If you have been following this blog for a while, you have probably seen all the posts that I have written about vlogging and how to get started with your video blog. It’s one thing to know what you need to know how to create a video for your vlog. It’s another thing to know how to host your videos. Videos are not exactly bandwidth friendly, and you can easily run out of hosting resources if you get too popular. Beginners can always use YouTube to host videos for free, but if you are planning to pursue a professional career as a vlogger, you need to look for more flexible options.
Viddler is a cool video hosting / distribution service that lets you host your videos and get a piece of the advertising pie in the process. You can host your videos for free (with various limitations) or build a business with your videos. What I like about Viddler is the fact that you know what you are getting with your plan. There is not a lot left to guesswork when you sign up for Viddler for business. You can always use the free service to share your videos but business plans are the best for anyone who’s serious about vlogging. Here are the business plans available through Viddler:
- Startup: not bad if you are a casual vlogger but the bandwidth won’t be enough for frequent vloggers (3,000 views/month – 3 minute high quality videos).
- Basic: not for beginners but not for advanced users either. It’s one of those middle of the road plans for vloggers (12,000 views/month).
- Plus: should be enough for fairly advanced vloggers. You get enough bandwidth and space to host a fairly popular vlog (60,000 views/month).
- Enterprise: the most serious plan for business vloggers. If you are a superstar and get a lot of traffic on your vlog, you are going to need this plan. It’s not cheap, but if you are very popular, you can probably afford it (240,000 views/month).
But you don’t have to pay a whole lot of money to Viddler if you are popular enough to become a partner with Viddler. The company will provide you with enough space and bandwidth to expand your vlog, but you are going to need to have high quality videos and a number of them in that. If you have been vlogging for a while on YouTube or Viddler, there is a good chance you are going to have enough ammunition to sign up as a Viddler partner. And if you don’t, it’s never too late to start.
Building a video blog is not as simple as it sounds, but it’s not too complicated either. Addressing your hosting issues can go a long way towards helping you start and build a very successful vlog. You are always going to need good content, but it’s good to know that your users will be able to see them once you put them up.