At my old day job, I learned about how to make and edit videos, both live streams, and recorded videos. This, of course, made me brainstorm ideas for UNB. I have a ton of ideas, but I hit a brick wall when I realized the problems we have had in the past.
Over the 11 years of UNB, we have had several videos get a Terms of Service (TOS) violation on YouTube. At first, this made mad because it was a strike against us. Then I realized it doesn’t matter because we can’t monetize our videos. Yup, you heard me. Due to the nature of our videos, we must mark them with “age restriction,” and when you do this, you are not eligible for monetization.
Yup, it’s a catch-22. You can’t have your videos on the site without getting removed to give you a strike, and therefore, can’t monetize. But, if you mark your videos as age-restricted, you can’t monetize either.
This is bad because there is a massive audience on YouTube. No other service has the reach or eyes that YouTube can deliver. I can hear some of you say, go to Vimeo. We are there, a lot of our “questionable” videos for YouTubego. I have the adage, when in doubt Vimeo. But, they don’t have the audience of Youtube.
One of our biggest videos was the Just /b/ Trunk review. It had a few hundred thousand views on YouTube before they dinged it for a TOS violation. I appealed, but they denied it. I placed it on Vimeo, and we have nowhere near that amount. This video has been on Vimeo longer than YouTube. I’m not knocking Vimeo, they are fantastic, and I have never had any issues with them. I think more creators need to go there.
This brings me to my dilemma. I have ideas for several video projects. I know that some of them will not be appropriate for YouTube. Do I post it on YouTube and take my chances? Post on Vimeo, or do I go to the third option a paysite (Patreon or Only fans).
Video content isn’t easy or cheap to make. I know ways to cut costs, but there is still overhead and production time. I would lean towards Patreon and not Onlyfans. Only fans you need content all the time. The content I would be doing would be every few weeks to monthly.
Before I start the work of developing, I am going to research more. If you are a creator, where are you sharing your videos? What have you found to be successful with content that may not be “suitable” for YouTube?