Video Compilation Website???

by Hersh
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Hello Everyone,

I would like your input as to whether or not you think the following is a good idea.

I am considering making a video compilation website for a specific niche. I will embed youtube and vimeo videos on my site and organize them into specific categories.

Each video will have a short introduction (in my own words) as well as a final thought whereby I will write a short paragraph explaining the benefits to viewers based on the video.

I like the idea but I'm wondering if I can get as much traffic as a site like Viralnova or Upworthy by using videos that are available on youtube and vimeo. I will be embedding high quality, interesting, and informative videos from a wide variety of sources.

Any thoughts? I appreciate your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Youtube has too much users already who do "video compilation" videos. You will compete with those people directly in Youtube. Every video you'll embed is your direct rival which could make your visitors move away and stay with youtube for other interesting "video compilation" videos. No matter what your specific niche is.

    You may list valuable content within the niche. But it would be hard to make people stay in your website, while every youtube video embedded in your site can easily move them away to other related videos.
    And if you want to bring more traffic using this idea, it would be not easy. I don't see the direct benefit of using youtube videos in your site with the traffic you want to gain. But surely you will bring traffic for each video owner.

    IMHO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hersh
      Originally Posted by superowid View Post

      Youtube has too much users already who do "video compilation" videos. You will compete with those people directly in Youtube. Every video you'll embed is your direct rival which could make your visitors move away and stay with youtube for other interesting "video compilation" videos. No matter what your specific niche is.

      You may list valuable content within the niche. But it would be hard to make people stay in your website, while every youtube video embedded in your site can easily move them away to other related videos.
      And if you want to bring more traffic using this idea, it would be not easy. I don't see the direct benefit of using youtube videos in your site with the traffic you want to gain. But surely you will bring traffic for each video owner.

      IMHO.
      Thanks for your input.

      It makes sense. Even if I were to have great written content, it seems that I will be pretty much 'handing' my viewers new youtube channels that they can find and watch.

      If anyone else has a different perspective, I'd like to hear it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1337Teh
    That's really very easy content to grab and you don't have to do much, but people love watching that kind of videos and they go viral real fast and easily, i'd say it's worth a shot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the idea. Seems like a decent hobby if you have a lot of time on your hands but not from a business perspective. First, how do you plan to profit from your efforts? Ad revenue? I guess, it comes down to what the videos actually do, and what niche they're in. For example, I could see a viable business being built around "how to videos" like "how to do costly home repairs yourself" or "how to woodworking projects" that could evolve into profit. Basically, if it's in the right niche, I could see it being a lead generation to a business but not a business itself.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "video compilation" but the compilations I've seen are just a bunch of videos combined. I'm also not sure users would need you to list the benefits of watching a video they just watched... seems like something that would be included before they watch the video.
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      Makes sense. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    without knowing the niche you want to jump into...

    i'd say its a bad idea, for the same reason that superowid mentioned.

    and testing that idea would also cost you a lot of time..

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    • Profile picture of the author Hersh
      Yes. Too much time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hersh
    Perhaps I didn't explain myself clearly.

    I was referring to 'compilation' as the entire site. You see, my plan is/was to create a genre specific site that has embedded Youtube videos within my article posts.

    I would embed a huge variety of videos from many sources. So, in a sense, it's more like video curation with my own humorous and insightful written content. There would also be interactive and appealing visual content.

    I completely understand that the embedded videos would provide my audience with the opportunity to 'leave', but I was hoping that the variety of videos and my written content would have the chance to keep them on my site.

    In a nutshell, I want visitors to find out about my site and wonder, "I wonder what's on the site today?".

    Could a huge variety of well-picked videos along with killer content possible be a good combination for a successful site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Gambino
      Originally Posted by Hersh View Post

      Perhaps I didn't explain myself clearly.

      I was referring to 'compilation' as the entire site. You see, my plan is/was to create a genre specific site that has embedded Youtube videos within my article posts.

      I would embed a huge variety of videos from many sources. So, in a sense, it's more like video curation with my own humorous and insightful written content. There would also be interactive and appealing visual content.

      I completely understand that the embedded videos would provide my audience with the opportunity to 'leave', but I was hoping that the variety of videos and my written content would have the chance to keep them on my site.

      In a nutshell, I want visitors to find out about my site and wonder, "I wonder what's on the site today?".

      Could a huge variety of well-picked videos along with killer content possible be a good combination for a successful site?
      Where is your revenue coming from?
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      • Profile picture of the author Hersh
        Revenue would come from ads like Taboola and from affiliate marketing. I will promote and market Amazon and Shareasale products within the written content that is on the same page as the video.
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