Back in 2006, Metacafe announced a new program called Producer Rewards. In this program, video producers / users are paid for their original content when their video is viewed a minimum of 20,000 times if the video has not violated any copyrights or “community standards (as defined by Metacafe’s user agreement). Metacafe’s VideoRank system then gives the video a 3.00 + rating and then pays the producer $2 for every 1,000 views. There is some fine print that goes along with this deal, as expected, so read it carefully before deciding this is the hosting site for you. In one year, the top 10 producers posting videos on Metacafe are reported to have earned over $20,000 each. The top earner reported over $117,000, and Metacafe is said to have paid out over $1 million through the Producer Rewards program. Now THOSE are tech-savvy talent!
Similar to YouTube and Vimeo, Metacafe sets itself apart in several other ways, too. It includes duplication elimination, an Adult content filter, and a community member review panel. The allowable file size is smaller than other hosting sites. Metacafe accepts the following video file types: MPEG, MPG, MPE, AVI, WMV, WMF, ASF, M1V, DIVX, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, RM, RMVB, RV, RAM and MKV.
With many options to choose from, talent can find the best means to put themselves in front of an audience daily. Of course, if the uneducated talent utilizes this information inappropriately, it could doom their future. The wise talent will see the value of being choosey with their content and skill set, though, and find that they have opened new doors to exposure and growth!