Is video the future? Say Media, Maven, Hubpages vs. YouTube

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  1. robhampton profile image94
    robhamptonposted 3 years ago

    All I know is that even though many of my articles appear first page, first position on Google that the ads and YouTube vids appear before that. Should I start making "videos" for my niche? I also know that when I want to like work on my car, I go to YouTube first before anything else. This merger with Say Media is exciting, but I'm wondering that as unlimited broadband grows, and video accessibility becomes more "the norm",, will video outweigh text articles in the near future of internet engine searches? Does this even make sense? lol

    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I find it helps to link your articles to your own Youtube videos.  It definitely makes sense.

    2. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, makes sense. I think most people like to look up a quick tutorial or information on video; it's easier. People make a lot of money on YouTube. Some people, not everyone, of course.

      But I'd think if your articles are doing well, videos would too.

    3. Shesabutterfly profile image96
      Shesabutterflyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I sure hope not. I know for me personally I hate video's. I'd rather read or skim to find the answers I'm looking for. If I stubble upon a site that only has a video I exit and find a new one. In a society where people want things now rather than later I find it hard to believe videos are the thing readers would want. When I watch videos (which is very very rarely) the answers take forever to get to. You also can't skim them, and half the time they go off on random tangents or include a bunch of information that is not really needed. I honestly find them really annoying to watch.

      For some topics, cars for example I can see video's being a better option. My husband prefers watching youtube or some other how to so he can figure out how to fix the car. How to video's for this seem easier especially for hands on learners or those that need to see things in action. However, I don't think video's are needed for most subjects.

      I could include video's on some of my articles to enhance them, but I could never simply put together a video and have it stand on it's own like I've seen on some other sites.

  2. lobobrandon profile image91
    lobobrandonposted 3 years ago

    If you can make good videos, definitely do that and treat it as a second source not replacing hubs. Do both.

    1. robhampton profile image94
      robhamptonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes.. agree. From what I've read on YouTube payments, right now the 'YouTubers' pretty much need to be viral with 10's of thousands of views just to get a couple bucks. We're good here lol

      1. lobobrandon profile image91
        lobobrandonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        That is how it is smile

    2. EricFarmer8x profile image97
      EricFarmer8xposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I considered making videos to post on my Hubs but I wondered if doing this would be worth the extra effort.

      1. sallybea profile image98
        sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I think it is, it does depend on the subject though.

  3. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 3 years ago

    This was something HP encouraged a few years ago. We had the facility to upload our own vids directly. It wasn't anything that appealed to me, so I didn't look into it. It didn't really help traffic and wasn't popular, so it was discontinued. I think the majority are here to write, otherwise we'd be Youtubers instead of hubbers.

    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      HP discontinued their own videos a few years ago but others continued making them on YouTube and posted the links.  Earnings made there are added to Adsense earnings.

    2. robhampton profile image94
      robhamptonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm here to write not because it's "my passion" but because I make decent money from it. My question wasn't really about videos on HP, it was referring to more of a general internet thing. Will videos eventually become more desirable than written articles in the future? Not by authors, but by readers/viewers.

  4. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    Interesting and valid question. I think you are right. I recall a client who works in media telling me that as a therapist I need a video rather than a website and articles. Just this past week, I heard on a business marketing report that websites will soon be extinct.

    Regarding videos on HP, I do have a couple on some of my relationship articles. I did not make them myself but they are from another project where I was interviewed. I'm not certain they actually increase views but they are meant to enhance the article topic.

    1. robhampton profile image94
      robhamptonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yep. My question was more... is video eventually going to become more popular than written articles? I didn't mean just on HP, I meant just in general on the internet.

      1. lobobrandon profile image91
        lobobrandonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Isn't it already? Social media is mostly videos, and that is where the people are.

      2. janshares profile image95
        jansharesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        +1 Got it, Rob.

  5. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 3 years ago

    Consider where you need or want to spend your time and energy with this.

    Sure writing content on Hubpages/Say/Maven is no doubt a lower barrier to entry.

    The time and energy needed to write content is far less intensive than making, creating editing and uploading video (say to YouTube)

    Sure, every year we hear that 'this is the year of video' and I myself have been reading or hearing it for over 9 years (almost longer than YoutTube has been around)

    Ultimately I look at the primary concern. That concern is, 'Am I answering the question that my reader or viewer is asking', with the intent of my articles, or video's answering their questions. I also ask withthe conten I produce, is it relevant, timely, a great resource, helpful and easy to understand.

    My suggestion would be continue to write and look at creating and putting up a few video on YouTube as a side venture. You can dip your toe in the water and see what happens.

    1. robhampton profile image94
      robhamptonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well put. I agree. Video editing can be a pain. I definitely plan to stick with this as long as I can. Great suggestion!

  6. DrMark1961 profile image98
    DrMark1961posted 3 years ago

    Rob, I hate the idea of getting up and combing my hair just to put something out on the internet! Down with videos, and long live written media!!!

    1. lobobrandon profile image91
      lobobrandonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Haha

    2. janshares profile image95
      jansharesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      OMGoodness, DrMark1961 I agree, which is why I refuse to activate Skype! I'm in my pajamas right now, at 12:30p EST. big_smile big_smile big_smile

      1. DrMark1961 profile image98
        DrMark1961posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I got a good laugh out of that. I have been working in my garden all day and am covered in sweat and mud. The last thing I want to do is get into a Skype conversation with someone from the big city.

        1. janshares profile image95
          jansharesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          big_smile+1

 
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