When it comes to revenue and income, YouTube isn’t really your best option unless
you’re a huge creator with a large fanbase whose majority are willing to deal with
ads. But recently, a new video sharing platform called DTube came onto the stage,
and it seems to be a very promising option for new creators wanting to earn an
First of all, how does DTube work? DTube works on the same principle as
platforms such as BitChute, using peer-to-peer technology to keep the video
service decentralized and decensored, DTube also uses its own cryptocurrency
to monetize its platform via blockchain. This allows you, the creator, to potentially
earn more money than you ever could on YouTube.
The way that this works is simple. For the first seven days that your video is live,
every like that it gets will earn you STEEM. STEEM is the cryptocurrency that both DTube
and its parent site, Steemit, uses. Currently, the value of one STEEM dollar
is roughly equal to one US dollar. That means that on average you can earn about $90 to
$100 for every 100 likes your videos get. And yes, the likes do accumulate
over time, which means that you can end up earning a good amount of money
for your efforts.
Another good thing about DTube is the nature of a new platform. With sites like YouTube,
there are already so many creators on the platform that there is very little chance for you
to be discovered if you don’t have a viral hit. Many small creators spend years trying to grow
on YouTube and never get there. With DTube being so
new, the user base is small enough that even I managed to get a couple
subscribers after my first video! One of the best benefits in getting a faster growing
audience is the ability to get your message out to more people in a quicker way.
Not to mention, as this is a decentralized platform, you don’t have to worry about
“ad-friendly” policies censoring your content because it doesn’t fit a standard that
admittedly is outdated and regressive instead of being progressive. You also don’t have to
worry about the toxic troll community that pervades YouTube’s ecosystem.
The whole time I’ve been on DTube, I haven’t had a single comment that has been
troll-like or filled with disproportionate anger at something I said. The community is
honestly so much more civilized than on other sites.
And you might be wondering, “Wait a minute, how am I going to produce content
for both DTube and YouTube?” The answer is actually quite simple! Just take the
videos you make for whatever platform you already create on and upload them to
DTube! Not only do you get a new audience, but you also get potential earnings,
all with no extra effort!
Now, there are a couple drawbacks. As it is a decentralized network, the upload
times take longer, and don’t really progress as quickly as on sites like YouTube. But if you
have a bit of patience, it does work eventually. Additionally, the site only
supports MP4 format videos, which can either be taken care of by your recording
software’s settings or by selecting ‘MP4’ in the output settings of your video editor.
These issues aren’t deal breakers, though, and it’s only a minor annoyance in the
Overall, I think that DTube is a valid alternative for YouTube when it comes to
smaller creators trying to gain a beginning income. Between the community and
opportunities it presents there are many good reasons for you to sign up and become a