Best Sites For Submitting Informational, Instructional And How-To Videos
by C.S. Clarke, Ph.D.
With GoogleVideo going to search engine status only, the "serious" side of videos on Google are now limited to the "education" category of YouTube, which only has about five pages. We'll wait and see if the video search engine will do a good job for viewing. But for those of you who make them, you need places for submissions to sites that get taken seriously for educational, instructional, informational or how-to videos.
- http://blip.tv/ -- Blip.tv has been around since 2005 and provides hosting, redistribution to top site and shared advertising revenues for videobloggers, independent video creators, webcast programmers. The service is free, and advertising participation is voluntary. A professional account option is also available. The videos are visually high quality and the content they publish seems to be equally so. Embedding is available if you want to carry others' videos on your site. Carries a variety of informational, educational and entertaining videos.
- http://www.videojug.com/ -- Variety plus depth of coverage plus flexibility in medium of presentation are the hallmarks of VideoJug. They not only have videos, but also written articles and Q&A forums. Your opportunities for becoming "known" and developing traffic to your site are multiplied many times on this informational/how-to site. Free.
- http://vimeo.com/ -- Founded in 2004, Vimeo offers a variety of categories in which to share your video -- from activism, art and anime through comedy and everyday life to science, DIY and how-to. A visually appealing site, easy to use interface, HD publication available. Free and paid (but inexpensive) accounts available.
- http://www.monkeysee.com/ -- Monkeysee is for instructional/how-to videos. They cover topics from auto/mechanical through careers, health, fitness, hobbies, relationship to personal finance and travel -- and more, plus they are open to establishing new topic areas if you'd like to suggest some. The producers of their videos are experts and, often, professionals in their fields. They don't accept just any user generated content. You must be able to provide them with very professionally produced content.
- http://www.5min.com/ -- 5Min.com has tens of thousands of videos spanning 20 categories and 140 subcategories. Like the name says, it specializes in short, short instructional and life-style videos: 5 minutes or less in duration. They have a player (called SmartPlayer) that lets you view in slow motion, zoom in or out and -- if you are the video producer -- to create some nifty enhancements and add-ons. It's free for viewers and creators and the videos can be embedded in your website.
- http://www.wonderhowto.com/ -- WonderHowTo is directed toward a "popular" audience, but covers everything from "how to dissect a human for facial nerves" (for the scientifically curious) to "how to crimp your hair." The individual videos sometimes have a narrow focus but the site has a spectacular variety. If you like learning new stuff and teaching others your own stuff, you'll have a bit of fun on this site. It's not so much a submission site as it is an indexing site that collects and embeds videos from all over the web. But you can submit your video by sending a URL to another site where you've uploaded it. Just make sure it's a true how-to.
- http://www.ehow.com/videos.html -- eHow's videos are even better than many of its articles. If you've got the knack for instruction in just about anything, there's a place on eHow for your video.
- http://www.howcast.com/ -- HowCast allows both uploading and embedding, so you can submit your videos here and get videos to add to your website if you are a publisher. HowCast has instructional and how-to video available for iPhone and computer. They provide a program for budding professional filmmakers as well. Their many thousands of videos are covered through a variety of categories. They also have some interesting widgets for viewers and publishers to encourage them to maintain live contact with the site and give greater exposure to your videos.
- http://www.mindbites.com/ -- Mindbites is a bit different from the other sites, because although they have some free videos, viewing their videos is a paid experience. But if you have content that you can sell -- and many folks are willing to pay for good tutorials -- this is a good place to start without having the expense of developing and marketing your own tutorial site. Also, you can become an affiliate and make some cash directing traffic to their site.
C.S. Clarke, Ph.D. is a psychologist and performance coach who originated the Superperformance® concept in human performance improvement and publishes the sites Superformance.com® (Human Performance and Achievement Resources) and EverydayDelight.com.™ Superperformance is a trademark.