely-publicized problem is YouTube’s uncontrollable and controversial uploaded content. This has left the site continually changing its monetization structure to appeal to advertisers as no major brand wants to be caught between, or associated with, anything that is scandalous or does not have mass appeal.

Thus, YouTube video creators who were once immersed in developing interesting and unique content are now looking at other platforms to showcase their videos in order to earn an honest buck. It’s undeniable that many popular creators on the site have felt the financial effects trickle down as some YouTube videos now simply don’t get the ads or forefront visualization on the site, as they use to.

Whether you’re a creator or user, below are nine of the best alternatives to YouTube.

1. Dailymotion

Dailymotion has been said to be the second-best option to those looking for alternatives to YouTube. It offers pretty much the same video categories and layout as YouTube, and as such, users get the hang of Dailymotion a lot easier than any other video uploading and streaming site. As well, the rules for Dailymotion are far less strict when it comes to removal, which means creators can upload what they please. The site also showcases professional and high-quality videos.

Still, there are some downsides to Dailymotion. Pro users are only privy to high-definition uploads and there is a limit of 4GB videos, which means 60 minute uploads are acceptable; however, those with comprehensive video uploads for training or educational reasons may find themselves going back to YouTube. Another negative is that while it’s popular in Europe, it has yet to build steam in the United States.

2. Twitch

This YouTube alternative has become popular amongst those watching gaming videos and has built a massive content library in this regard. Twitch is also great for those “live” broadcast; however, it still hasn’t reached the popularity of YouTube on any level. Users are unable to rewind videos and streaming is a tad slower when compared to other sites. While the payout isn’t comparable, if you’re a creator that loves gaming videos, this is a great option for you.

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3. Vimeo

Vimeo is an incredible video streaming alternative to YouTube. It has attracted chic filmmakers to the site, with far less distraction in the background when a viewer is streaming. If you’re willing to pay for a membership ($199/year), there are some great features that you’ll have access to like being able to replace the Vimeo logo with your own logo. If you’re interested in the stats of your videos, then Vimeo might be for you. You’ll have access to more specific details like who watched your video, who liked it, and how many of the plays were on an embedded player.

There are some cons to Vimeo, and this concerns creators, as there is a weekly upload limit on the site that sets at 500MB, which can be upgraded to 5GB (for a monthly fee), but this is nothing when compared to what you can upload on YouTube. Vimeo does have over 100 million users, but that is nothing compared to YouTube, so there is less traffic seeing your uploads.

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