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Revver

At a Glance
  • Revver

Revver has been around since 2005, but the site as you see it today really only saw the light of day in September 2006. Like Blip.tv, Brightcove, Veoh, and Metacafe, Revver enables you to profit from your videos thanks to advertising revenue-sharing arrangements that are split between you and the site 50/50. But unlike its rivals, Revver includes ads on all videos, whether you like it or not.

The reason for this goes to the core of how Revver differentiates itself: You earn 20 percent of ad revenues for sharing videos (on, say, your Revver page or your personal blog) that were created by other members; the remaining revenue is split 50/50 between the video's creator and Revver. Revver's My Dashboard gives you a great overview of your revenue and traffic analytics.

Uploading to Revver was easy, and a progress bars shows your upload status. We were advised that a "real, live human will watch the video to make sure it meets guidelines." Unfortunately, this process--and the wait to have an advertising association made with the video--took about 2 hours, and the site says it can take up to 24 hours.

At least each video is automatically made available in both Flash and QuickTime; and yes, you're given the HTML code to embed either format along with the ability to add your own branding or logo into the Flash player interface. The QuickTime .mov file, even though it's a further compressed version of the original file (in our case, a 5.95MB .mov versus the original's 95.5MB size), looked better than the mediocre-quality Flash version in our tests.

Bottom line: Using Revver might just be the easiest way to make money from your video content; you even make money by sharing video from other users. Revver's compact QuickTime files look better than its Flash conversions.

Resources: See our Top 10 Video Sharing Sites chart, find out how we tested, and visit our video-quality comparison page (requires QuickTime).

Danny Allen

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At a Glance
  • Using Revver is one of the easiest ways to make money from your video content. Its compact QuickTime files look better than its Flash conversions.

  
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