End of Niche Video Sites with youtube and google adsense

Written on January 23, 2008 – 8:21 am | by admin |

Just last year, tons of people have been moving into online video sites to make big bucks off it. With that craze so hyped up, people have came up with youtube scripts that automatically draw youtube vidoes to be displayed on blogs and websites.

The video niche became so saturated. A lot of webmasters think they can easily make money off such video sites and lots of such video databases for wordpress blogs are sold in DP. However to be really successful in such video sites would require traffic which could be mainly gotten via search engines.

Here’s the sad piece of news today for video sites owners who uses youtube videos:

YouTube -

We’ve recently updated our Terms of Use to clarify what kinds of uses of the website and the YouTube Embeddable Player are permitted. We don’t want to discourage you from putting the occasional YouTube video in your blog to comment on it or show your readers a video you like, even if you have general purpose ads somewhere on your blog. We will, however, enforce our Terms of Use against, say, a website that does nothing more than aggregate a bunch of embedded YouTube videos and intentionally tries to generate ad revenue from them.

Needless to say youtube being owned by google, any webmasters found to be displaying ads on a video site infested with youtube videos will risk their adsense accounts getting banned.

The good news for niche video site owners is that there are still many video sites out there such as veoh, megavideo, ouou, youku, stage6. Thankfully these sites are not owned by google so google doesnt have control over them but who knows, one day google might just disallow their ads to be placed on all video sites. That would be a catastrophe. Nonetheless video sites are still very good cash-making revenue streams :D


  1. 3 Responses to “End of Niche Video Sites with youtube and google adsense”

  2. By widis on Jan 25, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you, nice info.

  3. By Ray on Feb 4, 2008 | Reply

    Where was this published? I read youtube tcs but could only find this quoted.

    “E. Prohibited commercial uses do not include:

    * uploading an original video to YouTube, or maintaining an original channel on YouTube, to promote your business or artistic enterprise;
    * using the Embeddable Player to show YouTube videos on an ad-enabled blog or website, provided the primary purpose of using the Embeddable Player is not to gain advertising revenue or compete with YouTube;
    * any use that YouTube expressly authorizes in writing.”

    I think the purpose of most sites and blogs is to generate some sort of ad revenue. I have a site that uses one of these scripts and it has stopped working in the last few days. The spaces are there for the video content but it is completely blank. All other site content shows as normal.

    I thought it was caused by a server error on my part, but it looks like the videos may have been blocked. Is this a possibility? Has anyone else experienced problems?

  4. By Swank on Feb 14, 2008 | Reply

    This was published quite recently about a month ago only.

    Yeap it seems like youtube has changed their coding such that youtube scripts do not work any longer. They have also blocked proxy access to their sites but some proxy scripts have upgraded themselves to surf youtube through proxies again.

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