I’m one of those dog owners who just love taking photos and videos of their dogs because they’re too funny that it needed to be shared. Usually, I’d post them in Facebook for my friends and family to see. Back then, I wasn’t thinking about using those to earn money.
A few months back, I’ve heard from some of my friends that they’ve used YouTube as a way to earn from their videos. So I thought, why not give it a try? I tried that for a time, posted a couple of videos, and after several months, I have yet to reach $1. There wasn’t much traffic generated. One reason could be that I needed to work on my network so that their channel gets noticed, but I wanted something easier than that as I didn’t want to allocate too much of my time on this.
One day, as I was watching a funny random pet video, I started wondering where those videos were coming from. Eventually, I came down to two video agencies: Jukin Media and Rumble. I ended up using Rumble for several reasons.
I didn’t like Jukin Media, at all. It’s good that they don’t require you to register when submitting videos and that their submission form is fairly simple, but there are more reasons why I didn’t prefer to use them:
- They require providing a phone number when submitting a video. As much as possible, I try not to give away too much details about myself so I wasn’t comfortable giving that away.
- I’m not a lawyer nor an expert in interpreting licenses, but it appears that upon submission of the video, I am already granting Jukin Media the exclusive and unlimited right to use my videos.
- They never send a response about the status of your video. It looks like they will only contact you if your video is accepted. Waiting for nothing is something I really hate doing. I honestly don’t mind if the video gets rejected as long as I get informed about it.
- With the absence of a registration, submitters didn’t have access to a portal or dashboard to monitor the status of their videos. Perhaps the registration, portal and dashboard are for those whose videos have already been accepted.
Rumble, on the other hand, provides two options for submitting videos.
I chose to register as I wanted to monitor the earnings through the dashboard. Their registration didn’t require a phone number, only an email address.
Whenever you submit videos, Rumble offers different options about the kind of license you’d like to grant them:
- Video Management: Granting exclusive rights to Rumble. Rumble will be obliged to pay 60% of the Net Earnings collected from 3rd parties in relation to your video (except for YouTube). On YouTube.com, you will retain 90% of all Net Earnings generated in relation to your video.
- Video Management (excluding YouTube): Same as above without YouTube
- Rumble Player: Granting non-exclusive license to access your content through Rumble Video Player. You retain full control and all rights to your video.
- Not For Sale: Rumble will not partake in any monetization related to your video.
The thing I really liked about Rumble is that they kept me updated. I didn’t need to wait for weeks before finding out whether my content was approved for profit sharing or for limited distribution. Typically, they send an email within the week to inform you about the status. Profit sharing means that they will feature the video in their front page and promote it to their third party partners such as Yahoo and Microsoft, whereas limited distribution means that they will exclusively manage your video on all video platforms but will not guarantee distribution to the third party partners. For limited distribution, they will ask you to click a link to accept that proposal within 30 days, and if you prefer not to accept the terms then you don’t need to click on the link and Rumble will take no action on your video. Usually, for limited distribution, I skip on accepting their terms so that I still have control over my content should I decide to provide it to another agency.
Rumble has an informative dashboard to monitor how much you’ve earned from your videos so far. So far, I have earned more than $150 in 6 months for just one video. I know it isn’t a thousand or more, but considering that I don’t even make that much effort in producing and publicizing these videos, that’s still good amount of money instead of leaving them laying around not earning anything. Just like a passive income!
You would need a Paypal account to receive your earnings. The current minimum cash out is $50. That means, once you’ve reached that amount, you can cash them out to your Paypal account.
You will receive the money on the next Friday after you clicked “Cash Out”. For example, if today is Thursday, you will receive your money not tomorrow, but on Friday next week. I have cashed out twice, and I can vouch that this is legitimate. 🙂 So if you have funny or interesting videos lying around, I’d suggest you to try Rumble to have the chance to earn from them. There is, of course, a possibility of your videos not getting accepted for profit sharing, but it’s always worth a try because I’ve learned that you won’t be able to accurately predict if they will be interested in your video or not, so just submit and see how it goes. I would appreciate if you register through my referral link, but it’s also fine if you don’t prefer that. 🙂
If you’re the type of person who’s into controlling and maintaining your own video distribution, then I would suggest sticking to YouTube and using Google AdSense. This route is more for the lazy ones like me. 🙂
Btw, if you have other platforms that may even be better than Rumble, feel free to share as a comment!