When I first saw that you could enabled monetization on Dailymotion far quicker than with Youtube, my interest was piqued. I decided to sign up, create a channel and post a bunch of videos to try and reach the 10k total views mark (This is the only requirement for Dailymotion advertising – Ads are enabled automatically at this threshold, so long as your content doesn’t violate the terms of service). After heavily promoting my videos across various social media platforms, ads were being displayed on my channel, so I continued to get a rough idea of the CPM offered by Dailymotion.
How Much Did I Make?
Well, I was certainly VERY surprised by the amount of money paid by Dailymotion, but not in a good way. Attached are screenshots of my first week of earnings in relation to view count, which can be seen below. After amassing 2.5k views, my earnings were… $0.14? Just to put this in perspective, this equals a CPM of roughly 5.6 cents, compared to $2.00 with Youtube. You’d need approximately 36,000 views to earn the same amount of money as 1,000. Doesn’t seem practical, or fair at all, does it?
Why Do People Use Dailymotion To Make Money?
Their CPM might be abysmal, but there are actually some advantages to using Dailymotion over their biggest competitors:
- Copyright Strikes – Due to still being a relatively small video hosting website, copyright strikes on Dailymotion are few and far between. By viewing your recommendations feed, you can see a handful of videos that would be copyrighted on Youtube, but are up and monetized on Dailymotion.
- Start Earning Fast – As touched on in the introduction, the only requirement for unlocked monetization is a total of 10,000 views across your channel. That can be accumulated through as many videos as you like, as long as you stick to the daily upload limits.
- Support – Ever tried to contact Youtube regarding an issue with your channel, only to wait a week for a generic response? Dailymotion doesn’t have that problem. When pushing my videos across social media, I did encounter a few issues. However, all of these were fixed by their support team within a few hours.
The Restrictions Of Dailymotion
After talking about the positives of Dailymotion, it’s only fair that I also list restrictions that I’ve encountered on the platform:
- High Payout Threshold – To request a payment from Dailymotion, you must have earned at least $100 of revenue total. While this will obviously take a while to achieve, it’s worth mentioning that Youtube currently has the same minimum limit.
- Custom Thumbnails – On Dailymotion, you cannot simply add a new thumbnail to your videos once they’ve been uploaded. You need to access their advanced partner platform, which requires a decent sum of total views, 100k+ in many cases.
Before wrapping up this article, you could earn even more money from your content by simply uploading them on both platforms. After all, it’s your content, so you can upload it wherever you wish. Investing time and effort into Dailymotion could also be a viable option, in the hopes it will explode with popularity as Youtube consistently tightens their terms of service.