YouTube vs Vimeo for Video Hosting

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00:28 David Blackmon: Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast, my name is David Blackmon.

00:35 Tim Strifler: And i’m Tim Strifler

00:38 David Blackmon: Today in episode 803 we’re going to talk about Youtube versus Vimeo for video hosting. Obviously with more and more things moving to the online space online education is huge, schools all kinds of stuff. You may be looking for platforms to host your videos and we’re going to talk about the difference between Youtube and Vimeo specifically because those are two of the larger platforms for video posting. So Tim which one do you want to tackle Youtube or Vimeo?

01:10 Tim Strifler: Um i was just using Vimeo the last two days so it’s fresh in my mind, so i’ll be happy to talk about that one.

01:18 David Blackmon: I’m glad you said that because i’m a youtuber.

01:23 Tim Strifler: Yeah uh so one thing i do want to say though is you know, we we titled this Youtube versus Vimeo, but one isn’t better than the other because they actually have like entirely different use cases. And we love both, we love both we use both and so really it comes down to what specifically you want to do. And so David i’ll let you go first with Youtube and then i’ll talk about why Vimeo is awesome.

01:49 David Blackmon: Well you may or may not know this but Youtube is technically a search engine, you may think it’s a social platform or a video platform only because it does have a community aspect to it. There’s a lot of engagement there a lot of content creators use it to you know create and build businesses on that platform and stuff, but actually youtube is the number two search engine in the world only falling behind google, its parent company. The google actually owns youtube so um technically it’s a search engine which is a little bit different than Vimeo. That’s your i guess the first really difference but youtube’s more of a platform for posting videos and stuff that you’re not gonna really worry about if people see them or not you’re actually wanting them to get indexed you’re wanting it to get indexed just like your website . And so that your videos can be found and watch does it mean that you can’t put private content on YouTube. No absolutely not, you can it’s just traditionally not set up this way you can have private videos where only you can see them you can have unlisted videos on youtube which won’t be indexed, but if someone has the link to the video they’re going to be able to view the content there, which isn’t technically ideal for like Tim and I, have courses that we have you know proprietary content that we don’t want floating around the internet and stuff. So we don’t want it to be indexed and stuff so for this that case we’re not really going to use youtube to to do that and stuff. Uh one of the things that i really like about the youtube platform and vimeo does this as well is you can do live streams. So you can do webinar type kinds of things on the platform and um you know engage with your audience and stuff in that way. So it’s just a a really really great platform to use mainly if it’s content that you’re not wanting secured in my opinion.

03:51 Tim Strifler: Yeah absolutely, so i think uh bottom line, i’ll talk about Vimeo specifically. But bottom line is youtube is really geared towards if you want your content to be found if it’s for marketing purposes. Vimeo is if you want to be able to lock it down and have more control over that. And so for example uh course content David and i are in the process of creating content for the WordPress and Divi Beginner Course that we just launched, and so we’ve been using Vimeo for course content. Right, we want that content locked down that is not open to the world, Vimeo is perfect for that not only can you make it private but you can actually decide what urls you will allow it to be embedded on. And so we only allow it to be embedded on so there’s no chance of it ever getting pulled off and put onto another site, like obviously with the internet and digital stuff like piracy can still happen, but it reduces the chances greatly. Yeah so you know people can use screen recorder to you know copy stuff like that, but uh for like you just can’t embed it um you can lock it down that way. And then also Vimeo gives you more control over the customization. So you can control the player colors and uh what you want shown if you want um you know your logo shown you can turn off the Vimeo logo, do you want the control shown do you want to give them the ability to pause like you can first. So for like marketing stuff it can be really useful for like a landing page right where you’re gonna show someone a video and you don’t want them to be able to skip ahead, well you can do that in Vimeo uh which is really really cool. So um yeah when it comes to Youtube versus Vimeo one’s not better than the other it just really depends on on on what you’re using it for so for for private content Vimeo outstanding before getting your content out in front of as many eyeballs as possible youtube is definitely king.

06:03 David Blackmon: Awesome tomorrow we’ve got another great topic for you we’re going to talk about how to make blog post comments searchable and WordPress could be huge for SEO, Tim till tomorrow we’ll see you then

06:13 Tim Strifler: Take care, bye.



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